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Nellis AFB Contributes Billions to Local Economy

Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases bring billions of dollars into Southern Nevada. The bases employ thousands of people making them the county's second largest employer.

According to the air force's annual Economic Impact Analysis, Nellis and Creech contributed more than $5 billion to the local economy in 2008.

Military personnel, the National Guard and civilians are all on the payroll and despite the economy, the base officials say jobs will not be cut.

For 36 years, Fran Survy has cooked food and served thousands of airmen and women at Nellis AFB and she's not even in the military.

"I move more like a 20 to 30-year-old than I do someone my age," she jokes. She says he is not ready to slow down yet and she likes her job.

"It's a good job. The airbase is a good place to work. We got good bosses out here. You can't ask for a better job," she said.

Air Force Bases Pour Billions Into So. Nevada Economy

Southern Nevada's two air force bases brought in billions of dollars in 2008.

According to the air force's annual Economic Impact Analysis, Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases brought in more than $5 billion in the 2008 fiscal year. That's a 4-percent increase from the previous year.

The report says the two bases together are larger than any other employer in Clark County. There are 13,000 military and civilian jobs on the bases and nearly 6,000 jobs off the bases that are indirectly related.

Nellis Prepares for Red Flag Combat Exercises

Military jets will be taking off from Nellis Air Force Base for the next three weeks during a special Red Flag air combat exercise at the 15,000-square-mile Nellis range.

Base officials say as many as 80 aircraft will depart the base twice a day in the early afternoon and evening hours.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Teen Dies After Shooting at Party

A valley family is trying to find some answers after their 16-year-old son was shot to death at a party.

When Karen Brill got a phone call early Saturday morning she had hoped for the best. She thought maybe her son was shot in the arm or leg but it turned out to be much worse. Her son, Aric was shot in the back of the head. She said that he had lost so much blood that by the time he got to the hospital he was unresponsive.

On Sunday, Aric's father told Eyewitness News that Aric died from severed artery to the brain and too much blood loss. The teen just turned 16 years old last month. His mother had this message for other parents

"Don't let them go if it's not a family party or go with them," Karen Brill said. She says Aric was a straight A student and a good kid. He was a student at Global Community High School.

The Brills are originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Suspected Burglar Shot by Homeowner

Las Vegas police say a homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar after coming home and finding the person in his home.

Homicide Lt. Lew Roberts says the homeowner likely would not be charged for the Sunday incident west of Nellis Air Force Base, but said the investigation was still in its early stages.

Roberts says he does not know whether the burglary suspect, identified only as a man in his 30s, was armed. Robert's says the homeowner's gun is registered.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

National Organization Reaches Out to Hispanic Businesses

Local Hispanic businesses are getting some national attention from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce which is in Las Vegas to hear the concerns of business owners.

Each new week brings more businesses that can't stay afloat and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber wants to stop this trend, before it gets worse.

Like many other businesses, Daniel Arroyo's handyman business has had to downsize drastically to stay open. 

"I have a lot of friends who are handymen, or with cleaning services, offices and carpets, before they were having three or four guys to do the work, now it's only one, like me, by myself," said Daniel Arroyo, Arroyo's Handyman.

He started his handyman business eight years ago. At one point, he had four fully-staffed trucks. Now, he has one truck and it also serves as his office.

"Before I got about 10 to 20 calls, now it's only one.

New Schools Added to Empowerment Program

Despite budget problems and deep cuts in education, the Clark County School District announced three more schools will join the empowerment program. They are Chaparral High School, Wendell Williams Elementary, and Ethel Staton Elementary.

Schools must apply to be accepted to the program. It means more money and responsibility on the community level.

Music helps empower students to learn, according to educators. Now Eduardo Rabelero's school will be empowered. Chaparral will join the empowerment school program in August. That means Principal Kevin McPartlin will have more control over how money is spent at his school and what is taught. He has a few changes he wants to make, "That is really our main focus -- get students involved and limit class sizes."

First McPartlin will expand the number of students in extra curricular activities like mariachi.