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Nevada Schools See Improved Math Scores

Clark County schools have something to celebrate. Nevada was just one of four states that improved in both 4th and 8th grade math this year.

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Education, Nevada showed slight improvements this year compared to two years ago and major improvement from 13 years ago. One local school credits a special teaching method used.

At Richard Bryan Elementary School, Mrs. Crew's reputation speaks for itself.

"Mrs. Crew makes it really fun, she has a lot of games that we do in here," said Megan Burns, student.

Crew is known for helping kids master math, so it's the only subject she teaches. Her school ditched the traditional model where one teacher teaches every subject. At Richard Bryan, students rotate between teachers and subjects.

Teen Dead in Northwest Las Vegas Accident

Metro Police are investigating a fatal Tuesday night accident near West Ann Road and Centennial Center Boulevard.

Police say two 17-year-olds were driving on Centennial in a Nissan Altima when the driver lost control and struck a palm tree. The car's passenger side took the most damage from the impact.

The driver was transported to University Medical Center in an unknown condition, but police say he was talking to emergency responders. The passenger died at the scene.

Police say speed is a factor in this crash. They don't believe the teens were racing or drinking alcohol, but they do think they were driving fast.

Teen Accident Victim Identified

Police say speed was the biggest factor in a car crash that killed 17-year-old Pierino Yohanes Halley who was a student at Centennial High School.

Halley was killed when the car he was a passenger in slammed into a light pole and trees Tuesday night near Centennial Center Blvd. and Ann Road. Along that particular stretch of road, there are no stop lights and people say it is common for drivers to exceed the speed limit.

"It says 35 and people usually go 50 or 55 because there are never any cops over here to pull them over so they think it is just an open street," said Brittany Tarricone, teen driver.

Companies Eye So. Nevada for Business Relocation

Southern Nevada's high unemployment rate is making it easy for companies relocating to the valley to find workers.

When operations became too expensive in California for Erickson International, the company looked for a more business friendly place to relocate. The company's president says Nevada has it all, especially a willing workforce.

Erickson International is a $20 million company that's growing. They make window films used for tinting car, home and business windows.

"Remember, it's a green product that can save energy," said Michael Miller, the company president. He says doing business in California no longer made sense but moving east to Nevada did.

"We looked at it as an advantage during a down time in the economy. People are looking for new options, lower cost alternatives. We're going to offer lower cost products because we are very efficiently manufacturing," he said.

Red Rock Conservation Area to Host Volunteer Day

Federal officials say they plan to host a fifth annual volunteer day at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area next month.

Officials for the Bureau of Land Management say their fifth "Make a Difference Day" at the park will be held Oct. 24. The day includes volunteer projects in the morning, then ends with food and entertainment.

Officials say the number of volunteers has tripled during the past three years. They encourage participants to register ahead of time by clicking here.

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Police Hunt Man Suspected of Killing Son

Thirty-one-year-old Jerry Pough, Jr. was a loving husband and father. The family he leaves behind can't understand this heartbreaking loss.

"He was passionate about his family, friends and music," said his widow Seila Pough.

Jerry was a music producer. On Sunday morning, Jerry was with his father, driving home from a bar after a boxing match. Jerry wanted to stop at the store. His father wanted to go straight home. The two argued and the senior Pough shot his son dead.

Seila and Jerry's oldest son, Phoenix, are stunned. "His dream was to put his music out there or make good music period," she said.

The kids and the adults mourn their loss, but find comfort hearing Jerry's music.

As the family shares their anguish, they're angry at Jerry Pough, Sr. -- a father and accused killer on the run. "I was hysterical. I couldn't believe it.

Police Search for Father in Son's Murder

Police have released pictures of a murder suspect hoping the public can help find him.

Investigators say Jerry Pough Sr. shot and killed his son, Jerry Pough Jr. early Sunday morning after an argument.

Police say Pough suffers from bipolar disease and schizophrenia. A warrant was issued for his arrest Monday. Pough was last seen driving a rental car from Budget Rent-a-Car. It's a 2009 silver Chevrolet HHR with a California license plate 6HVY215.