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Just one of the many foreclosed-upon homes in North Las Vegas.
One of Nevada's largest cities officially enters a state of emergency on July 1. But it's not what you think.
There are no windstorms or fires in North Las Vegas -- no "acts of God." The city simply can't pay its bills.
North Las Vegas Councilwoman Anita Wood says she and fellow councilors were forced to take the unprecedented step of declaring a state of emergency to keep the city running.
Under a state of emergency, the city would not pay planned salary increases and limit overtime hours for firefighters and police.
Wood says that North Las Vegas was especially hard-hit by the recession. The unemployment and foreclosure rates, she says, are among the highest in the state.
North Las Vegas Councilwoman Anita Wood