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Leaders Look Ahead After Disappointing Race to the Top Rejection

LAS VEGAS -- Millions of dollars in education money won't be coming to Nevada. That money was supposed to help suffering programs that have already been hit by state budget cuts. Now, parents and teachers worry about the upcoming school year and how to offset more possible cuts.

Nevada schools were hoping to get over $160 million in Race to the Top funds. The blue ribbon task force spent three months working on the application, but the U.S. Secretary of Education said Nevada needs to spend money to get money.

Nevada ranks 49th in the amount of money it spends per student, and that's not going to change until next spring. Meantime, teachers will have to make due.

"New textbooks have been delayed for a few years now. Supplies are kept to a minimum," said math teacher & NSEA vice president Doug Bache. "I end up bringing more pencils or whatever supplies I need for the students.:

Backpacks, Supplies and Clothes Needed for Children

HENDERSON -- A Henderson non-profit organization is asking for the community's help in providing children with back to school supplies.

The Henderson Back 2 School Celebration will be held August 21. It will provide children from several local organizations with a new backpack, school supplies and at least one new outfit.  "More families than ever are struggling to get school supplies and clothing for their children," said Daniele Dreitzer, HopeLink. 

HopeLink is asking the community for donations to help provide new school clothes for each child. Other organizations involved in the Back 2 School Celebration include the Salvation Army, Giving Life Ministries, Central Christian Church, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada and the Henderson welfare office. HopeLink hopes to distribute supplies to 1,000 children in need. 

Body of Fallen Soldier Returns to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- A decorated soldier killed in Afghanistan was returned to his family. Army Sergeant Matthew Hennigan was killed last week. His casket has been returned to Las Vegas to be buried this weekend.

Sgt. Hennigan was promoted from Specialist last week after he died. His casket arrived on a military plane from Dover, Delaware. His family stood inside the small terminal watching their decorated son return home. They will bury him this weekend, honoring his life and service.

"The whole family is just crushed, heartbroken, but at the same time we are so very, very proud of Matt. He was a great young man, a great soldier and he's going to be missed but never forgotten," said said Matt's father Joseph Hennigan.

The 20-year-old served in the United States Army for just under three years. He enlisted after graduating from Silverado High School and was serving his first tour of duty in eastern Afghanistan.

Report Rebukes Hospital Over Botched Hostage Drill

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A planned armed hostage drill at a local hospital went wrong and now several employees are in serious trouble. A report by the Nevada Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance was released offering insight to what went wrong at St. Rose Hospital's Siena campus.

According to the report, at about 10 a.m. on May 24th, an off-duty Las Vegas Metro police officer entered the ICU with a real, but unloaded gun.

The report states certain workers acknowledged other employees failed to advise some managers and supervisors about the drill. Those workers also say all drills are supposed to be announced in an overhead page before they happen.

Henderson to Host Free Food Program for Children

HENDERSON -- The city of Henderson will help fight hunger this summer through a free food service program.

Henderson just received a sponsorship from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service to host the USDA's Summer Food Service Program. From June 7th through August 6th,  kids between the ages of 2-years-old to 18-yearsold can get free breakfast and lunch at schools participating in the program. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9 a.m. with lunch served from 12 to 12:30 p.m.

The schools taking part in the summer program are:

  • Robert Taylor Elementary School at 144 Westminster Way
  • Gordon McCaw Elementary School at 57 Lynn Lane
  • Edna Hinman Elementary School  at 450 Merlayne Dr.

To learn more, you call the city of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department's Youth Enrichment office at (702) 267-4100.

Summer Activities Available in Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- Summer may be very different for some kids in the Las Vegas valley as budget shortfalls close some pools and restrict others. But officials say those closures are minimum and hope the variety of choices will help parents keep their kids entertained this summer.

Summer swim lesson for the kids are just getting under way at the Silver Mesa's Rec Center's outdoor pool. Unfortunately, budget cuts will prevent a couple of other public pools in North Las Vegas from opening up this summer.

But there are still plenty of fun, affordable, and even free activities being offered the valley this summer.

"When it gets hot during the summer, you need places inside where you can take them that you know are safe and where they will have fun," said parent Isabelle Meads.

Muslim Group Says FBI Still on Nevada Prayer Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Muslim advocacy group representative accused the FBI on Monday of wrongly questioning five Muslim men in the Los Angeles area about praying in a shopping center parking lot in southern Nevada six months ago.

Council on American-Islamic Relations attorney Ameena Mirza Qazi in Los Angeles said she was concerned that federal investigators still think the men detained last December by Henderson police were "plotting something or were some sort of suspicious group."

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles said the men were interviewed by FBI agents "to clarify routine reports of suspicious activity" and were not arrested.

"None of the men have been accused of wrongdoing," Eimiller said.

Qazi, head of the CAIR Los Angeles chapter, dubbed the men the "Henderson 7." She said five of the men were questioned at their homes Thursday morning.