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New Red Rock Visitor Center Unveils Wednesday

The first of a multi-phase new project at the Red Rock Visitor Center will be unveiled on Wednesday.

The Arrival Center offers an information station, exhibits and a bookstore. The full project, which will include outdoor exhibits and an amphitheater, will be completed by mid-2010.

"Red Rock is one of the BLM's crown jewels and is a source of pride for southern Nevada," said Tim Wakefield, BLM Red Rock/Sloan field manager.

The $23 million construction was approved by the Secretary of the Interior. The new center will replace the current visitor center which opened in 1982. Back then, only 20,000 people visited the center in a year. Now, there are more than 1 million visitors a year.

Teen Sentenced for Killing High School Student

The 17-year-old who shot and killed a high school student in 2008 was sentenced to life in prison.

Gerald Davison, who was the triggerman in a drive-by shooting near Palo Verde High School, will not be eligible for parole for 28 years. Davison apologized to Christopher Privett's family during the sentencing.

Privett, who was 15-years-old was walking home from school with a group of friends when he was killed. According to police, the friend had earlier exchanged gang signs with Davison.

Ezekiel Williams, who was driving the car, was sentenced in Aug. to 20 years in prison.

Sentencing Scheduled for High School Student's Killer

One of the two teens accused of shooting to death a high school student walking home is expected to be sentenced today.

Ezekial Williams, who was 18-years-old and Gerald Davison who was 16-years-old shot 15-year-old Christopher Privett in a drive by shooting in Feb. 2008 near Palo Verde High School. Police say both teens were part of a gang.

The triggerman was Gerald Davison, Jr. and the driver was Ezekiel Williams. Williams has already been sentenced, Davison who is now 17-years-old will be sentenced today. He had attemped to have his guilty plea to first degree-murder withdrawn but it was denied by a judge.

Davison had told investigators that just before the shooting, a group of students near Palo Verde threw gang signs at them and were "talking trash" about Williams' girlfriend. Davison says Williams handed him the gun and encouraged him to shoot at the students from the car.

Frustrated Homeowner Takes his Bank to Court

One frustrated homeowner is using a new law to take his bank to court because he says his bank refused to work out a loan modification with him.

The law allows any homeowner going into foreclosure to force their mortgage lender to try mediation first. Under the law, if the mediator finds that the bank did not come to the table in good faith, the case moves to district court for sanctions.

Homeowners frustrated with their lender now have one more way to fight back and avoid foreclosure. The law is called the Nevada Foreclosure Mediation Program.

The attorney for Chase Bank was clearly not happy to be in court Thursday morning. Homeowner Raul Cardenas has been fighting since last December to stay in his home. Chase Bank holds his mortgage. 

Cardenas bought his dream house in the northwest part of the valley for his wife and four young boys in 2006.

Police Make Arrest in Violent Attack on Woman

Police have made an arrest in the brutal beating of a 65-year-old woman on October 14th.

Daniel Ruiz has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center on multiple charges including robbery and first degree kidnapping.

Police say Ruiz broke into the woman's home near Smoke Ranch and Buffalo and severely beat her before stealing car. The car was discovered two days after the attack.

Teen Critically Injured in Morning Accident

A 16-year-old male suffered critical injuries in a car accident Tuesday morning at Rainbow Blvd. and Whispering Sands Dr.

The teen was a passenger in a car driven by a 17-year-old male, who suffered moderate injuries.

According to Metro, the teen driver failed to stop at a stop sign and hit an SUV. That driver suffered minor injuries.

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.