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Program gives extra training to teachers to improve under-performing schools

Local community groups are working together to help improve under-performing schools in the Clark County School District, and they're turning to teachers to get it done.

The program is called Lead Nevada Academy, and it will provide leadership skills for teachers who have demonstrated success in the classroom. The goal of the program is to take the success and expand its reach beyond classroom walls.

More than 18,000 teachers work for the Clark County School District.

"My senior year teachers, they actually helped me out a lot," said Justice Santiago, a student. "I'm about to graduate, so they're really trying to push us to graduate."

In Lead Nevada Academy six teachers will be selected to undergo what is described as nine-months of 'intensive training.'... Read More

RTC pushes for light rail system in Maryland Parkway corridor

Lawmakers say they plan to make another hard push to build a light rail system in Las Vegas.

The track would potentially start at McCarran International Airport and go up to Maryland Parkway to Carson before it heads west here it heads west and downtown until it gets near Valley Hospital.

McCarran International Airport would be the southern terminus of the proposed light rail line. However, the light rail line has seen its challenges getting started, but this time transportation officials say they're ready to go.

A multi-year study of the Maryland Parkway corridor is wrapping up a growing UNLV, Sunrise Hospital, and The Boulevard Mall are all pushing the road to its limits. Add to that congestion is the passenger traffic that continues to set new records at McCarran... Read More

Albertson's celebrates grand reopening of renovated store

Out with the old and in with the new. Albertson's supermarket plans to re-open a new and improved version of its store at a familiar location.

On Wednesday, the store celebrated the grand reopening of its location at Eastern Avenue and Warm Springs Road.

"To see this thing be reborn is absolutely amazing," said Bob Miller, Albertson's District Manager.

Albertson's is among the many grocery store chains that have faced challenges here in southern Nevada.

In recent times Albertson's has bought out a competitor, closed a number of stores, sold off other stores, and then re-purchased them.

"They went to Haggen," Miller said. "Haggen didn't do well and left the market again. We were lucky enough then to re-acquire those stores.

Miller admits the company has had what he describes as "tumultuous" years.

Haggen is among a number of grocery store chains that have gone out of business in Las Vegas... Read More

Revelers pour into Las Vegas to ring in 2017

Around 320,000 people are in Las Vegas for the New Year's weekend which is more than in previous years.

Typically, the Strip sees upwards of 90 percent occupancy to close out the year. This year is no different. Most hotels are nearly sold out. The occupancy is just over 98 percent. for New Year's Eve. More than 145,000 rooms have been booked.

With that many people in Las Vegas, it means the airport, resorts and nearly every entertainment venue is going to be jam packed.

"Happy New Years," said Gloria Williams, who is visiting from Los Angeles and plans to ring in the New Year in Las Vegas.

"Oh we're going to be partying with Elton John. We're going to crank it in 2017 with whatever he wants to sing. We got it. We're ready," she said.

Williams is among the many Californians who help make up the more than 300,000 visitors who will celebrate the New Year in Las Vegas. ... Read More

UNLV to send business students to Cuba for new experience

For the first time, UNLV plans to send a group of students to Cuba. The trip is part of an educational experience through a business program on campus.

"I'm super excited," said Bruce Gil, a student at UNLV.

Gil is one of 13 UNLV students planning a trip to Cuba next summer.

"This is going to help me understand," Gil said. "It's going to open up my horizons and my perspective to see how other people live."

The Global Entrepreneurship Experience Program is offered as a minor for students interested in starting and growing new businesses. Every year, the program takes students out of the country to see and learn about other economies.

They've been to Poland and Panama, but for the first time in the program's history, their destination is Cuba.

"I think this is a great opportunity to hit a country that has had almost no relationship with the U.S., said Janet Runch, Global Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator... Read More

Firefighters rescue man from wash

Firefighters with the Clark County Fire Department rescued a man from a wash on Thursday.

The call came just after 4:00 p.m. in the area of Flamingo Road and Swenson Street.

Firefighters say the man was combative during the rescue attempt. First responders took him to the hospital for a mental evaluation. ... Read More

Metro investigating suspicious death

Metro Police are investigating a suspicious death after a body was discovered Monday morning.

The body was found near Topaz Street and Tompkins Avenue.

There is no word on the cause of death... Read More