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'American Idol' Finalist Kicks Off Fall ArtBeat

'American Idol' Finalist Kicks Off Fall ArtBeat

A singer and songwriter, who gained a following as a contestant on “American Idol,” is kicking off the fall season of ArtBeat presented by Target.

Casey Abrams will be on stage at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S. Water Street. The free show is at 8 p.m. Friday, September 7. Pre-show activities will start at 6:30 p.m. 

Abrams was a finalist in season 10 of the hit TV show, finishing in sixth place. Since leaving Idol, he has performed on several shows, including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Live with Kelly.”

He released his first album in June. It was produced by “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson. It includes guest appearances by Idol alumni Daughtry and Adam Lambert.  


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Henderson Makes List of Best Places to Live

LAS VEGAS -- Henderson landed on Money magazine's annual list of America's 100 best places to live for the first time since 2008, ranking 66th on a list released Monday.

As the only Nevada city to make the list, Henderson was singled out for the quality of its parks.

"For a city in the desert, Henderson takes parks very seriously," Money wrote. "The town is connected by 65 miles of trails, and its award-winning parks and recreation department is working toward a goal of having a neighborhood park within a half mile of all city residents."

Henderson Woman Charged with Murder in Abuse Case

HENDERSON, Nev. – A mother of five is behind bars accused of strangling her boyfriend with a computer cord. Tammy Lucero says David Hudson had beaten and choked her. She told police she was acting in self defense when she killed him.

A 12 page criminal complaint lays out what police believe happened inside the couple's Henderson apartment in May.

Police interviewed Tammy Lucero, and she told them it was her spaghetti-strapped tank top that led to a violent argument. Lucero told police David began hitting and pushing her. She says he even tried to strangle her with both hands. Lucero says she pushed David off, got a computer cord, wrapped it around his neck and held it there until he stopped breathing.

Vote Could Save Henderson Libraries

HENDERSON, Nev. - Financial struggles are hitting the public libraries in Henderson with revenue and staffing down 30 percent since the recession began. Some libraries are in danger of shutting down, unless voters step up. 

There are many families that become familiar faces at the Paseo Verde Library in Green Valley. Henderson resident Roy Navarro and his children are regular visitors during the summer.

"Getting away from literature has been the hardest thing for a lot of children. They don't get a lot of book time, and it shows in the classroom," said Navarro.

Navarro likes his kids to experience the library along with the magic of reading, learning new words and enjoying turning the pages of books in this digital age. "It has a lot of cool books here," said 6-year-old Rolley Navarro.

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Nevada State College Starts 10th Anniversary Semester Monday

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Nevada State College welcomes back thousands of the students Monday.

The college will celebrate its 10th anniversary when it welcomes 3,150 students for the start of the fall semester. The school says 315 of those students are freshman.

"We're proud to welcome the class of 2016, as well as all of our returning students," said Bart Patterson, president of Nevada State College. "Starting college is an exciting time, but it can also be a little stressful. We want to make the transition to college as easy as possible for students, and so, our entire campus will be available to answer students' questions during special events and anytime in between."

Police Find Weapon, Pot Plants in Henderson House

HENDERSON, Nev. – For the second time in two days, police have busted a suspected marijuana grow house. One man is under arrest, and police say it was a tip from the public that led them right to the door.

A task force made up of Henderson Police, Metro Police and the DEA raided the home on Evelyn Avenue near Boulder Highway and Sunset Road and found 16 pot plants and an assault rifle.

People who live nearby say they have seen suspicious activity but this came as a surprise.

"At first, I was just eating with my family, and I saw the SWAT pass right by, and I was like, ‘Oh what's going on?'" said nearby resident Kevin Jimenez. "It's crazy, but it's just like I said. I'm in shock about it."

Registration Underway for Safekey Programs

Registration Underway for Safekey Programs

LAS VEGAS -- The start of the school year also means the start of less expensive child care for working parents. City Safekey programs are open for registration.

Safekey is a program offered at many Clark County schools to keep children supervised before and after school.

"We always make sure the kids are safe, they are accounted for, and that they're having fun and having a good time," said Kurt Williams, the recreation manager for the city of Henderson.

He expects nearly 1,000 kids to register in Henderson which is an increase from last year. The Safekey program costs $55 a week. "Parents are actually starting to go back to work and they need our services," he said.

Ruth Whittacre is a stay at home mom but knows working parents often have no choice but to have others look after their kids.

"I think it's crucial to have somebody reliable to look after your kids," Whittacre said.