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October 1, 2014

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Flu could bring new challenges to struggling businesses

The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is out with some solid recommendations for businesses to help them prepare for a potential flu pandemic.

An online kit is available for free here.

This advice from the chamber makes sense as it offers a way to avoid layoffs in the event the outbreak deepens the recession:

"A pandemic flu outbreak may create changes in consumer spending habits and could reduce the number of visitors to Las Vegas. These changes may affect your bottom line. Consider establishing an alternative work schedule that reduces your overhead but also allows you to maintain your current employees,'' the chamber said.

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With jobs hard to come by, here's some news about law enforcement potentially hiring in Nevada:

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that more than $13.8 million in Recovery Act funds will go to Nevada to maintain or increase public safety in the state, while creating or retaining jobs within the law enforcement community.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds are part of more than $4 billion in Justice Department Recovery Act funds available to assist state, local and tribal law enforcement and for other criminal justice activities that help to prevent crime and improve the criminal justice system in the United States while supporting the creation of jobs and much-needed resources for states and local communities, the Justice Department said.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety anticipates the retention and hiring of gang and task force personnel; and plans to support anti-drug and violent crime initiatives to include anti-drug and gang prevention, education, and treatment programs; information sharing and coordination; alternative sentencing programs; multifaceted community response programs; a rural K-9 program; law enforcement training; and a statewide records management system. Nevada is required to provide a portion of the $13.8 million to local jurisdictions.

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Give Northern Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof credit for creativity.

His latest press release says: "After hearing about the federal judge ruling against Rod Blagojevich's participation in a celebrity reality TV show, Dennis Hof, owner of the world famous Moonlite BunnyRanch, would like to offer him an apprenticeship. U.S. District Judge James Zagel ruled that the former governor could not leave the country to film 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here,' which is to take place in Costa Rica in June. Dennis Hof is not supportive of the judge's decision and believes that Rod should have the opportunity to fulfill his reality TV desires with the BunnyRanch."

"I am offering Rod an apprenticeship position, in which he would assist with hiring ladies in addition to facilitating with training and proper disciplinary action," Hof said. "This apprenticeship could be featured throughout the upcoming season of HBO's CatHouse. Rod's willpower would be challenged daily by the ladies as they bribe him to acquire finer rooms or better working hours and days off."

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