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NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit organization serving low-income children and families in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County School District.

The grant will allow Spread the Word Nevada to continue providing children's books, family literacy events, and reading mentors to the 23 elementary schools adopted since the organization started in 2001.

"We are grateful for NV Energy’s continued financial support and belief in our children’s literacy programs," said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. "Our mission of distributing books and promoting reading to the underprivileged children within our communities is so successful due to community partners like NV Energy.

Social Media Hooks Up Customers with Deals

LAS VEGAS -- Social media isn't just a place for friends to connect, it is also a smart marketing ploy if used right. Shopping centers are jumping on the social media bandwagon and using it to draw in hundreds of customers daily.

Town Square has 16,000 Facebook fans, the most out of any shopping center in Las Vegas. They decided to use those numbers to their advantage to increase sales.

Marie Moten is a self-admitted shopaholic. "There's specials for all kinds of things," she said. Moten and her credit card are taking a little lunch break at Town Square. It's a quick break from all the sales and deals she got from her cell phone.

"I just realized recently you don't have to print out a coupon. As long as you have the barcode on your phone, they can scan it," she said.

Everyday Moten checks Town Square's Facebook page for store sales.

Pahrump Winery Hits 5-Year Mark

PAHRUMP, Nev. -- Balancing the budget hasn't been a major issue for one Southern Nevada business. It's booming despite the recession.

Sandoval Talks About Improving Business Economy

LAS VEGAS -- Governor Brian Sandoval told the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce he will do what it takes to keep their taxes low. He says that's the only way the economy can improve.

But many business leaders say they will need more tax credits to make enough profit to hire more people. One thing they say is holding them back are the unknown costs of potential tax increases and health care.

Edy Seaver with Tangerine Office Systems offers health benefits to her two dozen employees, but Ken Miller of K-Tect Building Systems says rising health costs and uncertainty about the health care reform act keep him from expanding.

"With not knowing what it's going to be, it's very, very scary for us to bring people on to the point we could put them into those programs. I am limited in that. Right now, I'm not offering that to everybody because simply, we don't know," he said.

Atlanta Based Company Relocating to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- A new recycling plant is setting up shop in Las Vegas. The Atlanta-based U.S. Micro Corporation is building their corporate headquarters near the south I-215 and Buffalo and hiring 100 new people.

It's hard to imagine, but the seemingly-barren land will be the foundation for a new, all-green, 130,000 square foot recycling plant where you'll be able to drop off old computers, telephones and plastics.

Those goods will be remade into bike racks, parking bumpers and outdoor furniture

U.S. Micro will also safely remove any data and personal information from your computer before it's recycled. Their clients include banks and healthcare companies who store a lot of patient or client data, so U.S. Micro disposes of e-waste securely.

Restaurant Looking to Hire 200 People in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- There is a new job opportunity for dozens of valley residents.

Miller's Ale House is looking to hire 200 people to work at it's new Town Square location near Las Vegas Blvd. and Sunset.

The Florida based chain says they are looking for wait staff, bartenders, security and cooks. Interviews start this morning at 10 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. They will be held at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce in Town Square.

You are encouraged to have an application filled out when you show up.

Parents Push to Draft Jim Rogers as Superintendent

LAS VEGAS -- More than 7,000 parents signed petitions supporting Jim Rogers as interim Clark County superintendent. The Las Vegas businessman and former university chancellor says he's open to taking the job, but district officials say they don't need him.

Rogers says he has goals if he becomes interim superintendent, but no specific plans. He has knowledge of how high education works, but hasn't been to a school board meeting in months. And Rogers faces a potential conflict of interest involving the school board president and one of his own employees.

But parents tell the Clark County School Board one clear message: They want Rogers to take over.

If picked as superintendent, Rogers claims he could get up to speed within weeks, despite being thrust into the middle of a union pay fight.

"Yeah, it's enough time. Because the problems in one endeavor are pretty much the same problems," he said.