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I-Team: Other States Want In On Nevada's Drone Industry

LAS VEGAS -- The unmanned aerial vehicle – or drone – industry was practically invented in Nevada.

Air Force drones from Nevada's Creech Air Force Base fly around the world.

But Nevada might be losing the race to create high-paying manufacturing jobs to build these aircrafts.

Months ago, insiders in Nevada's unmanned aerospace industry told the I-Team that state officials weren't paying enough attention to the drone industry.

They claimed other states were going to capture the aerospace jobs Nevada desperately needs.

At the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems convention in Las Vegas, plenty of cutting edge military equipment was on display.

"A year ago, if somebody had said that Nevada was not up to speed and ready to capitalize on this opportunity, they would have been accurate," said Steve Hill, the state's director of economic development.

Metro Investigating Shooting Early Sunday Morning

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating a shooting that sent one person to the hospital. It happened around 1 a.m. at the Terrace Apartments near N. Nellis and N. Las Vegas Boulevards.
According to police, one person was shot three times and taken to University Medical Center. Police says the injuries are life-threatening.
Police have not identified any suspects yet. Metro's gang unit is investigating.

 

Airman who died in Crash Honored

Airman who died in Crash Honored

Nellis Air Force Base hosted a memorial service Friday for a young airman killed in a motorcycle accident.

Senior airman Derek Moore was killed in an accident on July 23. He was 23 year old and lived in North Las Vegas. Nevada Highway Patrol say Moore crashed his 2003 Suzuki motorcycle just before 3 a.m., on the northern beltway at Pecos Road. The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately determined.

He was an electro environmental systems journeymen assigned to the 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

Nevada National Guard Troops Return Home

Nevada National Guard Troops Return Home

 

Soldiers with the Nevada National Guard returned home Wednesday after a year in Afghanistan.

About 30 guardsmen returned to Las Vegas. Another 90 returned to Reno. The first group to arrive at McCarran International Airport was the 485th Military Police unit. They spent the past 10 months running a prison in Afghanistan.

Family members said they often had no idea what their loved ones were up to, but now it is time to reconnect

"Not knowing if he was inside the base, outside the base, what he was doing," Denny Haney of North Las Vegas said.  "I just didn't want anything to happen to him. I didn't want to have to tell his son that something had happened to him."

Now the soldiers have to readjust to civilian life.

Memorial Service for Airman Set

Memorial Service for Airman Set

 

A memorial service will be held Friday for a member of the Air Force recently killed in an accident.

Nellis Air Force Base will host a memorial service at 3 p.m. at the base chapel for Senior Airman Derek Moore. He was killed in a motorcycle accident July 23.

Moore was an electro environmental systems journeyman assigned to the 757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

Panetta Approves Plan to Lift F-22 Flight Limits

Panetta Approves Plan to Lift F-22 Flight Limits

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved an Air Force plan to begin lifting flight restrictions on the F-22 fighter jet, following the correction of oxygen deficit problems that grounded and restricted the fleet for months.

Pentagon press secretary George Little says Panetta has also authorized the deployment of a squadron of F-22s to Kadena Air Base in Japan. He says the jets will fly to Japan under altitude restrictions, but after that the Air Force will begin resuming most longer-duration flights.

In May Panetta ordered that F-22 flights remain "within proximity of potential landing locations" so pilots could land quickly if they experienced a lack of oxygen. The Air Force is in the process of correcting pilot vests that were contributing to problem.

 

Service Members to March in Gay Pride Parade

 

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) -- The Department of Defense is allowing service members to march in uniform in a gay pride parade for the first time in U.S. history.

The Pentagon on Thursday issued a military-wide directive saying it was making an exception to its policy that generally bars troops from marching in uniform in parades.

The exception is being made for San Diego's Gay Pride Parade that will take place Saturday.

The Defense Department says it is making the exception because parade organizers had invited service members to march in uniform and the matter was getting national attention.

The Pentagon says the exception is only for this year's parade in San Diego and does not extend beyond that.