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Clark County School Board meets to combat chronic absenteeism

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County School Board members met on Thursday evening to find solutions to curb chronic absenteeism across the school district.

During the board meeting, leaders shared that 39% of students are not in school for at least 10% of the year.

The district is now working to figure out why students are missing classes, and better connect with those children.

A CCSD report recently released showed that chronic absenteeism is a major problem since the pandemic started and the district is far from reaching its goal to reduce student absences.

In 2020-2021, the rate was just shy of 34%. Prior to the pandemic, chronic absenteeism was at 20.7%.

In 2019, the district set a goal in its five-year strategic plan to reduce chronic absenteeism from 20.7% to 16% by 2024... Read More

'You're supposed to feel safe,' People in southwest valley voice concern over crime after woman killed outside Dotty's

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A day after a woman was killed outside a Dotty's Gaming and Spirits in Spring Valley, many told 8 News Now they are concerned about a recent uptick in area crime. 

"It's very scary," southwest valley resident Rose Shelman said. 

On Wednesday night, police said the manager of Dotty's Gaming and Spirits at Jones Boulevard and Flamingo Road was run over and killed after confronting a man who stole a customer's purse. 

A makeshift vigil grows outside Dotty's Gaming and Spirits in Spring Valley one day after a woman was killed. (KLAS)

Then on Thursday morning, authorities said a U.S. Postal Service carrier was robbed down the street, near Twain Avenue and Arville Street. 

"I grew up here half my life," Tabatha Moses told 8 News Now of the area. "I went to school here, and it's just changed."... Read More

Police: Driver caught going 124mph before arrest

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Boulder City Police made an arrest after spotting a speeding driver on Thursday.

A police officer initially witnessed the driver passing several slower-moving vehicles and hitting 111 mph in a 65 mph zone.

According to the Boulder City Police Department's Facebook post, the officer paced the vehicle at 124 mph before the driver pulled over.

In the end, the driver was arrested for reckless driving and taken to jail.

The police department's Facebook post also showed a picture of the driver's car being impounded, along with the driver's initial speed of 111 mph shown on a long-range speed tracker. ... Read More

Desert Survival: Vital items to carry

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- In part four of this desert survival series, 8 News Now talked with Lynn Kasch with Red Rock Search and Rescue about what you should bring with you. And we focus on how one practical item just about all of us have can really play a role in helping us out should we have an injury on the trail... Read More

'Your journey doesn't have to look perfect,' Las Vegas Raider Darren Waller sheds light on addiction, recovery

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas Raiders tight end player Darren Waller spoke with 8 News Now's Jon Tritsch as he prepares to host the 2nd Annual "Concert To Shine On."

Thursday's private event will help raise proceeds to benefit Waller's outreach programs at the Darren Waller Foundation and is being held at Club Liquid at Aria.

The Raiders player opened up the charitable foundation back in 2020.

The foundation's mission is to equip youth to avoid and overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol.

Waller says he dealt with his own battles of addiction five years ago... Read More

Last working boat launch at Lake Mead extended as lake levels continue to drop

LAKE MEAD, Nev. (KLAS) -- The National Park Service has completed a project to extend the last official boat launch at Lake Mead.

In a social media post Thursday the park service wrote, "Hemenway Harbor is now open following scheduled maintenance to extend and adjust launch ramp access for safe recreational boating."

There were six official boat launches at Lake Mead, but now due to historic low lake levels the launch at Hemenway Harbor is the only one still open. However, no boats over 24 feet can use this launch.

Hemenway Harbor at Lake Mead before being extended by the National Park Service. May 11, 2022 (Photo: National Park Service)

The five closed launches are Callville Bay, Echo Bay, Echo Bay, Boulder Harbor, Temple Bar, and South Cove... Read More

Video shows small dog rescued from sixth floor ledge of Las Vegas hotel

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A group of people gathered at the pool of the Virgin Hotel Thursday to watch nervously as a small black dog stood on the ledge of a sixth floor hotel room.

Martha Montgomery sent the video of the tense moments to 8NewsNow.com. The video shows the small dog standing still on the ledge outside the room's French door windows. ... Read More