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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

Nevada Supreme Court looks at reforming how judges set bail

The Nevada Supreme Court is thinking about changing the way the state's judges set bail. Justices are looking at setting lower bail amounts or no bail at all for certain first-time offenders.

Why?

According to officials, there are hundreds of people in the Clark County jail, accused of minor, first-time offenses. The ones who can't afford bail, sit there for weeks awaiting trial.

During that time, they can lose their job and their apartment, which increases the chances of them re-offending when they get out.

The new plan is expected to ease overcrowding in Clark County's jail by up to 30 percent.

Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty says he doesn't like the fact that most judges don't have enough information to set the proper bail.

"Our justices in this state fly by the seat of their pants," Hardesty... Read More

Hiking safety, preparedness reiterated after hiker's death at Red Rock

The hiker who was reported missing Sunday and found dead Monday at Red Rock Canyon has been identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office as 27-year-old Annabelle Follosco.

Officers first started searching for Follosco on Sunday afternoon when they received a call that she was overdue from her hike to Turtlehead Peak Trail.

Her body was found on Monday. Rescuers say it appears she died from an accidental fall.

The latest death underscores the dangers that can come with hiking.

Hiking experts warn, hiking at Red Rock can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. They say no matter what the conditions are when you go hiking, you have to always be prepared for anything and know your limits.

"We try our best to come out at least once a week," said Carrie Boswell, a weekly hiker that hikes at Red Rock.

"Getting away from all the business of the city -- you come here to get away from all of that and escape," said Francisco Villa, a Red Rock hiker... Read More

PD: Missing hiker found dead in Red Rock Canyon on Turtlehead Peak Trail

A hiker who disappeared during a hike in Red Rock Canyon Sunday has been found dead, according to Metro Police.

Officers first started searching for the hiker Sunday afternoon just after 4 p.m. when they received a call about the hiker who was overdue to return.

The hiker, whose name wasn't released, was last seen hiking the Turtlehead Peak Trail. Search and rescue teams searched for the hiker until after 2 a.m. Monday morning and then they called it a night.

The search resumed Monday morning just after 5 a.m., and it went into Monday afternoon.

The missing hiker was later found dead at the bottom of a canyon in the Turtlehead Peak area. Rescuers said the hiker appears to have died from a significant, but accidental fall. ... Read More