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CCSD draws attention to teacher shortage using Slotzilla

LAS VEGAS -- The superintendent of the Clark County School District took a daring ride on the Slotzilla Wednesday. It was to draw attention to the biggest teacher shortage in the district's history.

There are more than 600 open positions in Clark County, but CCSD says it hopes to hire more than 2,600 new teachers to ease overcrowding.

The district's plan to add teachers to growing classrooms in the valley involves recruiting locally and from across the country. The first way they plan to do this is through their Alternative Route to Licensure course.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said with special training anyone with a Bachelor's degree is eligible to become a teacher.

“We will help them change their career and change their life in the process,” Skorkowsky said.

Teachers say it's a constant struggle to make sure each student is getting one-on-one attention.

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Motorist's death in Nov. crash added to 2014 Vegas tally

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities said this week they're counting the death of a 91-year-old motorist a week after a November crash as the 93rd traffic fatality in Las Vegas in 2014.

Las Vegas police on Tuesday cited newly released coroner's reports attributing the Dec. 2 death of Lewis Kaplan to multiple injuries he received in the Nov. 25 wreck.

Las Vegas police say Kaplan was mortally injured when the Lexus SC 400 sedan he was driving collided with a Toyota Prius at Patrick Lane and McLeod Drive.

The driver of the Prius, 31-year-old Cody Phillips, did not report any injuries.

Police say it appeared Kaplan failed to yield before turning left into the path of the Prius.

Police: Man arrested for assault, kidnapping at mall in Henderson

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police officers say they have arrested an 18-year-old man who allegedly tried to assault and kidnap an 18-year-old woman.

On Jan. 22, around 3 p.m., Toyanell Kuykendall approached a woman exiting the Galleria at Sunset Mall with a knife and forced her to go with him, police said. After the woman' whose not being identified, and Kuykendall walked a short distance through the parking lot, she struggled with him and was able to escape.

She called for help, and when officers arrived at the Galleria at Sunset Mall they immediately began to search for Kuykendall. Police said a mall employee told them they saw a man who matched the suspect's description on the second floor.

Henderson police officers said that's where they found the 18-year-old and arrested him. Kuykendall is being held on $350,000 bail at the Henderson Detention Center.

He is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon and second-degree kidnapping.

Family, friends celebrate Kiera Driscoll's life

HENDERSON -- Celebrating life rather than mourning a loss.

That's how the parents of 5-year-old Kiera Driscoll said she would have wanted to be remembered. Kiera died earlier this week after coming down with the flu but people are joining together to support her family.

Patrick Driscoll, father of the kindergartner, told 8 News NOW on Friday: “Every father thinks their little girl is special, and she was my little girl.”

Family members and friends gathered at the Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Henderson to pay their respects, with purple balloons swaying in the background.

“Humbling, it's humbling,” Patrick Driscoll said. “It reaffirms the knowledge that we had of how beautiful and wonderful our daughter was. And it helps bring comfort that other people recognize what we got to live with everyday.”

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Nevada to receive $2B for cleanups from Anadarko settlement with U.S. EPA

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday it reached a settlement with Anadarko and Kerr-McGee Friday.

The settlement secures payments of $5.15 billion to resolve claims that the defendants fraudulently transferred assets in part to evade their liability for contamination at toxic sites around the country. Of this total, approximately $4.4 billion will be used to clean the environment. This is the largest sum ever awarded in this type of a bankruptcy-related environmental settlement with the federal government.

School pays tribute to Kiera Driscoll

HENDERSON, Nev. -- There were plenty of hugs and comfort at the American Heritage Academy Thursday as the school remembered 5-year-old student Kiera Driscoll, who lost her life to the flu.

Kiera became the fourth child in Clark County to die from the latest outbreak of the infectious disease.

The school paid tribute to her by flying its outdoor flag at half-staff. A large color photograph of Kiera, showing her bright eyes as she posed in her school uniform, greeted those who entered the academy's lobby.

Her classroom seat was occupied by a stuffed animal and her name tag. But it wasn't business as usual for her classmates, who have been trying to help Kiera's family as they cope with her death. They are working on remembrance cards and drawing pictures of comfort for her parents.

Family loses Henderson girl, 5, to the flu

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Southern Nevada Health District confirmed Wednesday that there have been six flu-related deaths in Clark County since October 2014.

Two deaths involved people between the ages of 5 to 24 years old; two deaths were adults over the age of 50 and two deaths involved children.

Kiera Driscoll, 5, was one who lost her life when she fell victim to the flu. The family of the little girl from Henderson said Kiera started showing cold symptoms on Sunday, and on early Monday morning, they took her to a walk-in clinic where she was treated and prescribed medicine. But Kiera's family said she collapsed later in the day.

Her mother performed CPR on her until an ambulance arrived. She was hospitalized, but her condition took a turn for the worse, according to her family, and on Tuesday little Kiera died from the flu.

“Life will never the same,” said Laurel Beckstead, aunt to Kiera.