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Parents Push to Draft Jim Rogers as Superintendent

LAS VEGAS -- More than 7,000 parents signed petitions supporting Jim Rogers as interim Clark County superintendent. The Las Vegas businessman and former university chancellor says he's open to taking the job, but district officials say they don't need him.

Rogers says he has goals if he becomes interim superintendent, but no specific plans. He has knowledge of how high education works, but hasn't been to a school board meeting in months. And Rogers faces a potential conflict of interest involving the school board president and one of his own employees.

But parents tell the Clark County School Board one clear message: They want Rogers to take over.

If picked as superintendent, Rogers claims he could get up to speed within weeks, despite being thrust into the middle of a union pay fight.

"Yeah, it's enough time. Because the problems in one endeavor are pretty much the same problems," he said.

Police Investigate Homicide in Daycare Parking Lot

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a homicide after the body of a young woman was found near a daycare center in east Las Vegas Sunday morning.

The body was found in the back parking lot of the daycare near Owens Ave. and Marion Dr. when a neighbor walking by noticed it and called police. 

Witnesses say the young woman was positioned as if she were resting, but she was clearly deceased.

"They had found a body in the back lot and just wanted to know if we had surveillance cameras," said the owner of the daycare.

The owner told police she didn't have surveillance video. She never thought she would need it. 

"She didn't have any shoes on she was barefoot," she said. "She actually just looked like she was asleep."

Detectives say the victim is between the ages of 16 and 20-years-old and she had obvious signs of trauma on her neck. An autopsy is being done now to determine cause of death.

Parents, Officials Look to Draft Rogers for Interim-Superintendent

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School Board is expected to pick the search firm responsible for finding a new superintendent during Thursday's meeting. Walt Rulffes is retiring this August.

Former University Chancellor Jim Rogers is putting himself forward as a possible interim superintendent. Rogers is the boss of School Board President Terri Janison's husband and now Janison finds herself in a peculiar situation.

The buzz surrounding Rogers as interim superintendent is growing. School Administrator's Union President Stephen Augspurger is calling for Rogers to step in and save the district at its most trying time.

"He's an advocate for higher ed. He'll become an advocate for K through 12. What better man to have in the legislature than Jim Rogers," he said. 

No Charges Filed After Baby Left at Fire Station

LAS VEGAS  --  Authorities say a man won't face criminal charges for leaving a 2-day-old baby at a Las Vegas-area fire station under Nevada's Safe Haven law.

Las Vegas police Officer Barbara Morgan said Tuesday that the law covers the action of the unidentified man who left the infant with firefighters at a Clark County fire station not far from Nellis Air Force Base.

The child was taken to University Medical Center in the custody of county Child Protective Services. Officials are calling the case a first since the state law was passed in 2001 after cases where newborns were found in trash bins and casino restrooms. Some were alive. Some were dead. The law lets parents legally leave a child up to 30 days old with an emergency services provider.

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Unions, District Debate Layoffs and Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Unions and the Clark County School District remain gridlocked on layoffs and budget cuts. All four unions met with school district leaders and still came to no solution, even though a new, revised budget is due in three weeks.

Stephen Augspurger, head of the Clark County Association of School Administrators, says he came in optimistic with a plan of how to keep jobs and cut salaries as little as possible. But after the meeting was over, he was frustrated with the district for giving them wrong revenue numbers. 

Now they have to start over while the clock is ticking.

"The concern we still have is there's not a sense of urgency on the part of the district to get this resolved. We've got families and employees who are losing income and jobs and no one wants to be in that predicament for any longer than is necessary and the longer it goes, the worse people are gonna feel," he said.

2-Year-Old Falls Out of Window

LAS VEGAS -- A 2-year-old child fell out of a two-story window at an apartment near Bonanza and Mojave.

Police believe the child's 4-year-old sibling may have opened the window. The child was transported to UMC with a possible broken leg.

8 News NOW will have more details when they become available.

Firm will put cap on Sunrise landfill - Las Vegas Review - Journal

Firm will put cap on Sunrise landfill
Las Vegas Review - Journal
Work will begin this summer to seal a 440-acre landfill with a long, troubled history. After years of wrangling with Clark County and ...

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