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zones" in the upcoming academic year. the two schools are cheyenne high school and woolley elementary school. on the other hand, five schools are no longer being considered "turnaround schools" because of their success and growth.... and they are canyon springs and mojave high schools, o'callaghan middle school, roundy and sunrise acres elementary schools. ((karen castro)) there are a number of challenges affecting student achievement. skorkowsky says he has "6 goals" that will help students be successful. we'll tell you what they are coming up at 5. reporting live, karen castro, 8 news now. ((denise valdez)) > and karen, upcoming changes we've been reporting on.. full-day kindergarden... ((karen castro)) that's right. skorkowsky did briefly mention that today. starting in the fall, full day kindergarden will be offered at all elementary schools. ((denise valdez)) > we wanted to know what improvements you'd like to see in valley schools.... and plenty of you had an opinion.
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"kids coming to school ready to work and parental involvement." raul says "kids in elementary school having a longer lunch." while angie says "she'd like to see kids have more time in recess." you can join the conversation... just go to our 8 news now facebook page./// ((paul joncich)) > it's feeling nice out today tedd is it already time for the big warm up? ((tedd florendo)) >warm outside today and we already broke a record high by beating the previous 76 degree high set back in 1972. staying warm right now and through this evening should be mild and comfy. mostly clear skies ............................... .. evening planner calling for pleasant evening temps in the 70's early then nice 60's through the nigh under mainle clear skies.
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we'll have more on your weeklong forecat comning up which also includes some shower chances. the man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed two take a plea deal. seong lee plead guilty to two counts of felony driving and or being in actual physical control of a car while under the influence. lee was 22 years old when police said he was speeding, and driving drunk on boulder highway near russell road. lee crashed into a car killing a 17 and 18 year old girl. police said lee's blood-alcohol percentage was more than twice the legal limit lee's previous drunk driving arrest prior to the deadly crash./// ((paul joncich)) > police are trying to figure out if a deadly shooting early sunday morning... was the result of road rage. it happened near decatur and alta. raymond heflan says he saw the shooting take place. ((
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crossing the stoplight coming from work and 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. )) ((paul joncich)) when officers arrived, they found two victims inside a car riddled with bullets. a woman was pronounced dead on scene. the male vistim was rushed to umc with at least two gunshot wounds and is expected to survive. police have not released a suspect description but they believe the getaway vehicle is a black, four-door nissan sedan with california plates. if you have any information, please call crimestoppers./// ((denise valdez)) > the minor accused of killing swans and other birds at desert shores -- admitted to a felony charge today in court and will serve probation and go to counseling. the teen appeared in juvenile court today.. the courthouse. activists from the nevada political action for animals
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brutal -- and demand justice for the birds. ((stacia newman/preside nt nv political action for animals: i can't even imagine how horrible the swans felt because they were loved and cared for by the community and then to have someone come in and brutal murder these swans it's (gets choked up) it's is. it's horrible )) ((denise valdez)) six other charges of maiming.. poisoning.. or killing an animal were dismissed as part of the plea deal. the teen will also be on probation until his 21-st birthday./// ((paul joncich)) > phase one of a muli-million dollar galleria marketplace has been completed in henderson the retail center will be located at near sunset road and stephanie. a p.t's gold is expected to open by april along with a las pupusas. the company behind the project says the goal is to transform previously idle offices into an attractive new shopping hub. the space will suit restaurants, service retail and other businesses.///
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those with a craving for southern food... cracker barrel is bringing not one... but two restaurants to las vegas this year! back in december... we heard that a location would open near the silverton. today... county leaders announced a second restaurant... near the i-15 and craig. the restaurant provides home- style southern comfort food. the north las vegas groundbreaking is set for wednesday morning./// ((paul joncich)) > gearing up for super tuesday. ((denise valdez)) the pressure building for candidates and why one front runner is facing accusations of racism.///
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announcer: you're watching 8 news now at 4 with denise valdez and paul joncich. the news of southern nevada is now. ((paul joncich)) > the nation's highest military honor has been awarded to a navy seal who helped save an american hostage in afghanistan. edward byers junior.. a member of the navy's seal team six... paid a visit to the white house this morning. in 2012... the senior special ops chief was
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american who had been abducted by the taliban. byers is the first living.. active-duty member of the navy to receive the award in four decades: ((u.s. navy senior chief special warfare operator edward byers, jr.//medal of honor recipient - "i will continue doing my job in the navy, continue being a seal.. doing the thing i love.")) in the entire history of the navy seals... byers is only the sixth member to receive the medal of honor. this award is the biggest one of many for byers....he also has five bronze stars and two purple hearts./// ((denise valdez)) > voters in about a "dozen" states will cast ballots on super tuesday where hundreds of delegates are up for grabs. as pressure mounts on candidates to win, donald trump faces extra heat because of his slow response to denounce his racist supporters. craig boswell reports from the white house. >black lives matter activists targeted donald trump's rally in radford, virginia. (donald trump/(r) presidential
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out" "all lives matter." the billionaire became a target after he refused to disavow former k-k-k leader david duke on a sunday morning talk show. monday he said he couldn't hear clearly because of a bad ear piece...his opponents aren't buying it. (sen. marco rubio/(r-fl) presidential candidate) "i don't care how bad the ear piece is klu klux klan comes through pretty clearly and he refuses to criticize it. how can someone like that be our nominee?" even after trump refused duke's support - it may still make voters think twice during tomorrow's super tuesday elections. (john dickerson/cbs news political director) "it gives support to those who say he's playing footsie with some of the ugliest ideas out there in order to build support for his candidacy." cbs news polls shows trump with big leads in virginia and georgia...but ted cruz is winning in his home state of texas.. the same cbs news poll has hillary clinton up 20 points or more in texas, georgia and virginia...and is already looking ahead to the general election. (hillary clinton/(d) presidential candidate) "i will turn my attention to whomever the republicans decide to nominate and i can tell you this, one advantage i have is
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years and i'm still standing." bernie sanders is focusing on minnesota and massachusetts ahead of tuesday's vote. craig boswell, cbs news, fairfax, virginia./// ((denise valdez)) > it wasn't just protestors that ran into trouble at donald trump's virginia rally monday. a photographer from time magazine was arrested after he got into a scuffle with the secret service./// ((denise valdez)) > 8 news now is your local election headquarters... for super tuesday. don't miss our special presentation of politics now tomrrow at 7-30 right here on 8 news now.... where we have you covered all through election year... both on air and online at las vegas now dot com./// ((paul joncich)) > elvis has westgate. ((denise valdez)) why their popular exhibit on the king is now shut down.... and why the westgate may be taking legal action./// announcer: now nevada's first
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now at 4. ((denise valdez)) > the popular elvis exhibit at the westgate has been shut down. according to a statement from the hotel.... the operator of the exhibit and show has ceased operations of the graceland west exhibit and graceland chapel. the casino says they consider the actions to be a default of their agreement and plan to
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refunds for all pre-sold tickets to the show are available in full at the westgate box office./// ((paul joncich)) > hundreds of athletes put themselves to the test this weekend as they scaled the 108 flights of the stratosphere tower. 44 year old sproule love of new york made it to the top first in 7 minutes and 22 seconds.... his exact same winning time as last year. the goal was to raise money for the american lung association and to promote lung health in nevada. i had the pleasure of emceeing the event. and we want to also congratulate our own 8news now team for
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toss to weather < tedd florendo >< < warm again today with also warm overnight. normal 65 with no record temps but still warmer than average. weather headlines calling for temps to stay warm for a little while. another day of near record temps this week. but it will become windy and cooler with shower chances. when? we'll show you coming up in your full forecast. ................................ afternoon temps also in the high 70's through the valley today but still above average near 80. warmest over the east side of the valley where we're lowever in elevation. cooler but mild for the west side of the valley and foothills of las vegas. ............................... ... regional temps warmer down on the colorado river valley with warmest temps south county in laughlin and bullhead city. warmest over to death valley late today and cooler up in the central great basin. ............................... ..... warm in the desert southwest and southern plains. cooelr in the plains states after warming in the 60's yesterday. they'll be colder tomorrow there and warmer 50's over to the mid-atlantic. they love the 50's after some cold temps the past few days.
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showers in the illinois and indianat with snow just due north there with snow in the upper great latkes region and canada. back over the west coast we have high clouds scattered over the region despite the high directly overhead. but no rain yet nor do we expect any. ............................... ........ it's a warm february indeed and dry too. 20 days of 70 degrees or more, beating last years record 19 days of 70 degrees or more. this will go down as the 3rd warmest february on record with an average temp of 57.3 degrees. last year was the warmest february on record. ............................... ....... tonight expect a low of 56 with plenty of clouds tonight and by morning. winds less than 10 and staying light. tomorrow expect a high of 79 with clouds and sun. starting with clouds in the morning and clearing through the day. winds light breeze, but still gusty at times down the colorado river valley for tomorrow. ............................... ........ neighborhood by neighborhood temps in the high 70's tomorrow afternoon with some 80's over the to the east side of the valley and in southeast sections of the valley. cool in the upper 50's. ............................... ......... extended forecast near 80 this week. mostly sunny with north breezes tomorrow and breezy winds expected late week.
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warmer than average. sun and more clouds by weekend. > > ((denise valdez)) > local homeowners cry foul after they say a vital route was closed -- without any notice. demetria obilor investigates, in "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.
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many homes. this was done without public input. this looks like a good old boy 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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send your traffic question to traffic eight at las vegas now dot com. ((paul joncich)) > hollywood > hollywood is still buzzing after last night's oscars. ((denise valdez)) how some hollywood a-listers celebrated their victory while also helping out a
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> across tinseltown, oscar after- parties went on well into the night. ((denise valdez)) > after his big win, best actor leonardo dicaprio took his gold statue to the governors ball. while other stars hit the red
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teri okita has more from hollywood. >the curse was finally broken for leonardo dicaprio last night - who finally took home the best revenant: (dicaprio) it all feels incredibly surreal brie larson also picked up a golden statue for her performance in 'room': (brie larson) i feel really strong and excited to be holding this gold guy when the curtain fell on the big show... the stars made their way to the governors ball to toast to the night... (michael sugar, producer, spotlight) we worked so hard on this film and to have it rewarded like this is truly amazing many praised host and comedian chris rock who pushed the envelope in addressing the oscars-so-white controversy. (minnie driver) chris rock is an amazing performer and person and it needed to happen superstar elton john used his annual afterparty to raise awareness for hiv and aids: (elton john/oscar party host) we've made a lot of progress in the
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haven't made enough progress (teri okita/reporting) the parties also give celebrities a chance to meet for the first time, and yes, they, too, get starstruck. (sheryl crow/singer) "oh, i do. listen, if i walked into leonardo dicaprio right now, i don't know what i would do! fashion stylist carson kressley got a big surprise as he looked over the guest list. (carson kressley & gene simmons) gene simmons from kiss. (teri) he's right behind you. (carson) oh, my god, i was just talking about you. (gene) i heard. (carson) you're one of my faves! (gene) can i touch you? (carson) i wish you would! the glitz and glamour was not lost on tinseltown's biggest night...as celebs showed off their styles and awards into early hours. teri okita, cbs news, hollywood./// ((denise valdez)) > the vanity fair party always draws a-listers to the event. guests included leonardo dicaprio and his oscar ... jennifer lawrence, selena gomez, blake shelton ... with a performance by gwen stefani./// ((paul joncich)) > stopping the abuse. ((denise valdez)) how the catholic church is responding after one official says he looked the other way for years while
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announcer: "now, nevada's first choice for news. this is 8 news now at 4" ((denise valdez)) > one of pope francis' top advisers says the catholic church has "made enormous mistakes".
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allowing thousands of children to be abused over the centuries. cbs' tina kraus has the story from london. >i swear...by almighty god... australian cardinal george pell testified via video-link in rome - as part of an australian inquiry into child sex abuse. he told commissioners in sydney it's a scandal that the catholic church allowed thousands of children to suffer abuse at the hands of priests. (cardinal george pell/vatican treasurer) the church in many places, certainly in australia, has mucked things up, has let people down. i'm not here to defend the indefensible." pell acknowledged he had heard that an australian catholic school teacher who serially abused students (enex) 'might' be involved in "pedophilia activity" in the 1970's, but had no idea how rampant clergy abuse was at the that time. (cardinal george pell/vatican treasurer) (aptn) i must say in those days if a priest denied
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strongly inclined to accept the denial. ....victims about two dozen abuse survivors from australia traveled to italy to hear pell testify. (peter blenkiron, abuse survivor) let's get the actions in place to support those with damages in the past and to ensure that it can never happen to children again. pell, who is now pope francis' top financial adviser, had a private audience with the pope after he testified. tina kraus, cbs news./// ((denise valdez)) > the testimony came just hours before "spotlight" won best picture at the academy awards. the film is a real-life drama about a team of journalists who expose a ring of pedophile priests./// ((paul joncich)) > the soldier accused of killing his wife and a virginia police officer, went before a judge this morning. police say staff sergeant ronald hamilton shot and killed ashley guindon saturday on her first day with the prince william county police department. guindon was with 2 other officers responding to hamilton's home saturday night for a domestic- disturbance call. that's when police say the
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his wife then opened fire on all three officers.. the other 2 survived. hamilton is being held without bond. he's charged with capital murder, first degree murder and malicious wounding./// ((denise valdez)) > protests are planned in salt lake city tonight after a 17 year old was shot by police over the weekend. he has been identified as 17-year-old abdi mohamed. he remains in a coma this evening after being shot three times. salt lake city police officials say two officers responded to a call of two men fighting with weapons. they say one of the males complied and dropped the weapon... while the other continued to advance on the victim and was shot by officers. ((( we were trying to solve it before the cops intervened. but they already ran up with their guns. . they ran up with their guns pulled out and said, 'drop it' one time and then shot him.)) ((denise valdez)) salt lake city mayor jackie biskupski is telling police to release as much information as possible without compromising the investigation. police say the release of the body camera recordings could interfere with their investigation.///
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police say hit and killed a pedestrian last week is now in police custody. 24-year-old eric leppard turned himself into henderson police over the weekend. investigators say he hit a woman who was jaywalking across boulder highway near warm springs wednesday night.. then took off police say leppard was driving a stolen car. he's charged with felony hit and run, reckless driving, and failure to render aid./// ((denise valdez)) > people in the valley will soon have a more convenient way access to health care. today we got to check out southwest medical's new mobile medical clinic. it brings every health service available in a clinic right to your doorstep. that mean's things like routine check- ups and radiological exams can now be done in the comfort of your own home. (( don giancursio/ceo for nevada united health care this is a need in our community with all the growth that we've had in the programs, medicaid, medicare and the commercial policies, here in southern nevada, we expect its going to be received very well. )) ((denise valdez)) the mobile medical clinic is expected to be up and running witing the next 2 monts./// ((paul joncich)) > nascar fans
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for this weekend's big race! the rv lots at the track opened up at noon today.. more of the festivities get underway on friday.. when drivers will hit the track for the kobalt 400 stratosphere pole qualifying race. saturday, fans will pack the stadium for the boyd gaming 300... which leads up to sunday's kobalt 400. drivers will zip around the track 267 times... totaling 400- point- 5 miles./// ((denise valdez)) > things are shaking up at the happiest place on earth. as of this week disneyland and disney world come with demand-based pricing. the resorts will charge three different prices -- depending on the time of year -- for a single day park ticket. the calendar will be divided into value, regular and peak periods. a value one-day pass at disneyland -- monday through thursday when most schools are in session -- will drop to 95- dollars. a regular pass -- for most weekends and summer weeks -- rises to 105 dollars.
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112 dollars on peak days. that includes most of december, spring break weeks and july weekends. disney hopes its "surge pricing" will -- quote -- "help spread out visitation."/// ((paul joncich)) > the power to save a life. ((denise valdez)) in honor of rare disease day we sit down with one non- profit organization to talk about how they are helping people battling serious illnesses and they are helping give wings to their recovery.///
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announcer: you're watching 8 news now at 4 with denise valdez and paul joncich. the news of southern nevada is now. ((paul joncich)) > the rare day of february 29th is also rare disease day. and miracle flights is a non profit organization that provides free air transportation for people with serious illnees that need to travel great distances fro life-saving care.
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miracle flights. what exactly does miracle flights do and how are they specifically helping kids here locally and around the country? talk to us about the kinds of families and children you are helping and how the program works? now you were originally going to be joined by ... 2 year old jakai sommerville and his family to talk about rare disease day, which is today but he wasn't able to make it at the last minute.
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in to help the family? miracle flights is getting ready for a huge mile stone this summertell us more about that. are there ways for people in the community to get involved with miracle flights? volunteer? donate miles? how can we help
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nevada's first choice for news. this is 8 news now at 4. ((paul joncich)) > an anti-gay sticker at one school in california has students rallying to support the l- g-b-t community at another school. ((denise valdez)) the positive response is all because of social media -- and an eighth grader who wants to support her friends. megan terlecky has the story. >(paige labayog/ eighth grader) saw it and got a little angry. it. a few students at shadow hills high school decided to decorate their i-d badges with this anti-gay symbol. (david parsons/ teacher) there are some students who feel threatened, they feel harassed by seeing these types of stickers. page labayog, an 8th grader at palm desert middle school, saw the controversial stickers on social media. (paige labayog/ eighth grader) i was kind of shocked to see that people would actually do something like this. page is not apart of the lgbt friends are. (paige labayog/ eighth grader) some of them they don't feel sexuality.
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faces and began coloring -- and she passed them out at school, hoping to send a message. (paige labayog/ eighth grader) i'm accepting to anyone's sexuality and it's ok to be that way. the desert sands unified school district says because of the first amendment -- students have just has much the right to display this symbol as this one. (laura fisher/ assistant superintendent) every person can have an opinion but if there harassment or intimidation or bullying then it does cross the line. teachers at shadow hills tell us they believe it crossed the line. (david parsons/ teacher) when someone takes a sticker and puts of somebody else, then that bounces from the realm of free speech in to harassment or bullying./// ((denise valdez)) > that was megan terlecky reporting. the district is still investigating and provided counseling to the students involved. it's also open to providing requested by teachers. it wants anyone being bullied or witnessing bullying to report it.///
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< tedd florendo >< warm again today with also warm overnight. normal 65 with no record temps but still warmer than average. weather headlines calling for temps to stay warm for a little while. another day of near record temps this week. but it will become windy and cooler with shower chances. when? we'll show you coming up in your full forecast. ................................ afternoon temps also in the high 70's through the valley today but still above average near 80. warmest over the east side of the valley where we're lowever in elevation. cooler but mild for the west side of the valley and foothills of las vegas. ............................... ... regional temps warmer down on the colorado river valley with warmest temps south county in laughlin and bullhead city. warmest over to death valley late today and cooler up in the central great basin.
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warm in the desert southwest and southern plains. cooelr in the plains states after warming in the 60's yesterday. they'll be colder tomorrow there and warmer 50's over to the mid-atlantic. they love the 50's after some cold temps the past few days. ............................... ..... showers in the illinois and indianat with snow just due north there with snow in the upper great latkes region and canada. back over the west coast we have high clouds scattered over the region despite the high directly overhead. but no rain yet nor do we expect any. ............................... ........ it's a warm february indeed and dry too. 20 days of 70 degrees or more, beating last years record 19 days of 70 degrees or more. this will go down as the 3rd warmest february on record with an average temp of 57.3 degrees. last year was the warmest february on record. ............................... ....... tonight expect a low of 56 with
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morning. winds less than 10 and staying light. tomorrow expect a high of 79 with clouds and sun. starting with clouds in the morning and clearing through the day. winds light breeze, but still gusty at times down the colorado river valley for tomorrow. ............................... ........ neighborhood by neighborhood temps in the high 70's tomorrow afternoon with some 80's over the to the east side of the valley and in southeast sections of the valley. cool in the upper 50's. ............................... ......... week. mostly sunny with north breezes tomorrow and breezy winds expected late week. cooler high 70's but still warmer than average. sun and more clouds by weekend. > ((denise valdez)) > nasa wants
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the space agency is actively working to get more females interested in space exploration. back in 1993, 35% of women who worked at the johnson space center were in clerical roles, like secretaries. today, that's just 3%. and back then 34% of women were in science and engineering.
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but the biggest change is at the top.... 20 years ago, just 11% of supervisors were women. today it's 32%. ((dr. jennifer fogarty, deputy chief scientist, human research program "we have proven we're just as passionate about space flight, engineering, medicine in extreme environments than any man out there." )) ((denise valdez)) and get this a woman could be first to step on mars. -- nasa's deep space astronaut class has four men, four women./// ((paul joncich)) > meanwhile u-s astronaut scott kelly is heading back home to earth after nearly a year in space. kelly and russian cosmonaut mikhail kornienko served as test subjects on the international space station, so scientists could study the affects of space travel on the human body. it's all part of nasa's goal to make sure astronauts can handle a trip to mars. scott kelly will return to texas on wednesday. he has now spent the most cumulative time in space of any american in history.///
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hack at the i-r-s may be worse than we thought. ((denise valdez)) how they say cyber thieves accessed their tax information.... and how they are fighting back. ((paul joncich)) walking off the job. coming up at 5... why workers at the tesla factory in northern nevada are upset
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today at a high school northeast of cleveland-ohio left four students injured. ((denise valdez)) witnesses say someone opened fire inside madison high school's cafeteria. a local sheriff's official says two male students, 14 and 15 years old, were hit by gunfire. another two were injured by shrapnel or trying to escape. injuries to all four are said to be non-life threatening. a 14-year-old male student was taken into custody. (((ken garland- parent) "it's sad that anybody got hurt and i'm not sure why, uh, um, a young man would feel compelled to do somethin' like this, but when they do it's--it affects everybody." ))
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say they have an idea of a motive, but are not releasing it right now. the school district ended classes early for the day./// ((paul joncich)) > a massive irs data breach is much bigger than first realized. ((denise valdez)) hackers were able to get sensitive information using the agency's "get transcript" program, which allows people to check their tax history online. ((paul joncich)) jan crawford reports from outside the irs headquarters in washington. >not even virginia based tax attorney, wayne zell, was protected from hackers who he says stole his identity. (wayne zell) "somebody was trying to claim a refund using my social security number and i knew something was wrong." the irs's data dump is the latest in a series of disclosures. (gfx1 in) in may 2015, the agency reported cyber criminals accessed some 114,000 taxpayer accounts. three months later, that number grew to 334,000. this month, the irs says there as many as 724,000 victims. (gfx1 out) (steve weisman, bentley university, identity theft expert) "the irs is
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protect us." the irs said hackers used personal information gathered from other online sources - like bank accounts - to answer personal identity questions on the "get transcript" forms. (gfx2 out) one possible culprit: irs- approved tax preparers. (gfx3 in) one audit found 6 out of 13 irs-approved companies failed at providing adequate security to customers. (gfx3 out) (steve weisman, bentley university senior lecturer) we're often our own worst enemies because there are times that we don't use proper passwords, we don't use proper security, the irs says it is notifying the hacked taxpayers by mail, as well as offering free identity protection for a year. the online viewing and download feature of "get transcript" has been suspended since may 2015. the i-r-s is working to restore that , but this time with enhanced security to protect taxpayers. jan crawford, cbs news, washington./// ((denise valdez)) > the irs has previously said it believes the hackers are part of a sophisticated crime ring based
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paul joncich > that's all for us at 4. denise valdez 8 news now at five starts after this. don't forget.. we're always on at las vegas now dot com, on facebook and
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why workers at the tesla gigafactory site are concerned about whether their jobs are safe. ((dave courvoisier)) > the clark county school district... leaping forward. (( it's all about highlighting the successes and what should happen everyday, in every school for every student )) ((dave courvoisier)) how the superintendent is working towards making every student successful in the classroom. ((paula francis)) > country cooking... coming to las vegas. the plan cracker barrel is putting in place... as the chain plots a las vegas expansion./// < ((voice over: "now, nevada's first choice for news. this is 8 news now at 5.")) > ((paula francis)) > 350 construction workers walking off the job at the tesla gigafactory construction site near reno. thanks for joining us... i'm paula francis. ((dave courvoisier)) i'm dave courvoisier. the workers are trade members... concerned about the use of cheaper... out-of-state laborers working on site with them. patrick walker is here to help
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((patrick walker)) on the surface... there is something behind the concern the workers are bringing up. remember... there are local labor requirements in deals like this one... and faraday future out at apex. so we dug into state reports... to see if there is any merit behind the complaints. < ((patrick walker)) work on tesla's five-billion dollar gigafactory... grinding to a halt. local construction workers walking out... as a contractor brings in non- union workers from new mexico. ((patrick walker)) it's an issue we've heard before. members of a northern nevada construction union demonstrated outside the state capitol in carson city last december... when lawmakers met to pass legislation that opened the door to faraday future moving to las vegas. ((rob benner/building and construction trade council: "there were no protections for local contractors or businesses, you know, 50 percent local hire was all we got.")) ((patrick walker)) that's accurate. in order to qualify for the 1-point-4 billion dollars in tax abatements and incentives... at least 50 percent of tesla's employees must be nevada residents. if that threshold is not met...

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