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CCSD schools get top star rankings in academic performance

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Student academic performance in the Clark County School District (CCSD) is getting top grades in a report released Monday by the Nevada Department of Education. CCSD Supt. Dr. Jesus Jara is holding a news conference about the rankings:

As part of the Nevada School Performance Framework (NSPF), the data shows that 98 schools in CCSD achieved academic excellence and increased their star rankings, some schools even jumping several steps in their standings.

Increased Ranking Schools

  • 98 CCSD schools were rated four or five-star levels
  • 86 schools increased their star rating
  • 56 elementary schools increased their star rating
  • 22 middle schools increased their star rating
  • 8 high schools increased their star rating

Schools with Exemplary Results (2 to 5-stars) ... Read More

Oil prices jump as attack on Saudi plant jolts supply

Global energy prices spiked Monday by 15% after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record.

It was an increase on par with the 1991 Gulf War and analysts said heightened tensions in the Middle East could keep prices elevated for the foreseeable future. The wider economic fallout will depend on just how long the Saudi supply disruption lasts.

The attack on the country’s largest oil processing plant disrupted more than half of its daily exports, halting 5% of world crude oil output.

It followed a string of other attacks in the Persian Gulf, which threatened global oil supplies and stirred tensions in the region. But the scope of the most recent incident was more severe. That’s especially worrying for oil-thirsty Asia, where China, Japan, South Korea and India are major customers of Saudi oil... Read More

Gun violence prevention advocates say White House ignoring concerns

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) — Some gun violence prevention advocates said the White House is not listening to their concerns.

“We’ve reached out to the White House many times since President Trump was elected, but we haven’t had calls back,” said Kris Brown, president of Brady, a major anti-gun violence advocacy group.

She said at no point has the group been included in talks with the Trump administration.

“Which, as you can imagine, makes me a bit skeptical about the quality of any package we’ll see from the White House,” Brown said.

So far, the president has waffled on whether to expand background checks.

“We have tremendous support for really common sense, sensible, important background checks, I think we can get something really good done,” Trump said Aug. 9.

“For the most part, as strong as you make your background checks, they would not have stopped any of it,” he said on Aug. 31... Read More

Downward facing dog for a cause at Las Vegas Ballpark this Wednesday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Roll up your yoga mats and head over to Las Vegas Ballpark this Wednesday for a chance to unwind and relax while raising money for a good cause.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Yoga 4 A Cause will bring awareness to and benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.

Some of the city’s top yoga instructors will be in attendance, leading attendees in a round robin style class. Some of the big names include Amelia Bruff, Cosmin Madadev Singh Zeeky Vincent and others.

Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothes and should bring a yoga mat or beach towel and water.

Tickets are $15 on the park’s website or in-person at the main box office. The price includes one raffle ticket, and additional raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event. Children eight and under are free. ... Read More

Man sentenced in the drunk driving death of Garrett Meriwether

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nineteen-year-old Alexander Brewer was sentenced five to 20 years in prison for the death of Garrett Meriwether in court on Monday.

Brewer hit 18-year-old Meriwether’s car while driving under the influence near Sahara and Fort Apache in May of this year. He was held in the Clark County Detention Center on $100,000 bail before pleading guilty to DUI involving death and felony reckless driving.

Meriwether’s family founded The Garrett Meriwether Foundation in his honor, with a mission to bring awareness to driving under the influence and provide scholarships to UNLV students.

During the foundation’s inaugural 5k on Sunday, Garrett’s mother, Debra, said, “I visit Garrett every single day to take care of his grave because that’s all I have left to do for my son. Being a mom and losing your baby, even though he was six-foot-two, that is just overwhelming.” ... Read More

Rod Stewart speaks out about three-year battle with prostate cancer

London (CNN) — Rock star Rod Stewart has
revealed he has successfully been treated for prostate cancer after
fighting the disease for three years.

British music legend, whose hits include “Maggie May” and “I
Don’t Want To Talk About It,” went public with his illness at a
fundraising event for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation charity
in Surrey, England on Saturday night.

74, told the crowd he was given the all-clear in July after being diagnosed
with prostate cancer during a routine check-up in 2016... Read More

FCC approves sale of Tribune Media Company to Nexstar Media Group

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Federal Communications Commission has granted approval for the sale of Tribune Media Company to Nexstar Media Group soon making it the biggest television group in the country.

The FCC approval is the final regulatory step needed to close the deal. In July, the Department of Justice cleared the pending acquisition of Tribune Media.

Nexstar, which owns KLAS-TV, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 174 full power television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 100 markets or nearly 39% of all U.S. television households... Read More