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Federal Dollars to Help Hungry Kids

LAS VEGAS -- New federal legislation could help feed millions of hungry children in the United States and thousands in Southern Nevada. The program would allow kids to take food home during the weekends and holidays.

Right now, 45-percent of the students in the Clark County School District receive free or reduced meals. For many of these students there is no food at home. Congresswoman Dina Titus has a plan to change that.

At McCall Elementary, Principal Maria Chairez says 100-percent of her students receive the free and reduced lunch program. While they all qualify for free or reduced meals for breakfast and lunch, it's when they're not in school she worries.

"We have over 95-percent attendance. Why is that? They like coming to school. Why do they like coming to school? Part of that is because we give them food," she said.

Las Vegas Schools Facing 1,000 Layoffs

LAS VEGAS  -- Cash-strapped Clark County school trustees are poised to lay off more than 1,000 employees by July 1 unless the Las Vegas-based district can find another way to close a big budget shortfall.

Board members of the nation's fifth-largest school district approved a tentative spending plan late Wednesday that aims to close most of a $140 million budget gap left by reduced state funding and declining property tax revenues. The board has until June 8 to submit a final balanced budget to the state.

Administrators say classroom and administrative positions are on the block. But specifics haven't been made public. Officials say they hope the district's four employee unions will agree to concessions including salary reductions and furlough days to reduce the number of layoffs.

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Budget Deadline Nears for Clark County School District

LAS VEGAS -- Some big changes are expected for the Clark County School District in the coming months. School board members meet Wednesday to adopt a tentative budget designed to cut $123 million.

One of the proposals -- eliminating year round schools -- would save $18 million. Already school board members have agreed to change 21 schools from a year-round schedule to a nine-month schedule.

"I think it'll give them a chance to save money," said Shaunrice Hill, a former student.

Even with that change, there are still 55 schools operating 12 months a year. Some parents want that to change.

"I have older kids who are in a traditional nine month school, so we're able to take our vacations the same if we are all on a nine month school," said Delilah Ascencion, parent.

United States Coast Guard Weighing Anchor In Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- The U.S. Coast Guard is weighing anchor on operations at two navigation broadcasting station in Nevada. The commander of a ground-based long-range navigation system says Global Positioning System satellites have made the so-called LORAN system obsolete.

The 24-station network stopped broadcasting Feb. 8. Now, stations in Searchlight and Fallon are being decommissioned as part of a move to save $37 million per year in operation costs. The station near Searchlight, about 60 miles south of Las Vegas, isn't the only "awkward place" for a Coast Guard station. The service also has duty stations in Kansas, New Mexico, Montana and northern Minnesota.

Hundreds of Valley Children Have a Happy Easter Thanks to Local Volunteer Program

LAS VEGAS --  Hundreds of Valley kids will have a Happy Easter thanks to the help of a program called E BUNNY and a group of volunteers who put all their love and care for these children into the form of an Easter basket.

E BUNNY is a grass-roots community outreach program dedicated to bringing Easter Baskets to homeless and disadvantaged children as a token of hope, joy and renewal by passing out baskets to children on the streets of Las Vegas the day before Easter.

The program is made possible by complete strangers who donated care packages that came fittingly in an Easter Basket.

Some of these kids had never received an Easter Basket before. The reward for the volunteers is the smile on each child's face as they received a basket. But these baskets are more than just candy and stuffed animals.

"Priority of giving back hope and spirit to people is huge," said Linda Lera-Randle, Volunteer.

High Wind Warning For The Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Las Vegas area today, with gusts as high as 60 mph in some areas.

The Weather Service has advised of sustained winds of at least 40 mph and gusts of at least 60 mph.The winds should cause dust, reducing visibility and create hazardous conditions on roads, which could make driving difficult.

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The high wind warning is in effect from this morning until 11 p.m. The warning includes Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City.

Students Speak Up About Bullying

LAS VEGAS -- More and more stories are coming to light about bullying taking place in school and online. In some cases, the attacks are so damaging, it can lead to violence, or even suicide.

Unfortunately students say bullying often goes on for a while. And those who have been bullied want others to be aware of the damages it can do. Twelve-year-old Searinna Olivas was picked on for about a week before she spoke up.

"I see it more often because no one is telling nobody," said Searinna Olivas, a victim of being bullied. The bullying stopped for her but other students are forced to take more drastic measures.

"It makes you really sad and makes you feel like what people say about you is true," said Kelly Walker, a victim of being bullied.

Fifteen-year-old Kelly Walker is in 9th grade and was also tormented by classmates. Things got so bad she had to transfer to a different school.