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I-Team: Las Vegas homicide rates dropped over the last 3 years, Metro says

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Homicide rates are down in Las Vegas. Metro Police reported a nearly 30% drop in murders last year, and a 40% drop since 2017. According to Sheriff Joe Lombardo, it’s no accident murders and other violent crimes have dropped.

Over the last few years, Metro Police have initiated fundamental changes in how homicide cases are handled and how patrol officers get involved in deterring the most violent criminals.

Some of the changes started with a reading assignment for Metro brass. America is an outlier when it comes to murder. The homicide rate in the U.S. is seven times greater than in other high-income nations.

Homicides, 2017-2019... Read More

Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

(AP) — Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on.

The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one of the biggest, most complex bankruptcies ever seen. Scores of lawyers are seeking settlements on behalf of several thousand men who say they were molested as scouts by scoutmasters or other leaders decades ago but are only now eligible to sue because of recent changes in their states’ statute-of-limitations laws... Read More

Academic WorldQuest in “What’s Cool at School”

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — World Affairs Council of Las Vegas sponsors a program called Academic WorldQuest, which is a team competition testing 11th and 12th grade high school students on their knowledge of international affairs.

Participating student and Clark High School senior Nico Villafuerte described it: “I enjoy talking about current events. I enjoy researching the entire world around us because it’s more important than ever to be involved and to be knowledgeable in what’s happening.”

The local competition we covered for “What’s Cool at School” was at CSN Charleston Campus, where four-person teams of students answered demanding questions from ten unique and thematic categories.

Grasping this content is
not the result of a little light reading. Competitiors cram with rigorous

“We had to do
nearly 200 pages of research for each of the 10 topic areas,” said
Villafuerte... Read More

Man who police say struck 2 children in crosswalk lived in same neighborhood as them and their family

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The parents and family of two siblings hit by a pickup truck are receiving an outpouring of support from the community. The oldest of the children hurt, 12-year-old Alex Bush, passed away Sunday.

His 9-year-old sister, Charlotte Bush, is still fighting for her life and has been in critical condition ever since Friday’s wreck.

The siblings who attended Somerset Academy Losee, were struck while they were coming home from school. According to North Las Vegas Police, they were in the crosswalk at Lone Mountain and Losee Road when they were hit.

The driver, 47-year-old Mark Kline, faces numerous charges, including vehicular manslaughter. It turns out Kline knew the children. Kline lived on the same street as the children and their family.

A memorial of balloons, candles, and stuffed animals is growing in the area for the children... Read More

I-Team: Early voting continues to draw long lines; 26,000 Nevadans participated in first 2 days of Democratic caucus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It’s day three of early voting for the Nevada Democratic Caucus, and just like it was this weekend, the long lines at early voting locations continued on Monday.

Nevada Democrats say in the first two days, about 26,000 Nevadans voted early. All eyes are on the Nevada State Democratic Party, especially since they had to switch plans quickly since they planned on using the same app which failed during the Democratic Caucus in Iowa.

“Will Nevada repeat what has happened in Iowa? And the answer to that question is no,” said William McCurdy, chairman of the NV State Democratic Party.

The Nevada State Democratic Party is holding early voting for the caucus for the first time ever, and it seems to have been a success because, for the first three of four days, many voters at various locations have experienced long lines... Read More

Vegas beats Caps for 3rd straight win; Ovi stuck on 698

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored his team-high 27th goal and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Washington Capitals 3-2.

Nick Holden and Reilly Smith also scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves.

Alex Ovechkin remained stuck on 698 career goals after being held without a point for the fifth consecutive game, his longest drought of the season.

It was Vegas’ third-straight victory, and it improved to 7-3-2 since coach Pete DeBoer took over for Gerard Gallant, who was fired on Jan. 15. ... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Erin Breen on distracted driving

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Erin Breen of the Vulnerable Road Users Project at UNLV spoke to 8 News Now about distracted driving.

She said she’s never seen someone accused of distracted driving being arrested the same day as the incident.

Driver Mark Kline faces several charges, including vehicular manslaughter, after a crash in North Las Vegas that left a 12-year-old boy dead and his sister in the hospital with critical injuries.

“If something positive can come out of these tragedies, it’s for drivers to understand that you will be held responsible,” said Breen. ... Read More