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Clark County and CCSD discuss possible sales tax increase to fund education

LAS VEGAS (KLAS ) — The Clark County School District needs more money to fund education in Nevada. One way they’re proposing to get that money is by taxing you. But, the idea isn’t coming without backlash from people who are fed up with broken promises. 

Thursday night’s meeting at the Clark County Government Center was a first of its kind discussion between the School District and Clark County Commissioners.

Together, local officials addressed some of the toughest issues facing education in Clark County like how to better fund schools and getting more students into Pre-K programs, which could be possible if the county moves forward with a 1/4 percent increas to the sales tax.

“I don’t really think the money will solve any problem in this case. Probably perhaps your fiscal responsibility will,” one person said. ... Read More

Dogs rescued from South Korean meat farm get 2nd chance at life in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Four dogs took their first steps on American soil Thursday after a Las Vegas rescue saved them from a meat farmer in South Korea. They came from a life of torture and pain, but still have nothing but love to give.

Danielle Roth with Retriever Rescue of Las Vegas wants to make sure they spend the rest of their days feeling safe and at peace. 

“I know that their families are going to love them so much,” Roth said. “I know.”

It was tough to see behind their caring eyes and wagging tails, but these animals have seen the worst of the world. 8 News Now was able to witness the moment their lives changed forever. 

“They’ll just turn around and love you,” Roth added. “You can beat them and torture them, and they are not going to bite.”

However, as these animals settle into their new lives, Roth still holds a spot in her soul for all the other animals suffering. ... Read More

BOB’S BACK! — Missing tortoise returned to owner

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Bob’s back! That was the exciting text message 8 News NOW Reporter Shakala Alvaranga received from the missing tortoise’s owner, Peter Grave. Remember 8 News NOW first told you on July 12 how Grave was offering a $5,000 reward for Bob’s safe return.

Grave had just moved into his home near Eastern and Pebble when his beloved pet tortoise disappeared from the back yard. The story about Bo’s disappearance and his owner’s heartbreak was one that tugged at so many heartstrings of the 8 News NOW viewers. It touched many people to the point it went viral. The post was shared thousands of times on the 8 News NOW Facebook page.

But on July 18, all of Graves worries were eased by a simple knock at the door.

Bob and Grave were reunited when someone left him outside of Grave’s door. According to Grave, Bob was a little scratched up, but he seems to be ok.

It was a slow return, but it was well worth the wait... Read More

I-Team: Review of child deaths raises questions

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The I-Team has been exposing failures at Child Protective Services and how abused children sometimes fall through the cracks. But a state review of CPS paints a different picture.

The families of 27 children who died and 24 others who nearly died in 2017 and 2018 in the state of Nevada had previous contact with child welfare agencies.

The Legislative Counsel Bureau which reviews state agencies to make sure they’re working like they should, zeroed in on the deaths, and near deaths — a combined 51 cases.

The end result was they found no system failures.

“You couldn’t possibly come to that finding realistically,” said attorney Marjorie Hauf.

This memo states:

“Based on our review of the case files provided to us through December 31, 2018, we found no evidence that the fatalities and near fatalities were caused by the agencies not complying with state and federal laws.” ... Read More

WEB EXTRA: NV Energy power plant demolished in Moapa

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) –– A coal-burning facility in the middle of the desert is now gone for good. The NV Energy power plant, which is located in Moapa, was imploded by professional demolition crews just before sunset. Decommissioning the plant started in 2014 and took about a total of three years to complete.

Environmental advocates and those who live on the Moapa River Indian Reservation pushed for the change, citing health concerns. A brand new solar plus storage project is slated to be constructed in the area in its place. It’ll be the biggest one in the state.

A Las Vegas-based recycling center is repurposing the scrap metal.

“It takes us a couple of days by the time we receive the material down in Las Vegas to prepare it and get it ready to ship to a consumer for recycling,” said Jack Klein of S.A. Recycling. ... Read More

Nellis airman suffers gunshot wound to leg

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) – Police are investigating an incident on the 4900 block of North Las Vegas Boulevard at Nellis Air Force Base.

Metro Police say an airman sustained a gunshot wound to the leg with the incident occurring at 9:35 p.m. Thursday night and assisting Nellis Air Force Base personnel.

The male victim was transported to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

8 News Now will have update on this developing story... Read More

Jara holds round table discussion about CCSD’s budget and dean dilemma

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There’s three and a half weeks left until the start of the new school year, and the Clark County School District is still trying to figure out how to fix the $35 million budget shortfall. In an effort to balance the budget Supt. Dr. Jesus Jara attended a round Table discussion with teachers to go over options that will save the district money.

The talks Thursday not only focused on the budget, but they also addressed the dean dilemma. It was just last month when numerous parents, teachers, and other school staff went into an uproar of Jara’s decision to eliminate the dean positions. The slice of 170 dean spots was suppose to save the district $17 million, and that money was expected to go toward school safety and teacher raises... Read More