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Six Schools Benefit from New Reading Centers

Six Schools Benefit from New Reading Centers

 

The Clark County School District is touting the success of a new program designed to improve student reading skills and educator effectiveness.

The Reading Skills Development Centers are a partnership between CCSD and UNLV and have been set up in six elementary schools. The centers focus on students kindergarten through third grade.

Tutors, coaching and master-reading teachers are all used in the centers to help students improve their reading skills.

Students from Camberio, Long, Manch, Martinez, Peterson and Williams elementary schools are benefitting from the program.

Those schools were chosen because they have a high number of English language learners, and low reading scores. However, the principals and staff were committed to increasing reading skills and improving instruction techniques.

 

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Flood Control District Developing Free App

LAS VEGAS -- Last summer was a deadly one for flash floods in southern Nevada.

Two people lost their lives and motorists and stranded in waste deep water over all the valley.

The relentless downpour of rain has not only claimed lives, but is also responsible for thousands of dollars in property and vehicle damage.

But this year, staying safe is now as close as a smartphone application.

The Clark County Regional Flood Control District has a new app called FloodSpot.

Officials from the flood district say the app is currently under development.

"It's going to be both android and iPhone," Kerri Anne Mukhopadhyay said. "It's really going to help us interact with some of the residents during flash flood season when it's flooding out."

The app will have everything from flood insurance information to locations of flooded roads.

Acts of Kindness: Lori Shoup

LAS VEGAS - Lori Shoup has built relationships across the valley. She volunteers her time and money to several charities, including St Jude's Ranch, CP Squires Elementary School, Catholic Charities and the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"To just see that gratitude, and get the hugs, and the relief, and build the relationships, that's huge," she said.

In addition to the hours of volunteering she does, Shoup gets her friends, family and co-workers involved.

"Lori's the one always carrying the flag, waving the banner, getting everyone rallied and fired up to do these types of things," said Texas Station Vice President Michael Jerlecki.

Whether it's collecting food for needy pets, feeding the homeless a hot meal or making sure underprivileged children are warm in the winter, Shoup's efforts are inspirational.

Fire Station Open House and Pancake Breakfast Set for April

Fire Station Open House and Pancake Breakfast Set for April

 

Clark County Fire Station 20 will be opening its doors for an open house and pancake breakfast next month.

Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins, the fire department and Parks and Recreation Department will join together for the event set for Saturday, April 6.

The fire department hosts a fire station open house every other month at fire stations around the Las Vegas valley. This event is unique because it will include a pancake breakfast.

Residents will get a chance to tour the fire station and talk with firefighters, but they will also have a chance to learn important safety tips through agencies set to attend, including Safe Kids Coalition, Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition, the American Red Cross, Nevada Child Seekers and others.

There will also be staff from the District Attorney's Office, Metro Police and the county's Recorder Office and Department of Business Licenses available to answer questions.

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Metro Police Target 2 Dangerous Intersections

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Traffic officers are targeting two dangerous intersections to catch drivers breaking the law.

This past weekend was one of the deadliest, leaving three dead and another critically injured in separate crashes valley wide according to officers. There have been 36 deaths on Clark County roads with 25 of them occurring in Metro Police's jurisdiction.

Sergeant Richard Strader leads most of the deadly accidents that Metro police investigates. He said he has pleaded for drivers to pay attention, but the message doesn't seem to be getting resonating.

"We as a community need to pull it together, and do the right thing," Strader said. "It's everybody's responsibility, not just the police. We're starting to see the same trend that we had last year."

Metro Launches Special Traffic Enforcement Effort

Scene of fatal accident at Decatur Boulevard and Flamingo Road in February

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police's Traffic Bureau will be conducting special traffic enforcement operations at intersections throughout the Las Vegas Valley, the department announced Monday.

The enforcement is already underway and will continue through May 22. According to police, officers will be stationed at intersections with the most crashes, including Charleston and Lamb boulevards, and Decatur Boulevard and Flamingo Road.

Officers will be looking for drivers who are speeding, disregarding traffic control devices, failing to yield the right of way, failing to maintain lanes, using cell phones, driving while distracted and driving under the influence.

The goals of the special enforcement are to raise awareness of the jump in traffic-related deaths and reduce the number of car accidents.

Coroner ID's Victims of Deadly Weekend Crashes

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified three victims from deadly weekend crashes.

A fatal crash on I-15 southbound at Cheyenne Avenue claimed the life of 31-year-old Rebecca Steeprow of Las Vegas. According to Nevada Highway Patrol, Steeprow was driving a Volkswagon, lost control and crashed into a tractor trailer on Sunday.  

The coroner identified the 15-year-old boy killed on Saturday as Robert Lee Brown of Las Vegas. Brown was riding in a car that lost control on Rainbow Boulevard and struck a light pole.