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Metro Police Move Northeast Substation

Metro is closing its Northeast Area Command substation on Mojave on Saturday, March 20th.

The new substation will open Monday, March 29th and is located at 3750 Cecile, which is near Pecos and Cheyenne. The new hours will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

During the week of transition, citizens are advised to use Police Records at City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave.

One Key Unlocks 600 HUD Houses in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las vegas is on the cutting edge of a new scam: People posing as real estate agents illegally collecting rental deposit money on government-owned homes.

One key gains access to around 600 empty homes in the federal HUD housing program. This creates a gaping hole for scam artists to walk right through.

"They could theoretically get into all 600 houses that we have," said HUD Director Kenneth Lobene. "It could be a problem. Hopefully the things that we're going to do will help to prevent that."

A Las Vegas woman was arrested last week for scamming a local man out of $500. She's accused of posing as a real estate agent, breaking into the government-owned home and posting it on Craigslist.

She allegedly stole rental deposit money from people interested in the deals she was offering.

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.