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Voters set record numbers first 2 days of early voting

As a key swing state, Nevada's votes really count for the 2016 election. Early voting started Saturday, Oct. 22, and according to Clark County, residents hit the polls in record numbers.

More than 70,000 people cast their ballots. Flor Cordona was one of those votes.

Cardona said she voted Saturday for the first time in her life.

"Sixteen years ago I didn't have papers; I didn't have a language; I didn't have nothing," Cardona said. "I only have dreams."

Cardona's pushing for other Latino's to vote early. However, Cardona isn't the only person making a push during early voting.

Both Democrats and Republicans have also made a final push across the state to sway voters who haven't made up their minds yet.

"Now is the time to really voice your concerns with what's happening with our country and the direction that you would like to see it going," said Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV, United States Senate candidate... Read More

Surveillance video captures robbery at Henderson pizzeria

An expensive problem seems to be growing for small business owners in Green Valley.

Alfredo Calderon, the owner of Gators Pizza, says he's a small time business owner, just trying to make a living.

"The reason I built this place was to be able to have a pizza place that serves the community," Calderon said.

But it's a task that can be almost impossible these days.

"It was just shocking -- like a vacuum," Calderon said. "You feel like someone has just ripped you off out of your heart."

The father and son duo just celebrated their one year anniversary with gators pizza. Calderon said he hoped it'd be a spot Green Valley High School students could go and unwind after school.

"They always complained that they didn't have a place to go," Calderon said.

However, the excitement dissipated over the weekend... Read More

New hospital to open soon in Henderson

A new Henderson hospital will open its doors at the end of October. 8 News NOW got a inside look at the state-of-the-art technology that will be using to provide quality healthcare to valley patients.

The Henderson Hospital will open to the public on Oct. 31 and there will be 130 beds for patients. It will be located at Galleria Drive and Gibson Road, just off of U.S. 95. The construction of the hospital is part of a much bigger plan. More construction is in the works surrounding the hospital including other healthcare facilities and new entertainment and retail space.

It's been about 15 months since ground broke for the Henderson hospital.

"There's been a tremendous amount of effort," said Sam Kaufman, CEO, Henderson Hospital. "Almost 1,500 people have gone in to build this hospital." ... Read More

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

Local Olympian Connor Fields pulls off ultimate surprise for 5th grader and class

Henderson resident Connor Fields proves time and time again why he's a true Olympian.

Two days after he returned home from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janiero, he visited a child by the name of Charlie Mendoza. Fields met Charlie about three years ago after he had brain surgery.

Charlie was fighting brain cancer, so he had to have surgery on his brain to remove a tumor.

However, the surgery paralyzed him. Fields said he received a call from Charlie's dad, Mr. Mendoza, asking him to come to their house and hang out with Charlie to get his spirits up.

Fields said after hanging out with Charlie, he told him, "when you can walk again, I'm going to teach you how to ride a bike."

Charlie's father said the day Fields left his house his son went from crawling to walking. Now, Charlie is in the 5th grade, walking and thriving at Green Valley Christian Academy... 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

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