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Cool at School: 3D printer gives students new opportunities

LAS VEGAS -- Sometimes a collaboration between a company and a school can encourage the broadening of minds. 

Students at Cashman Middle School are getting introduced to a 3-dimendional printer. It sounds like an ancient dot matrix printer, but it is cutting edge, essentially brand new technology. As soon as the students see it, they are excited by the possibilities.

"I think they're an interesting piece of technology," said Blake Baumunk, a seventh grader.

This collaboration between the company and school is not a class, it's an after-school program. The students, anywhere from 25 to 30, attend on their own, four days a week.

"We designed it as kind of a way to get kids more interested in the STEM things we're doing at our school," said Guy Wadas, who teaches 3-D modeling.

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

One Drop Teaches the Importance of Conserving Water

'Saving even just one drop of water can go a long way' was the message for dozens of young people Thursday at a pep rally at Springs Preserve.

One Drop is a non-profit organization created by the founder of Cirque du Soleil. The group brought in Olympic athletes and UFC hall of famer Forrest Griffin to talk about the importance of conserving water in southern Nevada.

"We need them to be the difference and to lead the way and I think children also have opportunities to influence their parents it works that way as well," CEO of One Drop Catherine Bachand

One Drop works to improve access to clean water and sanitation projects in developing countries.

Friday night the group is holding a special performance of Michael Jackson's "One" Cirque du Soleil show at Mandalay Bay to benefit the non-profit.  

Metro Police searching for missing 11-year-old girl

Destiny Kellogg

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police is asking for the community's help in finding a missing girl.

According to police, 11-year-old Destiny Kellogg was last seen Wednesday in the area of Ogden Avenue and Bruce Street.

She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt, dark color hoodie and blue sweatpants. She is possibly wearing prescription glasses. She is 5 foot 2 and 150 pounds. She had brown eyes, black hair and a medium complexion.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro's Missing Person Detail at (702) 828-3111, or (702) 828-2907.

Vegas union plans strike vote as casinos negotiate

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas hotel workers are weighing whether to authorize their leaders to call a strike at nearly all downtown casinos and several Strip independent properties.

The Culinary Union remains in negotiations with 13 independent casinos. Contracts expired over the summer, meaning that workers now have the right to strike and picket in front of their workplaces.

The union, the state's largest, plans to hold a vote next week on whether to authorize a strike.

The casinos still in negotiations include the D, Four Queens, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate, Binion's and El Cortez.

Several casino companies have already settled, including MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment Corp., which together control a majority of the Strip. Independent casinos the Stratosphere, Riviera, Tropicana, and Treasure Island have also settled.

Coroner: Man Trapped in Burning House was Stabbed

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has confirmed the man who died in a fire last week had stab wounds to his chest. The coroner ruled his manner of death as homicide.

Charles Ray Stewart was trapped in a house near Washington Avenue and J Street when the fire started March 12. Metro Police officers helped an unidentified woman get out of the house, but Stewart did not get out.

A neighbor describes Stewart as a selfless man who looked out for others.

"He would stop by and ask if we needed bread, because he was going up to the rescue mission to get bread for himself or another neighbor," the neighbor said. "He always tried to fix my daughter's bike for her."

Firefighters told Stewart to go to a room where there wasn't any fire, while they worked to remove security bars from the windows, but he didn't stay in the room. Firefighters later found his body inside the home.

Final Farewell to Casino Pioneer Jackie Gaughan

Jackie Gaughan in 1965 in front of the El Cortez.   Photo Credit: Las Vegas News Bureau

LAS VEGAS -- Hundreds of people said their final farewell Monday at the funeral for Jackie Gaughan, a Las Vegas gambling pioneer who once owned much of the downtown casino market.

Gaughan died in hospice care Wednesday at the age of 93

The service was held at Saint Viator Catholic Community and lasted nearly two hours.

On Sunday, family and friends paid their respects to Gaughan during a visitation and prayer service.

Gaughan was most closely associated with the El Cortez casino, which he bought in 1963. He lived in a penthouse apartment there and was known to play poker in the casino almost every day.

He was also associated with casinos including the Showboat, the Golden Nugget, the Pioneer and Boulder clubs, the Flamingo and the Royal Inn.

While at the Golden Nugget, Gaughan mentored a young Steve Wynn, who spoke at Monday's services.

Man in Wheelchair Hit, Killed in Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities are identifying a 55-year-old Las Vegas man who died after his wheelchair was struck by a sport utility vehicle during the weekend at a downtown intersection.

The Clark County coroner's office said Monday the death of David Livingston was ruled an accident.

Officials say Livingston was taken to University Medical Center with multiple injuries after he was struck about 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Saint Louis Avenue and Santa Paula Drive.

That's two blocks east of Paradise Road.

Police were investigating, and the driver of the vehicle wasn't immediately cited in the crash.