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CCSD School Board Rejects Converting all Year-Round Schools

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School Board has rejected a money saving proposal to switch all of its year-round elementary schools to a nine-month calendar. Instead, they will only convert 21 of the 76 year-round schools to the nine-month schedule. 

Even though converting all of the schools would have saved millions and it was a well-supported idea among respondent who took a district survey, many school employees objected.  

The district's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Weiler said converting all of the year-round schools would save the district $18 million and mean fewer layoffs as the district attempts to meet a $125 million budget shortfall.

The board ended up agreeing with unions representing bus drivers and food service workers.

School Board Votes To Reject Money Saving Proposal

The Clark County School board votes to reject money saving proposal to accelerate plan to turn year round schools to 9 month schools. They will stick to only converting 21 of 76 schools to 9 month campuses.

CCSD CFO Jeff Wyler says accelerating that plan would save $8 million.

But teacher and support staff unions objected, saying it would leave their members effectively unpaid for 3 months out of the year.

Nevada's Unemployment Rate Rises to 13.2 Percent

CARSON CITY, Nev. --  Nevada's statewide unemployment rate rose to 13.2 percent in February, while the jobless rate in the Las Vegas area climbed another notch toward 14 percent.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Friday the unemployment rate in Clark County increased from 13.8 to 13.9 percent.

There was no change in the 13.4 percent jobless rate in the Reno-Sparks area. In Carson City, the rate fell slightly from 13.8 percent to 13.7 percent.

The report says 189,000 workers were out of work in Nevada. But a top state economist says employers added 10,400 jobs in February, representing the first increase since October. Nevada's statewide unemployment rate in January was 13 percent, the second highest in the nation.

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Las Vegas Police Investigate a String of Bank Robberies

LAS VEGAS - Bank robberies are becoming a growing problem for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Bank thefts in Las Vegas have doubled since last year. Metro is investigating three incidents that occurred this week alone.

One happened at a U.S. Bank branch near Charleston and Las Vegas Boulevard on Wednesday. Police say the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. If he didn't get it, he threatened to set off a bomb.

"(The teller) read the note and asked for clarification from the suspect," Metro Police Lt. Clint Nichols said. "He got spooked and took off."

The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair, 25 to 35-years-old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.

Metro Officer Remains in Critical Condition After Shooting

LAS VEGAS - A Metro police officer is fighting for his life after he was shot while chasing a suspected car thief Tuesday night.

31-year-old Officer Michael Madland remains in critical condition at University Medical Center. The officer was shot in the leg. Authorities say the bullet hit an artery, and he lost a lot of blood.

Police say the shooting happened after officers spotted a car Tuesday evening that was reported stolen. When the officers attempted to pull the car over, the drive sped away and lead officers on a brief chase before stopping.

According to police, there were two suspects in the car. Forty-five-year-old Marvin Wayne Wilson was immediately arrested. He was booked for possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting an officer and petit larceny.

Valentines Day Dining at the Top of the World

Top of the World at the Stratosphere is 'elevating its cuisine' with a new chef and a new menu. The wine list here may be the most reasonably priced in town! The filet was fantastic. If you like seafood, you've got to try the Cod. Melt in your mouth delicious. Of course the view steals the show. The room rotates as you dine in the sky.

Lots Of Flavor and Big Portions at the Fat Greek

The Fat Greek is located on Decatur near Flamingo. This family run business knows how to do traditional Greek food, but brings in some nice fresh twists too. You will not leave hungry! Two people can eat there for less than $50 dollars and you'll have a doggie bag too. Leave room for dessert. Good sweets here.