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Judge throws out lawsuit against state's ESA program

A Las Vegas judge dealt a blow to opponents of Nevada's School Choice bill. District Court Judge Eric Johnson recently dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union that was seeking to declare the law unconstitutional.

The judges decision is listed in 45 pages of documents, in which Judge Johnson found the school choice law constitutional because it doesn't violate the religious funding law. But the ACLU, who filed the lawsuit, disagrees with this assessment and the decision.

"Judge Johnson, I think gave a very thorough decision," said Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nevada.

The governor of Nevada is pleased with the judge's decision regarding the Education Savings Account Program.

So what was the issue?

The issue at hand was whether or not public funds could be allocated toward funding private religious, educational institutions... Read More

Protecting your home from scorpions, insects and other creepy-crawlies

They're creepy; they crawl, and they can wiggle their way into your home. Around this time, summer bugs and critters such as scorpions, cockroaches and spiders come out of their hiding place to look for a cool, dry place to set up shop.

"We had one scorpion; my son found him right on the wall," said homeowner, Floyd Denstaedt.

Denstaedt said he also had a close encounter with a black widow.

"I picked up a trash can, it was underneath the rim, and it bit me on the finger," Denstaedt said.

It's also that time of year when rats also look for food and shelter. Experts say rodents like to use washes, to get around unnoticed.

However, there are ways to keep unwanted guests out of your home... Read More

Protecting your home from scorpions, insects and other creepy-crawlies

They're creepy; they crawl, and they can wiggle their way into your home. Around this time, summer bugs and critters such as scorpions, cockroaches and spiders come out of their hiding place to look for a cool, dry place to set up shop.

"We had one scorpion; my son found him right on the wall," said homeowner, Floyd Denstaedt.

Denstaedt said he also had a close encounter with a black widow.

"I picked up a trash can, it was underneath the rim, and it bit me on the finger," Denstaedt said.

It's also that time of year when rats also look for food and shelter. Experts say rodents like to use washes, to get around unnoticed.

However, there are ways to keep unwanted guests out of your home... Read More

Suspect shot by Metro Police has criminal history

The man who was shot by a Metro Police officer Friday night has a criminal history that includes weapons, drugs and domestic violence charges, according to police.

During an afternoon news conference, Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill released more details on 27-year-old Jamal Gwynn.

Officer Patrick Sherwood fired seven shots at Gwynn hitting him twice in the chest and grazing his left arm.

The shooting happened after police were called to a neighborhood near Buffalo and Vegas drives just before 1 p.m. on Friday night to investigate a robbery and carjacking.

The officer located the car, which had an OnStar system, and confronted Gwynn, who was armed, police said.

There was a foot pursuit which ended with Gwynn jumping into Sherwood's patrol car and attempting to retrieve the shotgun inside the vehicle. McMahill said, Sherwood fired four shots at Gwynn through the driver's side window. ... Read More

Storm dumps rain and hail on valley

A spring storm brought rain and, in some areas, hail to the Las Vegas valley Saturday. The hardest hit areas were Green Valley, Henderson and Summerlin... Read More

Parents rally to challenge Nevada's ESA program

Thousands of Nevada families are in limbo as they await a decision on the state's school choice voucher-style program.

The State Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on a challenge to the program that lets parents use state school funding for their kids to go to private school.

A small group of parents demonstrated in front of the Rogers Foundation Tuesday. With posters in their hands, parents voiced their frustration with the on-going litigation over the Nevada Education Savings Account program.

"We've been very patient at the expense of our children, and we're not going to put up with it anymore," said Shannon Churchwell, a parent.

Churchwell organized the rally outside the Rogers Foundation because it houses the non-profit "Educate Nevada Now" organization. Educate Nevada NOW is one of the groups challenging the ESA program.

"It's not fair," according to advocate Hergit Llenas... Read More

Thunderstorms rolled through Las Vegas valley Thursday evening

Dark clouds filled the Las Vegas valley skies and dumped heavy rains early Thursday evening.

The thunderstorms showers, lightning, and hail in some areas rolled through just before 5:30 p.m. The storm started in the north and northwest before moving south.

Multiple lightning strikes were seen around Whitney Ranch. 8 News NOW received reports of pea-sized hail along Whitney Ranch and Warm Springs.

In the southern part of the valley, the rain came down around St. Rose Parkway. A flood advisory was issued for southwestern Clark County. It will be in effect until 7:15 p.m.

The rain pounded the area for a little over an hour before drying out. At the end of the showers, two rainbows could be seen in certain parts of the valley... Read More