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Tea Party Rally Continues In Henderson

HENDERSON --  The tea party moment continued Saturday afternoon in Henderson as about two thousand people rallied at the Henderson Pavilion. The message there was anger and many saying they simply will not take it any more.

"Well I think the government is out of control not only is it Un-American but its socialist I'm here to let the government know that I do support it that I'm for freedom and not controlling us with health care bills and taxes that's why I'm here," said Andrew Russell, tea party supporter.

One of the hot topics among the many tea party supporters was health care. They feel too many people on both sides of the aisle have forgotten the basics of the constitution and need to be voted out as a reminder that the will of the people still reigns supreme.

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Anita Mann Pleads Not Guilty in DUI Accident

LAS VEGAS -- A Henderson teen pled not guilty in a drunk driving case that killed two people.

Nineteen-year-old Anita Mann entered her plea in court on Tuesday. Police say her blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit just before noon on February 16th when she crashed into the couple's car on Horizon Ridge near Stephanie.

Mann is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in death. Her trial is set for May 10th.

CCSD School Board Rejects Converting all Year-Round Schools

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School Board has rejected a money saving proposal to switch all of its year-round elementary schools to a nine-month calendar. Instead, they will only convert 21 of the 76 year-round schools to the nine-month schedule. 

Even though converting all of the schools would have saved millions and it was a well-supported idea among respondent who took a district survey, many school employees objected.  

The district's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Weiler said converting all of the year-round schools would save the district $18 million and mean fewer layoffs as the district attempts to meet a $125 million budget shortfall.

The board ended up agreeing with unions representing bus drivers and food service workers.

School Board Votes To Reject Money Saving Proposal

The Clark County School board votes to reject money saving proposal to accelerate plan to turn year round schools to 9 month schools. They will stick to only converting 21 of 76 schools to 9 month campuses.

CCSD CFO Jeff Wyler says accelerating that plan would save $8 million.

But teacher and support staff unions objected, saying it would leave their members effectively unpaid for 3 months out of the year.

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Nevada's Unemployment Rate Rises to 13.2 Percent

CARSON CITY, Nev. --  Nevada's statewide unemployment rate rose to 13.2 percent in February, while the jobless rate in the Las Vegas area climbed another notch toward 14 percent.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Friday the unemployment rate in Clark County increased from 13.8 to 13.9 percent.

There was no change in the 13.4 percent jobless rate in the Reno-Sparks area. In Carson City, the rate fell slightly from 13.8 percent to 13.7 percent.

The report says 189,000 workers were out of work in Nevada. But a top state economist says employers added 10,400 jobs in February, representing the first increase since October. Nevada's statewide unemployment rate in January was 13 percent, the second highest in the nation.

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Muslim Men Claim Henderson Police Detained Them for Praying

LAS VEGAS - Henderson Police are investigating some of their own officers regarding a complaint filed by a group of Muslim men who stopped to pray in a parking lot.

The incident happened in December. The Muslim men were passing through Las Vegas on a road trip. They stopped at a convenience store parking lot in Henderson to perform their sunset prayer. According to documents obtained by 8 News NOW, a concerned citizen called the police, saying seven Middle Eastern males were acting suspiciously by a gray minivan with California license plates. The caller reported several of the men were kissing the ground.

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Minutes later, Henderson Police officers arrived on the scene. One of the Muslim men recorded the incident with his cell phone.

Station Casinos Breakup Proposed

LAS VEGAS -- It's one of the largest corporate bankruptcies in Nevada history. Station Casinos announced Thursday its plan to save some of its properties while potentially selling off more than a dozen others.

Station Casinos is keeping the Red Rock resort, as well as Palace, Boulder and Sunset Stations. But there are 14 other Las Vegas casinos that may soon be up for auction.

"Certainly Boyd Gaming has made it very public they're interested in some of these assets. I think there could be other players out in the market. Companies like Penn National or somebody else that has an interest in the Las Vegas locals market," said Brian Gordon, Applied Analysis.

Read a statement issued by Boyd Gaming Thursday afternoon