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CCSD's policy: How district plans to prevent misconduct between teachers, students

For the third time this year, a Clark County School District educator has been busted for sexual misconduct with a student. The most recent incident involved, a legacy high school teacher who admitted to police that he had sex with a pupil.

All of the incidents have raised questions for CCSD about what the school board is doing to prevent inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

8 News NOW Reporter Karen Castro took a closer look at the school district's policy and training... Read More

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KLAS-TV wishes Las Vegas news legend Paula Francis a happy retirement

Saying goodbye to a Las Vegas news legend creates a day filled with laughs, memories, and tears.

On April 1 -- April Fool's Day -- a day every 8 News NOW viewers and staffers wished was a big April Fool's joke in itself, we all said goodbye to our beloved Paula Francis.

Paula will anchor her last two newscasts, the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday evening. These time slots, along with the 11 p.m. newscast, are shows Paula anchored with Dave Courvoisier, and other news greats like George Knapp and Garry Waddell, by her side.

Waddell and Knapp rejoined Paula on the anchor desk Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

During Paula's retirement luncheon, Knapp, a longtime friend, and colleague, wowed and cracked the crowd up with his comical take on VH1's "Behind the Music." It was a video filled with dramatic storytelling and none truths about Paula and her colleagues... Read More

City experimenting with kinetic-powered street lights

The city of Las Vegas is embarking on a unique way to save energy by upgrading it's streetlights. But, it's more than simply replacing the types of bulbs in the lamps.

Transportation officials are exploring a kinetic-powered alternative.

Imagine Las Vegas' streetlights powered completely by pedestrians. Well, if an upcoming test in the Arts District is successful, that could soon be a reality.

It's a radical idea that's not as far-out as you might think. The energy of your feet hitting the ground and powering the lights above your head.

"I definitely think it's something that would be worth trying, we'll see," said Brandy Smith, a visitor from Denver.

"I like it, it's good for everybody, good for the environment," said Tim Martin, another visitor.

Special tiles embedded in the sidewalk will convert the energy of your footsteps into electricity... Read More

City experimenting with kinetic-powered street lights

The city of Las Vegas is embarking on a unique way to save energy by upgrading it's streetlights. But, it's more than simply replacing the types of bulbs in the lamps.

Transportation officials are exploring a kinetic-powered alternative.

Imagine Las Vegas' streetlights powered completely by pedestrians. Well, if an upcoming test in the Arts District is successful, that could soon be a reality.

It's a radical idea that's not as far-out as you might think. The energy of your feet hitting the ground and powering the lights above your head.

"I definitely think it's something that would be worth trying, we'll see," said Brandy Smith, a visitor from Denver.

"I like it, it's good for everybody, good for the environment," said Tim Martin, another visitor.

Special tiles embedded in the sidewalk will convert the energy of your footsteps into electricity... Read More

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Businesses expanding in downtown Las Vegas

Some local residents say downtown Las Vegas' footprint is growing as new businesses are popping up.

The Goodwich has been a downtown Las Vegas success story so far.

"It's the place to be right now, I think," said Goodwich owner Josh Clark.

Clark started selling his sandwiches at a kiosk on Las Vegas Boulevard near Oakey Boulevard two years ago.

"Quit my job on the Strip, started doing this full-time," he said.

While he and his team are getting ready to open a new shop a few blocks away in a few weeks, he's giving other chefs a chance to follow in his footsteps and use the space.

Justin Hall heads Slo-Boy Foods.

"The menu is just kind of true to who I am," he said. "For me, it's a passion project, because it's something that I get to do for my neighborhood."

"We wanted to do something that could help other people out, show off what they can do with their concept," Clark said.

Clark and Hall say they both live downtown... Read More

Former teacher found guilty on sex and kidnapping charges

A former Rancho High School teacher was found guilty on all 10 counts of sexual conduct between a school employee and a student and two counts of kidnapping.

The verdict was read before noon on Friday.

Jason Lofthouse, 32, was arrested last June when he was caught in a locked classroom with the 17-year-old student. School police suspected the two were having a sexual relationship.

The defense argued the relationship between the teacher and student was mutual, but the prosecution said the girl was manipulated by Lofthouse.

The teen did testify that she voluntarily have sex with Lofthouse and never felt coerced.

Although the age of consent in Nevada is 16, there is a state law that forbids sexual contact between school employees and students younger than 18.

Lofthouse will be sentenced on May 17.

He faces five years to life in prison... Read More

Police search for early morning shooting suspect

Metro police are investigating after a man was shot inside a downtown Las Vegas motel.

The shooting happened in a hallway of the Alpine Motel off Ninth Street near Ogden Avenue, just before 3 a.m.

Police say the victim was shot in the abdomen and taken to University Medical Center.

Investigators have not released the suspect's description, but they are canvassing the area... Read More