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Survey: Las Vegas is Growing and Residents Hopeful

LAS VEGAS -- Believe it or not, Las Vegas is growing. The new Las Vegas Perspective was released Tuesday detailing what parts of the valley grew, what shrank and where the city is going.

There's a lot of good news in the book. Surprisingly, the population grew despite the number of construction and other jobs lost.

The number of occupied houses also rose and so did the average household income.

The population surpassed 2 million in Clark County last year. All urban areas, with the exception of Boulder City, reported growth.

The average age in the valley is 36 and it's split almost 50-50 along gender lines.

Fifty-two-percent of residents are Caucasian, 28-percent are Hispanic, 9-percent are African American and 6-percent are Asian, along with a handful others.

Experts say most of the people surveyed are more concerned about health care and education than about the foreclosure crisis.

CCSD Wants Community Input on School Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Parents, students, teachers, and other community members are now weighing in on the tough issue of school budget cuts. An online survey will gauge where everyone feels the cuts should or should not be made.

The 16 question survey only takes a few minutes to fill out.  The questions deal with critical issues such as campus security, school transportation, teacher layoffs, and even closing schools.

Strong opinions are pouring in. Some of the questions come as little surprise and garner a mixed reaction. For example,  should sports and extra-curricular activities be eliminated to save a combined $11 million dollars?

"Let the kids be kids; let them have their sports," said one parent.

"Out of everything, maybe it is sports I would cut," said another person.

Metro Police Arrest Student with Gun

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police say they have arrested a Clark County School District student for pointing a gun at two students at a bus stop Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred around 6:30 a.m. in the northeast part of the valley near Marion and Kell Lane. Metro Police said that two students were approached by another student on a bicycle and that student accused them of stealing his cell phone. The two students told police that the student on the bike showed them the handle of a gun that he had in his backpack.

Police say the two students at the bus stop ran to another bus stop. The student on the bicycle followed them and pulled out a gun out and pointed it at them. According to Metro, one of the students punched the suspect and grabbed the gun and backpack. 

Metro Police Move Northeast Substation

Metro is closing its Northeast Area Command substation on Mojave on Saturday, March 20th.

The new substation will open Monday, March 29th and is located at 3750 Cecile, which is near Pecos and Cheyenne. The new hours will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

During the week of transition, citizens are advised to use Police Records at City Hall, 400 Stewart Ave.

Nellis AFB Getting New 99th Wing Commander

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE -- Nellis Air Force Base is getting a new commander. Base officials say Col. Dave Belote will turn over command of the 99th Air Base Wing to Col. Steve Garland on Friday during a change of command ceremony in the Thunderbird hangar.

Belote has served at Nellis since May 2008, and is retiring from active duty. Garland was vice commander of the 505th Command and Control Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. At Nellis, he'll be responsible for the 99th Medical Group, the 99th Mission Support Group and the 99th Security Forces Group. They support more than 12,000 assigned personnel and 313,000 dependents, retirees and veterans.

Garland has been in the Air Force since 1987. He's a master navigator with more than 3,000 hours of flight time, including 1,130 combat hours.

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Students Get Prizes for Attending Proficiency Exams

LAS VEGAS -- This is the week many high schools students across Nevada dread. Proficiency exams started Monday and schools are hoping for better attendance and higher scores to meet federal guidelines.

Some schools are doing whatever it takes to get kids in their seats, even giving away prizes. Come to school, get an iPhone. That's the message at Del Sol High School.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors are taking the science portion of their proficiency exams now and they can win prizes just for showing up.

Del Sol has a daily attendance rate around 90-percent, but they need 95-percent to meet federal standards.

Last year, the administration started giving away prizes for coming to class.This year's prizes include candy bars, movie tickets, iPods, iPhones, even a 32-inch flat screen TV. In total, the prizes cost $2,000 and all of it was paid for by the student store.

Jobs Programs Helps Members of the Military

LAS VEGAS -- As an Air Force pilot for the last 20 years, Lt. Colonel James McElhenney has always had a plan before flying into battle. But as he looks to leave the military, a new mission is proving tough to navigate.

"It's a tough market out there. A lot of people are out there looking for jobs and there's not a whole lot of jobs to be had," he said.

He's not alone. As more and more military members look to trade in the battlefield for the boardroom, a tough job market has many veterans unemployed.

"A lot of these guys four, five, six or even 20 years haven't had to look for a job," he said.

Finding that job is the goal of a three-day class offered at Nellis Air Force Base.

Rex Miller is in charge of the Transition Assistance Program, or TAP. Miller says veterans miss out on jobs because they don't know how to market their military experience back into civilian life.