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Counselors Help Kids Cope with String of Student Deaths

LAS VEGAS -- A recent string of accidental deaths involving teens across the Las Vegas valley has many high school students feeling the impact. It also has counselors sharing their advice for students to cope.

The missing hiker who was found earlier this week went to school at Foothill High School. Another 15-year-old Foothill student committed suicide Thursday. With so much death in so little time, counselors say it can definitely take it's toll.

"It's not something that anyone wants to go through. It's hard," said student Erika Sandoval.

16-year-old Shane McNeil was an avid hiker who's life was cut short. His body was found along the Colorado River only days ago. The Foothill sophomore went missing following a hike.

"Even though he wasn't here for a long time, people are still really heart-broken over it,"said student Mikie Charlton.

Las Vegas Students Get Special Nellis Visit

NELLIS AFB, Nev. --  A group of students from a local middle school got a special treat this week. Not only did they meet the Thunderbird team they also walked away with free school supplies.

The airmen at Nellis Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force squadron teamed up and presented 30 children from Keller Middle School backpacks filled with school supplies. Captain Aaron Jelinek says investing in future generations is important to the country's success.

"Children are our future. They are going to be running this country some day so we want to make sure they have the best education possible," said Jelinek.

The kids were also given a tour of the team's hanger and watched a Thunderbird take off at the end of the presentation.

Nellis Airman Dies in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The Air Force has announced that a Senior Airman assigned to Nellis Air Force Base has died in Afghanistan.

Senior Airman Michael J. Buras of Fitzgerald, Ga., died of wounds suffered during an improvised explosive device detonation.

According to a news release, Buras was assigned to the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal team at Nellis and already had a Purple Heart award from a previous deployment.

Two other Airmen were injured during the blast and are receiving medical care.

In a statement, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron commander Lt. Col. Mark McCloud said, "Airman Buras was a dedicated professional and a true patriot and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are also with our other two Airmen who were injured and are receiving care in the AOR."

Nellis AFB Honors MIA-POW's

NELLIS AFB, Nev. -- Thousands of American families still don't know the whereabouts of their missing military family members. Some are believed to be in enemy prisons, for others, their fate is unknown.

On Friday, U.S. military bases around world honored those men and women who are listed as an MIA or POW.

"In life or death, we must leave no one behind," said Brigadier General David Thompson, USAF Warfare Center as the ceremony of recognition got underway at Nellis Air Force Base.

Some of the men who attended the ceremony are lucky to be alive.

"I got shot down in the attack on Marcus Islands," said CPO Jack Leaming, POW in Japan 1942 - 1945.

"I fought in combat for 11 months, I got wounded and captured at the Battle of the Bulge outside Belgium, I did six months in a German prison camp and I came out in 1945," said PFC Matthew Bates, POW in Germany 1944 - 1945.

Fatal Crash Numbers Decline Significantly

LAS VEGAS -- New numbers just released by Las Vegas police show fatal car crashes have declined significantly over the past three years.

In a year-to-date comparison, Metro reports 106 fatal accidents in the first nine months of 2007. That number declined to 86 in 2008, dropped again to 60 last year, and the downward trend continues this year with 52 fatal car crashes on our roadways so far in 2010.

That's a more than a 50-percent decrease in the number of fatal car crashes in Clark County since 2007.

With three and a half months still to go in 2010, Metro says it's going to take everyone doing their part on the roadways to keep that downward trend going.

That means slowing down, following at a safe distance, keeping your full focus on the road, and of course never climbing behind the wheel while impaired.

Man Killed in Crosswalk Identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- The young man killed as he crossed a street in North Las Vegas Tuesday morning has been identified as 22-year-old James Curtis Phillips Jr.

Police say Phillips was struck and killed by a car as he used a crosswalk near Craig Rd. and Berg St. Police say the 29-year-old woman who hit him ran a red light.

Liberace Museum to Close

LAS VEGAS -- The Liberace Museum will close its doors next month. After 31 years of operation, the museum will close to focus on its monetary contributions on the Liberace Foundation. 

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, we feel it is important to close the museum to ensure the future of the Liberace Foundation and to keep the legacy of Liberace alive through its continued scholarship program," said Jeff Koep, Chair of the Liberace Foundation.

So far more than $6 million in scholarships have been awarded to 2,700 students.

As for the memorabilia at the museum, it will be maintained while a national touring exhibit is planned.

The board will also continue to research options for a location change to make the museum more accessible to potential patrons.

The Liberace Museum will close its doors Sunday, October 17.