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Ad Campaign Targets Teen Suicide

A new teen suicide prevention campaign was released nationwide Wednesday. The ad campaigns involving real teens talking about their problems.

The ads were created by a non-profit group called Inspire USA Foundation. The purpose is to prevent teen suicides nationwide.

"Ad campaigns are very expensive, so this is a huge gift to all of the states working with youth suicide prevention," said Nevada suicide prevention coordinator Misty Allen.

Nevada has the sixth highest teen suicide rank per capita. Psychologists believe more teens are at risk of taking their own lives right now because their families are having a tough time in the economy.

"We have oppressive debt, tremendous unemployment, major financial issues," said psychologist Louis Mortillaro.

Mortillaro says he is seeing double the number of depressed teens. They're faced with a number of external stressors.

High Wind Warning For The Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Las Vegas area today, with gusts as high as 60 mph in some areas.

The Weather Service has advised of sustained winds of at least 40 mph and gusts of at least 60 mph.The winds should cause dust, reducing visibility and create hazardous conditions on roads, which could make driving difficult.

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The high wind warning is in effect from this morning until 11 p.m. The warning includes Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City.

Las Vegas Chamber Releases First in Education Report Series

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has released their First in Education Report Series.

The study on K-12 student achievement testing reveals that Nevada continues to rank well below national averages on standardized student proficiency exams administered to elementary school, middle school, and college-bond high-school students.

The report also notes that often cited national tests are given to only a select number of students in each state and in fact "no comprehensive, national comparison of the proficiency of all students has ever been undertaken, let alone published.

RTC Changes Will Help NW Commuters

LAS VEGAS -- The Regional Transportation Commission implemented a major service change over weekend with the introduction of two new bus services.

The RTC's ACExpress C line debuted. It will provide an express transit route that will begin at the new Centennial Hills Transit Center and Park & Ride facility at U.S. 95 and Durango. The line will provide an express connection to Downtown Las Vegas, utilizing the carpool lanes along U.S. 95. The ACExpress will then make stops on the Las Vegas Strip at Spring Mountain Road and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The other major service changes involves the ACE Gold line which will provide a rapid transit connection between Downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Strip and the RTC's South Strip Transfer Terminal. It will  compliment the Deuce on the Strip route.

Nevada College Aid Fund Nearly Broke

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A fund intended to pay for the college education of Nevada children whose parents died while serving as police officers or firefighters is nearly broke. The Trust Fund for the Education of Dependent Children has less than $4,000 in it. State officials say it will probably drop to $3,000 by the end of the semester.

The fund has paid for the college education of 18 students since its inception in 1995. Six students are currently using it at universities and community colleges across the state. Education leaders say they plan to vote next month on whether to ask a legislative committee for an influx of cash to keep the fund going until the full Legislature can replenish it next year.

 

 

 

 

 

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CCSD School Board Rejects Converting all Year-Round Schools

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School Board has rejected a money saving proposal to switch all of its year-round elementary schools to a nine-month calendar. Instead, they will only convert 21 of the 76 year-round schools to the nine-month schedule. 

Even though converting all of the schools would have saved millions and it was a well-supported idea among respondent who took a district survey, many school employees objected.  

The district's Chief Financial Officer Jeff Weiler said converting all of the year-round schools would save the district $18 million and mean fewer layoffs as the district attempts to meet a $125 million budget shortfall.

The board ended up agreeing with unions representing bus drivers and food service workers.

School Board Votes To Reject Money Saving Proposal

The Clark County School board votes to reject money saving proposal to accelerate plan to turn year round schools to 9 month schools. They will stick to only converting 21 of 76 schools to 9 month campuses.

CCSD CFO Jeff Wyler says accelerating that plan would save $8 million.

But teacher and support staff unions objected, saying it would leave their members effectively unpaid for 3 months out of the year.