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Henderson officials take budgetary bad news to the community

North Las Vegas isn't the only southern Nevada city facing major financial woes. Henderson is also in trouble.

The news out of Henderson has been seemingly good for a long time, but city officials are now delivering news that is not so pleasant.

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Propane tank explodes in Henderson

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Fire crews responded to an explosion and fire at a recycling plant in Henderson Tuesday morning.

According to Henderson Police, a propane tank at Nevada Recycling exploded just before 6 a.m. and started a fire. The plant is on Sunset Road between Gibson and Eastgate roads, west of Boulder Highway. Fire crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire, and no one was injured.

A Henderson Police Department spokesperson says workers were disposing of used propane tanks - a process that entails cutting open the empty tanks.

When crews began cutting open the tank, some residue on it ignited. Debris in a nearby dumpster caught fire, sending a plume of smoke over the facility.

CSN to hire technology specialist to overhaul financial aid system

CSN to hire technology specialist to overhaul financial aid system

After problems with in its student loans department, the College of Southern Nevada will be hiring someone to fix the system.

After receiving a report detailing problems within its financial aid department, the College of Southern Nevada is continuing to improve operations in staffing and technology. College of Southern Nevada will hire a technology specialist within the next few days to overhaul the school’s financial aid system.

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Henderson police arrest couple accused of abducting child

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HENDERSON, Nev. --  Police in Nevada say a 50-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman are jailed as fugitives pending extradition to Florida, where they're accused of abducting the woman's 3-year-old son and heading to Las Vegas.

Henderson police say Karl R. Menz and Virginia M. Lynch were arrested Thursday after police and the FBI learned they were in southern Nevada in a moving van that had been reported stolen.

The child was found unharmed in the back of the vehicle.

Police say Menz and Lynch don't have custodial rights to the boy, who authorities say is autistic and unable to speak.

He was allegedly taken March 6 from a fast-food restaurant in Crestview, Fla.

Police say the boy was placed in temporary custody with Clark County Child Protective Services.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Retrial for Henderson man convicted of killing newborn

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Supreme Court says a man convicted of killing a newborn deserves a new trial because the trial judge didn't allow two defense witnesses to testify.

Rayshaun Coleman of Henderson was convicted of first-degree murder by child abuse for the 2009 death of his girlfriend's 6-week-old son, Tristin Hilburn. The baby had burns on his body and a fractured skull.

Justices on Thursday agreed with defense arguments that two woman who were in jail with the boy's mother, Christal Hilburn Gaynor, should have been allowed to testify at trial.

The women claimed Gaynor told them the baby suffered burns when Gaynor's brother was cooking methamphetamine and the pot exploded. The boy died a few days later.

Coleman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

$1.1 billion award will remove chemical in Henderson water

LAS VEGAS -- A settlement reached Thursday will provide billions to clean up chemicals used to make rocket fuel from a site in Henderson.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice settled with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the parent company of chemical maker Kerr-McGee, for $5.15 billion. Of that settlement, $1.1 billion will go to clean up contaminated groundwater at the site of an old Kerr-McGee chemical manufacturing facility in Henderson.

The area is contaminated with hexavalent chromium and perchlorate, which are chemicals used to make rocket fuel.

The chemicals have been found in Lake Mead. Perchlorate is known to interfere with thyroid function. The perchlorate plume in Henderson is the largest groundwater plume in the country, according to the EPA.

I-Team: Mystery device possibly used in car burglaries

This image of the burglary was captured on surveillance video.

HENDERSON, Nev.  -- Technology is helping thieves grab your property fast, for a quick getaway. It's possible the technology was used in a recent string of break-ins in Henderson. 

A Henderson home security video shows a young man approaching a high-end SUV and, after pausing for a second with his hand on the door handle, opens the door and starts rifling through the interior.

The method used is similar to those used in a rash of thefts around the country where burglars got inside cars using a mysterious electronic device to bypass the alarms and trip the locks.

"It appears consistent with the mystery device that's being reported throughout North America as far as unlocking the car," said Mike Bender, an insurance investigator.