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High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Local Drive-In Hosts All-Night "Fast and Furious" Marathon

With the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise opening Friday, the Las Vegas 5 Drive-In Theatre is going all-in on the movie.

After a Thursday midnight opening, the theatre is planning an all-night event called “Fast 5 Dusk to Dawn” on Friday. The first movie will start at 8:15 pm, followed by additional showings at 10:45 pm, 1:10 am and 3:35 am.

If haven’t been to the Drive-In in a while, you might be surprised at the new technology. The sound is now transmitted with Dolby clarity through your own car stereo and the picture is projected with technology that makes the picture 7 times brighter than before.

Tickets to the drive-in are $6.50 per adult and kids 5-11 years old are $1.00, while kids under 5 are free.

The Las Vegas 5 Drive-In is located at 4150 West Carey Avenue at Rancho Drive.

Reid Meets with Students from Local Private School

Reid Meets with Students from Local Private School

Nevada Senator Harry Reid recently met with a dozen students from American Heritage Academy in his Washington, D.C. office as they traveled to the nation’s capital with Headmaster Laurel Beckstead.

"Education goes beyond the classroom and visiting our nation’s capital is a important way to learn about the history of our country and democracy," Reid said. "However, this is not a substitute for a solid education at home and it's up to all of us to ensure all Nevada's schools and teachers have the resources they need to help our state's students compete in the 21st-century global economy."

American Heritage Academy in Las Vegas serves families from North Las Vegas to Henderson. American Heritage Academy began 16 years ago as a small home school group that has grown into a private school of 160 students ranging from pre-kindergarten to high school.

Man Who Shot at Reality Film Crew a School Teacher

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The Clark County School District confirms the suspect arrested for allegedly opening fire on a reality TV crew is a teacher at J.D. Smith Middle School.

North Las Vegas police arrested 40-year-old Carlos Barron for attempted murder after he allegedly fired shots at a camera crew filming a reality show.

Police say Barron became angry after a van was parked in front of his home on Vigilante Court, near Losee Road and East Centennial Parkway. Police say Barron assaulted one of the people in the van after demanding they move the vehicle.

The people in the van belonged to a film crew of the show "Repo Games." They were shooting a repossession that was occurring in Barron's neighborhood.

After Barron struck the person inside the van, crew members confronted him. He allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and opened fire.

$10 STD Testing Offered Tomorrow, Friday by Planned Parenthood

$10 STD Testing Offered Tomorrow, Friday by Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada and its parent organization Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains are joining with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage youth to GYT — Get Yourself Tested — during National STD Awareness Month in April. 

Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada will offer $10 STD testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia and $10 Rapid HIV testing at its health centers Tuesday and Friday. Local centers are:

Las Vegas

3300 E Flamingo Rd, #25

3220 W Charleston Blvd.

North Las Vegas

3940 Martin L.

Anonymous Prescription Drug Collection Coming Saturday

Anonymous Prescription Drug Collection Coming Saturday

The Drug Enforcement Administration and its community partners throughout Nevada will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, DEA and local law enforcement will host 33 collection sites throughout Nevada.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Nevada residents collected and turned in more than 1,600 pounds of prescription drugs at collection sites operated by DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners.

Local collection sites are:

Boulder City

530 Avenue G


1300 W. Sunset Road, Suite #1229

Las Vegas

3675 E. Harmon

9850 W.

Metro Police Seek Suspect in Thursday Shooting

Metro Police Seek Suspect in Thursday Shooting

Metro Police need help finding a man suspected of shooting two people last week in the northeast part of the valley. 

At approximately 8:21 p.m. on Thursday night, officers responded to an apartment complex located in the 3500 block of East Lake Mead Boulevard to investigate a report of gunshots in the area.

Officers found a male victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, and a second male victim suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the ear. Both victims were transported to the U.M.C. Trauma Center by medical personnel, where the first victim was pronounced dead.

Metro Homicide Investigators have determined both the suspect and the victims in this case arrived at the apartment complex in the same vehicle. After all three individuals exited the vehicle, the suspect shot the victims, and then fled the area on foot.