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Graduates have reason to celebrate as others prep for classes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Less than a week before school is back in session, some students and teachers were celebrating the end of classes. Hundreds of individuals earned their diplomas on Tuesday.

Graduates are from area high schools, as well as those who are earning their diplomas through the Clark County School District Adult Education Program.

More that 300 people received their high school diplomas today.

Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara shook hands with every graduate.

The Adult Education Program serves those who wish to make up high school credits.

We caught up with a few graduates during their very proud moment, who admit: Better late than never.

“Man, hard work and dedication, you know?” said Sergio Rodrigo Gaete-Roig, who graduated from the Adult Education Program. “Hard work and dedication, and just keep grindin’ no matter what obstacles come at you … and just makin’ it happen.”... Read More

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Owners of Nye County boarding school formally charged

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Formal charges were filed against the owners of a Nye County boarding school, the Nye County District Attorney’s Office said on Tuesday.

Marcel Chappuis and Patricia Chappuis will be arraigned on Aug. 19 on 45 counts of child abuse or neglect, for conduct involving children enrolled and living at the Northwest Academy in Amargosa Valley. The charges followed an investigation conducted by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

The troubled school lost its license in February and 20 children in attendance were moved, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

Some of the allegations involve the facility’s drinking water, which was found to have high levels of arsenic. The criminal complaint describes the water as unsafe, and students weren’t given an alternative.

Amargosa Valley is about 88 miles northwest of Las Vegas... Read More

#ClearTheLists is helping teachers get much needed school supplies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A new viral social media campaign is helping teachers across the country — including Las Vegas — get supplies for their classroom.

Educators are creating Amazon wish lists with resources needed and using the #ClearTheLists.

The social media campaign started last month.

An educator  in Texas created the “Support a Teacher” Facebook page with the hashtag. Since then, it’s taken off.

The trend relies on the generosity of people purchasing items on Amazon or other online shops. At least one Nevada man is helping out.

 “We shouldn’t be asking teachers to choose going into debt or having a bare classroom,” said Andrew Bennett, Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

 Although Bennett focuses on traffic safety for his job, he’s highlighting a big issue during his personal time... Read More

Man accused of April 2016 homicide arrested in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police arrested a man Tuesday for the 2016 murder of a woman outside a Las Vegas apartment complex. Police say 37-year-old Henry Taylor shot and killed the unidentified victim on April 3, 2016.

According to detectives, the woman was found dead suffering from a gunshot wound outside of an apartment building located at 6501 W. Charleston Boulevard.

The investigation initiated by the LVMPD Homicide Section indicated that there was a dispute in the parking lot which involved two groups of people and of those, at least two individuals were firing handguns.

During the exchange of gunfire, the victim was struck. It is believed that the female was associated with one of the groups involved in the original altercation. ... Read More

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CCSD app helps parents and students track school buses

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District students and parents can now track school buses and find bus stop updates through a new cellphone app.

The school district unveiled the new tool just as a new school year is about to start.

CCSD says its school buses already had GPS trackers which are now paired up with the new mobile app. It’s called CCSD Onboard.

A high school senior who was tired of buses being late — and probably missing one or two buses — came up with the idea and actually helped design the app.

The goal is for parents and students to track their route with real-time updates. However, the Clark County School District says things are still new, so it may take up to 3 minutes for a bus location to update.

More than 130,000 CCSD students ride the bus to school through a network of about 1,600 bus routes.     ... Read More

‘Obsidian & Neon: Building Black Life and Identity in Las Vegas’ exhibit displayed at Pearson Community Center

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A photo exhibit titled “Obsidian & Neon: Building Black Life and Identity in Las Vegas,” opened Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center in Clark County. A year in the making, the exhibit, by Jeff Scheid and Erica Vital-Lazare, features photographic portraits and narratives featuring some of the community’s most notable African-American leaders in the areas of culture, politics, religion, business and community outreach.

Jeff Scheid, a longtime Las Vegas photographer, made 22 portraits of local African-Americans for the project. ... Read More

Web Extra: “Hard Knocks” Director Talks About HBO Series Featuring Raiders

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The long-running HBO series, “Hard Knocks” will feature the Raiders in 2019. This is the 14th edition of the series and the first time the Raiders have been featured.

Hard Knocks Director Tim Rumpff talks to 8 News Now Sports Director Chris Maathuis at Raiders Training Camp in Napa, CA.

The series will focus on second-year Head Coach Jon Gruden and the long list of personalities on the Raiders for 2019. The HBO web site says the program will follow the “mix of established veterans, free-agent additions and highly regarded rookie hopefuls throughout the training camp and the preseason.”

This is the Raiders final season in Oakland. They will be moving to the new $2 billion Allegiant Stadium just off the Las Vegas Strip in 2020.

The programs airs Tuesday nights, 10:00pm on HBO... Read More