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Nellis AFB Getting New 99th Wing Commander

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE -- Nellis Air Force Base is getting a new commander. Base officials say Col. Dave Belote will turn over command of the 99th Air Base Wing to Col. Steve Garland on Friday during a change of command ceremony in the Thunderbird hangar.

Belote has served at Nellis since May 2008, and is retiring from active duty. Garland was vice commander of the 505th Command and Control Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. At Nellis, he'll be responsible for the 99th Medical Group, the 99th Mission Support Group and the 99th Security Forces Group. They support more than 12,000 assigned personnel and 313,000 dependents, retirees and veterans.

Garland has been in the Air Force since 1987. He's a master navigator with more than 3,000 hours of flight time, including 1,130 combat hours.

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Police Break Up Cockfighting Ring

LAS VEGAS -- Police made a big discovery at an East Las Vegas home while serving an arrest warrant. While searching for the suspect, they found an unlicensed restaurant and roosters clearly bred for fighting.

At least 26 roosters were found at a home near Bonanza and Nellis.

Originally, police were called to serve an arrest warrant. They didn't find the suspect but found evidence the home was used as an unlicensed restaurant. Upon further investigation, they found the dozens of roosters in the backyard and items used for cockfighting.

Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Marcus Martin says they were lucky to find the roosters in time.

"Here we're looking for someone who is subject to a warrant and we find an illegal and well-equipped kitchen. And, that leads further to what we believe is nothing short of animal abuse," he said.

Police also say the roosters were mutilated to help the animal fight better.

Wind Turbine Plant to Be Built In Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS --  A group of companies has announced plans to develop a plant in the Las Vegas valley that would employ about 1,000 people for manufacturing wind turbines.

The announcement was made by U.S. Renewable Energy Group (US-REG), a Chinese company called A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd., and the real estate development company American Nevada Company of Henderson.

The plan calls for building a the 320,000-square-foot plant in Las Vegas. The plant would manufacture and assemble wind-energy turbines that would supply energy projects throughout North and South America.

Senator Harry Reid has been leading the effort to develop renewable energy and promote investment in Nevada.

Students Get Prizes for Attending Proficiency Exams

LAS VEGAS -- This is the week many high schools students across Nevada dread. Proficiency exams started Monday and schools are hoping for better attendance and higher scores to meet federal guidelines.

Some schools are doing whatever it takes to get kids in their seats, even giving away prizes. Come to school, get an iPhone. That's the message at Del Sol High School.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors are taking the science portion of their proficiency exams now and they can win prizes just for showing up.

Del Sol has a daily attendance rate around 90-percent, but they need 95-percent to meet federal standards.

Last year, the administration started giving away prizes for coming to class.This year's prizes include candy bars, movie tickets, iPods, iPhones, even a 32-inch flat screen TV. In total, the prizes cost $2,000 and all of it was paid for by the student store.

Fed Foreclosure Help By May: Is It In Time?

LAS VEGAS -- President Barack Obama announced federal foreclosure help is coming to Nevada during his visit to Las Vegas last month. But will it arrive in time to save Nevada families already in risk of losing their homes?

Darrell and Maria McCracken live in a tight-knit community. The Henderson neighborhood on Riddle Glen Street is bound together by a common problem: 70-percent of Nevada's homeowners are underwater on their mortgages. Many aren't qualifying for government- sponsored bank programs to refinance.

"We can't walk away right now. We're going to stay. We've taken our shot with the modification. It's been seven months we've been back and forth with them," says Darrell McCracken.

The McCrackens work as casino dealers. They've seen deep cuts in their paychecks this past year.

Jobs Programs Helps Members of the Military

LAS VEGAS -- As an Air Force pilot for the last 20 years, Lt. Colonel James McElhenney has always had a plan before flying into battle. But as he looks to leave the military, a new mission is proving tough to navigate.

"It's a tough market out there. A lot of people are out there looking for jobs and there's not a whole lot of jobs to be had," he said.

He's not alone. As more and more military members look to trade in the battlefield for the boardroom, a tough job market has many veterans unemployed.

"A lot of these guys four, five, six or even 20 years haven't had to look for a job," he said.

Finding that job is the goal of a three-day class offered at Nellis Air Force Base.

Rex Miller is in charge of the Transition Assistance Program, or TAP. Miller says veterans miss out on jobs because they don't know how to market their military experience back into civilian life.

Police Arrest 2 Suspects in Officer Involved Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Two burglary suspects are in custody and police are investigating an officer involved shooting that caused major disruption in a northeast neighborhood Tuesday.

Police say around 10 a.m., two gang detectives tried to apprehend two men who were jaywalking in the area of Lamb and Owens. The two men took off, running into the La Fiesta apartment complex. Seven nearby schools were put on lock down and a portion of Owens was closed to traffic.

Police say 22-year-old Ray Ivory pulled out a nine-millimeter handgun and aimed it at the detectives. That's when one officer drew his weapon and fired several shots. No one was injured. Police say Ivory dropped the weapon and ran into a nearby apartment. Police were able to arrest him a short while later. He is facing two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on an officer.

The second suspect, 24-year-old Fredrico Ramon Gordon Jr. did not run from the scene and was arrested.