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HUD Homes Present Opportunities for Home Buyers

LAS VEGAS -- The Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD has hundreds of homes for sale in the Las Vegas valley market and the homes are in neighborhoods including Summerlin, Rhodes Ranch and Mountain's Edge.

One local broker told 8 News NOW that the HUD homes are becoming quite popular buys because it's a faster process than buying a short sale home and some of the HUD homes are in upper end neighborhoods.

"Normally HUD has been stigmatized as being a broken down shanty shack almost and really we have great homes like this one that are in Summerlin, Southern Highlands, all around the Las Vegas and Henderson area," said Thomas Blanchard, First Realty Group.

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Battle Rages at Sun City Summerlin HOA Meeting

LAS VEGAS -- While protestors rallied at the Grant Sawyer Building, Nevada's largest homeowners association met in Summerlin. The Sun City Summerlin HOA held a special meeting to approve hiring a new executive director. The meeting that turned into a shouting match.

For two hours, Sun City Summerlin homeowners expressed their frustration and opposition to approving a new executive director. The controversy is over timing. The association is in the middle of an election and in two weeks a new board will be in place.

It's a decision one board member says can wait.

"I think it behooves us to wait. Some people are in a hurry and for the life of me, I don't know why," said board member Joe O'Connel.

None of the five board members who voted for the new leader were willing to talk about their position on the matter. It is a problem homeowners say is bigger than their 14,000 member association.

DMV Proposed Kiosks in Convenient Locations

LAS VEGAS -- What would you do if you could go to the grocery store to renew your license rather than to the DMV? It's a proposal that DMV managers hope will get the green light from the legislature. They want dozens of more kiosks put into areas you shop or visit everyday to cut down on long lines.

DMV officials say kiosks have helped reduce the lines and wait times since they were implemented in 2004. Approximately 24 percent of registration renewals were done at kiosks and the DMV wants more of them.

"(The) proposal as it stands now is to build 40 new machines per year, for two years. That gives us a total of 80 statewide," said Kevin Malone with the DMV.

Malone says those 80 kiosks would be put into grocery stores, colleges and shopping centers -- places you frequent the most.

Decades-Old Attraction in Danger of Closing

LAS VEGAS -- The animals at the Bonnie Springs Zoo may not have a home for much longer. The zoo could close if its fence isn't replaced in the next three months which would mean an end to the 60-year-old tourist attraction.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the current fences aren't strong enough for a zoo but this small zoo 25 miles from the Las Vegas Strip doesn't have the money or resources to fix them.

It's not often people get to see roosters, peacocks and burros running free but at the zoo, they rule the roost.

Bonnie Springs Zoo

"We have our guinea pigs, our rabbits, and our chickens, but then we also have wallabies, lemurs, and lynxes. We have wolves and there's a lot of educational stuff that people have never seen," said "Cowboy" Joe Tasso, Bonnie Springs Zoo.

Officer Involved in Costco Shooting Faces Felony Charge

LAS VEGAS -- District Attorney David Roger says 23-year-old Thomas Mendiola is in a lot of trouble.

Last summer, Mendiola, a Metro Police officer, allegedly gave a .22 Ruger to his mechanic Robert Justice. Justice already had a criminal record in another state. On September 14, 2010, Justice sold the Ruger and a .357 handgun to an undercover police officer for $500.

According to the criminal complaint, Justice told Mendiola about his criminal convictions and Mendiola admitted to knowing about them. According to the complaint, Mendiola allegedly told Justice, "Dude, you're not supposed to have that, but you already know that." Investigators also say Mendiola stated the gun "was rusted, it had no sights. It didn't fire. Course, I never tried it. It just didn't look like it even fired to me at all."

If convicted, Mendiola could trade his badge for a prison ID.

Delays on US 95 Due to Major Accident

LAS VEGAS -- An accident involving as many as 12 vehicles on northbound US-95 caused delays for commuters as Nevada Highway Patrol investigated.

NHP says there are injuries but none are life-threatening. The accident scene was just north of Lake Mead Blvd. All northbound lanes were closed, but the freeway opened about an hour later.

Life Guards Needed for City Pools

LAS VEGAS -- The city of Las Vegas is looking to hire spring and summer lifeguards for municipal pools around the valley.