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Calling all parents: CCSD offers survey to get parents' opinions on key topics

Attention parents: CCSD needs your opinion. Safety, academics, and school climate are among the many topics that are the focus of the 2016 Clark County School District's Parent Survey.

The 10-minute survey, available in English and Spanish, is confidential and part of the district's efforts to engage the community on important issues facing students and their families.

"With parent engagement being one of the district's Pledge of Achievement success indicators, the annual survey continues to be an important opportunity for us to hear from and listen to what parents think about their child's school and the district as a whole," said Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. "CCSD employees work hard to improve all areas of education, and it is vital that we receive feedback from parents because they are students' first teachers."... Read More

Stabbing caps off deadly Friday

For first responders anywhere in the world, there is no such thing as normal days because as a first responder, every day can be hectic in its own way. Especially a day like Friday the 13th.

We're not saying we're superstitious, but May 13 has been a pretty sad and crazy day for the Las Vegas valley. Between fires, accidents, and acts of violence, it's safe to say Friday has been a trying day for first responders.

It all started around 4 a.m. when flames burned through an apartment complex near Rainbow and Charleston. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said Shirlena Rutherford intentionally started the fire.

Neighbors say they heard a domestic dispute fright before they saw the flames.

"The next thing we know the neighbor's coming out screaming, 'she started the fire'," said Markeish Wilson, a resident... Read More

Stabbing caps off deadly Friday

For first responders anywhere in the world, there is no such thing as normal days because as a first responder, every day can be hectic in its own way. Especially a day like Friday the 13th.

We're not saying we're superstitious, but May 13 has been a pretty sad and crazy day for the Las Vegas valley. Between fires, accidents, and acts of violence, it's safe to say Friday has been a trying day for first responders.

It all started around 4 a.m. when flames burned through an apartment complex near Rainbow and Charleston. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said Shirlena Rutherford intentionally started the fire.

Neighbors say they heard a domestic dispute fright before they saw the flames.

"The next thing we know the neighbor's coming out screaming, 'she started the fire'," said Markeish Wilson, a resident... Read More

Protecting your home from scorpions, insects and other creepy-crawlies

They're creepy; they crawl, and they can wiggle their way into your home. Around this time, summer bugs and critters such as scorpions, cockroaches and spiders come out of their hiding place to look for a cool, dry place to set up shop.

"We had one scorpion; my son found him right on the wall," said homeowner, Floyd Denstaedt.

Denstaedt said he also had a close encounter with a black widow.

"I picked up a trash can, it was underneath the rim, and it bit me on the finger," Denstaedt said.

It's also that time of year when rats also look for food and shelter. Experts say rodents like to use washes, to get around unnoticed.

However, there are ways to keep unwanted guests out of your home... Read More

DOJ critiques Metro's response to deadly ambush on Officers Beck and Soldo

The Department of Justice's, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) released Thursday its after-action assessment of the Metro's response to the ambush of two police officers, Alyn Beck, and Igor Soldo, on June 8, 2014.

The report titled, "Las Vegas After-Action Assessment: Lessons Learned from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Ambush Incident," provides a detailed analysis of that tragic day on June 8, 2014, and the events that followed. It also offers key findings to help law enforcement agencies better strategize efforts to maintain officer safety in incidents such as ambushes or active shooter situations.

The reports findings in regards to the response coordination and communications praised Metro Police for their actions in this extreme situation, but it also pointed out some areas for improvement. The area of improvement mainly consists of communication. ... Read More

Parents rally to challenge Nevada's ESA program

Thousands of Nevada families are in limbo as they await a decision on the state's school choice voucher-style program.

The State Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on a challenge to the program that lets parents use state school funding for their kids to go to private school.

A small group of parents demonstrated in front of the Rogers Foundation Tuesday. With posters in their hands, parents voiced their frustration with the on-going litigation over the Nevada Education Savings Account program.

"We've been very patient at the expense of our children, and we're not going to put up with it anymore," said Shannon Churchwell, a parent.

Churchwell organized the rally outside the Rogers Foundation because it houses the non-profit "Educate Nevada Now" organization. Educate Nevada NOW is one of the groups challenging the ESA program.

"It's not fair," according to advocate Hergit Llenas... Read More

Thunderstorms rolled through Las Vegas valley Thursday evening

Dark clouds filled the Las Vegas valley skies and dumped heavy rains early Thursday evening.

The thunderstorms showers, lightning, and hail in some areas rolled through just before 5:30 p.m. The storm started in the north and northwest before moving south.

Multiple lightning strikes were seen around Whitney Ranch. 8 News NOW received reports of pea-sized hail along Whitney Ranch and Warm Springs.

In the southern part of the valley, the rain came down around St. Rose Parkway. A flood advisory was issued for southwestern Clark County. It will be in effect until 7:15 p.m.

The rain pounded the area for a little over an hour before drying out. At the end of the showers, two rainbows could be seen in certain parts of the valley... Read More