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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

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

Arrest made in May homicide at apartment complex

Metro police have made an arrest in the May homicide of a man who was shot at an apartment complex on Cambridge Street.

The shooting happened on May 30 around 6:50 p.m. following an argument between two men.

Police took 28-year-old Bryant Metcalf into custody Thursday. He is facing one count of murder in the first degree. He is being held in the Clark County Detention Center... Read More

NV Energy files proposal with PUCN to grandfather in private rooftop solar customers

NV Energy filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) a proposal Wednesday to grandfather-in eligible private rooftop solar customers.

In its filing, NV Energy requests that customers who had installed a private system prior to December 31, 2015, remain on the previously approved net metering rates for 20 years. The company also asks that customers who had an active and approved application to interconnect a system pending on December 31, 2015, remain on previous net metering rates. ... Read More

Keeping your neighborhood safe

Homicides are up by nearly 70 percent across the Las Vegas valley, and violent crime overall is up by nearly 20 percent when you compare the numbers this year to last year.

In addition to homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, and assault and batteries are also trending higher. But that's not all.

The Las Metropolitan Police Department saw an increase of calls for squatters in all area commands last year except for the northwest which had a nearly 11 percent reduction.

8 News NOW wants to help you protect yourself and your neighborhood, so for an entire week, we've committed ourselves to producing reports that will give you a leg up when it comes to keeping your neighborhood safe.

Monday -- City to revisit law on short term rentals... Read More