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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

Trailers, RVs go up in flames at Summerlin storage facility

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue battled a blaze at a storage facility in Summerlin Saturday afternoon.

It happened at 7441 W. Lake Mead Boulevard. According to firefighters, several trailers, and RVs at the Storage at Summerlin self-storage facility caught fire.

The eastbound lanes of W. Lake Mead Blvd. had to be closed at N. Buffalo Dr.

The fire which spread quickly, caused two rows of vehicles to go up in flames, according to LVFR's Twitter account. The fire created thick black smoke that could be seen for miles.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said three engines had to be called in to get the fire under control.

It took close to an hour to get the fire under control.

According to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, no one was hurt in the fire. Fire officials are investigating the cause.

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Photo Credit: All photos are courtesy of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.... Read More

CCSD's policy: How district plans to prevent misconduct between teachers, students

For the third time this year, a Clark County School District educator has been busted for sexual misconduct with a student. The most recent incident involved, a legacy high school teacher who admitted to police that he had sex with a pupil.

All of the incidents have raised questions for CCSD about what the school board is doing to prevent inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

8 News NOW Reporter Karen Castro took a closer look at the school district's policy and training... Read More

KLAS-TV wishes Las Vegas news legend Paula Francis a happy retirement

Saying goodbye to a Las Vegas news legend creates a day filled with laughs, memories, and tears.

On April 1 -- April Fool's Day -- a day every 8 News NOW viewers and staffers wished was a big April Fool's joke in itself, we all said goodbye to our beloved Paula Francis.

Paula will anchor her last two newscasts, the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday evening. These time slots, along with the 11 p.m. newscast, are shows Paula anchored with Dave Courvoisier, and other news greats like George Knapp and Garry Waddell, by her side.

Waddell and Knapp rejoined Paula on the anchor desk Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

During Paula's retirement luncheon, Knapp, a longtime friend, and colleague, wowed and cracked the crowd up with his comical take on VH1's "Behind the Music." It was a video filled with dramatic storytelling and none truths about Paula and her colleagues... Read More

Man enters guilty plea in DUI death case

The man accused of DUI when his vehicle struck and killed a man on the side of U.S. 95 changing a tire entered a guilty plea Thursday.

Gary Adair Jr. hit and killed 38-year-old Kadar Brown in March of 2014 on U.S 95 near the Summerlin exit. He initially told officers he had a diabetic seizure that caused him to veer off the road.

Adair failed a field sobriety test and told officers he had taken pain killers.

He will be sentenced on July 21... Read More

Housing market rebound: Median home prices up 7.5 percent

The real estate rebound continues in and around the Las Vegas valley. Compared to this time last year, prices are up about 7.5 percent, and so are the number of homes sold.

Pat Bockh has been searching for the perfect home for about a year and a half now.

"It's just a matter of numbers; keep looking," Bockh said.

Bockh moved to the valley area from St. Petersburg, Florida two years ago. She rented during that time but has now decided she's ready to buy a home.

"The interest rate is still low, and the fact that the prices of the houses are going up, the bottom has definitely bottomed out, and it's going the other way," according to Bockh.

Bockh's observations are on par with other prospective buyers in the market, according to Scott Beaudry, the president of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

There are a few factors that make the housing market somewhat of a buyer's market... Read More