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More Businesses Moving to Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The economy is tough, but some businesses are bucking the trend by expanding and relocating. And Downtown Las Vegas is getting a lot of attention.

After more than a year of searching for the perfect spot for her business, Michelle Dimauro, with Habit Design Studio, says she found it.

"Ever since we opened our business, we wanted to be in the Arts District," she said.

She isn't alone. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman says now more than ever, businesses are showing interest in relocating and even expanding to the downtown corridor, including the Arts District. Mayor Goodman says the city has pulled out all the stops in an effort to attract businesses to the area.

"All we can do is make it business friendly. We've waived all of the liquor license fees for these small taverns. We're changing our zoning requirements -- not making it as difficult," he said.

More Homeowners Opt to Do It Themselves

LAS VEGAS -- The do it yourself trend to home renovation is taking off and customers are saving hundreds in the process.

From landscaping to painting, Rebecca Smith is getting ready to tackle it all. She just bought a foreclosed home that needs a lot of work.

"A lot of cosmetic stuff that needed to be done. Leaking faucets, plumbing, the whole nine yards," she said.

Instead of hiring a professional, Smith says saving money is more of a priority. In an economy that forces people to watch every penny, the do it yourself trend is a necessity.

Home Depot supervisor Corwyn Frierson says the majority of their new customers are either fixing up a foreclosed home they just bought or are improving a home they're forced to stay in to make life a little more enjoyable.

More than 2 Million Cribs Recalled

WASHINGTON  -- More than 2 million cribs from Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp. and five other companies were recalled Thursday amid concerns that babies can suffocate, become trapped or fall from the cribs.

Most of the cribs were drop-sides, which have a side rail that moves up and down so parents can lift children from them more easily. That movable side, however, can malfunction or detach from the crib, creating a dangerous gap where babies' heads can become trapped, leading to suffocation or strangulation.

The other companies involved in the recall were Child Craft, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons Juvenile Products.

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Boulder City Police Make Big Pot Bust

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- A speeding vehicle led to a pot bust in Boulder City. Police say an officer pulled Winston Aarons over just before 4 a.m. Friday morning for speeding. When the officer asked for Aarons' driver's license and proof of insurance, he handed over ID from someone else. 

He claimed the vehicle belonged to a girlfriend, but that's when the Officer noticed the vehicle had been freshly vacuumed and there were several air fresheners inside.

Once the officer got Aarons out of the vehicle to check it, the suspect bolted jumping over the wall of a Rebel gas station. Officers were able to catch up to Aarons and arrest him.

Back at the vehicle, once it was finally searched they found more than 10 pounds of marijuana inside. Aarons was booked on several charges including possession of a controlled substance.

Police Seize 5 Pounds of Meth in Car

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Police say they found about five pounds of methamphetamine and arrested a Phoenix man during a traffic stop on a highway outside Las Vegas.

Boulder City police Sgt. John Glenn said 40-year-old Francisco Javier Moncada was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, and Moncada's two children, ages 11 and 14, were placed in Clark County Family and Youth Services custody.

Moncada was held at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas on $10,200 bail pending a court appearance Thursday on felony methamphetamine trafficking and fictitious vehicle registration charges. It wasn't clear if Moncada had a lawyer.

Glenn estimated the value of the drugs at more than $50,000. He said the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier was stopped on U.S. 93 for an equipment violation, and police later found the drugs in hidden compartments.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Former Boulder City Teacher Sentenced

LAS VEGAS  -- A 47-year-old former Boulder City middle school teacher has been sentenced to 60 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to what prosecutors say was a decade of child abuse.

Charles Richard "Rick" Rogers pleaded guilty in March, avoiding trial. The former Garrett Junior High School science teacher and youth soccer coach was initially charged with 76 counts.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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."