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Advisory Committee approves preliminary reorganization plan, 27 revisions for CCSD

The Advisory Committee unanimously approved the preliminary reorganization plan and 27 revisions for the Clark County School District.

The committee spent numerous hours Tuesday in a meeting trying to figure out how to reorganize CCSD.

Under the proposed plan, each school would be independently run, and instead of the superintendent, the principal, a team of teachers, and parents would be in charge of hiring and budgeting.

There's no concrete answer on exactly how much it will cost to make the transition.

"It will put pressure on the legislature to address inadequate funding for the school system next session," said Michael Roberson,, Nevada State Senator for District 20. "We do need to invest more in education in Southern Nevada."

Some of the amendments also state that parents who join organizational teams won't be protected from lawsuits. Plus, only middle school and high school students will be able to join organizational teams... Read More

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Armed person barricades self in home, Metro says

Metro Police investigated a barricade situation Friday evening.

Around 1:38 p.m. Metro said it receive a call about an armed person in the 5400 block of W. Tropicana Avenue.

Metro Police said it's treating the incident as a barricade and SWAT situations. Nearby apartments have been evacuated... Read More

Metro: Youth facility director arrested for lewdness

A youth director at the Boys and Girls Club was arrested Thursday for lewdness, according to Metro Police.

Metro said detectives with the LVMPD Sexual Assault Detail investigated a report of lewd conduct between a 44-year-old Willis Brown and a teenage girl.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect, also known as "Coach Willis," may have also had two additional victims.

Brown worked at the Boys and Girls Club located at 10900 Southern Highlands Parkway.

Brown was arrested and transported to the Clark County Detention Center where he currently faces three counts of lewdness with a child under 16 years of age... Read More

Payday loans could face more restrictions

If you want to take out a payday loan in Las Vegas, it's not hard to find a lender. The state treasurer's office says there are more payday loan businesses than there are McDonald's in Nevada.

However, with that accessibility comes problems.

There is no cap on interest rates for payday loans in Nevada. So if you don't pay it back quickly, you fall into a deep financial hole fast.

It's been a problem in the Las Vegas valley since the recession and the state treasurer has had enough.

"They have to sell parts of their bodies just to make extra money," said AJ Buhay, the field director for Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN).

At a meeting in Las Vegas, state Treasurer Dan Schwartz is hearing the stories of how people are getting caught in payday loan traps.

The average Nevadan ends up owing 526 percent of what they borrow leaving many in financial ruin... Read More

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Questions linger in bee attack

A man who was stung by bees more than 200 times is still recovering in the hospital. The bee attack happened Thursday morning near Russell Road and Fort Apache.

And more than 24 hours after the attack, bees are still visible in the southwest neighborhood where neighbors are shocked.

"It was horrific," said Amber Howerton, resident! "It was -- it felt like something from a Steven King novel."

There's also still some unanswered questions about the victim and whether or not he had a license to do the job. However, 8 News NOW found out that the state doesn't regulate every bee business.

"We did not do an investigation into that because they are not currently licensed nor do they currently need to be licensed under our existing regulations," said Scott Cichowlaz of Nevada Dept. of Agriculture.

According to Nevada law, pest companies who go out and kill bees must be licensed by the state, but bee removal and rehabilitation companies do not... Read More

CCFD: Worker hospitalized after being stung hundreds of time by bees

An exterminator was hospitalized Thursday with life-threatening injuries after being stung hundreds of times by bees, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

It happened around 9:15 a.m. in the southwest valley. Firefighters said two to three exterminators were working to remove bees from a home at the corner of Colored Wind Avenue and Wispy Winds Street when he was stung numerous times by the bees.

According to Clark County Fire, the worker wasn't wearing protective clothing when he was stung.

When Clark County Firefighters arrived at the scene, they said they put on their personal protective equipment and pulled the stung patient out of the area affected by the bees to deliver medical care and transport.

The patient was taken to Southern Hills Hospital with life-threatening injuries... Read More

New CCSD schools designed differently

There's a new design for public schools in Clark County. The design change solves some problems that plague the district, such as overcrowding.

Eight schools are currently under construction and a total of 35 elementary schools are planned over the next 10 years.

The new schools are designed to hold more students -- 850 instead of 725.

"Full day kindergarten is now mandated," said Rick Baldwin, CCSD director of demographics and zoning.

He oversees the department that is in charge of getting those new schools up and running.

Baldwin explains another new design which revolves around getting young learners interested in lucrative fields.

"We're also putting in a STEM room, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math room to allow those principals that have the flexibility to do some creative and innovative things," he said... Read More