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Store Donating Millions to Schools

LAS VEGAS -- Every school across the nation can now vote to get half-a-million dollars. 

It's all thanks to Kohl's as the store celebrates the 10th anniversary of their Kohl's Cares Program.

The store is donating $10 million to 20 schools. The donation comes from the Kohl's Cares  merchandise program, which sells special merchandise, including plush toys and books and then donates 100% of the net profit to benefit children's health and education initiatives nationwide.

Each school that wins will get $500,000.  Now through September 3rd, those wanting to get their school in the running need to go to Kohl's Facebook page and explain why their school should get the donation and then vote for it. 

More Progress Made on Nevada Wildfires

LAS VEGAS  -- Firefighters in Nevada have contained one fire in the mountains northwest of Las Vegas and report good progress on another that burned more than a dozen buildings in a small ranching town.

The Bureau of Land Management says the fire that burned 600 acres and destroyed 15 buildings in Moapa was still 50 percent contained as of midday Monday.

But winds were calm and there were no visible flames. The fire broke out Thursday 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas and was sparked by a wood chipper.

Firefighters, meanwhile, contained the 20-acre Cathedral fire on Mount Charleston that was caused by an illegal campfire. A Forest Service spokeswoman says about 35 firefighters were continuing mop-up efforts and removing tree hazards. No serious injuries were reported in either blaze. 

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Medicaid Changes Cause Concern for Families

LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of Las Vegas families may soon need to find new ways to get their loved ones to adult daycare. Facility operators say proposed changes in Medicaid rules are so restrictive, they may have to close their doors.

Adult daycare centers felt they dodged the bullet after February's special session in Carson City. Now, they say new rules to be enforced Wednesday by the State Medicaid Board will force hundreds of elderly and disabled Las Vegans to drop out of adult daycare, leaving their families with little help.

Eighty-four-year-old Madeline Romyn stays at her daughter Lynda's home. When she's not there, Madeline is at Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Center on So. Jones Rd. It's a haven for Madeline, who suffers from dementia.

"So, mom, how do you feel about your school?" asks Lynda Burns.

"I love my school," said Romyn.

Evacuated Order Lifted on Mt. Charleston

MT. CHARLESTON -- Residents of Mount Charleston can now go home. They were evacuated after a blaze burned in the Rainbow Canyon area off SR-157.

More than 250 firefighters were called on to battle the blaze northwest of Las Vegas. While crews are making progress in containing the fire, they are dealing with tough terrain conditions.

SLIDESHOW: Nevada Wildfires

Various state and local agencies are working on dousing the fire which has blackened more than 20 acres. The BLM says the fire was started Thursday morning by an illegal campfire. The fire is now about 50 percent contained and moving away from homes.

There will be a community meeting for Mt. Charleston residents tonight at 6 p.m. at Bilbray Elementary School.

Wildfire Burns 20 Acres on Mt. Charleston

MOUNT CHARLESTON, Nev. -- The wildfire on Mt. Charleston has blackened more than 20 acres since it was sparked by an illegal campfire Thursday.

All roads to the area have been opened to the mountain and a voluntary evacuation order has been lifted. Two hundred firefighters to battled the blaze.

There will be a community meeting for Mt. Charleston residents tonight at 6 p.m. at Bilbray Elementary School.

The fire, which burned in the Rainbow Canyon area caused a massive evacuation on the mountain Thursday. Winds and rough terrain were giving firefighters a tough time.

Police and fire officials evacuated all four subdivision communities: Echo, Cathedral, Rainbow and Old Town. The Mt. Charleston Hotel as well as the lodge were also evacuated.

Free Swimming and Skating at County Pools and Parks

Clark County is offering free swimming and skating at its pools and parks for the Fourth of July holiday.

Residents can enjoy free swimming at all pools and water parks from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 4th. The participating parks include:

Cambridge Water Park, 3930 Cambridge St.
Desert Breeze Water Park, 8275 W. Spring Mountain Rd.
Hollywood Skate Park, Sahara and Hollywood - 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Parents must sign waivers)
Paradise Water Park, 4775 McLeod Dr.
Parkdale Water Park, 3200 Ferndale St.
Sunrise Pool, 2240 Linn Lane
Sunset Pool, 2601 E. Sunset Road
Walnut Water Park, 3075 Cecile Ave.
Whitney Pool, 5700 E. Missouri St.

Laughlin Water Park and Overton Pool will be open from noon until 4 p.m. Indian Springs is open from 1 - 5 p.m.

 

More Homeowners Opt to Do It Themselves

LAS VEGAS -- The do it yourself trend to home renovation is taking off and customers are saving hundreds in the process.

From landscaping to painting, Rebecca Smith is getting ready to tackle it all. She just bought a foreclosed home that needs a lot of work.

"A lot of cosmetic stuff that needed to be done. Leaking faucets, plumbing, the whole nine yards," she said.

Instead of hiring a professional, Smith says saving money is more of a priority. In an economy that forces people to watch every penny, the do it yourself trend is a necessity.

Home Depot supervisor Corwyn Frierson says the majority of their new customers are either fixing up a foreclosed home they just bought or are improving a home they're forced to stay in to make life a little more enjoyable.