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CCEA schedules possible strike for Sept. 10; educators run risk of losing job

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Education Association is preparing to go on strike. On Tuesday the teachers’ union announced that it Tuesday, Sept. 10 as the day educators walk out of their classrooms. The looming strike that the Clark County School District has been hoping to avoid could last multiple days.

The CCEA’s decision follows a break down in contract negotiations between CCSD and the Clark County Education Association. Roughly 11,000 teachers are a part of CCEA. If the district does not address specific demands from the union by Friday, educators will be ready to pick up their picket signs.

 

“This is not a decision we’ve taken lightly, said John Vellardita, the executive director of the CCEA. “We’ve thought about it a long time, but this is one of those moments; a line in the sand.”... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Boulder Strip’s rapidly growing in the Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A portion of Las Vegas Boulevard is known to many people as “The Las Vegas Strip,” and now there is another heavily traveled road that is known as “The Boulder Strip” that’s growing more and more every day. 

Thanks to the thriving gaming properties, businesses, and new developments around the area, Boulder Highway has continued to improve over the past several years.

8 News Now Reporter Sally Jaramillo spoke to people who live and work around the area. She has a look at the ever-changing “Boulder Strip.”... Read More

Gator turned Rebel seeks next step for UNLV defense

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The UNLV Rebels are getting ready for game week, which starts next Monday in hopes that a successful 2019 season is on the horizon.

A Florida Gator
turned Rebel, Rayshad
Jackson is already bringing an attitude to a defensive unit that’s looking to
take the next step. Jackson is one of the most anticipated defensive additions
to the program this year. He made his debut on the field this week while
waiting for the UNLV administration to approve him academically.

8 News Now Sports
anchor Kevaney Martin has the story... Read More

Woman, 75, avoids prison but must pay $58K restitution in Medicaid fraud

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 75-year-old woman got three years probation on a Medicaid fraud conviction announced today by the Nevada Attorney General’s office.

Betty A. Williams of Las Vegas received a suspended sentence of 364 days in prison, but will have to pay $58,630 restitution along with 40 hours of community service. The sentence was handed down by District Court Judge Valerie Adair.

Williams, an office manager for Nevada Optical Clinic, was held responsible for fraudulent claims for services that were never provided. The fraud occurred between January 2014 and December 2017. The office failed to maintain adequate records for Medicaid.

“My office will hold health care professionals accountable when they defraud Nevada’s Medicaid program,” said Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford. “My team works hard each and every day to make sure public assistance programs are accessible to all Nevadans, and not being abused.” ... Read More

Teachers know strike’s effect, but say they have no choice

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Around 18,000 teachers work for the Clark County School District, and a lot of them are gearing up for a strike. And if teachers do go on strike, it will have wide impact on students, families and teachers.

CCSD educators like Kristan Nigro, a kindergarten teacher at Schorr Elementary School, have their minds on Sept. 10, the date the teachers union has identified as the target for a strike.

“How can I trust my employer, okay, that’s what I want to know,” Nigro said.

Teachers have been fighting for fair pay since before the 2019 Legislative session. And if they aren’t satisfied, they say they will strike.

Teachers who have been working to advance their career will not be getting a pay bump for the extra effort as it stands right now. That’s a $5,400 raise that about 2,500 teachers will miss.

“If you don’t want to pay for good teachers, they’re not going to stay,” Nigro said... Read More

Ms. Nevada State claims she was stripped of title because she’s a Trump supporter

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — “I’m tired of being censored for nothing, ” was the sentence tweeted by the former Ms. Nevada State Katie Jo Williams. Her title is now the former Ms. Nevada State because according to the Army National Guardsman and combat veteran, she was stripped of her title because she supports President Donald Trump.

Williams tweeted a message of thanks on Twitter, along with a video message as to why she feels she is being censored and targeted for her political views... Read More

Web Extra: Raiders Coach Gruden talks Antonio Brown

NAPA, CA (KLAS) – Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown returned to practice today with a fully certified NFL helmet. Coach Jon Gruden talked about the latest with his star player who filed a second grievance with the NFL on Monday. Brown has complained that the helmet the NFL mandates restricts his vision.

The Raiders are 2-0 in the pre-season with wins over the LA Rams and Arizona Cardinals. They play in Canada on Thursday against the Green Bay Packers.

Brown has missed practice time because of injuries to his feet, and he left camp last week over the helmet dispute. ... Read More