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Attorney general program offering legal help for military members

Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt is launching a program to provide free legal assistance to members of the military.

The attorney general scheduled a news conference Wednesday marking the debut of the Office of Military Legal Assistance. The public-private partnership is a response to military members who say one of their biggest unmet needs is affordable legal services.

Laxalt said that when he was a Navy judge advocate general (JAG), he was restricted in assisting service members because they needed help from civilian lawyers practicing law in state courts.

The program seeks out Nevada lawyers to donate pro bono hours to military members, and helps connect the two.

Laxalt's advisory committee includes representatives from the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, bar associations in Nevada and state veteran services agencies... Read More

Fitness, around the clock at Warrior Fitness Center

For some individuals, squeezing physical training time in to a normal day is convenient, whether it happens in the morning before work or in the evening after the duty day.

However, individuals who work outside of the "9 a.m. to 5 p.m." window are sometimes left without the option to exercise at the fitness center.

Soon, the Warrior Fitness Center will offer a solution.

"We will be starting the Fitness Access Program that will allow individuals into our facility during unmanned hours," Master Sgt. Adam Sorrell, Warrior Fitness Center section chief said. "The overall goal of the program is to basically widen the availability of the fitness center to individuals who work outside the facilities normal operating hours."

Nellis-based 'Thunderbird' makes emergency landing in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A fighter plane belonging to the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron has made an emergency landing at Albuquerque's international airport.

An operations officer at the Albuquerque Sunport says the F-16 Thunderbird landed without incident Thursday morning after having engine problems during a training flight.

The operations officer says the Sunport offered the nearest runway for the pilot to land. It was not immediately clear where the pilot was coming from or where the plane was headed.

The plane was towed to nearby Kirtland Air Force Base so mechanics could take a look at it.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform this weekend in New Jersey as part of the Millville Wheels and Wings Airshow. The team is based at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

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Former Nellis airman sentenced in baby's death

 LAS VEGAS -- A former Nellis Air Force Base airman will serve at least 10 years in prison for the death of his baby boy in Feb. 2014.

Andrew Leach was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges related to the death of 3-month-old Aiden

A doctor who treated the child told police, the boy's injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Leach's wife said that Andrew Leach was "rough with the baby."

Leach's attorney contended that Leach was suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being deployed three times.

NV Energy to build $50M solar plant at Nellis Air Force Base

LAS VEGAS -- Nellis Air Force Base is going totally green -- well, almost.  A construction project for NV Energy to build a new $50 million, 15 megawatts, solar plant is set to begin at the base.

“This project will increase our ability to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyber-space,” said Col. Richard Boutwell, Commander at Nellis Air Force Base.

The base has always been a major adopter of the idea of clean energy. In 2007, its 13 megawatt solar array was the largest in the country.

The new solar plant combined with the other solar plant will generate enough electricity to run the entire air force base during the daylight hours. This will make Nellis Air Force Base home to the Department of Defense's largest photovoltaic system.

Lawmakers examine bill to create prescription drug use database

State lawmakers are considering a new legislation that will try to put a stop to prescription drug abuse.  Senate Bill 114 was discussed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday. It requires pharmacists in Nevada to develop a comprehensive database to keep track of prescription meds given to patients.

Should it get passed, Senate Bill 114 would also give physicians better access to a patient's information in regards to their prescription drug history. Legislatures believe this could help keep doctors from overprescribing.

Recovering prescription drug addict, Angie Johnson said she couldn't make it through the day without the help of pain meds for nearly 10 years.

"I was on Methadone, Morphine, Percocet and Xanax all at the same time, and I was getting the maximum dose,” Johnson said.

Johnson said they were all prescribed to her by her doctor. However, she said it was also a doctor who got her help after noticing she was abusing drugs.