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Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.

White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.

"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."... Read More

Wallet relief: Gas prices drop around the country

U.S. gas prices are at their lowest levels since 2009, according to GasBuddy.com.

Gas prices have continued their decline, falling below $1.80 per gallon which is low, but there's room for gas prices to continue to decline due to a weak seasonal demand.

According to GasBuddy.com's research, $1.79 a gallon, February's start at the pump is the cheapest February start since 2004. In the state of Nevada, we're averaging about $2.28 a gallon which is still pretty cheap, but nowhere near the middle states, averaging as low as $1.21 in some areas.

Other states still averaging over $2 a gallon:

Oregon ($2.01)

New York ($2.05)

Washington ($2.16)

Alaska ($2.39)

California ($2.58)

Hawaii ($2.63)

So what's causing the low gas prices?

Gas Buddy says while the price of crude oil has rebounded, high gasoline supply has so far prevented widespread increases in gas prices... Read More

Deadline approaches for KLAS-Cox deal

More than 300,000 households in southern Nevada that currently watch KLAS-TV Channel 8 will have to make other arrangements after Friday at midnight. That's when the KLAS signal will no longer be transmitted to all subscribers of Cox Cable.

Despite five months of negotiations with Cox Communications, no deal has been reached regarding what Cox should pay for re-transmitting Channel 8's programs, including next week's Super Bowl broadcast.

The cable company has gone on the offensive with statements about KLAS that KLAS General Manager Lisa Howfield calls "untrue and frankly offensive."

Howfield, who serves as general manager of Nevada's first and most honored television station, has heard just about enough trash talk from Cox Cable.

She says she would be remiss if she does not advise Channel 8 viewers who subscribe to Cox that they will lose the KLAS signal as of midnight Friday... Read More

Search for robbery suspects causes 3 schools to be on lockdown

The search for robbery suspects causes three schools to be on lockdown.

Advanced Technologies Academy, Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy and Mabel Hoggard Elementary are all on lockdown, according to Metro Police.

It all started with a robbery call in the 7500 block of Washington Avenue. Metro said the suspects left that area and headed towards the 1500 block of Tonopah Drive.

The suspects are believed to be in a home in the area. However, there weren't many details released.

Metro Police evacuated nearby houses as a precaution.

This is a developing story.... Read More

Local teens compete on Wheel of Fortune, it airs Tuesday

This week on Wheel of Fortune, two talented Las Vegas will show off their spinning skills on television sets across the nation.

Taylor Berkabile and Emma Shepherd were chosen to compete on the game show for 'teen best friend week.'

"It's just been like a dream of mine for so long to be on Wheel of Fortune. So, it is kind of surreal," said Emma. " I always watch Wheel of Fortune with my dad. My dad has filled out an application before, so I was like I am going to give it a try," said Emma Shepherd.

It was a while before the teens heard anything, but just when these best friends were about to give up hope on the dream.

"It was completely unexpected when they called us and said we had made it," Taylor said.

"I thought it was kind of scam, at first, I was like 'is this real?' I automatically thought of Taylor. Since we are always talking about game shows."

The teen pair believes friends who spin together may win together... Read More

Meeting focused on crime prevention tonight in Summerlin

Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman will host a Neighborhood Meeting on Crime Thursday, January 21. Seaman organized the event, which will feature Las Vegas City Councilmen Stavros Anthony and Bob Beers, together with representatives from the Nevada Attorney General's office and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, in response to a number of brazen home invasions and robberies in the Summerlin-area.

"Public safety is a top concern for me-and for my neighbors. I'm pleased to be able to organize this meeting to hear the experiences of those in the area and to put them in touch with the people who can help them prevent crime and who are engaged in the day to day effort to keep criminals in check," said Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman.

The event is being held at the Durango Hills YMCA, conveniently located at 3521 N Durango Drive, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21. The event is free and open to the public... Read More

Proposal to raise Nevada minimum wage to $13 moves forward

A Carson City judge says a proposed ballot measure to gradually raise Nevada's minimum wage to $13 can move forward.

The Nevada Appeal reports District Judge James Wilson sided with minimum wage hike supporters on Wednesday and ruled the petition language doesn't need to be changed. Opponents included Las Vegas and Reno-Sparks chambers of commerce, who sought to disqualify the petition on technical points.

Opposition lawyers said they're not sure whether they'll appeal. Nevada's minimum wage is $8.25 an hour, or $7.25 if an employer offers health insurance.

The measure would create a single, $9.25 an hour rate in late 2018, then increase it by 75 cents each year until it reaches $13 in 2024. Backers must gather more than 55,000 signatures to put the proposal on November's ballot... Read More