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Mother Arrested for Leaving Child in Car

LAS VEGAS -- A mother who told police she got her car stuck in the desert and then left her child alone for 12 hours in the car has been arrested.

Police arrested 20-year-old Diana Ruiz for Felony Child Neglect. Ruiz told police that she was taking a short cut through the desert to Sandy Valley when her car became stuck and she accidentally locked the keys in the car with her 1-year-old daughter.

Police say Ruiz walked around for several hours seeking help. When she did find help, she could not locate the car. It was several hours later that she contacted police. Search and Rescue did locate the vehicle about five miles out in the desert. The child was treated for minor bruises and dehydration and has been placed in protective custody.

 

Nevada's Unemployment Rate Rises to 13.2 Percent

CARSON CITY, Nev. --  Nevada's statewide unemployment rate rose to 13.2 percent in February, while the jobless rate in the Las Vegas area climbed another notch toward 14 percent.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Friday the unemployment rate in Clark County increased from 13.8 to 13.9 percent.

There was no change in the 13.4 percent jobless rate in the Reno-Sparks area. In Carson City, the rate fell slightly from 13.8 percent to 13.7 percent.

The report says 189,000 workers were out of work in Nevada. But a top state economist says employers added 10,400 jobs in February, representing the first increase since October. Nevada's statewide unemployment rate in January was 13 percent, the second highest in the nation.

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Police Rescue Abandoned Baby

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Police have rescued a 1-year-old child left abandoned in a car overnight in the desert.

Police say a 20-year-old woman was driving her car in the desert yesterday when it became stuck in a ditch. The woman though she was taking a shortcut from Mountain's Edge to Sandy Valley before getting stuck. She then inadvertently locked her keys in the car along with the child. So she walked back to town to get help.

After trying unsuccessfully to find the car with a friend, the woman reported the incident to police Thursday morning.

Metro launched two search and rescue helicopters to find the car. At about 3:30 p.m. they discovered the vehicle in a very remote area of the desert west of Las Vegas. They landed nearby and officers found the child.

The child was unharmed but taken to UMC as a precaution.

DesertXpress May Begin Construction in Months

LAS VEGAS -- The DesertXpress high speed train could just be months away from starting construction.

Chief Operating Officer Andrew Mack said they are awaiting their final environmental impact report, which is the last hurdle in the process. They expect that report to be completed by the end of the summer, which means construction could start early next year, putting some 50,000 people back to work.

The DesertXpress would connect Las Vegas to Victorville, and eventually connect with Palmdale. Palmdale will be part of California's massive rail project that will reach from San Diego to San Francisco.

Station Casinos to Reorganize Under Chapter 11

Station Casinos and its subsidiaries have announced that they have filed a Joint Plan of Reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

As part of the plan, the mortgage lenders that are holding debt secured by Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, Palace Station, Boulder Station, and Sunset Station will become the equity owners of a newly-formed company and will sell 46% of the equity to Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, who will make a significant new investment to purchase their equity in the new company. 

The remaining equity will be owned primarily by the Propco Lenders and Colony Capital, who will also be making a new investment in the company.  Fertitta Gaming, will also manage the Propco Properties under a long-term management agreement. 

Parents Look for Justice in a Difficult System

LAS VEGAS -- When the grief is just more than he can bare, Frank Peterson says he tries to find some comfort in his daughter Angela's bedroom. Here lies her favorite stuffed animals, movie posters and clothing just as she left them on the night she was killed.

"This was her room. It is as she was before all this happened," said Frank Peterson.

The 24-year-old was a UNLV student living at home. She was returning from a friends house last November when her car was broadsided by 18-year-old Kevin Miranda's truck in the intersection of Rainbow and Flamingo.

Police say Miranda's preliminary breath test at the crash scene was .14, nearly twice the legal limit. The Peterson's say it only hurt more when Miranda's bail was initially set at just $20,000.

Miranda would await trial on house arrest, with assurances from the prosecutor that any violations would result in the immediate revocation of his bail.

Dishing @ 'Off The Strip'. A Local Favorite in Southern Highlands

The charming little restaurant in Southern Highlands features an Italian focused menu, without calling itself Italian. Try the grilled artichoke and meatball. You can't go wrong with the classic pasta dished either. Located on Southern Highlands Parkway