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I-Team: Two Homes Growing Marijuana Busted by Police

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police officers and DEA agents stormed into a quiet Las Vegas neighborhood Wednesday and needed explosives to break into a sophisticated drug operation.

Narcotics detectives, backed up by SWAT, swarmed into two homes near Oakey and Decatur to bust a hidden marijuana and psychedelic mushroom farm.

The raid was the latest operation from Metro's elite narcotics unit Team Six, created to go after indoor marijuana plantations. Already this year, the team has popped more than 60 marijuana grow houses, a 48-percent jump since last year. This year, police have taken over 5,000 plants and over 600,000 grams of drugs off the street.

Early Voting Ends on June 4th

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada's Primary Election is fast approaching and early voting will end on Friday, June 4th.

Early voting takes place over a two week period and there are dozens of sites around the valley to cast a ballot.

Click here for a list of Las Vegas early voting sites.

The Primary Election will take place much earlier this year on June 8th with the General Election on November 2nd.

Click here for information on obtaining a mail/absentee ballot.

First Lady Promotes Healthy Lifestyles in Nevada

LAS VEGAS --  First Lady Michelle Obama promoted healthy lifestyles among women and children Tuesday in Nevada and tried to help breathe life into the re-election campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling him "one of my favorite people in the world."

"Over the years, he has been a tireless advocate on behalf of women," Obama told about 1,600 people in a keynote address to a women's summit in a downtown Reno convention hall.

The Nevada Democrat, facing trouble in the polls in his bid for a fifth term in November, has been a leader on such things as health care reform for women, protection from domestic violence and equal pay for equal work, she said.

Obama then headed south to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area near Las Vegas to talk with children and support the "Let's Move Outside" initiative, urging outdoor activity with children.

Woman Pleads Guilty in DUI Death

LAS VEGAS -- A woman accused of driving drunk and causing a deadly accident entered a guilty plea in court Tuesday.

Miranda Dalton was driving drunk on April 9th when she rear-ended 28-year-old Paul Maidman's car killing him.

In the weeks following the crash, Maidman's family launched a Facebook campaign to seek the maximum penalty for Dalton.

Dalton will be sentenced on August 16th. She faces eight to 20 years in prison. 

Senate Hopeful Starts Petition for Ariz.-Style Immigration Law

LAS VEGAS -- Senate hopeful Chad Christensen wants to do two things: bring Arizona's controversial immigration law to Nevada and require everyone to have a photo ID when they vote.

The assemblyman says this would cut down on widespread voter fraud that local election officials say doesn't even exist.

Christensen was the first to sign the ballot initiative.

"12.2-percent of all the workers in the state of Nevada are illegal immigrants. Those numbers come from the Pew Hispanic Center," he said.

The bill would make it illegal to drive by a store and pick up day laborers. Right now, illegal immigrants are deported after immigration officers pick them out in jail. The attorney who wrote the bill says loitering or being pulled over for an illegal lane change could be seen as probable cause for deportation.

Judge Approves Auctioning Station Casino Hotels

RENO, Nev. -- A federal bankruptcy judge in Nevada has approved a plan to auction 11 Station Casinos properties on the open market.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Gregg Zive in Reno said Friday that he'll supervise the Aug. 6 sale. The judge says he wants to control disentangling what he called a complex set of relationships with "legal issues and questions at every step of that separation."

The proposal would spin off the Red Rock Resort, Palace Station, Sunset Station, Boulder Station and Wild Wild West properties into a holding company owned by company lenders, real estate investor Colony Capital, and members of the casino company's founding family.

The holding company would offer $772 million for the remaining 11 casinos, land holdings, and American Indian casino contracts as one entity.

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Tivoli Village Announces March 2011 Opening Date

LAS VEGAS -- The $850 million Tivoli Village at Queensridge mixed-use development is now scheduled to open in March 2011.

Heavy-duty building work at the village resumed late last year after a 10-month slowdown. Grading and infrastructure work on the 30-acre site started in 2006 and the initial projected opening date was fall 2009. But Tivoli's developers slowed construction in December 2008 to give the economy time to recover.

The development in western Las Vegas near Summerlin said Monday several tenants have signed leases. Tivoli will open with up to 40 retailers, about eight restaurants and several fast-food outlets. Tivoli says it's leasing more than 370,000 square feet of space.

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