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Assemblyman Brooks Ousted From Caucus

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Embattled Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks has been ousted from the Assembly Democratic caucus.

In a statement late Wednesday, the Assembly Democratic leadership announced Brooks was no longer welcome.

The statement read:

"Assemblyman Steven Brooks is no longer a member of the Assembly Democratic Caucus. At this time, the organization has determined it's in Mr. Brooks and the organization's best interest to part ways. The caucus encourages him to work on his health issues without the rigor of caucus business. The ADC remains as committed as ever to conducting the people's business this session."

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Pedestrian Improvements to Impact Traffic on Decatur

Pedestrian Improvements to Impact Traffic on Decatur

 

City crews began work Wednesday on pedestrian improvements on Decatur Boulevard, impacting traffic for a section of the road near the North Las Vegas airport.

For the next four weeks, there will be construction of pedestrian crossing improvements on Decatur between Vegas Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard. The work will include modifications to a median island, including construction of a pedestrian island, extending electrical power to new streetlights, installation of north- and southbound flashers.  

Most of the work will require a single lane to be closed in each direction. However, closure of another lane may be required at times, but those closures will be restricted to the hours between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order to minimize rush-hour impact. The single-lane closures may be kept up during overnight periods in order to protect work zones. 

E-Bill Service Offered for North Las Vegas Residents

E-Bill Service Offered for North Las Vegas Residents

 

North Las Vegas wants residents to utilize its electronic billing service to cut down on paper waste.

Assemblyman to Not Take Leave of Absence

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Assemblyman Steven Brooks will not be taking a leave of absence, despite an earlier report that he would be absent for the first 60 days of the state Legislature.

Brooks, a North Las Vegas Democrat, was sworn in Monday to a second term. His swearing came as he faces an allegation of threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick last month and a subsequent hospitalization for a mental evaluation.

Assemblyman William Horne said Brooks would not be taking time off from serving in the Legislature, despite his and Kirkpatrick's personal objections.

However, Horne said Brooks is ready to serve and expects Brooks to attend all committee meetings.

Horne and Kirkpatrick, who addressed the media Tuesday afternoon, said they felt Brooks would be better served taking time off to care for himself. 

Mentioning the Legislative police, Kirkpatrick said she does feels safe.

Leave Being Worked Out for Nevada Assemblyman

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- A lawyer for Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks says he hopes to have a signed agreement soon setting terms for the troubled lawmaker's leave of absence from the state Legislature.

Mitchell Posin would not confirm media reports that Brooks has agreed to take up to 60 days.

Brooks, a North Las Vegas Democrat, was sworn in Monday to a second term. His swearing came as he faces an allegation of threatening the Assembly speaker last month and a subsequent hospitalization for a mental evaluation.

Brooks was not in a committee hearing Tuesday, though he was in his office around midday.

A spokesman for the Assembly Democratic Caucus says no agreement had been signed though details were still being worked out.

CCSD Announces 3 New Turnaround Schools

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County School District is taking drastic measures to fix three struggling schools. The schools have been placed into the Turnaround Program.

The schools are: Cimarron-Memorial High School, Sunrise Mountain High School and Elizabeth Wilhelm Elementary School. The schools were chosen because of their low performance.

Under the turnaround model, these schools will receive extra money and support. The schools will also have a change in principals and some staff members.

Superintendent Dwight D. Jones said it is important for the community to understand that schools designated for turnaround are not being punished.

"We cannot leave these kids in a situation where their chances for success aren't the same as others in the district," he said.

At Cimmaron-Memorial, students learned Monday they will get a new principal and 10 new teachers. Their feelings were mixed.

Job Shadowing for a Future Career

LAS VEGAS -- Students across the country got a snapshot of what their lives could be during National Job Shadow Day.

For many students, the day was about increasing graduation rates with some workforce motivation.

At Desert Rose High School, the students are young adults taking advantage of a second chance.

Bad influences led Felipe Beltran, 18, to miss more than 100 days of school at Canyon Springs High.

"I used to ditch school a lot because I didn't like it," he said. "It was boring."

But a positive thought turned things around.

"I was in my room, like, ‘I want to do something with my life,' so then I decided I need to go back to school," Beltran said.

Today, he has a perfect grade point average.

He and his peers are sitting down with top-level executives at the Bellagio, then seeing first hand what their jobs entail by shadowing workers.