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Henderson awards lobbying contract to former police chief

Henderson’s former police chief is now its top lobbyist.

Henderson officials on Tuesday continued to reward one of the city’s former top employees with a hefty contract. City Council members approved a two-year state lobbyist contract for $228,000 for Richard Perkins, the city’s former police chief.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Planetarium to offer chance to see eclipse

LAS VEGAS — If weather cooperates, the Student Observatory at the College of Southern Nevada Planetarium will be open to the public late Tuesday for a chance to help see a total lunar eclipse.

The planetarium is expected to open at 11 p.m. for viewing of the event, which is also commonly referred to as a "blood moon."

According to the planetarium, the moon will begin to enter the darkest part of the Earth's shadow, called the umbra, at 2:18 a.m. The beginning of totality, with the moon entirely within the umbra, will occur at 3:28 a.m. The total phase of the eclipse will end at 4:24 a.m. as the moon begins to leave the umbra. The final partial phase of the eclipse will end at 6:34 a.m. near moonset and sunrise.

If you can't make it to the planetarium, the school said the eclipse should be easily seen anywhere in the valley.

Henderson schools spark interest in science with robotics

Teachers hope robot program sparks student interest in science, technology, engineering and math.

Fifth-grader Arturo Banuelos concentrates as he operates a remote-controlled robot in the cafeteria of Robert Taylor Elementary School, 144 Westminister Way.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Nevada State College considering double nursing school tuition

LAS VEGAS -- In a time where Nevada needs more nurses than ever before, one university is making it more costly to graduate.

Nevada State College is planning to double its tuition for nursing students. The president of Nevada State College said he is being pressured to bring in more students to the school and it is those students who will have to foot the bill.

NSC prides itself on small classrooms and low tuition but changes are coming.

"We have been asked to increase the size of our nursing program. It's highly competitive to get in. We turned away 71 percent of the qualified graduates last year," Nevada State College President Bart Patterson said.

With pressure from the state's health care industry, Patterson says the school must keep up with the demand.

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Henderson Police setting up new tool to find stolen goods for sale online

The Henderson Police Department has received a grant to set up a way to find stolen items for sale online.

The police department received more than $600,000 from the Department of Justice through the Smart Policing Initiative. The money will go towards tool that will search websites for stolen items that are for sale.

Henderson Police hope to find items and return them to the rightful owner.


Driving You Crazy: Rough patch of Warm Springs Road

HENDERSON, Nev. - A viewer says a rough patch of Warm Springs Road between Stephanie Street and Arroyo Grande Boulevard is horrible and needs to be smoothed.

The City of Henderson recently kicked off a three-part improvement project that will address this issue. Warm Springs between Arroyo Grande and Stephanie will be repaved. Crews will replace sidewalk ramps and restripe bicycle lanes.

This stretch of repairs cost $1.3 million and was funded by the gas tax. The entire project costs $4.6 million and will take several months to complete.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

Driving You Crazy: Traffic signal at Pacific and Horizon

HENDERSON, Nev. - A viewer says the left-turn signal from Pacific Avenue to Horizon Drive is inconsistent. She says if she arrives before 6 a.m., the light will change quickly. If she gets there after 6 a.m., she says she has to wait a long time for the light to change.

That light stops using its sensors at 6 a.m. and goes to a time-based operation because of heavy traffic in the area.

Henderson officials say a new project in that busy area will help reduce delays. The Divergent Diamond Interchange will allow drivers to turn left on to the freeway without stopping and upsetting traffic flow.

Crews will install traffic signals, physical barriers and pavement markings. Henderson representatives tell 8 News NOW that construction is weeks away and will be completed within four months. Most of the work will be done overnight.