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New Las Vegas Program Aims to Improve Poorest Schools

LAS VEGAS -- Poverty, crime and unemployment are just some of the barriers kids in inner-city schools face daily, while they try to get an education.

However, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman's pilot program called Downtown Achieves is working to transform 11 of the city's poorest underachieving schools.

One of those schools is Park Elementary School.

Juana Molina's 7-year-old son attends the school and she makes an effort, despite a full-time job, to volunteer.

"We cannot get them motivated to where they will be so excited with books and I'm talking about my son," Molina said, "I just want to be here to make sure that he is on top of things, and it is very hard."

Brian Knudsen is leading the project at Park Elementary.

Police Search for Man and Woman Who Robbed Store

Police Search for Man and Woman Who Robbed Store

Metro Police are looking for a man and a woman who robbed a store near Charleston Boulevard and Christy Lane.

According to police, the pair walked into the store at around 6:40 p.m. Jan. 3. The man pointed a gun at the employee and demanded money. While the employee was trying to give the man money, he pressed the gun into the face of a female customer and demanded her belongings.

Meanwhile, the female grabbed money from the register. They were last scene heading west from the store.

The man is described as a black male between 20 and 23 years old. He is 5 foot 11 and between 150 and 170 pounds. He has brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a dark hoodie, a black baseball cap with a white symbol on the front, a purple bandana over his face and dark gloves.

Consumer Electronics Show Enters Final Day

LAS VEGAS - The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show ends Friday. Many attendees say the show was impressive in both its size and content.

Not even Mother Nature and her polar vortex could stop people from coming to Las Vegas for the annual technological trade show.

People packed the halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the newest developments in technology. One of the most popular trends this year involved wearable gadgets such as smart watches, glasses and gloves.

Many attendees say high-tech cars fascinated them.

"I'm kind of an auto guy, so I like the cars that are coming up, especially the Chevrolet 4G platform that's available in some of the cars now," said attendee Jerry Savaglio.

"I think that solar car is very interesting," added attendee Patrick Melia.

Police Search for Women Who Robbed Store

Police Search for Women Who Robbed Store

Metro Police are looking for two women who robbed a business and injured an employee in the process.

According to police, the incident happened Dec. 31 at a business on the 3000 block of South Maryland Parkway, which is near the intersection of Desert Inn Road.

The women stole items from the business, but when they tried to leave, an employee tried to stop them, police said. A fight between the women and the employee, left the employee with minor injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Robbery Section at (702) 828-3591, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555. 

Russian Dance and Music Troupe Performing at Cultural Center

The culture of Russia will be highlighted during a performance at the Winchester Cultural Center Saturday, Jan. 18.

Golden Gates, a Russian music and dance ensemble, will perform at 6 p.m. The performance will feature dancing and singing, plus music by the band Moscow Nights.

Moscow Nights is made up three talented musicians who play some of the folk instruments of Russia.

Golden Gates will show of the regions most lively and gravity-defying dance moves. They also work to get the audience involved with rousing song and lessons in Russian.

The group first formed and performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1993.

Tickets are $10 or $12 the day of the show. 

Driving You Crazy: Lane Confusion at Maryland and Sahara

LAS VEGAS - A viewer says lane confusion on southbound Maryland Parkway at Sahara Avenue causes gridlock and long delays.

The viewer says the confusion stems from drivers who are uncertain if they are in the left turn lane or straight lane.

City of Las Vegas engineers say the two left turn lanes at this intersection include left-turn arrows that are clearly visible on the ground. Each lane contains an arrow. A sign above the intersection also directs drivers into the proper lanes.

The road skews slightly in the middle of the intersection as it transitions from city to county jurisdiction. Field observation of traffic, however, showed "good understanding of lane usage" according to researchers.

City officials studied the intersection and did not uncover any issues. They say they will continue to monitor this area and may install additional signage or markings if they are warranted.

New Skate Park Coming to Jaycee Park

A groundbreaking was held Monday for a new skate park at Justice Myron E. Leavitt and Jaycee Community Park, which is at Eastern and East St. Louis avenues.

The new addition to the park will include 12,000 square foot of space for skateboarders to enjoy that will be lit for nigh time use.

Las Vegas city leaders say the park will benefit the entire community.

"Someone can duplicate essentially what they would have been doing harmfully to somebody's property very safely here and the public will be very grateful for that," Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin said. 

The skate park should be complete by this July. The park improvements will also include new shade canopies over horseshoe courts and LED lights along walkways.

The $1.3 million project is through a fund from the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act.