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Students Get Prizes for Attending Proficiency Exams

LAS VEGAS -- This is the week many high schools students across Nevada dread. Proficiency exams started Monday and schools are hoping for better attendance and higher scores to meet federal guidelines.

Some schools are doing whatever it takes to get kids in their seats, even giving away prizes. Come to school, get an iPhone. That's the message at Del Sol High School.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors are taking the science portion of their proficiency exams now and they can win prizes just for showing up.

Del Sol has a daily attendance rate around 90-percent, but they need 95-percent to meet federal standards.

Last year, the administration started giving away prizes for coming to class.This year's prizes include candy bars, movie tickets, iPods, iPhones, even a 32-inch flat screen TV. In total, the prizes cost $2,000 and all of it was paid for by the student store.

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Zappos Gives Away Shoes to Needy Kids

LAS VEGAS -- Six-hundred kids from different Las Vegas elementary schools are walking around in style after getting a new pair of shoes Monday.

It may not seem like a lot, but for some, this is their first brand new pair of shoes.

Zappos teamed up with the West Coast Basketball Conference that's holding it's tournament in Las Vegas this week.

Buses full of students lined up outside the Orleans Arena for a field trip like no other. From the cheers the minute they stepped off the bus to music from college bands from the West Coast Conference, it was a special day.

"We call them our At Hope Kids -- kids that kind of deserve a little extra break," said Jackie Locks with the After School All Stars.

These are the After School All Stars -- kids who come from at risk schools -- like fourth grader Estefania Jimenez, who was among the hundreds to get a new pair of shoes.

Driver's Edge Helps Teens Learn Life-Saving Skills Behind the Wheel

LAS VEGAS --  Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of Nevada teens, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Las Vegas based Driver's Edge is a non-profit organization that works towards teaching teens life-saving skills behind the wheel to prevent those accidents.

The free events Drivers Edge offer provide real-life training for young drivers in a effort to combat the high annual number of teen auto collisions and driving fatalities.

The skills teen learn at these events are classroom and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction on skid control, evasive lane change maneuvers, anti-lock braking skills and panic-braking techniques.

Also a key issue they try to drive home to teens is the dangers of texting while driving.

If you wish to attend you must be between the ages of 15-21-years-old, possess a valid learner's permit or drivers license.

Hundreds Line Up For Free Tax Assistance

LAS VEGAS -- The Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC event Saturday, which took place at the Heinrich YMCA on Meadows Lane right across from the Meadows Mall, had lines wrapping around the building as people waited for free help in filing their taxes.

By mid afternoon there were already 200 families who were served. The focus of the event, which was co-hosted by Channel 8, was making sure taxpayers were aware of the changes made to the earned income tax credit.

What is it comes down to is if you earned $49,000 or less in 2009, you can receive free tax preparation and may be eligible for an EITC refund of up to $5,657. The EITC works to help low-income, working taxpayers get more money back when they file their federal income tax forms but most people are unaware of this tax credit.

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Moving Vans Show Up at Wayne Newton's Home

LAS VEGAS -- Deputies from the Sheriff's Civil Process section and four large North American moving vans with dozens of movers showed up at singer Wayne Newton's Las Vegas ranch Thursday morning.

In a late afternoon news release, Las Vegas Metro Police reported the deputies were on the property, which is located near Pecos and Sunset, to serve civil service documents.

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Metro says security personnel at the resident refused to accept the documents. Within one hour, the deputies and moving vans left the home without removing anything.

Henderson Students Collect Hundreds of Shoes for Haiti

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Students at one Henderson school are putting their best foot forward. They are collecting shoes to send to Haiti.

Students in the SAVE program at Elise Wolff Elementary came up with the idea after they saw all the stories on the news. The shoes will be given to Soles for Souls, a group that provides shoes to the needy.

"It'll make them feel good and they probably like to know that other people are worried about them," said fifth grader Cayman Nelson.

DUI Teen Suspect Anita Mann Appears in Court

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Anita Mann, the 19-year-old accused of driving drunk and killing two people, appeared in a Henderson courtroom Wednesday morning.

Her bail was set at $225,000 and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 11th. When asked if she understood the charges against her, Mann said she did.

She is facing two counts of felony DUI for the deaths of 66-year-old Louis Madden and 65-year-old Karen Hicks who were killed on February 16th. The couple was headed home from lunch when Mann's car rear-ended their car. Police say Mann's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.

"This is a tragic case for everyone concerned, all the families, certainly the families involved in the accident and their loved ones and Anita and her family. It's tragic and it's terrible for everyone," said Steve Wolfson, Mann's attorney.