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Majority of parents not signed up for CCSD information

LAS VEGAS -- This year, the Clark County School District took on the largest technology project it's ever attempted. Infinite Campus is an online portal that keeps parents in the loop on student progress.

However, only about one-third of CCSD parents are using the portal that launched five months go.

Parents using Infinite Campus can get updates in real time on their child's grades, test scores, classes and even if they're tardy.

"I really like being able to access my kids grades and see all the missing assignments," said Erica Reynolds, CCSD parent.

For the most part, parents say the system is working.

"I think that's one of the really great things," Reynolds said. "You have instant access to what your kids are doing."

But while parents like Reynolds are logging on regularly, most parents are not using the system.

Grandfather expresses sorrow in child abuse case

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A father expressed heartache over the death last week of an infant who was one of nine children who lived with the man's daughter, Geneva Morgan.

Prior to the child's death, Morgan was arrested at her North Las Vegas apartment in December. On Wednesday she plead guilty to a child abuse and neglect charge related to that arrest.

Wallace Morgan, her father, wouldn't go on camera but told 8 News NOW Thursday he spoke with her while she was behind bars.

He said she reached out to him in the past month for money to help her get out of jail but he couldn't comply because of his fixed income.

Geneva Morgan was adopted at age 5, left home as a teenager, used drugs and had run-ins with police, her father said. He said she eventually had 10 children of her own.

DFS questioned over efforts made to prevent baby's death

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- There are questions about whether every effort was made to prevent the death of a baby removed from a home described by authorities as “deplorable.”

Donald Hemmings III, 3-months, was one of the eight children taken from the home in North Las Vegas in December. 8 News NOW reached out to the Clark County Department of Family Services, which managed the little boy's case, but because of state confidentiality laws, the staff couldn't go into specifics.

However, DFS cited other cases involving children who died due to illnesses like pneumonia while they were in the custody of the county. When Paula Hammack, Asst. Director of Clark County's DFS was asked how many times caseworkers checked on Donald's medical care, she cited the law, but didn't answer the question.

Hearing set in North Vegas officer deadly pellet gun case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials say evidence will be aired Friday in the police slaying last summer of a man who authorities say pulled a pellet gun while running from officers in North Las Vegas.

The fact-finding hearing in the death of Kenneth Alan Johnson is scheduled for the Clark County Commission chambers at the county government center.

A prosecutor will present witnesses and facts to a presiding officer and ombudsman, and the review will be aired on Clark County television streamed on the Internet.

Police say the 34-year-old Johnson fled on a motor scooter and displayed the pellet gun during a foot chase early July 18 near Revere Street and Tropical Avenue.

Officer Robert Makinster shot and fatally wounded Johnson.

The 29-year-old Makinster was identified as a six-year police veteran. He wasn't injured.

Mayor Lee: Apex key to future of North Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Mayor John Lee is employing what he calls “grow-nomics” to turn around North Las Vegas, hoping medical marijuana companies will use a designated green zone at Apex Industrial Park in the northeastern part of the city.

It is estimated the industrial complex could host more than 100,000 jobs, along with industries new to Nevada.

"This is Southern Nevada, where we invent our future, dream big and defy the impossible," Lee said Tuesday during his State of the City speech.

Lee said the medical marijuana area approved by the North Las Vegas City Council could thrive at Apex.

"We've really amassed a lot of brain power in North Las Vegas now, and we're going to put it to work this year and really make sure bigger and better things happen as these opportunities have come our way,” Lee said.

He even had a drone fly in to deliver his speech, addressing another industry he believes could take off in the city.

Good Samaritan assists injured police officer

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas motorcycle officer struck by a hit-and-run motorist Monday night on Interstate 15 is recovering from his injuries after he was pulled to safety by a good Samaritan.

It was dark and drizzling but that didn't stop daytime radio show host Miles Farlow of KCEP FM 88.1 from pulling his car over near the Washington Avenue exit and rushing to assist the officer.

“Long story short, a car cut off the motorcycle officer, clipped his front tire,” Farlow told 8 News NOW. “The officer went flying a good 35, 45 yards. The first thing I had to do was stop.”

It was a bold move on a busy highway.

“First thing is, his eyes are rolled in the back of his head,” Farlow said. “He's unconscious. You know, shaking a little bit. Some people come, they grab his hand, they grab the blanket over him and I grabbed his helmet because he's trying to look around.

Officer hurt in hit-and-run on I-15 near D Street

LAS VEGAS -- A North Las Vegas Police officer was hurt in an accident on I-15 near D Street, according to Nevada Highway Patrol. Southbound I-15 was closed all the way down to Lake Mead.  

NHP said witnesses told them at around 8:30 p.m. the officer was riding in the right lane closest to the right shoulder, when a green sedan came from the left lane and struck the officer.  

Troopers said they're still searching for the car because the driver didn't stop.

North Las Vegas Police's Twitter page said the officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

He was taken to University Medical Center.  The officer is 45 years old and he has been with the department for 18 years.

This is a developing story.