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Nellis Air Force Base Prepares for Green Flag

NELLIS AFB -- Southern Nevadans can expect increased military aircraft activity as Green Flag exercises begin on May 21st.

Missions will be flown twice daily starting May 23rd with takeoffs around 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. The operations will run until midnight.

The training will help provide airmen and soldiers preparing to deploy in support of worldwide combat operations. Green Flag replicates warfare conditions found in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Green Flag will end on June 4th.

 

Search and Rescue Team Trains Ahead of Afghanistan Deployment

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- An Air Force search and rescue squad at Nellis prepares to go to Afghanistan in the next few weeks. The two dozen men of the 66th Rescue Squad are cramming in some last-minute training before they go abroad.

They've been to Iraq many times, now they're training to save lives in a land that's both dangerous and steep.

Search and rescue crews are required to get from the flight deck to takeoff in 15 minutes. These crews train to do that in five minutes.

SLIDESHOW: Search and Rescue Teams Train at Nellis

Lieutenant Colonel Tom Dorl leads this squad of two dozen men.

Police: Drowned Child in Pool for Hours

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police say the child who drowned in a pool on Sunday was in the water for several hours. Police are now investigating who was responsible for the child and have removed two other children from the home.

The drowning happened at a home near US-95 and Tropicana.

Throughout much of the day, family members have been coming and going from the house where two-year-old Geno Lenardo Valerio drowned. Police are now looking into who last saw the little boy alive in the home. The distraught family was seen removing what appeared to be toddler furniture from the home.

"They lost track of the child for sometime and it's believe the child was in the water for sometime," said Metro officer Marcus Martin.

After quite sometime, police say it was the boy's grandmother who found his body.

Residents Still Haven't Collected Property After Huge Fire

LAS VEGAS -- It has been more than four months since a fire forced dozens of families from their apartments. They were forced to leave when the fire broke out at the Rainwalk Apartments near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn and have not been allowed to return to gather their belongings.

About 20 families gathered Wednesday morning, upset and looking for ways to get into their old apartment units near the ones that burned.

They say the property manager who was once willing to help now says it's out of his hands because their belongings have been exposed to asbestos.

Parents, Officials Look to Draft Rogers for Interim-Superintendent

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School Board is expected to pick the search firm responsible for finding a new superintendent during Thursday's meeting. Walt Rulffes is retiring this August.

Former University Chancellor Jim Rogers is putting himself forward as a possible interim superintendent. Rogers is the boss of School Board President Terri Janison's husband and now Janison finds herself in a peculiar situation.

The buzz surrounding Rogers as interim superintendent is growing. School Administrator's Union President Stephen Augspurger is calling for Rogers to step in and save the district at its most trying time.

"He's an advocate for higher ed. He'll become an advocate for K through 12. What better man to have in the legislature than Jim Rogers," he said. 

No Charges Filed After Baby Left at Fire Station

LAS VEGAS  --  Authorities say a man won't face criminal charges for leaving a 2-day-old baby at a Las Vegas-area fire station under Nevada's Safe Haven law.

Las Vegas police Officer Barbara Morgan said Tuesday that the law covers the action of the unidentified man who left the infant with firefighters at a Clark County fire station not far from Nellis Air Force Base.

The child was taken to University Medical Center in the custody of county Child Protective Services. Officials are calling the case a first since the state law was passed in 2001 after cases where newborns were found in trash bins and casino restrooms. Some were alive. Some were dead. The law lets parents legally leave a child up to 30 days old with an emergency services provider.

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Unions, District Debate Layoffs and Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Unions and the Clark County School District remain gridlocked on layoffs and budget cuts. All four unions met with school district leaders and still came to no solution, even though a new, revised budget is due in three weeks.

Stephen Augspurger, head of the Clark County Association of School Administrators, says he came in optimistic with a plan of how to keep jobs and cut salaries as little as possible. But after the meeting was over, he was frustrated with the district for giving them wrong revenue numbers. 

Now they have to start over while the clock is ticking.

"The concern we still have is there's not a sense of urgency on the part of the district to get this resolved. We've got families and employees who are losing income and jobs and no one wants to be in that predicament for any longer than is necessary and the longer it goes, the worse people are gonna feel," he said.