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Nev. Board of Education unanimously approves reorganization plan

The Nevada Board of Education has voted unanimously in favor of a dramatic plan to shift the balance of power from a central office to the more than 300 schools in the Clark County School District.

Proponents of the reorganization plan approved Thursday say it's important for Nevada to act boldly, arguing the status quo hasn't improved the state's bottom-ranking public school system.

The plan fine-tuned over the past 14 months calls for an "empowerment" model that gives principals and their volunteer boards control over about 80 percent of the money flowing to their schools.

Critics scrutinized the details of the plan, asking whether it will distribute resources equitably. A panel of 12 legislators still must approve the final regulations that passed Thursday. That vote is expected on Sept. 9... Read More

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Man arrested for robbery at TJ Maxx store used BB gun

The man accused of waving a gun around and causing panic at a TJ Maxx store in northwest Las Vegas was armed with a BB gun.

Jason Mote was arrested Tuesday after police responded to a call of an armed gunman in a business.

According to his arrest report, he had been in the store following a female customer around when he pointed a gun into the air and then at the woman's head and he began yelling. He took the woman's purse. Another customer who was trying to find her teen daughter encountered Mote and he also pointed the gun at her head and threatened to shoot her. This caused employees and patrons to run for cover or get out of the store, if possible.

This was around the time police started receiving phone 9-1-1 calls.

Mote walked around in the store pushing the woman's cart which contained the stolen purse and some clothing. He stopped to remove his shirt and go through the woman's purse, the report said... Read More

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

Police: Patrons, employees barricaded inside business

Metro Police say patrons and employees barricaded themselves inside a store in a shopping center in northwest Las Vegas Tuesday afternoon.

The business, a TJ Maxx, is located in the 7000 block of North Durango Drive near Elkhorn Road.

Police responded to a robbery call in the parking lot of the business around 1:30 p.m. They were told there was an armed gunman attempting to rob a patron in the parking lot.

It was unclear if the suspect acted alone, or if there was an accomplice in the store, police said.

NHP and SWAT also responded. One person was taken into custody by NHP and police did search for a second suspect, but eventually realized there wasn't another suspect.

Police said customers and employees in the business at the time of the attempted robbery hid and barricaded themselves inside the store for two hours until they knew it was safe to leave... Read More

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Metro searches for slot machine burglar in northwest valley

Metro says it needs the public's help to locate an alleged slot burglar. According to Metro Police, the suspect is connected to eight slot machine burglaries since May.

The burglaries happened at convenience stores in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley and the city of North Las Vegas. In several incidents, the suspect is seen prying off the front panel of the machine using a crowbar.

Metro says the surveillance shows the suspect taking the cash box before he promptly exits the business. The suspect then drives away in a dark colored 4-door sedan (possibly a Toyota Corolla) which is missing the right front hubcap.

During other burglaries, the suspect was seen driving away in a 4-door sedan similar to a Dodge Intrepid, Metro said. The suspect is described as a white male adult standing approximately 6-feet tall... 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

Team USA men's basketball prepares for game against China, Vegas teen favorited to win in Rio

Team USA spent Friday preparing for its first game against China Saturday, and one of the small handful of Las Vegans competing in the games, but one competitor is just a high school senior at Bishop Gorman High School.

8 News NOW Sports Director Chris Maathuis has more on how Team USA's men's basketball team is preparing for their game Saturday, along with Vashti Cunningham's hopes to jump her way onto the podium in Rio. ... Read More