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Sandoval Addresses National Hispanic Group

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is addressing a national Hispanic group in Las Vegas as Republicans try to court Latino voters. Sandoval is slated to give the keynote address at a small business conference held by the Hispanic Leadership Network at the Renaissance Hotel Wednesday night.

The conservative group led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is holding meetings in battleground states with sizable Hispanic populations ahead of the November elections. Sandoval is expected to discuss Nevada's struggling economy during the conference. The state has the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

Republican Congressman Joe Heck is also expected to speak at the conference.Sandoval is Nevada's first Hispanic governor, but he doesn't speak Spanish and he didn't win a majority of the Latino vote when he was elected in 2010.

First Tuesday Focuses on Stopping Sexual Predators

First Tuesday Focuses on Stopping Sexual Predators

 

Parents will get a chance to learn how to protect their children from sexual predators at Tuesday night’s First Tuesday meeting.

Metro Police holds an open-house meeting on the First Tuesday of every month at all of its area command centers around the city. This Tuesday’s topic is preventing child sexual assault. The topic was chosen because April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Detectives from Metro Police’s Sexual Assault Unit will visit the command centers to talk to parents about the dangers of social media and the preventative measures parents can use to protect their kids.

Following the presentation, people can ask questions about and bring up specific issues about their neighborhood with the police. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Area Command Centers:

Bolden Area Command: 1851 Stella Lake (off Martin Luther King just north of Vegas Drive)

Children's Festival Coming Back to Winchester Cultural Center

 

A Las Vegas tradition is coming back to the Winchester Cultural Center and Park, 3130 S. McLeod Drive.

The 19th annual Clark County Children’s Festival is set for Saturday, April 14. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event and many of the activities are free. There will be a fee for some attractions, rides and concessions.

The festival includes dozens of activities and performances aimed at kids. There will be music and dance performances. Exotic animals from Roos ‘n’ More will be on display. Pony rides, a climbing wall and a Ferris wheel are just some of the activities planned for the event.

There will also be two Renaissance re-enactment groups. One will perform mock battles with medieval weapons. The other will show children how life was lived during the Renaissance, including rope-making and butter-churning demonstrations.

Accident Involving School Bus

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating an hit-and-run accident involving a Clark County School District school bus and a vehicle.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. near Lamb Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. Police say there are no injuries.

Police Arrested Wanted Suspect After Standoff

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police took a wanted suspect into custody following a Wednesday morning standoff that caused some residents to be evacuated from their apartments.

Police say the suspect barricaded himself in the residence around 7 a.m. after police responded to a domestic call. There was also a woman and children in the apartment. The incident took place on the 4500 block of Karen Avenue near Mountain Vista Street. 

The SWAT unit was called to the scene and negotiators did talk with the suspect and get him to leave the apartment. The man was wanted for a probation violation.

 

Thousands of Books Distributed to Kids at Five Schools

Thousands of Books Distributed to Kids at Five Schools

 

Students from five different elementary schools received books Monday from volunteers in Las Vegas for TribeFest.

TribeFest is being hosted by the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. It is a national leadership conference with 1,500 young adults from 81 communities around the country. A service day for the conference was Monday. They gathered books and delivered them to kids at Paradise, Crestwood, Park, Lake and Peterson Elementary Schools. 

More than 1,000 volunteers delivered bags filled with books to the kids. The children will take the bags home to start their own home libraries. The organizers say giving back to the community is an important part of the leadership skills they’re trying to instill.

Nearly 3,000 books were provided by PJ Library a nonprofit which gives free books to nearly 100,000 children around the country every month. The participants in the conference donated another 1,000 books.

Prom Dresses Being Distributed to Kids in Need

Prom Dresses Being Distributed to Kids in Need

After weeks of collecting dresses, Las Vegas Prom Closet will be open this weekend for high school girls looking for an outfit for prom.

The nonprofit group collected new and gently used prom dresses and accessories for kids who cannot afford them. The dresses were collected at several drop-off locations around southern Nevada. The prom closet will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the HELP of Southern Nevada offices, 1640 E. Flamingo Road, Suite 100. High school students interested in getting a dress from Las Vegas Prom Closet will need to show a valid student ID.