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((brittany edney)) good morning guys... we spoke to superintendent pat skorkowsky ahead of today's meeting and he says he wants to focus on a couple of issues... not only highlighting last year's achievements but also focusing on improvements the district can make, moving forward. the class of 20-15 had a 72- percent graduation rate---which is low compared to national numbers... but the superintendent says that can improve. one of the biggest challenges the school district has faced in the past year has been dealing with hundreds of teacher vacancies... after negotiations with the clark county education association... the district came to an agreement to give educators a raise. aiming to entice more educators to work for the district. ((pat skorkowsky/ccs d superintendent: "i think we focused on professional growth and development for our teachers so there's new pathways for our teachers to become teacher leaders. and to help change the face and look of the district." )) ((brittany edney)) the superintendent says the starting salary for an entry
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which he says is significant when you take in consideration the taxes that we don't pay in the state. with more than 320-thousand students... district officials admit changes will continually need to be made and early education initiatives could be key in helping students in the long run. reporting live, brittany edney, 8 news now ((brian loftus)) brittany, what about skorkowsky's pledge of achievement's six key indicators of success... where does he stand on that?? ((brittany edney)) well one of the biggest pushes is to get kids interested and excited about learning at an early age... basically that will create a ripple effect so hopefully by the time they do get to high school... that momentum will build and more students will graduation. brian, back to you. brian loftus > now let's get a look at your forecast.
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how's the weather looking today? sherry swensk < recess at school.... what a wonderful last weekend of february...so warm. we hit the upper 70s and even low 80s on saturday. ... yesterday... and we still have some of those overnight. .......... it looks like some sunshine for our leap day - which only comes around every 4 years - and we'll keep some of the high clouds coming. .......... right now we are cooling off to the 50s around the valley... and it won't take long to warm right back up to 70s again by
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let's send it over to demetria for a check of traffic./// < demetria obilor >crash on westbound flamingo near the strip. no major delays right now. < > < > back to you.
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((kirsten joyce)) > the man who police say hit and killed a pedestrian in henderson last week...is behind bars. police say 24- year-old eric leppard turned himself into police over the weekend. the woman was killed late wednesday night on boulder highway near warm springs. she was not in a crosswalk at the time. police say leppard was driving a stolen car and took off after the crash. he's charged with felony hit and run, reckless driving with death, and failure to render aid./// ((brian loftus)) > activists will be protesting at a court appearance today... after animals were killed in one local community. several ducks and swans were killed at the desert shores community last november...
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committing the crime is set to be in juvenile court this morning. the group nevada political action for animals will be meeting at the court house at nine... they say they're asking for the maximum penalty for the suspect. and want to see the person placed on probation until 21 years old./// ((kirsten joyce)) > fire officials are investigating after a fire broke out at the same apartment complex for the second time in two months. the fire started yesterday near vegas valley and maryland parkway. the fire department investigation team went out to the scene to collect evidence... they're still working to figure out the exact cause... no one was injured. the same property caught fire back on december 31st of last year... when 17 adults and 19 children were displaced./// ((brian loftus)) > hundreds of people stepped up their workout yesterday morning... and scaled the strat. more than 700 people walked up all 108 floors of the stratosphere tower... the event raised thousands of dollars for the american lung association. 44-year-old spoule love won for the second year in a row...
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year... seven minutes and 22 seconds. a bunch of us here at channel 8 also took on the challenge. and 8 news now anchor paul joncich emceed the event./// ((kirsten joyce)) > the 88th annual academy awards are in the books... ((brian loftus)) the big winners... and why the show wasn't all fun and games. ((kirsten joyce)) plus... it could cost you more to visit disneyland. the reason the parks are increasing their rates...for holidays and weekends. and... local homeowners cry foul after they say a vital route was closed without any notice.
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annual academy awards were held last night... spotlight took home the award for best picture... that film tells the true story of the boston globe reporters who uncovered sexual abuse by catholic priests. ((kirsten joyce)) mad max fury road won six awards... all in production categories. > and leonardo dicaprio took home the award for best actor in the movie "the revenant". he's been nominated five other times but this is his first win. ((brian loftus)) brie larson won best actress for her role in the movie "room" in the film, larson plays a mother struggling to raise her son in captivity./// ((brian loftus)) > and more than just stars were addressed at the awards. ((kirsten joyce)) chris rock talked about the issue of hollywood's lack of diversity throughout the night: ((chris rock, host: "i'm here at the academy awards -- otherwise known as the white people's choice awards." )) ((kirsten joyce)) the president of the academy also addressed the topic: (( cheryl boone isaacs/ampas president ) "our audiences are global and rich in diversity and
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should be as well." ((kirsten joyce)) the show also addressed the issue of sexual abuse, with a performance by lady gaga... she was joined by vice president joe biden./// this morning... chris rock sold girl scout cookies during the oscars last night! ((chris rock "i want you to reach into your millionaire pockets, and i want you to buy some of my daughters' girl scout cookies. look at my babies up there. are you gonna deny my princesses some cookies??)) they preceded to hand out cookies to the audience kate winslet, tina fey, matt damon and john legend held up cash to pick up some boxes of samoas and thin mints. rock said his daughters made over 65- thousand dollars at the show.///
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sherry swensk < we've got a warm finish to
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most of the month. and march will start off just as warm. ............. spring has sprung... even though we have about three weeks of winter left. it won't feel too chilly, but we do have a sight chance of showers by the weekend... and that's not great news since it's the big nascar race this weekend. .......... ash trees and elm are blooming and lots of people are sneezing. . high clouds and suunshine today... and another cold snowy system will hit the midwest this week. . highs make it back to the low 80s this week before cooler and
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back to you./// > ((kirsten joyce)) > the army staff sergeant suspected of killing a virginia police officer on her first day on the job... is expected to be arraigned today on murder charges. police say ronald hamilton opened fire on officers responding to a domestic saturday. officer ashley guindon died .... two other officers were wounded but are expected to survive. hamilton is an active duty staff sergeant who works at the pentagon. no one knows why he fired on the officers. attorneys plan to seek the death penalty in the case./// brian loftus > let's get a check of your commute.
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how are things looking? < demetria obilor > boulder highway between gibson and tropicana is now 45 miles per hours instead of 55. this past friday, nhp and metro were out enforcing the spped limit. up in the northwest, you have more cones make cameos on my camera as work continues on ndot's centennial bowl interchange. < > back to you. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > could it be the end of flights as we know them? ((brian loftus)) how a u-s senator is trying to keep travellers from being packed in like sardines...when flying in coach. ((kirsten joyce)) plus...what's up apple's sleeve...
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iphone! the new features
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((brian loftus)) > apple's newest i-phone could be released in weeks. ((kirsten joyce)) and disneyland and disneyworld are changing prices. jill wagner joins us live from wall street. good morning jill. q: and jill... anyone who's travelled recently knows... airlines are packing more people into coach! now a plan to stop that? good morning brian and kirsten! u-s markets open today after their second strong week in a row. on friday a mixed finish-- the dow fell 57 points. the nasdaq was up 8.// futures...// apple is expected to release its newest iphone at the end of march. the phone will reportedly have a smaller four inch screen and look identical to the i phone 5 s -- except for curved edges.
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feature. tech experts say the move could satisfy users who like apple's battery life. // disney wants to cut down on crowds! for the first time-- disneyworld and disneyland are raising ticket prices up to twenty percent for the busiest days -- like holidays and weekends. the changes apply to single day tickets only.// q: and jill... anyone who's travelled recently knows... airlines are packing more people into coach! now a plan to stop that? a: new york senator charles schumer says he's adding an amendment to an f-a-a bill... that would require the agency to set a minimum seat size for airlines... he says airlines have been cutting down leg room and seat width--forcing passengers to sit like sardines.//
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> now let's turn it over to demetria for what's driving you crazy? /// demetria obilor > sid says, "recently, clark county commissioners voted to close homestretch drive between sandstone bluffs drive and hualapai way for the benefit of the faith lutheran schools. this road is a primary access to many homes. this was done without public input.
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violation of public law." clark county commissioners voted to close down homestretch drive earlier this year, primarily due to a safety conflict presented by the faith lutheran schools. homestretch drive between sandstone bluffs and hualapai cut right through the school's campus to the north and south of the route, which school officials believed posed a threat to student safety. faith lutheran wanted students to have a better connection to both sides of its property. emergency vehicles are still permitted along the stretch, but regular traffic is not. i reached out to clark county to find out if any meetings were held regarding the proposed closure, and i found out there were several.one on june 10, august 26, december 10 and january 7. the zoning meeting was held on january 20, where a handful of residents from the surrounding neighborhoods spoke out it's clear that many nearby homeowners were made aware of this situation, but it's also clear that some were left out of the loop.
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remember, you can write me at. traffic 8 at las vegas now dot com. back to you. /// ((brian loftus)) > getting ready.. for super tuesday. ((kirsten joyce)) the fighting words.. marco rubio.. has for donald trump ahead of
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((kirsten joyce)) > one person dead and another in the hospital. what police believe led up to a shooting.. outside a las vegas casino. ((brian loftus)) > plus.. are you paying too much for your prescriptions? how a simple change... could lower your costs.. significantly. ((kirsten joyce)) > and a baby's life saved.. before he's even born. the rare procedure.. that kept his heart beating./// < welcome to a brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > kirsten joyce > thanks for waking up with us. i'm kirsten joyce. ((brian loftus)) and i'm brian loftus. and today.. we'll get an update on the big issues.. facing ccsd. ((kirsten joyce)) pat skorkowsky is going to deliver his state of the district address. 8 news now reporter brittany brittany? ((brittany edney)) good morning guys... the class of 20-15 had a 72-percent graduation rate---which is low compared to national numbers...
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so that's just one of the many topics he'll be discussing today one of the biggest challenges the school district has faced in the past year has been dealing with hundreds of teacher vacancies... after negotiations with the clark county education association... the district came to an agreement to give educators a raise... aiming to entice more educators to work for the district. the superintendent says today, he'll not only highlight some of last year's achievements but also focusing on improvements the district can make, moving forward. ((pat skorkowsky:we' re going to be talking about the reading by 3rd grade initiative especially the one the government set forth. we're going to be talking about family engagement. we're going to talk about graduation successes. )) ((brittany edney)) you just heard the superintendent mention the "read by grade three" initiative... which puts a strong focus on the primary level and getting kids to the 3rd grade proficiency.... and then keeping them on track. and with more than 320- thousand students...
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will continually need to be made and early education initiatives in the long run. 8 news now ((kirsten joyce)) brittany, how does the superintendent plan to impact those high school graduation rates-- as he puts strong focus on the primary grades? ((brittany edney)) well one of the biggest pushes is to get kids interested and excited age... basically that will create a ripple effect so hopefully by the time they do get to high school... that momentum will build and more students will graduation. brian, back to you. kirsten joyce > now let's get a look at your forecast. brian loftus sherry... how's the weather looking today? < sherry swensk >
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let's get a check of traffic with demetria. /// demetria obilor < crash on southbound i-15 just past us 95, approaching the charleston exit. the left shoulder is blocked. looks like a vehicle kind of spun out of control here. people are outside of their vehicles. this crash is causing delays in the spaghetti bowl. police activity on the south beltway on westbound 215 by the decatur exit. nhp has teamed up with local law enforcement to crack down on freeway speeders. > < > < > back to you.
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((kirsten joyce)) > this morning...metro police are searching for a gunman who killed a person in a car... and they say it may have stemmed from road rage. it happened yesterday morning near decatur and alta by arizona charlie's. police say a man and a woman were inside a car... stopped at a red light when they were shot. the suspects drove away. a witness tells us he was leaving work... when he saw it unfold: ((raymond heflan - witness: the one car pulled up like he was gonna make a left hand turn on hayes, immediately another car pulled up along side of 'em on the passenger side and unloaded about 20 shells.)) ((kirsten joyce)) a woman died... and a man was rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds. police believe the getaway vehicle is a black, four- door nissan sedan with california plates./// ((kirsten joyce)) police are also investigating a shooting at a house party - it happened saturday night near owens and m-l-k. police say two people were shot and were both taken to the hospital...where one died. the suspect took off before police arrived. if you have any information about either of these shootings... you're asked to call crime
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((brian loftus)) > tomorrow... voters in more than 12 states will be voicing who they want as the republican and democratic candidates for president. it's known as super tuesday... almost 600 delegates are up for grabs for the g-o-p, and just over 850 for the democrats. on the democratic side... both candidates are pushing for votes ahead of the big day... hillary clinton is trying to keep her support growing after her victory over bernie sanders in south carolina saturday. ((brian loftus)) > on the republican side... ted cruz and marco rubio are criticizing donald trump.... for his initial response of his implicit endorsement from former ku klux klan leader david duke. trump was questioned on the topic yesterday...on cnn's "state of the union" and refused to denounce the endorsement. but hours later...he took to twitter saying he disavowed duke. in addition to criticizing trump for this... rubio took a personal approach to slow down trump's support ahead of super tuesday: ((marco rubio, presidential candidate: "he's always calling me little marco.
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me. he's like 6'2'' which is why i don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2". have you seen his hands? there like this and you know what they say about men with small hands"you can't trust them. you can't trust them. loftus)) the latest cbs news battleground tracker poll shows donald trump and hillary clinton leading in key states. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > people here in las vegas held protests this weekend... upset with how our democratic caucus was handled. the caucus was held on february 20th. folks rallied outside of a federal building saturday.. saying it was terribly put together . they say people left without voting because of long lines and computer issues. protesters say they want nevada to go back to a primary. or have a third party overseeing the caucus system to ensure no one is left out. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > 8 news now is your local election headquarters... for everything and anything in this election year... both on air and online at las vegas now dot com./// ((kirsten joyce)) > prescriptions are pricey as it is.. but you could be paying even
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if you live.. in certain zipcodes! ((brian loftus)) michelle mortensen goes on your side.. to find out where you should shop.. to save the most money. ((kirsten joyce)) plus... cancelled at the last minute.. the reason another space-x
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((sherry swensk)) > it's leap day! and las vegas- based company zappos is trying to make it a national holiday. we only have a leap year every four years... that's when an extra day is added on to the end of february. to mark the day...zappos is giving their employees the day off. they've also launched a petition on change-dot-org to make the day a federal holiday so more people can spend the day out of the office.
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in the calendar...it should be used as a bonus day to do good for yourself or the community. right now...there are over 19- thousand signatures on the petition...they'r e trying to get 100-thousand signatures./// adlib weather chat sherry swensk < we've got a warm finish to february like we've spent most of the month.
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warm. ............. spring has sprung... even though we have about three weeks of winter left. it won't feel too chilly, but we do have a sight chance of showers by the weekend... and that's not great news since it's the big nascar race this weekend. .......... high clouds and sunshine today... while winter hangs on across the country with another cold snowy system that will hit the midwest this week. . highs make it back to the low 80s this week and just in time for us to start the spring watering schedule so we get back to three watering days and our lawns sure do need it. >
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((brian loftus)) > studies show prescription drug prices have gone up by 76% in just 4 years.... causing an estimated 1 in 10 americans to go without. ((kirsten joyce)) but 8 on your side consumer advocate michelle mortensen may have found a solution to the price predicament. the secret is nothing new. it's just been overlooked ... because .. it takes time ... and energy. but i'll show you .. the savings are worth it. prescriptions. everyone's talking about them. ((hillary clinton: we have to go after skyrocketing drug costs. )) (( it's a big deal a big problem )) ((sanders )) (( the cost of medicine )) ((trump...newspr escript news nrws new s)) and some say this guy... martin shkreli...is why? the so-called poster child of
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raised the price of this drug .. from 13 bucks a pill to 750... in one day. but shkreli wasn't the first to do this. here's proof. avonex ... an m-s drug ... was just 16 thousand a yeaa back in 2005. in 2015 ... it jumped to 70 thousand. then cancer drug gleevec... jumped from 31 thousand in 2001... to 90 grand just 11 years later. in fact all of these drugs ... spiked an average 76 percent in the last several years. so what's the secret to savings? shopping around. see pharmacies are free market businesses ... they can charge what they want... and they do... i talked to 10 pharmacies about 7 drugs and prices really vary.. synthroid ... a thyroid medication ... costs 62 bucks at walmart ... at target... just 25. lyrica is 222 at cvs and 189 for costco members .
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250 bucks valleywide.... but go generic ... and it's close to 100 bucks at cvs ... 30-40 bucks at target and walmart ... and only 5.25 at healthwarehou se.com. and healthwarehou se.com ... is locally owned.... started by this guy. ((11:45:41 l: yea were the largest online pharmacy in the u.s., that's licensed in all 50 states. )) las vegan lalit dhadphale says his site is all about no hassel service... and cheap prices. (( :10 l: we are very transparent in the pricing and basically you just have your doctor send the prescription like you would do to any pharmacy and you make a payment online)) but online shopping isn't everyone's cup of tea ... so one last savings tip ... don't just shop around by chain but by zip code. we called several cvs and wallgreen's pharmacies ... and they all charge different prices. a c-v-s in north las vegas charges 2 dollars more for synthroid than other cvs stores. and a walgreens and a walgreens on the strip charges 4 bucks
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19 bucks more for celebrex and 25 bucks more for nexium. just more proof the prescription price problem is complex ... but saving doesn't have to be... > ((michelle mortensen)) we did our research on non-insurance prices ... but even with insurance ... the same rules apply. and i promised i'd show you the savings are worth it. to do that ... i'll use tammy coffin ... a member of our debt destroyer family ... to illustrate. we've been following her as we help her get out of debt in one year. you may recall she has m-s .. but can't take all her meds because they are too expensive. she says all of them .. with insurance ... were over a thousand bucks a month. to lower the costs ... she spoke with her doctors and they changed some medications to cheaper alternatives. she also got coupons from some of the manufacturers making the
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that dropped her cost to 734 a month. shopping around dropped the total to 680. if she gets approved for one more coupon .... her total will be 480. so a savings of 547 dollars. the trick with the coupons if you have insurance... is get approval for them ... or go to a pharmacy ... and say ... you want to pay cash ... no insurance. it's that easy. and all of this information .. plus coupons for many prescriptions can be found on our website .. las vegas now dot com .. in the 8 on your side section./// ((kirsten joyce)) if you have a consumer problem you'd like michelle to look into... give her a call on the tipline... 702-650-1907./// kirsten joyce > now let's turn it over to demetia. brian loftus how are the roads looking this morning. < demetria obilor > the left shoulder is blocked off on southbound i-15 past us 95, and boy things are getting really backed up. this is southbound i-15...
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ramp to southbound i- 15.. both are backed up as a result of this cras. < > < > back to you./// ((brian loftus)) > space-x canceled its launch yesterday...for the third time in recent days. the company's falcon-nine rocket was supposed to launch yesterday... they canceled it last second because of issues keeping the liquid oxygen at a cold enough temperature.
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the rocket. this is the same issue that caused the other cancellations. the rocket carries a satellite that would bring internet and phone access to millions of people in asia./// ((brian loftus)) > a baby's life.. saved... before he was even born! ((kirsten joyce)) the rare procedure...
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((brian loftus)) > a baby in california is alive after a rare and delicate procedure... that was performed before he was even born. chris martinez has the story. how's grayson doing?... just looking at grayson davila - you wouldn't know what he's been through... until you see the scars on his chest. 22 weeks into his mother
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children's hospital los angeles discovered he had hypoplastic left heart syndrome a condition that leaves the left side of the heart underdevelope d. ((marco davila/grayson' s dad )) you can imagine, without half your heart it's hard to survive, right? babies in the womb should also have a small hole in the heart to help blood flow, but grayson's was closing up. ((samantha davila/ grayson's mom )) you sort of feel like everything's stacked against you. so the davilas turned to a rare procedure: a "fetal cardiac intervention". doctors inserted a long - thin needle into samantha's womb - then into the fetus... putting a small stent into grayson's tiny heart... to allow blood to flow back to the right side of his heart. ((nats - dr. showing ultrasound of heart - )) even though this looks big, it's only about 2 to 3 millimeters wide. the procedure worked, strengthening grayson's lungs so surgeons could perform emergency open heart surgery 10 weeks later when he was born. they converted his one heart chamber - to do the job of two. ((dr. vaughn starnes/ chief executive of heart institute at children's hospital los angeles )) normally that chamber the right ventricle, pumps blood to the lungs now we're asking it to pump blood to the entire body!
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)) he was born on the 19th of november and we got to hold him on the 27th, so but it was worth it! it was worth the wait!... grayson's 3 month old heart is now functioning as expected... ((nats/home - mom/baby )) where are those morning smiles?... he still faces two more procedures... but doctors say he should live a normal - healthy life. angeles ((brian loftus)) doctors say grayson will undergo another surgery when he's six months old and a final surgery when he's three./// brian loftus > now let's send things over to sherry swensk kirsten joyce sherry what's the forecast look like today?/// sherry swensk < early light from our stratoshpere camera...
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the horizon right now. ............ there are more to come on and off today. sunrise is a little earlier getting closer to 6 a.m. for the next couple of weeks before we start daylight saving time which is two sundays from yesterday. ............ sunset getting later to enjoy these warm days. we've got some really warm days ahead of us to kick off march. mostly sunny skies and temps near record highs. .... today we are looking at near 80 and the record is 76. no real change until a slight chance of showers sunday and
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let's send it over to demetria./// > demetria obilor < traffic is backed up into north las vegas after a crash on southbound i-15 just past the 95 interchange. leave early. frank sinatra under construction through march. > < >
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((kirsten joyce)) > hundreds of thousands of people will be heading to the valley...for nascar weekend! the race cars will be making their way here for this weekend's sprint cup...held at las vegas motor speedway. the r-v lots open up today... and testing starts thursday. the sprint cup series kobalt 400 is sunday at 12-30. we have more information on nascar weekend on our website, las vegas now dot com./// ((brian loftus)) > getting treatment to those.. who don't have transportation. ((kirsten joyce)) coming up at 6:00... center... that is bringing healthcare to > plus... it was quite the unusual sight during a golf tournament this weekend.. the pro who stripped down..
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> killed on her first day on the job... the memorial.. for the virginia officer gunned down allegedly by an army sergeant. britney edney < britney edney is talking about today's state of the clark county school district address > ((brian loftus)) > and... a big night at the oscars! the top winners.. who took home the famous gold statue./// < welcome to a brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > kirsten joyce > good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm kirsten joyce. brian loftus and i'm brian loftus. today clark county school district leaders will meet for the state of the district. ((kirsten joyce)) 8 news now reporter brittany edney joins us from c-c-s-d headquarters. brittany what are some of the key issues, educators will me focusing on today? ((brittany edney))
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we spoke to superintendent pat skorkowsky ahead of today's meeting and he says he wants to focus on a couple of issues... not only highlighting last year's achievements but also focusing on improvements the district can make, moving forward. the class of 20-15 had a 72- percent graduation rate---which is low compared to national numbers... but the superintendent says that can improve. one of the biggest challenges the school district has faced in the past year has been dealing with hundreds of teacher vacancies... after negotiations with the clark county education association... the district came to an agreement to give educators a raise. aiming to entice more educators to work for the district. ((pat skorkowsky/ccs d superintendent: "i think we focused on professional growth and development for our teachers so there's new pathways for our teachers to become teacher leaders. and to help change the face and look of the district." )) ((brittany edney)) the superintendent says the

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