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Nevada Supreme Court ruling brings ESA program to a standstill

The Nevada Supreme Court has put a halt to the controversial ESA program.

The court found Nevada's Education Savings Account program doesn't violate the state constitution however the funding under the bill that created the program is in question.

Justices issued a 4-2 ruling on Thursday calling for a permanent injunction on the program, which was on hold on a temporary basis.

The ruling says the program authorized last spring by the Nevada Legislature did not have its own dedicated funding source and is unlawfully drawing on money allocated for public schools in the state's Distributive School Account. It would have allowed parents to use public school dollars to pay for private school tuition... Read More

UNLV will take center stage for final presidential debate

Monday marks one month until the presidential debate at UNLV's Thomas and Mack Center. On October 19 and the days leading up to then, the university will be at the center of the political universe.

UNLV will be a media zoo with thousands of journalists, strategists and surrogates claiming parts of campus in the run-up to the final debate of the presidential cycle.

And as the candidates each try to put their best foot forward on their final appearance together, the university will be doing the same.

With one month to go until Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off at the Thomas and Mack Center there are already signs that the campus is gearing up for the debate.

That has students excited for what's to come.

"I think it's a really good thing for our university, so I'm really excited," said Allesa Chazelagmay, a freshman... Read More

Police break up fight at Alexis Park Hotel

A fight erupted in the lobby of the Alexis Park hotel Thursday morning which resulted in police being called to settle the dispute and people being medically treated.

The Clark County Fire Department treated 12 people who had been exposed to pepper spray. No one was transported to the hospital.

According to Metro Police, they were called around 9 a.m. on a report of a stolen car. The victim tracked the car to the hotel and confronted two people inside the lobby and discharged some pepper spray.

There are few other details, including any information on arrests... Read More

Fatal shooting in neighborhood near Boulevard Mall

One person is dead following a shooting in a neighborhood near the Boulevard Mall.

Metro Police received a call about the shooting around 10:31 a.m. and responded to the 1100 block of Sierra Vista Drive near Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn Road.

The shooting victim was pronounced dead after being transported to Sunrise Medical Center.

Police have not released any information on a suspect... Read More

UNLV hosting free lecture series before presidential debates

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is beginning two free lecture series this week, ahead of the upcoming U.S. presidential candidate debates - including the final Oct. 19 face-to-face between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump at UNLV.

Campus officials say the public is invited to all nine talks, starting with a University Forum Lecture Series presentation at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

UNLV Boyd School of Law Professor Ian Chamberlin Bartrum will focus on late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and the judicial philosophy of constitutional originalism.

A 1 p.m. Thursday lecture by David Zarefsky, professor emeritus of the Northwestern University School of Communication, will be part of the Presidential Debate Lecture Series.

It'll focus on the contrast in the debates in 2012 between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney... Read More

Nev. Board of Education unanimously approves reorganization plan

The Nevada Board of Education has voted unanimously in favor of a dramatic plan to shift the balance of power from a central office to the more than 300 schools in the Clark County School District.

Proponents of the reorganization plan approved Thursday say it's important for Nevada to act boldly, arguing the status quo hasn't improved the state's bottom-ranking public school system.

The plan fine-tuned over the past 14 months calls for an "empowerment" model that gives principals and their volunteer boards control over about 80 percent of the money flowing to their schools.

Critics scrutinized the details of the plan, asking whether it will distribute resources equitably. A panel of 12 legislators still must approve the final regulations that passed Thursday. That vote is expected on Sept. 9... Read More

NHP trooper shoots, kills suspect

A suspect is dead after exchanging gunfire with a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper Friday morning.

NHP says the incident happened shortly after 12 a.m. The trooper pulled over a vehicle traveling southbound along Boulder Highway near Desert Inn Road.

NHP says three people were inside the vehicle. One of them, a male, jumped out of the car and ran. The trooper followed, and the two exchanged gunfire.

The trooper was shot, but uninjured; a source with 8 News NOW says the bullet hit the trooper's badge and did not penetrate his vest. The trooper shot and killed the suspect.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.... Read More