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Uber, Lyft see significant growth in past year

For the millions of tourists hitting the Las Vegas Strip every year, Uber and Lyft have become one of the main ways for visitors to get to and from the airport to their destination.

Plenty of locals also use the popular apps and on Tuesday the county commissioners talked about the companies growth in our area and around McCarran International Airport.

Uber and Lyft have been operating at the airport since late last year and both companies are growing exponentially.
Just last month more than 230,000 people were picked up or dropped off at the airport by Lyft or Uber, compared to 72,000 in December of last year.

The Clark County commissioners met for an update on licenses and fees. Both Uber and Lyft are paying the maximum fee per year which is $75,000 annually for a license for more than 7,000 drivers... Read More

Two unrelated shootings leave two dead

Metro Police are investigating two unrelated shootings Thursday night that left two people dead.

Police tell 8 News NOW both shootings happened at approximately 8 p.m.

The first shooting occurred in a residential neighborhood on North Circle, near Paradise Road and Twain Avenue. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the area. When officers arrived, they discovered a man with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

The second shooting occurred near the West Las Vegas Library near Lake Mead Boulevard and H Street.

Metro says officers responded to a report of a shot fired in the area. When police arrived, they found a Black male in his late teens or early 20's with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to University Medical Center and died a short time later.

Police do not have any suspects in custody for either crime. Investigators say the shootings are not related... Read More

Two unrelated shootings leave two dead

Metro Police are investigating two unrelated shootings Thursday night that left two people dead.

Police tell 8 News NOW both shootings happened at approximately 8 p.m.

The first shooting occurred in a residential neighborhood on North Circle, near Paradise Road and Twain Avenue. Witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the area. When officers arrived, they discovered a man with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

The second shooting occurred near the West Las Vegas Library near Lake Mead Boulevard and H Street.

Metro says officers responded to a report of a shot fired in the area. When police arrived, they found a Black male in his late teens or early 20's with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to University Medical Center and died a short time later.

Police do not have any suspects in custody for either crime. Investigators say the shootings are not related... Read More

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

Dorms full as UNLV welcomes large freshman class

Nineteen hundred students are settling into their dorms at UNLV after a busy day of moving in Wednesday.

Most are freshmen and part of the largest incoming class the university has ever had. That class is made up of around 4,000 students.

UNLV is a commuter school with less than 10 percent of the school's 29,000 students living on campus. But the recent surge is leaving the dorms bursting at the seams.

"I'm super excited, but I'm really nervous, like the campus is really big!" Allesa Chazelagmay said.

Before tackling the sprawling UNLV campus, incoming freshmen are tackling move in day.

"I'm really excited, it's a brand-new experience for me, it's overwhelming," freshman Ellie House said.

There are 1,869 students moving into the dorms which is maxing out student housing. Resident assistants are doubling up to free up extra rooms for more students... Read More

Police investigate homicide near Tropicana and Maryland

Metro Police are investigating a homicide at the Parkway Villas apartment complex near Maryland Parkway and Tropicana Avenue.

The body was found near one of the apartment units. It's unclear on what led to the incident.

This is the 110th homicide in Metro's jurisdiction... 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