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UPDATE:One dead in motorcycle crash on U.S. 95

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash involving a car and motorcycle on U.S. 95 near Horizon Drive.

According to NHP, the crash happened at around 6 p.m. Friday.

NHP Troopers said 50-year-old Karl Chadwick of Henderson, was traveling northbound on U.S. 95 in the far left lane and attempted to cross over traffic at a high rate speed. The rider struck the back of a Lincoln Navigator, carrying two people and then hit a pickup truck. The occupant of the Lincoln Navigator suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Cowabunga Bay to open July 4

Cowabunga groundbreaking in Dec. 2012.

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Las Vegas valley's newest water park will open on July 4, Cowabunga Bay officials confirm.

The official announcement of the holiday weekend opening will be made later this morning.

The opening of the $25 million water park attraction was delayed by more than a year when some investors pulled out of the project shortly after it started in Dec. 2012.

Those people who bought season passes expecting a May opening date will have a choice of one of the following options:

  • 30 percent cash refund
  • 35 percent Cowabunga cash
  • Two free "bring a friend" passes
  • Full refund

Cowabunga Bay is the second water park to open in Clark County. Wet 'n' Wild opened in May 2013.

Task force busts grow house in Henderson

LAS VEGAS -- A multi-jurisdictional task force busted a marijuana grow house in Henderson Thursday evening.

According to Metro Police, which was part of the task force, the grow operation was at 341 Pinnacle Court near Green Valley Parkway and Warm Springs Road.

Police tell 8 News NOW that 46-year-old Thomas Asgeirsson was arrested on four felony charges in connection with the operation, including possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. Police say they discovered 54 fully grown marijuana plants and five pounds of pot ready to sell. They also say they found methamphetamine and hashish ready to sell.

Neighbors tipped off law enforcement and they started investigating the house two weeks ago.

5 cited in immigration protest at Rep. Heck office

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Protesters say Las Vegas police cited five activists who refused to leave Rep. Joe Heck's office during an immigration demonstration.

Laura Martin of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada says the incident happened Wednesday, after the Republican congressman's staff called police on the group.

Martin, who was among those cited, says about 50 people came to Heck's office and tried to get inside, but were told the group was too large and needed to stay in the hallway.

She says protesters read aloud stories of constituents in Heck's district who would benefit from immigration reform.

The rally was one of 27 held at congressional offices around the country to urge lawmakers to pass reforms.

Heck's office sent the following statement to 8 News NOW Thursday morning:

Four displaced by fire in Henderson

Henderson-- The Henderson Fire Department is looking into what caused a fire at an apartment that displaced four people.

It happened just before 7 a.m. Saturday near Marks Street and Galleria Drive. When fire crews arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage of a three-story multi-family home.

One sprinkler inside the garage was activated and kept the blaze from spreading. One man and one firefighter suffered minor burns to their hands and were treated and released at the scene.

The American Red Cross is assisting the adults displaced because of the fire. The cause remains under investigation.

The loss is estimated at $75,000. 

Cool at School: Gibson students gain desert gardening skills

LAS VEGAS -  As students, many of us have listened to long lectures, highlighted textbooks and written down seemingly never-ending notes, but many educators say one of the best ways to learn is hands-on.

One-hundred and thirty third graders from Gibson Elementary School did just that on a field trip to the Children's Demonstration Garden.

"It helps solidify the lessons, and the textbook is not the way we’re working. It's more co-op learning and collaborative learning and getting hands on and investigating,” said third grade teacher Lina-Maria Tinelle.

Students learned about growing food in the desert, focusing on pollinators, light and conserving water.

One way to teach that lesson was to have a group of kids share a limited amount of water, teaching them how to conserve.

The kids understood, learning who needs water. After the water conservation lesson, students observed pollinators.

NHP looking for people who do not buckle up

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol says people are losing their lives nearly every day on Nevada roads. Many times, troopers say, people die because they miss one crucial step: fastening their seat belt.

Last year, the NHP saw 144 car accidents where someone died. Of those deadly crashes, 41 had someone fly through the windshield because they didn't wear their seatbelt.

Monday marked the launch of the national Click it or Ticket campaign. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers are out on the roads, searching for people not wearing their seat belts.

Behind the glass at NHP, administrator Alan Pineda often just deals with the paper side of problems on the road.

"All I see is names and numbers and speeds but it is not what it is like to actually be in an accident," Pineda said.

On Monday, he decided to experience an accident or at least what one could feel like, firsthand.