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Nevada sees large increase in red light accident fatalities

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A report says the number of fatal auto accidents in Nevada caused by drivers running red lights increased by 60% between 2008 and 2017.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday that research by AAA found nine people were killed in 2008 compared to 23 in 2017 in accidents involving red traffic lights.

The automobile association says 147 people died in Nevada red-light crashes during that time.

AAA says that among Nevada’s red-light crashes in 2017, 57% of those who died were not in the vehicle that was responsible for the collision.

The organization says 939 people died nationwide in 2017 after drivers ran red lights.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety says 2,212 people were seriously injured in intersection-related crashes between 2012 and 2016... Read More

New private Catholic school offers work-study program for families with financial needs

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It was the first day of school for students at Cristo Rey Saint Viator College Preparatory, and nearly 100 students explored the school’s new digs. The new private Catholic school opened its doors in North Las Vegas Tuesday, but unlike other private schools, at Cristo Rey Saint Viator College Preparatory, students are required to study and work.

“I know it’s going to help me in my future with the classes and with the corporate work-study program,” said Alejandra Madrigal, a 14-year-old freshman.

The school offers a four-year education with professional work experience. Students get to attend classes four days a week, and then they work at a partnered organization on the other day.

Nearly 25 businesses that are participating are paying Cristo Rey Saint Viator College Preparatory $34,000 for every four students who work for them. This helps offset 60 percent of the tuition costs. ... Read More

Global temperature grows by 2-degrees; Las Vegas is among ‘fastest-warming cities’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Americans celebrated the first earth day in the year of 1970, and since then, global temperatures have risen by almost 2-degrees. Experts say that small number comes with significant consequences.  

Las Vegas is among the fastest-warming cities in the U.S. The total temperature change since the 1970s has been 5.76 degrees.

“Since 1970 we were a population of maybe 270,000 people; were well over 2 million now,” said Barry Pierce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Pierce says urbanization is the reason for the bump in heat.

“Since then all the urbanization; concrete blacktop has just continued seeing warmer temperatures across Las Vegas valley.

Just last month, the valley went through its second hottest August on record.

“It is an increase an of our climate records; it’s most notable in the overnight temperatures,” Pierce said... Read More

I-Team: Clark County Commissioners decline creating panel that reviews child deaths

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Commission decided there is enough oversight of child protective services, so they declined to move forward with the creation of a panel to review child deaths. The idea was proposed after system failures were exposed by the I-Team in numerous reports.

Commissioners admit that due to state law, details about cases cannot be shared with them. So, they are putting faith and trust in others such as county management, CPS higher-ups, and oversight already in place to make sure abused children aren’t falling through the cracks.

“I’ve seen the TV reports, I’ve read newspaper articles, and truthfully it does raise questions that I think deserve answers,” said Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom.

Commissioner Segerblom proposed the creation of a Blue Ribbon Panel to review child deaths and how Child Protective Services handled cases... Read More

Remembering Rudy: West Texas shooting victim lived in Las Vegas; he moved after 1 October

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Among the seven people tragically killed in a mass shooting in Odessa, Texas over the weekend, was a man who lived in Las Vegas. Rodolfo Arco had recently moved from Las Vegas to the area in west Texas.

Arco whose friends and family called him Rudy, lived in Las Vegas for more than two decades. He had only moved to Odessa, Texas last year.  

His loved ones said he left Las Vegas to get away from gun violence. According to them, Rudy was an optimistic guy.

 “He always saw the good things; the glass half full, the possibilities of life,” said his sister Maria Arco.

Rudy’s family is still processing the pain of losing him.

“I can’t call him; I can’t see how he’s doing,” Maria said.

Maria’s hurt a gunman’s rampage cheated her brother from seeing his youngest children grow up... Read More

Missing person’s call turns into homicide investigation in Spring Valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are investigating a homicide in the Spring Valley part of the Las Vegas valley. According to Metro, officers responded to a missing person call in the 5700 block of Garden Grove, near S. Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Valley Parkway.

However, when officers arrived at the scene, a preliminary investigation led officers to believe that the missing person case was now a homicide.

Homicide detectives responded to the scene and are now taking over the case.

This is a developing story.... Read More

TSA launches ‘Innovation Checkpoint’ at McCarran International Airport

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) first and only Innovation Checkpoint was revealed Tuesday at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. 

TSA’s Innovation Task Force is utilizing this site for side-by-side testing and evaluation of emerging security technologies in a live checkpoint environment. Below is a summary of the technologies currently being tested in the Innovation Checkpoint:

Digital Signage — Instead of traditional printed signs, digital signage allows for the dynamic display of important information and reminders designed to educate travelers and simplify the screening experience in the security checkpoint. ... Read More