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Cool at School: Thurman White students headed to Carnegie Hall

LAS VEGAS -- A local middle school band and orchestra is hard at work preparing to perform at Carnegie Hall which is one of the most famous stages in the world.

"It makes me practice more, honestly," said Alexa Munoz, who plays the violin.

Thurman White Middle School musicians will fly to New York to take stage in the famous concert hall.

"Not many people in this world get to play there, and  get to say that I've played in Carnegie Hall, and I'm only in 8th grade," said Sadie Arnold, who plays vibes and percussion.

For these kids, playing music together is not just practice, it's a passion.

"It's kind of like a rush of energy, you're just excited and happy," Arnold said.

"The cool thing about music is it's different for each person.











Marijuana businesses vie for money from investors

LAS VEGAS -- There is lots of money to be made in the marijuana business and nobody knows that more than the entrepreneurs trying to get financing.

Some of them are looking to open dispensaries or supply equipment to grow houses. On Tuesday, they got to pitch shark-tank style to investors at Green Valley Ranch hotel and casino.

It looked like any typical business conference except it was all centered on marijuana. The entrepreneurs were on a speed date of sorts. They have just minutes to convince investors their marijuana business is worth taking a chance on.

“They get to review all of these projects. They get to review all of the ones they are most interested in and make decisions about what they'd like to invest in," Leslie Bocskor with the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association said.

The California company Auntie Dolores sounds like a family bakery, which it sort of is, except all the baked goods it sells are gluten-free and vegan marijuana edibles.

Driving You Crazy: Traffic at Anthem Highlands & Democracy

HENDERSON, Nev. - Karina and Christine say they see traffic problems every morning at Anthem Highlands Drive and Democracy Drive. They say they are concerned the area may be a safety hazard.

Last October, the City of Henderson considered adding a roundabout to this area to help with the delays. Traffic8 reached out to Henderson and received an update. Henderson representatives say, because of right-of-way limitations, a roundabout will not work.

Instead, Henderson is pursuing a traffic signal. This would allow two new right turn lanes, as well as two new left turn lanes. They say this will significantly decrease the congestion.

While Henderson is working out the kinks with the new light, city workers plan to make the intersection tolerable by constructing a "free right." That would ease traffic for drivers turning right onto Anthem Highlands from Democracy and would allow traffic to move continuously through the intersection.

Police: Motorcyclist speeding before deadly crash

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police investigated a deadly motorcycle crash early Sunday morning at the intersection of E. Pebble Road and S. Haviland Road.

Metro said witnesses told them that around 3:30 a.m. a 2013 Honda CBR was going at a high rate of speed on East Pebble Road when the motorcyclist, 26-year-old Michael Mattingly of Las Vegas, lost control.

Officers said the Mattingly overturned and slid off the roadway over the southeast corner of the intersection. This caused him and the motorcycle to continue southeast across the sidewalk/ landscape before hitting a tree and a block wall.

Traffic investigators said the impact with the tree and wall redirected the Mattingly and his bike to the eastbound travel lanes on E. Pebble Road where the motorcycle and operator slid to a stop.

The 26-year-old was pronounced dead on scene.

This was the 68th traffic related accident in Metro's jurisdiction for 2014.

Woman struck, killed in Henderson ID'd

HENDERSON, Nev.-- The 72-year-old woman who was hit and killed while crossing the street in Henderson Saturday evening has been identified.

The Clark County Coroner's Office said Janice Hutchison died from multiple blunt force trauma.

Henderson Police said Hutchison was struck by a car around 6:45 p.m. when she was crossing Green Valley Parkway, which is south of Sunset.

Witnesses told police Hutchison was crossing against the traffic signal when she was struck by an 88-year-old man driving a 2005 Hyundai sedan.

Authorities said the 72-year-old was in critical condition when she was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where she later died.

The driver, who hasn't been named, did not sustain any injuries, but two southbound lanes of traffic were closed for about three hours because of the crash.

Investigators said they don't believe speed or alcohol was a factor.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by Henderson Police.

Woman charged with DUI in construction zone crash

Selina Gonzalez-Gascon

HENDERSON, Nev. - A 21-year-old woman is being charged with DUI with substantial bodily harm in a work zone and leaving the scene of a collision involving serious injury after police say she hit a flagger in a construction zone in Henderson.

Police arrested Selina Gonzalez-Gascon early Friday morning. Police say at around 2 a.m. she hit a 49-year-old woman who was working as a flagger in a construction zone near Warm Springs Road and Arroyo Grande Boulevard.

The flagger was wearing a suit made of reflective material and using safety equipment, including a hand-held red wand light and hard hat. The victim was taken to Sunrise Hospital Trauma Center in critical condition.





Cool at School: Vanderburg students learn science in biosphere

HENDERSON, Nev. - The rainforest biosphere at Vanderburg Elementary School is a learning experience in which students become the teachers.

"It's a science-oriented facility. It's hands-on. It's visual. It's auditory. It covers the gamut of how you learn," said Biosphere Executive Director Barbara Simms.

Fifth-graders become guides, or docents. "It's a student who teaches about the rainforest," said docent Aidan Kelleher.

Passionate science students teach the younger kids.

"The most popular part is when we talk to them and read them stories and do puppet shows," said docent Jule Iurato.

"The picture of the frog sitting in the kid's lap, that's how big it is compared to a normal child," said docent Alex Humphrey.

"This portion of the tour is called the grow lab. Here we learn about different medicinal herbs and the properties of the fruits in the rainforest," said docent Julian Day.