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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

Advisory Committee approves preliminary reorganization plan, 27 revisions for CCSD

The Advisory Committee unanimously approved the preliminary reorganization plan and 27 revisions for the Clark County School District.

The committee spent numerous hours Tuesday in a meeting trying to figure out how to reorganize CCSD.

Under the proposed plan, each school would be independently run, and instead of the superintendent, the principal, a team of teachers, and parents would be in charge of hiring and budgeting.

There's no concrete answer on exactly how much it will cost to make the transition.

"It will put pressure on the legislature to address inadequate funding for the school system next session," said Michael Roberson,, Nevada State Senator for District 20. "We do need to invest more in education in Southern Nevada."

Some of the amendments also state that parents who join organizational teams won't be protected from lawsuits. Plus, only middle school and high school students will be able to join organizational teams... Read More

Report: Man accused in sex assault was turned in by mother

A man accused of attacking a hotel employee was turned in by his mother, the arrest report said.

Ivon Major was arrested Tuesday for allegedly beating and sexually assaulting an employee inside one of the rooms at a hotel located in the 4100 block of Boulder Highway on Aug. 6.

The woman, who's not being identified, told officers she was cleaning when a man who was later identified as 22-year-old Major walked in and punched her in the face, the report said. The arrest report said the woman screamed for help, but the Major started hitting her harder in her face head and body while telling her to be quiet.

The report said he fondled the woman before making her perform oral sex. A co-worker called out to the woman by name and that scared the suspect, the report said. ... Read More

2 arrested in apartment complex shooting

Two men are facing a murder charge in the killing of a 21-year-old Henderson man outside a Las Vegas apartment complex.

Abdulkadir Mohamud and Jordan Price, both 20, are being held at Clark County Detention Center. They face charges of murder with the use of a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit murder.

Antone Toma Williams was killed on July 25 in the 7 a.m. shooting at a complex of Swenson Street. Witnesses say they heard a loud argument prior to the shooting... Read More

NV Energy files proposal with PUCN to grandfather in private rooftop solar customers

NV Energy filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) a proposal Wednesday to grandfather-in eligible private rooftop solar customers.

In its filing, NV Energy requests that customers who had installed a private system prior to December 31, 2015, remain on the previously approved net metering rates for 20 years. The company also asks that customers who had an active and approved application to interconnect a system pending on December 31, 2015, remain on previous net metering rates. ... Read More