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Las Vegas Military Families Welcome Iraq War's End

LAS VEGAS - After more than seven years, U.S. combat in Iraq is finally over. President Obama made the official announcement during a speech to the nation on Tuesday.

Blue Star mother Sandra Rios-Kuta was happy to hear the news. "There are thousands of moms and dads throughout the country that are excited and happy," she said.

Her 21-year-old son, Army Sgt. Kelly Floyd, served nine months in Iraq. He returned home a few weeks ago. "Once you hear, ‘I'm stateside,' it's just a sigh of relief," she said. "(You're) just blessed to hear that you have your child home."

Thousands of other families, however, never received that call. More than four thousand servicemen and women died in Iraq. Tens of thousands more were wounded. "I just hope that the Iraqi people just appreciate the service of our children," Rios-Kuta said.

I-Team: Investigation Shows Hospital Did Nothing Wrong

LAS VEGAS -- A state investigation of Sunrise Hospital concludes the hospital did nothing wrong with respect to a series of unexplained medical events in its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

But its findings stop short of determining what, if any role, two nurses may have played in the incidents that cost one infant his life.

The investigation by the State Health Division found that catheter disruptions occurred in the NICU at Sunrise, and it determined the hospital followed regulations with respect to the prevention of, and the response to, those incidents.

So what does that mean for two nurses living under a cloud of suspicion? Not much. The division investigates facilities, not individuals.

Sunrise acknowledges 14 disrupted catheters in its NICU since February. "Disruptions" is not a medical term and so far, Sunrise has refused to define it specifically.

Business Leaders Hope More Large Companies Come to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- A major furniture company that just expanded its operation to Las Vegas could become a magnet to attract other companies to relocate here, bringing new manufacturing jobs with them.

At least that's the hope of the Nevada Business Authority, which played a major role in persuading the Foliot Furniture Company to open up a factory and showroom in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas faced some fierce competition with two other major U.S. cities to become the new home of Foliot, based in Montreal, Aanada. The company says even more than our tax incentives, it was our city's business-friendly environment and the quality of our labor pool that put Las Vegas on top.

"Las vegas has a lot more to offer than it would seem. There are good opportunities here and good workers and the potential to build a successful business," said Lenix Jorge with Foliot.

Armed Robbery Suspect Shot and Killed by Metro

LAS VEGAS - An Armed Robbery Suspect was shot and killed Friday night after firing shots at Metro officers in a convenience store parking lot.

Around 11:00pm Metro located a male adult who was suspected of having just committed multiple armed robberies in East Las Vegas. In each of those robberies the suspect fired shots at the scene. As a result officers were canvassing the area in search of the suspect.

The suspect was located in an SUV matching the description of the suspect vehicle. The SUV was parked at a gas pump at a 7-11 store at Nellis and Charleston.

When officers approached the suspect vehicle, they observed that he was armed, and at the time the suspect pointed a firearm at the officers, and fired two shots. Officers returned fire striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to UMC Trauma where he was pronounced dead.

Apartment Complex Fire Displaces 39 People

LAS VEGAS -- The American Red Cross is helping 39 people that were displaced by a fire that damaged 12 units at a Las Vegas apartment complex.

The two-alarm fire in the Amber Ridge apartment complex near Nellis and Stewart in the northeast started just before 4 p.m. Sunday leaving apartments heavily damaged.

Clark County Fire Department responded to the complex and began battling the blaze which was spreading to units. It took about an hour to get the blaze out.

In all 12 units were affected by the fire. Four units suffered major damage.

No word on what caused the fire.

Unemployed Take to Waiting for Hours to Check on Benefits

LAS VEGAS -- The unemployment line keeps getting longer. Nevada JobConnect's offices are packed with people trying to get their unemployment benefits reinstated. They say the phone lines don't work, so they're being forced to wait in line.

The line at JobConnect's office near Desert Inn and Maryland Parkway had over 100 people in it early Wednesday morning, waiting to get unemployment funds. It stretched around the building.

"I have $5 left, so I need my extended benefits," said a man named John.

Roughly 189,000 Nevadans are currently unemployed. All are calling the same number, jamming the phone lines.

Principal's War on Poverty Helping School Test Scores

LAS VEGAS -- More than half of the students in the Clark County School District now live at or below poverty level. That's up from 30-percent five years ago.

Long before the recession hit, the principal of Whitney Elementary started waging a war against poverty and the toll it was taking on student achievement at her east Las Vegas school. And now rising test scores are only one of the many ways you can measure this school's growing success.

Nearly nine out of 10 children at Whitney qualify for the free or reduced lunch program and are considered homeless by the school district's standards.

"Most of our families live up and down Boulder Highway in hotels and motels or in the Section 8 projects," said Principal Sherrie Gahn.

When Gahn arrived seven years ago, she decided children living in poverty needed a voice. "Just by telling their stories, this is what's happened," she said.