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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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robert lang says the incentives can essentially be taken away by the state. (( dr. robert lang/director, brookings mountain west: "you could do that still in tesla, because tesla hasn't gotten all of the abatements and all of the money it was to receive, yeah, so that's the mechanism.")) ((patrick walker)) we dug into reports filed with the governor's office of economic development... and found while tesla did have delays submitting data earler in 2015... they are in compliance with their tax incentive deal. nearly three- quarters of its construction workers are nevada residents... well above the 50- percent bench mark. the report's author says tesla has made "satisfactory progress" in meeting the requirements for its incentives. lang says even if the numbers didn't add up... and the state withheld tax incentives... that's not necessarily a bad thing for taxpayers. ((dr. robert lang/director, brookings mountain west: "you still have this major company investing in the state, and we're still benefiting from it. but the full benefit comes when they employ people mostly within nevada.")) > ((patrick walker)) so how does the faraday future site fit into all of this? that company received a similar... but smaller deal. coming up at 6... we'll take a look at the potential implications... as construction is set to start out at apex any day now.
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((dave courvoisier)) > the man accused of killing two women in a dui crash almost one year ago... will take a plea deal. seong lee pleaded guilty to two felony charges in connection with the march 2015 crash at russell and boulder highway. police say the 22-year-old was drunk when he was driving 117 miles per hour before crashing into and killing two teens. police said lee's blood-alcohol percentage was more than twice the legal limit./// ((paula francis)) > a jury has sentenced a teen to probation and counseling... for killing swans and other birds at desert shores. the teen appeared in juvenile court this morning.. outside the courthouse... protesters rallied... calling for stricter punishment for the teen. activists from the group nevada political action for animals... call the swans' deaths brutal.. and say the crime could be a sign of things to come: (( stacia newman//preside nt nv political action for animals - statistically, teenagers who start with animal cruelty, progress onto human violence, violent crimes.))
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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. activists worked to raise about 5- thousand dollars in reward money for the person who tipped off police about the teen's involvment.// ((dave courvoisier)) > improving student achievement at our local schools... clark county school district superintendant pat skorkowsky announced the "6 goals" he says will help students accomplish academic success. 8 news now reporter karen castro is live at cimarron memorial high school where skorkowsky delivered his state of the district address this morning. karen? ((karen castro)) superintendent skorkowsky admits the district faces many challenges. but he says its also important to highlight the improvements made every year. he did just that... during today's state of the district address with the help of students, educators, and volunteers. ((superintenden t pat skorkowsky - ccsd: can we bring out the queen of hearts?)) ((karen castro)) superintendent pat
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memorial high school during his opening remarks at the state of the district address themed "leaping forward." he says it's one of the many achievements in the clark county school district that often go unnoticed... another is getting kids into advanced placement courses. ((superintenden t pat skorkowsky - ccsd: in one year our growth rate for kids taking ap courses, including every minority subgroup, went up 16.4 percent.)) ((karen castro)) but along with giving praise... he laid out the "6 goals" he says will turnaround the school district. he solicited the help of students, parents, and teachers who are living proof that it works. goal number one is "read by grade three." ((5th grader: being proficient in reading has helped me be a stronger role model, leader in school and a stronger person in general.)) ((karen castro)) among other goals are reducing the achievement gap and increasing the graduation rate. only 72-percent on students graduated in the class of 2015. while it remains one of the lowest in the nation, it has gone up in recent years. ((superintenden t pat skorkowsky - ccsd: obviously we're gonna increase the number of students
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one of our goals.)) ((karen castro)) increasing family engagement, college and career readiness... and student safety and happiness round up the "6 goals." skorkowsky says there are dozens of school programs that help achieve all of these goals including "best buddies" which pairs up a student with another child who has a disability. ((student: i knew i had lots of friends but the one i connected with the most was sarah.)) ((karen castro)) skorkowsky did not address the teacher shortage but we did ask him about it afterwards. ((superintenden t pat skorkowsky - ccsd: we think that with our new starting teacher salary of 40-thousand dollars and the new way we're going to look at professional development, will help us as a recruiting tool.)) ((karen castro)) skorkowsky also announced changes coming to the school district including new zoom schools and turnaround schools. we have a full list on las vegas now dot com. reporting live, karen castro, 8 news now. ((paula francis)) > the countdown clock to super tuesday is ticking loudly. less than 24 hours remain before hundreds of delegates are
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president. voters in about a dozen states will cast ballots tomorrow night. cbs news polls show hillary clinton ahead of bernie sanders in several key states... while donald trump and ted cruz battle to become the gop frontrunner. during a rally in virginia... trump took aim at "black lives matter" activists. he's become a target after refusing to disavow former k-k-k morning talk show. analysts say it could have voters thinking twice about supporting trump: ((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.")) ((paula francis)) protestors weren't the only problem at donald trump's virginia rally today. a photographer from time magazine was arrested after he got into a scuffle with the secret service for stepping out of a designated media area./// ((paula francis)) our super tuesday coverage begins tomorrow with 8 news now at 4... and leads up to a special edition of politics now at
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((paula francis)) > we are your local election headquarters leading up to the general election this fall. you can get all the latest results and headlines both on air and online at las vegas now dot com./// ((dave courvoisier)) > warmer weather is on the horizon... in fact... we already saw a record high for today. tedd florendo joins us with what more he's seeing in the forecast. < 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 ............................... ... regional temps warmer in phoenix and cool in southern california and the bay area. colder up in the reno with warmest temps in the desert southwest. ............................... .. evening planner calling for pleasant evening temps in the 70's early then nice 60's through the nigh under mainle
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67 by 9pm and nice at 64 for 8 newsnow at 11. we'll have more on your weeklong forecat comning up which also includes some shower chances. soon you will be able to find a table at a cracker barrel... on the north and south sides of the valley. ((dave courvoisier)) the country cooking will fire up in north las vegas this summer.... at the same time in july that the location in the silverton will also open. our own denise valdez has been learning everything she can about the restaurant brand known for its comfort food. ((denise valdez)) that's because i've never been there! ive learned it truly is comfort food... when we first told people about the silverton location in december, we heard about the roast beef dinner, the country fried steak -- chickens and dumplings... and soon people on both sides of
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but it's the all day breakfast that gets a lot of praise. the company started in 19-69 in tennessee... with one store. now the company has 630 stores in 42 states... impressive growth, and every store is owned by the company these are not franchises. it's also known for its country store... along with country fixings. comforts of home... the design of each restaurant and store... is based partly on the region its in. ((janella escobar: what we hope every guest can walk away with in our las vegas stores is entering, taking a trip to the past and being able to see things that remind them of a las vegas, way before it became what everybody knows it to be today. maybe a newspaper clipping or a newspaper article with the date and a masthead that would remind everyone of oh, that's right that is what the paper use to look like, or maybe even i
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((denise valdez)) they have a decor team who hunts for 100 percent original antiques.. so it should be fun to see what ends up on the walls here in southern nevada. we hear there may be some ties into our mining past. ((denise valdez)) north las vegas will celebrate the ground breaking on wednesday.. again both of these stores will open by late july. once open -- cracker barrel will be putting a couple of hundred people to work. thanks ((dave courvoisier)) > and there are a lot of positive comments pouring in on the news of the two locations... tonya mayne- hartsoe says can not wait until july !! miss cracker barrel lots while carolyn partridge has this advice.. love the cracker barrel... allow enough time to browse around the gift area. and joseph marchisella says bout time love that store and the rocking chairs. chime in on what you are looking forward to on our 8 news now
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((dave courvoisier)) > warmer weather... taking a toll on lake tahoe. ((paula francis)) the role these unusual temperatures are having on northern nevada. ((dave courvoisier)) > a real life fight club. how long these brawls have been school... and who is being investigated
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((voice over: "now, nevada's first choice for news. this is 8 news now at 5.")) > ((dave courvoisier)) > nevada's attorney general filed a brief... endorsing a multi-state legal fight against president barack obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. the brief says states have a right to decide pollution emission standards for themselves. it was criticized by some environmentalis ts as a disservice to nevada. attorney general adam laxalt says he believes the e- p-a is exceeding its authority in efforts to implement the president's plan. /// ((paula francis)) > water levels at lake tahoe continue to rise... but the lake may not reach levels seen in years past. that's because the warmer weather we've been seeing is putting the brakes on the heavy snowpack that was helping the area overcome four years of drought. officials say the lake is within about 9 inches of its natural rim...
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average this time of year... at more than 2 feet above the rim. the national weather service expects the snowpack to stay close to average... despite the totals in the sierra mountains being the lowest in the last 10 years./// ((weather toss))
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((paula francis)) > high school fighting under the radar. ((dave courvoisier)) how parents are reacting to the news that teens have been fighting on campus for close to a decade.///
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(("you're watching 8 news now at 5 with paula francis and dave courvoisier. the news of southern nevada is now.")) > ((paula francis)) > a california high school is under investigation... after video surfaced of students holding a real life "fight club" on campus: ((parent - it really blew my mind. i was surprised kids could get away with things like that.)) ((paula francis)) videos surfaced last week showing students wearing boxing gloves but no protective gear... pummeling each other. the fights apparently took place during school hours... in a clubhouse used by the baseball team. students say the fights have been held for more than a decade... with kids getting knocked out and going home with bloody noses and black eyes. the high school is trying to determine which students were involved and whether any staff should also be disciplined./// ((dave courvoisier)) > a u-s bank is now being questioned in
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citigroup said in a recent securities filing.. it's been slapped with a subpoena from u-s officials investigating "bribery, corruption and money laundering." anti-money laundering laws require banks to alert authorities about shady transactions like the ones at the heart of the fifa scandal. authorities say last year... senior fifa officials used various u-s banks to transfer and receive 150 million dollars in bribes and kickbacks.... and officials are questioning whether citi turned a blind eye to suspicious transactions. citi said it is cooperating with authorities./// ((dave courvoisier)) > the world's top drivers... roaring into las vegas. ((paula francis)) the warning for state officials... as nascar week rolls into town. ((dave courvoisier)) millions of people... preparing for a trip to las vegas next month. coming up at six... the major events they're ready to celebrate... and how it could lead us to a
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((voice over: "now, nevada's
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this is 8 news now at 5.")) > ((dave courvoisier)) > and the oscar goes to.... everyone is still talking about last night's academy awards... and all of the big winners. demetria obilor shows us all of the best moments from the show that are still trending on social media. > the 88th annual academy awards were held last night...spotligh t 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. 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. 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. > and more than just stars were addressed at the awards. chris rock talked about the issue of hollywood's lack of diversity throughout the night:
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the academy awards -- otherwise known as the white people's choice awards." )) president of the academy also addressed the topic: (( cheryl boone isaacs/ampas president "our audiences are global and rich in diversity and every facet of our industry should be as well.")) the show also addressed the issue of sexual abuse, with a performance by lady gaga... she was joined by vice president joe biden. that's all the time we have for what's trending. you can check out all of the latest oscar gossip on our facebook page or on twitter, where you can follow me, at demetria obilor to stay in the loop. /// ((paula francis)) > the westgate hotel is saying goodbye to the king of rock and roll. the elvis exhibit was less than a year into a ten-year contract. hotel officials say the decision came after organizers of the exhibit announced plans to close it... saying they were financially upside down. westgate staff also say they wanted to keep the memorabilia from being taken over by the bank. for now... the hotel has locked up all 350
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((dave courvoisier)) > more than 150-thousand nascar fans are making their way into town for this weekend's double-header! the rv lots at the track opened earlier this afternoon. more of the festivities get underway on friday.. when drivers will hit the track for the kobalt 400 qualifying race. saturday, fans will pack the grand stands again for the boyd gaming 300... which leads up to sunday's kobalt 400. ndot is warning fans about heavy traffic on the i-15 north heading to the speedway beginning wednesday.. and advises everyone to either find alternate routes... or plan for the drive to take a little longer./// ((dave courvoisier)) > thanks for watching 8 news now at five. ((paula francis)) the cbs evening news is next. we'll see you at six.
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>> pelley: on the eve of super tuesday, trump clashes with black lives matter protesters. >> get 'em out. get 'em out. out, out, out, out.ls >> pelley: also tonight, a cop is gunned down on her first day on the job. the big cheese at a food company pleads guilty to selling parmesan that had no parmesan. and david martin with an american hero. >> that's five bronze stars, two purple hearts? >> that's correct. >> pelley: and now the highest military honor of all. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. no candidate will clinch the nomination tomorrow, but super tuesday may generate irreversible momentum for hillary clinton and donald
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they're favored many most of the 12 state primaries and caucuses. for democrats, it's a step toward certainty. for republicans, another jolt in the party's identity crisis. polls show trump leading in at least six states, but he is trailing ted cruz in cruz's home state of texas. the republican race, petty, profane and unprecedented, now has prominent republicans talking of an independent candidate if trump wins the nomination. race became the weapon of choice today and major garrett is withet the republicans. >> reporter: following the news that former kkk leader david duke was supporting donald trump, a group of black lives matter protesters interrupted a trump rally in virginia. a "time" magazine photographer tried to leave the press area to shoot the protesters as they were escorted from the venue. he was thrown to the ground by aown to secret service agent. photographer chris morris later admitted to cursing at the agent t before the confrontation became physical. ( bleep )

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