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Las Vegas Police Search for Bank Robbery Suspect

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is searching for a suspect in a bank robbery earlier this month.

Police say the suspect entered a bank near Charleston and Decatur at approximately 9:05am on March 5. Police say the suspect handed a note to one of the tellers. The note informed the teller that the suspect had a gun and was demanding money. The teller complied with his demand. The suspect then fled the scene.

He is described as a 5'8" white male, 25 to 35 years-old. He was wearing a black baseball cap, dark turtle neck shirt and a brown jacket at the time of the robbery.

If you have any information, please contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 828-3591 or call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

2 Suspects Sought in Pharmacy Robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a pharmacy robbery near Jones and Sahara.

Police say the robbers came into the pharmacy around 9:30 a.m. armed with a gun. They jumped over the counter and started filling their plastic bags with drugs.

Police say the two men got away with at least six bottles of Oxycontin and some other medication.

The pharmacy owners says one bottle of Oxycontin containing 100 pills is worth $1,300, but they couldn't speculate what the street value might be.

The robbers dropped bandannas they were using to cover their face, along with a jacket and a couple of bottles of Oxycontin as they were running off.

Police believe that this crime was pre-planned.

"According to our victims, they received a suspicious phone call inquiring about what they had on stock and things of that nature. So we're investigating that," said Metro Sgt. Steve Candelas.

Wind Turbine Plant to Be Built In Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS --  A group of companies has announced plans to develop a plant in the Las Vegas valley that would employ about 1,000 people for manufacturing wind turbines.

The announcement was made by U.S. Renewable Energy Group (US-REG), a Chinese company called A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd., and the real estate development company American Nevada Company of Henderson.

The plan calls for building a the 320,000-square-foot plant in Las Vegas. The plant would manufacture and assemble wind-energy turbines that would supply energy projects throughout North and South America.

Senator Harry Reid has been leading the effort to develop renewable energy and promote investment in Nevada.

I-Team: Race to the Top Underway

LAS VEGAS -- With pen to page, Nevada is inching closer to a competitive battle with dozens of other states.

Governor Jim Gibbons signed Senate Bill 2 Wednesday, changing state law to let the Silver State have a better shot at $175 million in federal school funding.

How well Nevada does will depend on it's competitiveness with every other state also looking to compete on the best footing, Gibbons said after signing the bill.

The Governor had lamented that the bill as written would not give Nevada the full allotment of points in the federal grading system for Race to the Top funding.

SB 2 modifies teacher evaluations to include more than just raw test score data. Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, who joined Gibbons at the signing, said old evaluation methods hurt Nevada in Race to the Top and job retention.

Snow Falls in the South Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- It was an unusual sight for March that you had to see to believe. Snow flurries were seen all over Las Vegas as they fell earlier.

The weather has been constantly changing throughout the day. Snow blanketed the area of State Route 160 early Tuesday causing traffic to move slowly.

Most people were probably caught off guard as the flurries seemed to come out of nowhere.

But up at Mount Charleston, it was quite a pleasant surprise. Fourteen inches of fresh snow fell since 3 a.m. Tuesday making this season one of the best yet.

Back in the valley, light snow could be seen at I-215 and Flamingo and near the airport exchange. It didn't last long, as it warmed up and quickly turned into rain.

"It is a rather unusual occurrence. Going back to our records, we began taking observation in 1937, there have only been 15 days of snow ever reported in the month of March," said Michael Kennedy with the National Weather Service.

Hundreds Line Up For Free Tax Assistance

LAS VEGAS -- The Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC event Saturday, which took place at the Heinrich YMCA on Meadows Lane right across from the Meadows Mall, had lines wrapping around the building as people waited for free help in filing their taxes.

By mid afternoon there were already 200 families who were served. The focus of the event, which was co-hosted by Channel 8, was making sure taxpayers were aware of the changes made to the earned income tax credit.

What is it comes down to is if you earned $49,000 or less in 2009, you can receive free tax preparation and may be eligible for an EITC refund of up to $5,657. The EITC works to help low-income, working taxpayers get more money back when they file their federal income tax forms but most people are unaware of this tax credit.

Fashion Show Helps Raises Money and Awareness for Local Shelter

Leaving in the middle of the night from an abusive relationship, many women and children don't take many belongings looking for somewhere to turn.

The Shade Tree is that place and now Southern Nevada's largest battered women's shelter says it is witnessing a new level of violence. So Saturday night charities teamed up to give these women one thing many of us takes for granted.

Models worked the runway Saturday night at The Orleans Hotel, showing off their creative shoes.

They're raising money for Shade Tree. On any one night, 300 women and children seek shelter there. Many of them are victims of violent physical abuse.