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Apartment Complex Fire Displaces 39 People

LAS VEGAS -- The American Red Cross is helping 39 people that were displaced by a fire that damaged 12 units at a Las Vegas apartment complex.

The two-alarm fire in the Amber Ridge apartment complex near Nellis and Stewart in the northeast started just before 4 p.m. Sunday leaving apartments heavily damaged.

Clark County Fire Department responded to the complex and began battling the blaze which was spreading to units. It took about an hour to get the blaze out.

In all 12 units were affected by the fire. Four units suffered major damage.

No word on what caused the fire.

Unemployed Take to Waiting for Hours to Check on Benefits

LAS VEGAS -- The unemployment line keeps getting longer. Nevada JobConnect's offices are packed with people trying to get their unemployment benefits reinstated. They say the phone lines don't work, so they're being forced to wait in line.

The line at JobConnect's office near Desert Inn and Maryland Parkway had over 100 people in it early Wednesday morning, waiting to get unemployment funds. It stretched around the building.

"I have $5 left, so I need my extended benefits," said a man named John.

Roughly 189,000 Nevadans are currently unemployed. All are calling the same number, jamming the phone lines.

Principal's War on Poverty Helping School Test Scores

LAS VEGAS -- More than half of the students in the Clark County School District now live at or below poverty level. That's up from 30-percent five years ago.

Long before the recession hit, the principal of Whitney Elementary started waging a war against poverty and the toll it was taking on student achievement at her east Las Vegas school. And now rising test scores are only one of the many ways you can measure this school's growing success.

Nearly nine out of 10 children at Whitney qualify for the free or reduced lunch program and are considered homeless by the school district's standards.

"Most of our families live up and down Boulder Highway in hotels and motels or in the Section 8 projects," said Principal Sherrie Gahn.

When Gahn arrived seven years ago, she decided children living in poverty needed a voice. "Just by telling their stories, this is what's happened," she said.

Firefighters Battle Blaze at Northeast Duplex

LAS VEGAS -- Firefighters battled a blaze at a duplex near Nellis Air Force Base Friday morning.

The fire was reported at 7:30 a.m. and when firefighters arrived at the scene on E. Cheyenne Ave., the building was engulfed in flames.

Two people were inside the duplex and one was transported to the hospital.

Fire officials say the fire appeared to have started in a couch. The duplex is a total loss.

Police Make Arrest in 12-Year-Old's Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have arrested 38-year-old Monica Martinez for the murder of Derecia Newman and the shooting of Newman's 12-year-old daughter Devonia.

Police say Martinez drove three other people to Newman's home to rob her of drugs and money. According to the arrest report, another man shot Newman and her daughter before fleeing the area.

Devonia was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. Derecia died at the scene.

12-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- An east Las Vegas apartment complex is the scene of a homicide investigation. The incident happened just before 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning near Lake Mead Blvd. and Christy Lane.

"We know our suspects possibly came to this residence with two other people, knocked on the door of the residence and, when the victim answered the door, the shooting started," Metro Police Lt. Lew Roberts said.

The victim who opened the door died when bullets struck her in the head. The bullets also hit the woman's 12-year-old daughter.

"She underwent surgery and is in very critical condition," Lt. Roberts said Saturday evening.

Lieutenant Roberts says Metro is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. "We don't have a motive at this time as to why this shooting occurred," Lt. Roberts said. "We have been able to piece a few things together."

Green Flag West Exercises Underway

NELLIS AFB -- Military aircraft will be seen in the skies above Southern Nevada as the U.S. Air Force hosts Green Flag West exercises.

Through August 19th, aircraft will depart from Nellis Air Force Base twice a day for missions at the National Training Center in California. Flying will take place Sunday through Friday both weeks.

This is the first Green Flag exercise for the Pakistani Air Force and the Royal Saudi Air Force. Their participation increases the inter-operability between air forces.

Green Flag West's realistic air-land integration and employment training prepares U.S. and allied nations for deployment and modern Close Air Support combat operations worldwide.

The exercise flight path includes areas within the Las Vegas valley, near Mount Charleston, and north of Pahrump.