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President Obama leaves Las Vegas

 LAS VEGAS -- After spending the weekend in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama left Nevada Sunday to return to Washington D.C.

Air Force One departed from McCarran International Airport around 10:45 a.m. Over the weekend, Obama stayed in Henderson and spent some time golfing at Reflection Bay Golf Club.

The president arrived in Las Vegas on Friday for and visited a Las Vegas High School to sign an executive order on immigration.

With him aboard Air Force One was a delegation of congressional Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada U.S. Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford.

The president says his executive order will protect as many as 5 million immigrants who are illegally in the United States from deportation.









Veterans can't access medical marijuana through VA

LAS VEGAS -- Medical marijuana dispensaries may become a legal reality within the valley soon; however, one group in southern Nevada won't get any help obtaining medical cannabis.

All of the doctors within the Veteran Affairs system said they will not supply or prescribe marijuana because federal laws still classify it as an illegal substance. Over a year ago Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder became a qualifying condition for medical marijuana in Nevada, but combat veterans who qualify can't go through their normal healthcare providers to get it.

“I feel very on edge, always very tense, I can't seem to take anything easily,” Marvin Carter, veteran of Marine Corps said.

Carter said he's felt this way ever since his plane crashed in North Africa. He was headed to the continent to conduct a covert mission.

Carter said his condition has even affected the way he eats at restaurants.

Freeze warning issued for central, northeast Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service in Las Vegas has issued a freeze warning for central and northeast Clark County. The watch is in effect from late Sunday night through Monday.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are possible and these conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Here are some safety tips for dealing with freezing weather from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Keep anything that can burn, such as clothing, furniture, mattresses and paper products at least three feet away from any heat sources such as furnaces, space heaters, fireplaces, stoves and water heaters.

Electric Daisy Carnival makes millions for valley economy

Electric Daisy Carnival makes millions for valley economy

The three-day music and arts festival known as Electric Daisy Carnival says it generated more than $337 million dollars for the Clark County economy.

The organizers of the event say the numbers were provided to them by Beacon Economics. The company also says the festival has pumped almost $1 billion into the local economy since it started in 2011.

According to organizers, the festival generated an estimated $19.9 million in tax revenue for state and local governments. Festival goers spent $54 million on food and beverage, $30 million on accommodations and $23 million on gaming.

The festival was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in June. It brings in people from around the world for three days of all night parties. Besides the actual festival, there are also industry parties and gatherings in the week leading up to the event.

 

Hagel sees progress, setbacks against militants

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the U.S. and coalition forces are making progress against Islamic State militants. But he says the American people must prepare for a long and difficult struggle.

Hagel is testifying Thursday before a House panel. He cautions there will be setbacks in the fight in Iraq and Syria. He said that since September, 16 nations have joined the military campaign and carried out more than 130 air strikes.

Hagel's testimony comes days after President Barack Obama asked Congress for more than $5 billion to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq. The president also is dispatching up to 1,500 more American troops to the war-torn nation, potentially boosting the total number to 3,100.

Congress also must decide whether to reauthorize training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebels.

Veterans Day 2014: Events around the Las Vegas valley

There are numerous events happening around southern Nevada in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2014. There are also many discounts and freebies being offered to the men and women who served in the United States Military.

Here's a compiled list of events and discounts happening around the valley:

4th Annual National Veterans Day Run
The 4th Annual National Veterans Day Run
in Las Vegas will take place at Bruce Trent Park Sunday, Nov. 9. The race will offer three distances including an 11K, 5K and a 1-mile family and supporter walk/run.  The race starts at 8:11 a.m.  More information on the race here.




Faster airport screening set for military students

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Students at four U.S. military service academies are now eligible for expedited airport screening.

The Transportation Security Administration announced the extension of the Pre-Check system on Monday. It will apply to students of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy at more than 120 participating airports when flying on 11 major airlines.

TSA Administrator John Pistole noted the announcement comes just before Veterans Day. He says providing the fast-lane screening program is the least the agency can do for members of the nation's military and service academies.

Last year, TSA extended the Pre-Check benefits system to all U.S. Armed Forces members. On average, more than 50,000 Defense Department employees benefit from the system on a weekly basis.