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I-Team: Transgender Student's Graduation Concern

LAS VEGAS -- A transgender student is speaking out following a decision by school administrators to define the teen biologically. The young person, who self-identifies as a boy, doesn't want to graduate as a girl.

The young person came out as transgender to family and friends last year. Although Francis Dalog Junior is still biologically a girl, Francis self-identifies as a boy and presents that way. But administrators at Shadow Ridge High School recognize Francis the she, not the he. School officials initially insisted Francis conform accordingly on graduation day.

Another Major Closure for Summerlin HOV Work

Another Major Closure for Summerlin HOV Work


Another major closure of the U.S. 95 will affect drivers this weekend.

Beginning Friday, the Nevada Department of Transportation will be closing a portion of Rainbow Boulevard. and will detour U.S. 95 southbound in order to pour concrete pour the bridge decks for the Summerlin HOV flyover bridge currently under construction.

The traffic reconfiguration will consist of one marathon weekend beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and reopening by 5 a.m. Sunday.

Drivers heading south on U.S. 95 will be detoured through Rainbow. Motorists driving east on Summerlin Parkway will be diverted through Buffalo to connect to 95 North. There will be no restrictions to connect from 95 North to Summerlin Parkway West.

Caesars Hosts National Kids to Parks Day

Caesars Entertainment will be teaming up with the National Park Trust to encourage families to come out for National Kids to Parks Day.

The day is dedicated to getting families to go to national, state and local parks to enjoy all the outdoor activities the areas have to offer. Caesars Entertainment will be holding an event Saturday at Centennial Hills Park, 7150 N. Buffalo Drive. The day will be coordinated with the City of Las Vegas Corporate Challenge closing ceremonies. Kids will be able to challenge an obstacle course, learn about gardening in an herb-planting event, enjoy a healthy snack and get a chance to take a picture with Buddy Bison, the official mascot of National Park Trust.

A disc jockey will entertain the crowd and prizes will be given out to participating children.

Hiker Severely Stung by Bees

LAS VEGAS-- A 69-year-old Las Vegas man was severely stung by bees while hiking near the top of Lone Mountain late Friday afternoon.

According to the Clark County Fire Department the man was near the top of Lone Mountain on a trail at approximately 5:00 p.m. when he encountered bees and was stung at least 300 times.

It took several hours to find the man because he was located in a remote area on the mountain. A helicopter from Metro Search and Rescue was used to bring him off the mountain to a rescue ambulance where he was treated immediately by paramedics and then transported to the hospital at around 8:38 p.m.

Clark County Fire officials say hikers should always carry a communications device to summon for help in the event of an emergency.

For more information about bees and bee safety, call the Bee Safety Hotline to listen to a three minute recording at 702-229-2000.


Patients Can Notify ER They're on Their Way

Patients Can Notify ER They're on Their Way


Hospitals in the Sunrise Health System have a new way for patients to alert staff in the emergency room that they are on the way.

The iNotify system is through the healthcare app iTriage. When a patient uses the iTriage app, he or she has the option to click the notify button which allows the patient to fill out symptom information, allergies and other health information the staff may need to know. The information is then sent directly to the hospital emergency room staff, allowing them to get ready for an incoming patient.

iTriage is available for a free download for iPhone and Android. The notify program is available at Sunrise, MountainView, Southern Hills and Sunrise Children’s Hospitals.

Husband Sentenced for Murder of School Teacher Wife

LAS VEGAS -- Mark Franta, the husband of local middle school teacher Marybeth Franta, has been sentenced to life in prison for her murder.

In March, Mark Franta pleaded guilty via an Alford Plea to second-degree murder, which means he didn't admit guilt but did acknowledge there is enough evidence to prove he killed his wife.

Police said that Marybeth Franta, who taught at Molasky Middle School, got into an argument with her husband on Nov. 13, 2010, which ended with her being strangled.

Franta was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 10 years. During the hearing, Franta's children asked the judge for mercy for their father. They said they don't want to lose both parents.

Ashley Franta and her brother Brandon said their dad is not evil and that he absolutely loved their mom. They say no one will ever know exactly what happened.

Man Fights to Get 4-Way Stop at Dangerous Intersection

LAS VEGAS -- People in a northwest valley neighborhood are pleading with the city to install a new stop sign at an intersection. A valley father says the intersection is dangerous. His son died there in a crash in March.

Todd Strasser turned to 8 News NOW for answers. He's been standing at the intersection for weeks getting signatures on his petition to make it a four-way stop.

"It shouldn't take someone's blood," he said.

His 31-year-old stepson Jesse was killed at the intersection after his motorcycle was hit by another car.

Neighbors say they fear another accident is on the horizon.

"Something's going to happen in a very bad way," neighbor Bishop Roy Lee said.