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CCSD's policy: How district plans to prevent misconduct between teachers, students

For the third time this year, a Clark County School District educator has been busted for sexual misconduct with a student. The most recent incident involved, a legacy high school teacher who admitted to police that he had sex with a pupil.

All of the incidents have raised questions for CCSD about what the school board is doing to prevent inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

8 News NOW Reporter Karen Castro took a closer look at the school district's policy and training... Read More

KLAS-TV wishes Las Vegas news legend Paula Francis a happy retirement

Saying goodbye to a Las Vegas news legend creates a day filled with laughs, memories, and tears.

On April 1 -- April Fool's Day -- a day every 8 News NOW viewers and staffers wished was a big April Fool's joke in itself, we all said goodbye to our beloved Paula Francis.

Paula will anchor her last two newscasts, the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday evening. These time slots, along with the 11 p.m. newscast, are shows Paula anchored with Dave Courvoisier, and other news greats like George Knapp and Garry Waddell, by her side.

Waddell and Knapp rejoined Paula on the anchor desk Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

During Paula's retirement luncheon, Knapp, a longtime friend, and colleague, wowed and cracked the crowd up with his comical take on VH1's "Behind the Music." It was a video filled with dramatic storytelling and none truths about Paula and her colleagues... Read More

Drone protesters arrested in Las Vegas

Eight anti-drone protesters were issued misdemeanor tickets Wednesday during a demonstration at the gate of a U.S. Air Force base outside Las Vegas.

Nevada Desert Experience advocacy group spokesman Robert Majors says more than 25 people took part in the Wednesday morning civil disobedience at Creech Air Force Base.

Majors and police say no injuries were reported.

Those arrested were accused of jaywalking and given separate court appearance dates in Las Vegas between May 4 and June 21.

Follow-up protests developed last summer outside a courthouse when more than 30 anti-drone protesters appeared together following similar arrests at the Creech base gate a year ago. Charges against most were dropped for lack of evidence.

Protesters want the Air Force to stop flying unmanned remotely piloted aircraft on armed missions overseas... Read More

Housing market rebound: Median home prices up 7.5 percent

The real estate rebound continues in and around the Las Vegas valley. Compared to this time last year, prices are up about 7.5 percent, and so are the number of homes sold.

Pat Bockh has been searching for the perfect home for about a year and a half now.

"It's just a matter of numbers; keep looking," Bockh said.

Bockh moved to the valley area from St. Petersburg, Florida two years ago. She rented during that time but has now decided she's ready to buy a home.

"The interest rate is still low, and the fact that the prices of the houses are going up, the bottom has definitely bottomed out, and it's going the other way," according to Bockh.

Bockh's observations are on par with other prospective buyers in the market, according to Scott Beaudry, the president of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

There are a few factors that make the housing market somewhat of a buyer's market... Read More

Nevada Supreme Court looks at reforming how judges set bail

The Nevada Supreme Court is thinking about changing the way the state's judges set bail. Justices are looking at setting lower bail amounts or no bail at all for certain first-time offenders.

Why?

According to officials, there are hundreds of people in the Clark County jail, accused of minor, first-time offenses. The ones who can't afford bail, sit there for weeks awaiting trial.

During that time, they can lose their job and their apartment, which increases the chances of them re-offending when they get out.

The new plan is expected to ease overcrowding in Clark County's jail by up to 30 percent.

Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty says he doesn't like the fact that most judges don't have enough information to set the proper bail.

"Our justices in this state fly by the seat of their pants," Hardesty... Read More

Wife sentencing due in Vegas slaying of US airman from Guam

A 34-year-old mother of four will learn whether she'll ever get a chance at parole when she's sentenced for conspiring to kill her husband, a U.S. Air Force service member from Guam, to collect his life insurance.

Michelle Antwanette Paet won't face the death penalty Thursday following her guilty plea in October to plotting with her ex-convict boyfriend in the December 2010 shooting death of Staff Sgt. Nathan Paet.

Clark County District Court Judge Douglas Herndon could sentence Michelle Paet to life in prison without parole or give her the possibility of release after 21 years.

Former boyfriend Michael Rodriguez and a co-defendant Corry Hawkins each face life in prison without parole on murder, conspiracy, burglary and weapon charges.

Their sentencings are postponed while they challenge elements of their cases... Read More

White House considers Nevada Gov. Sandoval for Supreme Court

The White House is considering Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court, two people familiar with the process said Wednesday.

The nomination of a Republican would be seen as an attempt by President Barack Obama to break the Senate GOP blockade of any of his choices. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said his 54-member GOP caucus is opposed to holding confirmation hearings or vote on Obama's pick, insisting that the choice rests with the next president.

The officials declined to be named because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

Mari St. Martin, Sandoval's communications director, said Wednesday that the governor hasn't been contacted by the White House.

"Neither Gov. Sandoval nor his staff has been contacted by or talked to the Obama administration regarding any potential vetting for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court," she said... Read More