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County Asks State for Disaster Relief After Flooding

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a resolution that requests Governor Brian Sandoval to declare a State of Disaster due to recent floods.

It will pave the way for some of those suffering damages to receive financial help.

"We were literally wiped out," said Robert Taylor, a hair salon owner.

Nearly a month after a major storm flooded his hair salon and barber shop near UNLV, Taylor is still waiting to reopen. Being closed can quickly kill a small business, he said.

"If you shut down a week, that will close you down."

In an effort to help businesses and homeowners pay for repairs, the Clark County commission approved a resolution for the governor to declare a State of Disaster which could unlock as much as $500,000 in state aid.

"Our businesses need assistance very quickly. So, I think it's a motivating factor," said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington.

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President Obama Holds Las Vegas Rally

LAS VEGAS -- President Barack Obama says he's "just okay" at debating, as his campaign continued trying to lower expectations ahead of his first face-off with Republican Mitt Romney.

Obama is in Las Vegas for what will be a three-day stay as he prepares for his first debate with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

More than 11,000 people showed up at Desert Pines High School for an evening campaign rally Sunday. The crowd chanted, "four more years," as he took the stage. "That's why I like coming to Las Vegas. Good weather and good people," he said.

Obama graded his GOP opponent as "a good debater." The candidates will compete in their first of three debates Wednesday.

The president says Americans deserve a discussion focused on what the candidates would do to keep the country growing and restore middle class security.

Obama to Hold Public Rally in Las Vegas Sunday

LAS VEGAS  --  President Barack Obama will hold a public rally at a Las Vegas high school on Sunday.

Campaign officials have also confirmed reports that Obama will spend three days in southern Nevada preparing for next Wednesday's presidential debate in Colorado.

A reservations employee at The Westin Lake Las Vegas property told 8 News NOW the entire hotel has been booked for three days.

The free event will be held at Desert Pines High School at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click here for more information on locations to pick up tickets.

It will be Obama's ninth appearance in Nevada this year.

Nevada is a key battleground state in the upcoming election. Early voting begins Oct. 20.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Nevadans Due Money from Foreclosure Settlement

LAS VEGAS --  Thousands of Nevada homeowners who lost their homes to foreclosure may be owed money by their bank.

Nevada's attorney general is sending out nearly 67,000 letters to foreclosed homeowners informing them of a massive settlement. The settlement earmarks $1.5 billion in payments to about $1.8 million borrowers nationwide.

Foreclosed homeowners may be eligible for a payment of at least $840, or more, in some cases.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez-Masto said the settlement will be paid to homeowners whose banks didn't handle the foreclosures properly.

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Residents Blame Old Transformer for Fire

Residents blame an old transformer for a fire that damaged six homes.

LAS VEGAS -- The American Red Cross is assisting 16 people after a fire in east Las Vegas Sunday afternoon damaged six homes.

The people who live there said an old electrical transformer is to blame and firefighters said wind, dry leaves and the close proximity of the houses contributed to how fast they were engulfed in flames.

Although the residents insist the transformer was old, fire officials are still investigating the fire.

Stephen Fitzgerald, who had lived in one of the fire-damaged houses since 1973, said he couldn't believe how quickly the fire moved.

"We heard a little crackling, like the crackling of a tarp in the wind, and I saw what looked like cotton wood pollen floating in the wind," he said. "I walked out and it was crawling up the corner of my fence.

"It was on my fence on this side. Fifteen seconds later it was on top of the big pine tree."

District Hopes New iPads Improve Student Achievement

LAS VEGAS -- While people around the world stood in line for the new iPhone 5 Friday, some southern Nevada middle school students were busy learning on new iPads.

Students at low-performing, Title 1 schools received the devices from the Clark County School District, as part of a new, digital initiative to boost student achievement. The initiative is known as e3: Engage, Empower, Explore Project. The money for the devices did not come from the district's general fund.

The iPads were already in use on the first day. A French class at Martin Middle School used an application loaded on the device for the lesson. The students translated sentences from English to French, then drew an illustration.

The device allows students to scan a barcode to get their assignments and download the file or application. They can also e-mail homework to their teachers. It also lightens the load in the average student's backpack.