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2,500 Students Take Part in KidsVention

Should the U.S. guarantee healthcare for all its residents? Should schools perform random drug-test on student-athletes? These were some of the question posed to fifth and seventh graders at an event aimed at teaching them about voting, politics, and democracy.

More than 2,500 students from across Clark County schools attended the political convention for kids. It's an effort to show students how democracy works and get them to become voters when they turn 18.

It's pretty normal to see energy and passion at political conventions, and the Kidsvention was no different. The annual event brings students from across the Las Vegas valley listen to debates, vote on the issues and learn about politics.

"Voting is important because kids don't normal have a say in what they should speak or how they should speak it.

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UFC Fighter Accused of Assaulting Nurses

Henderson police say a UFC fighter has been arrested and accused of assaulting three nurses at a hospital.

Police say 24-year-old Junie Browning was taken to the hospital by friends after attempting to harm himself by taking 16 anti-anxiety pills. UFC President Dana White says Browning has been released from his contract.

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Police Officer Cleared in Shooting Death, Resigns

A Henderson police officer cleared in the slaying of an ice cream truck driver in 2008 but shadowed by allegations of inapproprieties with a teenage family member has resigned.

A city official called 24-year-old Luke Morrison's departure a personnel matter. His resignation was announced Tuesday. Morrison had been on paid leave since July 21 following accusations of inappropriate behavior with a 15-year-old female family member.

City spokesman Bud Cranor said police investigated an allegation against Morrison, but found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing. A coroner's inquest jury ruled last year that the February 2008 slaying of 42-year-old Deshira Selimaj was justifiable.

Police said she wielded a knife during an argument that began after her Albanian-born husband was stopped for a traffic infraction.

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Motorcyclist Killed in Morning Accident

A motorcyclist was killed Thursday morning in an accident near the intersection of Rainbow and Russell.

Police say speed may have been a factor in the accident. Witnesses told police that the rider was rapidly approaching a truck and attempted to slow down. The truck's driver moved out of the way but the bike went down and so did the driver who slid into another lane and was hit by a semi-truck.

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Police: Excessive Speed Leads to Deadly Teen Crash

One teenager is dead and two others badly injured following a crash that may have been caused by excessive speed.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. on Friday on Gateway Rd. near E. Russell Rd. and Mountain Vista St. Police say there were three teenage boys in the SUV. The 16 year old driver, Corey Knight, died at the scene. The two other teens, one 16 and the other 17 years old, were transported to Sunrise Medical Center in serious condition.

Police say witnesses at the scene told them they heard what sounded like a vehicle racing just before they heard the impact. Police say the driver was heading north on Gateway Rd. when he lost control, hit a tree and then impacted a neighborhood wall.

 

Coronado High School Student Seriously Injured

A Coronado High School student is hospitalized at UMC with serious injuries after being hit by a car on his way to school.

The accident happened right in front of Coronado High School. Police say 18-year-old Austin Paxson was riding his bike to school when he was hit by a minivan. Officers say the 17-year-old driver was distracted by the glare of the sun and didn't see the biker. The driver was not cited.

Officers say it's very important for bicyclists to take extra precautions. "When you're on a bike, it's important to walk the bike across the street because sometimes if someone is having a vision problem and you come across the crosswalk really fast, this is how accidents like this can happen," said Henderson Police Officer Todd Rasmussen.

The bicyclist was also not wearing a helmet. He was transported to St. Rose Hospital, but was later transferred to UMC Trauma.

Identifications Released in Murder Suicide

The Clark County coroner's office has identified a woman and man who died in an apparent murder-suicide at a Las Vegas home.

Police say a housekeeper found 29-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Wayson of Las Vegas and 40-year-old Eric Austin Bray dead at a home on Monday.

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