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More Nevadans Turning to Food Stamps

LAS VEGAS - The economy is taking its toll on many Americans. A record number of people are now seeking food stamp assistance. The need is also growing in Nevada. According to the national non-profit Food Research and Action Center, Nevada is seeing a huge jump in the number of people applying for food stamps.

Yvette Reid is one of those people. Out of work for nearly two years, Reid gets about $200 a month in food stamps. With a 16-year-old son at home, she says the extra money is the only way she's able to put food on the table. "When you are used to living one way and now you have to live another, you have to save and scrounge," she said. "Food stamps are just such a help. If it wasn't for that, I don't know how my family would eat."

Postal Service Debates Scaling Back to Five Days a Week

LAS VEGAS -- In a bold move to save billions of dollars a year, the U.S. Postal Service is proposing to cut back mail delivery to five days a week. Opponents say it's an idea that could leave thousands jobless.

Representatives for the letter carriers estimate scaling back delivery could mean the loss of hundreds of jobs in southern Nevada. But, members of the Postal Regulatory Commission are adamant that it could save the Postal Service over $3 billion a year nationwide.

Rich Griffen was a mail carrier for over 30 years. He now represents the Nevada State Association of Letter Carriers.

"Regardless of what the postmaster says, they're going to go away through attrition or retiring. They are going to be laid off," he said.

Including 400 workers in Las Vegas. 

Members of the PRC held a meeting in city council chambers to generate support.

Program Gives First-Time Buyers Leg Up on Investors

LAS VEGAS -- Foreclosed homes in Las Vegas are being snatched up left and right by investors. But starting this week, Fannie Mae is trying to help homeowners get first dibs. The program is called First Look.

First Look allows first-time home buyers to place an offer first over an investor when buying a Fannie Mae-owned home. The window of opportunity has now been extended from 15 days to 30 days in Nevada.

At least 50-percent of the foreclosure sales in Las Vegas are cash only because banks see it as a hassle-free way to get the properties off their books.

With inventory at an all time low, and competition heating up, the First Look program can help people who don't have the cash to pay up front.

"(The) First Look program was Fannie Mae's program designed to strengthen communities and give first-time home buyers an edge," said Claudia Turcaz with the Nevada Association of Hispanic Real Estate.

Census Workers Hit the Streets

LAS VEGAS -- If you didn't mail in your census form, you can soon expect someone to show up at your door. Nearly 5,000 census workers are sweeping through Nevada's streets to make sure you are counted.

It only takes take a few minutes to fill out, but each form has an huge impact on Nevada's future.

Only 69-percent in the state have reported so far, and now comes the tough task of counting the rest.

Workers statewide are doing what they can to count each resident. Ten simple questions could have serious impact on healthcare, education, roads and transportation.

"Our state is in desperate need of additional federal funding and this is going to help reallocate close to $400 billion worth of federal funds to our state and to our local communities," said Henderson census office manager Nic Kirmse.

Murder Suspect Tells Police 'I am Guilty'

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- 8 News Now has confirmed that Metro police arrested a man in connection with a woman's body found in the desert over the weekend.

The woman is identified as 43-year-old Edis Hernandez-Quintanilla of Las Vegas and the Clark County Coroner has listed her cause of death as murder by asphyxia. Police have arrested Harold Marin-Valesquez.

A Boulder City police officer spotted an SUV and Marin-Valesquez in the desert near a quarry at U.S. 95 and mile marker 52 on Saturday, May 1st. According to the Arrest Report, the officer said Marin-Valesquez left the area at a high rate of speed so he followed him and pulled him over. The officer say Marin-Valesquez had alcohol on his breath and there was a woman's driver's license in the car. When police checked the area where Marin-Valesquez had been, they discovered the woman's body.

More Details Surface in 14-Year-Old's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- A fight in a car may have led to the death of a teenage girl whose body was found near a day care center on Sunday.

Murder suspect Juan Rivera told police about the events surrounding the girl's death after he was arrested for murder, robbery and sexual assault. In a police report, Rivera told police he gave Diana Sotos a ride to a friend's house, and while they were waiting for the friend, he and Soto had a argument.

The police report also reveals that Rivera is the boyfriend of Soto's older sister and all of them were living in the same home.

Rivera told police that Soto scratched him and he he strangled her and dumped her body on East Owens. Rivera denies sexually assaulting the girl.

Las Vegas Immigration Groups Outraged Over Arizona Law

LAS VEGAS -- Arizona's new immigration law has made that state a symbol for anti-immigration fervor nationally. Protesters smeared refried beans in the shape of Nazi swastikas on the state capitol's windows.

Opponents of the new state law say it will lead to racial profiling. Supporters say it will protect citizens from crimes of property and violence by illegal immigrants.

Las Vegas immigrant groups are gearing up for a fight if Nevada follows Arizona's lead. A group of Las Vegas activists just returned from Arizona. The group of labor leaders, students, preachers and politicians stood in opposition to Arizona's Senate Bill 1070.

"A number of us went to Arizona to stand with our brothers and sisters down there to support them in their fight against this. This bill is completely unjust," said Michael Flores with Reform Immigration for America.