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Midnight Mayhem Returns to the Speedway

Midnight Mayhem Returns to the Speedway

The next session of Mopar Midnight Mayhem will be held Friday at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Midnight Mayhem offers a safe and legal alternative to illegal street racing. It is open to anyone with a street legal vehicle and a current drivers license. Drivers race on a quarter-mile drag strip instead of the open road.

The event is from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. An open Test 'n' Tune session will take place from 5 to 9 p.m.

Entry fee is $15 to race or ride along and $5 to watch from the stands.

For more information about the races, prices and rules, go to www.lvms.com.

America First Credit Union Offering Loans for Furloughed Workers

A credit union is offering help to federal employees who have lost a paycheck because of the government shutdown.

America First Credit Union is offering a furlough assistance loan of up to $3,000. The loan is a one-time-only loan with one month interest free. After the first month, a 4.99 percent interest rate will be charged. The term of the loan is up to seven months.

Applicants must provide proof that they are employed by the federal government with either a recent paystub, a military or government ID or a verified direct deposit slip from a federal employer.

The loan is available for members and non-members of the credit union.

For more information, go to americafirst.com

Shutdown Leaving Nellis Families Without Paychecks

LAS VEGAS -- More than 1,000 people are back to work at Nellis Air Force Base, after being furloughed in the government shutdown.

They are not active-duty military, and they won't see a paycheck until the government is back up and running.

According to the workers, they have been told their next paycheck will include all the hours worked during the shutdown, but they don't know when that paycheck will come.

For Peggy Nichols, the budget battle in Washington, D.C. is impacting her budget at home.

She is married to a full-time reservist, which means Monday through Friday, he is considered a civilian employee. One weekend a month, and two weeks a year, he is military.

Even though he is a helicopter pilot for combat search and rescue, he was one of the employees deemed non-essential and furloughed last Tuesday. He missed four days of work before being called back.

Pentagon Says Foundation to Pay Death Benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration says it has worked out a solution to allow the families of fallen military members to receive death benefits during the government shutdown.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Fisher House Foundation has agreed to make the payments from its own funds. At the end of the shutdown, the Defense Department will reimburse the foundation for the costs it has incurred.

The White House said earlier Wednesday that President Barack Obama was "disturbed" to learn that families of fallen soldiers were not receiving death benefits. The Defense Department typically pays families about $100,000 within three days of a soldier's death, but officials say the shutdown was preventing those benefits from being paid.

The Fisher House Foundation is a charity organization that works with veterans and military families.


Furloughed Civilians Return to Work

Furloughed Civilians Return to Work

While the government is still shut down, all air combat command and tenant unit civilians assigned to Nellis Air Force Base went back to work Monday.

The workers return means that the commissary has reopened and will have normal operating hours. The recall of furloughed workers also means that several other services are now back open, including everything from the 99th Force Support Squadron Mortuary Affairs to arts and crafts centers and the family child care center.

The government shutdown started last week and sent more than 1,000 civilian workers from the base home.

Before the shutdown started, Congress passed a bill and President Obama signed it paying members of the military during a shutdown, allowing them to keep working.

Friday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel declared that the law included the nearly 400,000 civilian workers in his department.

Official: Service Academy Games Will Go On

Official: Service Academy Games Will Go On
A senior defense official says U.S. military academy football teams will be on the field this weekend, despite the ongoing government shutdown.

The official said Wednesday the decision affects this weekend's games only, and future games will be evaluated as events unfold in the coming days.

The teams will be allowed to play because the games are paid for with non-appropriated funds, and have been long planned. Army is scheduled to travel to Boston College this weekend, and Air Force will play at Navy in Annapolis, Md.

The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Non-appropriated funds generally come from outside sources and are not approved through Congress.