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CCSD Wants Community Input on School Budget Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- Parents, students, teachers, and other community members are now weighing in on the tough issue of school budget cuts. An online survey will gauge where everyone feels the cuts should or should not be made.

The 16 question survey only takes a few minutes to fill out.  The questions deal with critical issues such as campus security, school transportation, teacher layoffs, and even closing schools.

Strong opinions are pouring in. Some of the questions come as little surprise and garner a mixed reaction. For example,  should sports and extra-curricular activities be eliminated to save a combined $11 million dollars?

"Let the kids be kids; let them have their sports," said one parent.

"Out of everything, maybe it is sports I would cut," said another person.

Mother who Allegedly Set Fire Charged with Arson

LAS VEGAS -- The woman accused of setting fire to her apartment while herself and her son were inside has been charged with arson and could be facing additional charges.

Wahmui Wong Zhang has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center on a 1st Degree Arson charge. Metro is still investigating the allegations of child abuse.

Police say the situation could have been worse if a neighbor had not pulled Zhang and her 6-year-old out of the burning apartment. The neighbor, Brian Morace, told 8 News Now that Zhang tried to keep him out of the apartment.

Police say Zhang had put a blanket on the stove and turned the stove on. When firefighters arrived, the entire kitchen was engulfed in flames.

The 6-year-old and another child have been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Las Vegas Police Search for Suspected Bank Robber

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is searching for the suspect of a bank robbery on the southwest side of the valley.

Police say the suspect walked into a bank near Durango and Warm Springs on March 5 at approximately 4:45pm. The suspect handed a bag to the teller and asked the teller to fill it with money. The teller complied, and the robber fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a 5'8" white male, 35 to 45 years-old, 220lbs. He was wearing a black ball cap, gray hoodie and blue jeans at the time of the robbery.

If you have any information, please contact Metro Police at 828-3591 or call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Las Vegas Police Search for Bank Robbery Suspect

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is searching for a suspect in a bank robbery earlier this month.

Police say the suspect entered a bank near Charleston and Decatur at approximately 9:05am on March 5. Police say the suspect handed a note to one of the tellers. The note informed the teller that the suspect had a gun and was demanding money. The teller complied with his demand. The suspect then fled the scene.

He is described as a 5'8" white male, 25 to 35 years-old. He was wearing a black baseball cap, dark turtle neck shirt and a brown jacket at the time of the robbery.

If you have any information, please contact the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at 828-3591 or call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

2 Suspects Sought in Pharmacy Robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a pharmacy robbery near Jones and Sahara.

Police say the robbers came into the pharmacy around 9:30 a.m. armed with a gun. They jumped over the counter and started filling their plastic bags with drugs.

Police say the two men got away with at least six bottles of Oxycontin and some other medication.

The pharmacy owners says one bottle of Oxycontin containing 100 pills is worth $1,300, but they couldn't speculate what the street value might be.

The robbers dropped bandannas they were using to cover their face, along with a jacket and a couple of bottles of Oxycontin as they were running off.

Police believe that this crime was pre-planned.

"According to our victims, they received a suspicious phone call inquiring about what they had on stock and things of that nature. So we're investigating that," said Metro Sgt. Steve Candelas.

Wind Turbine Plant to Be Built In Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS --  A group of companies has announced plans to develop a plant in the Las Vegas valley that would employ about 1,000 people for manufacturing wind turbines.

The announcement was made by U.S. Renewable Energy Group (US-REG), a Chinese company called A-Power Energy Generation Systems Ltd., and the real estate development company American Nevada Company of Henderson.

The plan calls for building a the 320,000-square-foot plant in Las Vegas. The plant would manufacture and assemble wind-energy turbines that would supply energy projects throughout North and South America.

Senator Harry Reid has been leading the effort to develop renewable energy and promote investment in Nevada.

I-Team: Race to the Top Underway

LAS VEGAS -- With pen to page, Nevada is inching closer to a competitive battle with dozens of other states.

Governor Jim Gibbons signed Senate Bill 2 Wednesday, changing state law to let the Silver State have a better shot at $175 million in federal school funding.

How well Nevada does will depend on it's competitiveness with every other state also looking to compete on the best footing, Gibbons said after signing the bill.

The Governor had lamented that the bill as written would not give Nevada the full allotment of points in the federal grading system for Race to the Top funding.

SB 2 modifies teacher evaluations to include more than just raw test score data. Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, who joined Gibbons at the signing, said old evaluation methods hurt Nevada in Race to the Top and job retention.