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Jobless rates inch down in Nevada's main metro areas

Unemployment rates are ticking down in Nevada's three main metropolitan areas.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday that Las Vegas' jobless rate inched down a tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in December. The rate dropped to 5.5 percent in the Reno area, down from 5.7 percent a month earlier.

It also ticked down to 6.7 percent in Carson City in December, a drop from 6.8 percent in November. Regional unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The news comes a week after the agency reported that Nevada's overall jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent. That rate is seasonally adjusted.

State economist Bill Anderson said the growing payrolls show businesses have confidence in Nevada's economy... Read More

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Boxing champ Mike Tyson selling home near Las Vegas

Mike Tyson has upgraded to a bigger house in his neighborhood and put his former home near Las Vegas up for sale.

Vegas Inc. reports that Clark County records show that the former boxing champ recently bought a two-story, 8,149-square-foot mansion in Henderson for $2.5 million. It's just down the street from his old house.

County records show that Tyson and his wife closed their purchase on Dec. 28.

The new house is in a gated community and has an outdoor fireplace, lush landscaping, marble flooring and a grand entry.

A news release from Luxury Homes of Las Vegas says the brokerage firm has listed Tyson's former home for $1.5 million.

According to county records, Tyson bought the home in 2008 for $1.75 million. ... Read More

Parents, teachers, students rally at Cashman Center to support 'School Choice' week

Nearly 2,000 parents, students and teachers filled the Cashman Center Tuesday to celebrate "School Choice."

It's just one of 139 events held around the state of Nevada, and one of 16,140 events held around the nation during School Choice Week.

The goal of School Choice Week is to raise awareness about K-12 schools, and the many options parents have to make a choice in their child's education.

"We want to make sure that in Nevada we have a unified voice, that people understand that Education is not one-size fits all solution," said Steve Werling, school leader of Nevada Connections Academy.

Options for parents consist of traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, private schools, and homeschooling.

"Families are attracted to states where they know there's options when it comes to their kids education," said Werling.

Tara Sims and her 7-year-old daughter Marley attended the rally... Read More

Cool at School: McCaw students score new books

A local organization is giving the gift of reading to grateful valley students. Spread the Word Nevada is an organization that strives to improve childhood literacy, especially in low-income communities.

They are dedicated to changing the lives of at-risk children, one book at a time.

"Our main mission is to put books in the hands of children who can't afford them, to create home libraries," said Spread the Word Nevada Executive Director Lisa Havighorst.

8 News NOW caught up with this effort at McCaw STEAM Academy, where students proudly walked away with a bag full of books just for them.

"When those kids come home today with five new books, and they have them in their backpack, and they say, 'These are mine Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa. I own these, and I got these from my school and Spread the Word Nevada,'" said McCaw principal Jennifer Furman-Born... Read More

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More than 1,500 customers without power in Henderson neighborhood

NV Energy is working to figure out what caused a power outage in the area of N. Green Valley Parkway and E. Sunset Road.

According to NV Energy's website, 1,560 customers lost power around 6:48 p.m.

The cause of the outage is unknown at this time, but crews are working to get everyone restored.

This is a developing story. ... Read More

Report: Son, dad had altercation before son emptied clip into dad

The 22-year-old man accused of shooting and killing his 54-year old father emptied the clip into him, according to an arrest report released Tuesday.

It all unfolded Monday, Jan. 11 in the 900 block of Painted Pony Drive near Whitney Ranch Drive and Plain Sight Avenue in Henderson.

Henderson Police said it all started as a domestic dispute.

According to the report, the dad, Kevin Clanton, got into a physical altercation with his son, Daron Clanton, after the two argued over grades. Henderson Police said Daron told them his dad asked to see his grades, and that's when Kevin found out his son hadn't been attending UNLV for a year as he previous thought.

The argument came to a halt when Daron's mother, Maria Clanton came home. When Maria saw her husband and son fighting she told them to 'knock it off," the report said. The men separated and went to separate rooms... Read More

Celine Dion's husband dies at age 73

The husband of recording superstar Celine Dion has died, according to CBC News in Canada.

Rene Angelil, 73, was suffering from throat cancer. According to the Clark County Coroner's Office, Angelil was at his home in Henderson, under that care of a physician when he died.

"We have determined Mr. Angelil's death was due to natural causes. No further investigation into his death is expected. Our condolences go out to Mr. Angelil's family and friends during this difficult time for them," said John Fudenberg, Clark County coroner in a tweet on Twitter.

Angelil was a famous music producer who managed Dion's career from the time he discovered her.

After taking a year off, Dion, 47, made her return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in August.

The singer took the yearlong hiatus to care for her husband, give her inflamed throat muscles a chance to heal and spend time with her three children.

Dion credits Angelil for her return to the stage... Read More