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Police Shoot, Injure Suspect in Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting near Fremont Street and 21st Street.

The shooting happened shortly before 5 p.m. Two Metro officers on patrol witnessed a man jaywalk in front of them and head toward a nearby Travel Inn.

The officers followed him into the office. Shortly after, he pulled out a knife and began brandishing it at the officers. Two witnesses say they saw the man swinging the knife. One of the officers fired several rounds at the suspect. He was transported to University Medical Center in critical condition.

New Program Aims to Stop Dropouts

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District has long had one of the highest dropout rates in the country.

A new program aims to change that. Superintendent Dwight Jones is leading the program. It pairs students in danger of not graduating or dropping out with Las Vegas business professionals. The professionals work to get the students back on track.

Superintendent Jones announced a partnership with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Tuesday. It is part of his on-going effort called "Reclaim Your Future." He headed a similar effort in Colorado.

"We just want parents and kids to make that choice and that they have the necessary skills to do so and that's what this whole this is all about. It starts with your high school diploma, it doesn't end there," Superintendent Jones said.

GOP Candidates Aim for Hispanic Voters

LAS VEGAS -- The next stop for candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination will be Nevada.

The Silver State's caucus is Saturday. Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are actually skipping Florida. Instead, they are focusing their efforts on Nevada. They will both be here Tuesday. Newt Gingrich is scheduled to arrive Wednesday. The schedule for Mitt Romney is not known yet.

All of the candidates are working to persuade Latino voters. Spanish campaign ads are all over the Internet. Three of the four candidates have websites in Spanish and English. In Nevada, Latinos can not be ignored. The newest census numbers show over the past 10 years, the Hispanic population has grown 82 percent.

Love in the Air for First Friday

Love in the Air for First Friday

 

Love is the theme for Friday’s First Friday festival.

The celebration is from 5 to 11 p.m., in the heart of the downtown arts district. This month’s festival includes a first love confession caboose, interactive exhibits for kids and two new shuttle stops.

The first love confession caboose is an actual train caboose that will be located at the corner of 3rd and Colorado Streets. It will be equipped with a video camera. Everyone is encouraged to tell the story of their first love. The video will be edited together and posted on the First Friday website. People who participate will get a rose for their sweetheart.

There will also be a Kids Zone at Casino Center and Colorado Avenue. The zone will feature interactive art for kids including the “Wish Wagon” and the “Fairy Museum.”

Smith Center to be Home to Arts Education

Smith Center to be Home to Arts Education

One of the most prestigious performing arts centers in the country wants to help students in southern Nevada receive an education in the arts.

The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. is working with the Clark County School District and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts to make the soon-to-be-opened center a home to arts education.

The program is called Any Given Child. Officials from all three organizations involved announced the plans Friday. When the Smith Center opens in March, students from around southern Nevada will be bused there to watch plays, musicals and concerts. Performers will also regularly visit schools and hold workshops.

Darrel Ayers with the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says the center chose CCSD because the school district of its size needed something to give kids motivation to stay school.

Cool at School: Exercising Toward Better Grades

LAS VEGAS -- Students at Hancock Academy School are heading out of the classroom to help improve their grades.

Hancock is one of the oldest schools in Las Vegas but physical education instructor Sara Trieff is bringing some new ideas to get kids on track.

Trieff isn't only a teacher; she's also a marathon runner.  She thinks it's important for the kids to get a dose of exercise four days a week which is more than most schools.

Hancock Principal Gerri Moore explained exactly why the extra workout is so important.

"A neuroscientist talked about how increased activity increases what kids learn 5 to 20 percent more," Moore said.

The students agree. They're proud of the improvements they've been seeing in grades and test performances.

Discounted Lifeguard Training Available

Discounted Lifeguard Training Available

 

Summertime brings a need for lifeguards at local pools and the city of Las Vegas offers discounted training.

The city is providing the new American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course for $50 during February. Normally priced at $90, the course is required for those who wish to be employed as lifeguards.

Those who successfully complete the course will be certified for two years in Lifeguard Training and First Aid, as well as CPR/AED for Lifeguard. Participants must be at least 15 years old to take the class. The course is approximately 30 hours in length. Participants must attend all class sessions and successfully complete the requirements to receive certification.