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construction workers- turned- demonstrators. .. outside the tesla gigafactory site in northern nevada. the issue? a problem with the requirement that only 50 percent of the workers have to be nevada citizens. ((unidentified protestor: "we would have hoped there was a little better protection for local workers when this went through the legislature, what they ended up getting was 50 percent local workforce on the job, we don't think that's enough.")) ((patrick walker)) tesla's contractors are exceeding that 50 percent quota. the most recent filings with the governor's office of economic development show three quarters of the 900 construction workers building the manufacturing plant... are nevada residents. and brookings mountain west director robert lang expects that ratio to be much higher for the faraday future project at apex industrial park. ((dr. robert lang/director, brookings mountain west: "one thing i'm pretty certain of, is that we will build the faraday plant, because we've been doing big projects, if you could build city center, you can build anything.")) ((patrick walker)) faraday's billion-dollar electric car manufacturing plant is supposed to employ between 4-thousand and 45-hundred employees. ...at least half must be from
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all of the 335- million in tax breaks and incentives. lang says there should be no problem meeting that threshold. ((dr. robert lang/director, brookings mountain west: "in our case, the interesting thing is people would almost have to move here, because we're so far away from the other population centers, there's a lot of open desert between us and the next big city.")) ((patrick walker)) if hiring threshold... the company would lose millions patrick walker... 8 news now. ((kirsten joyce)) lawmakers passed a bill specifically addressing the recruitment of local workers... during the faraday future special session last december. prospective workers will be eligible to apply for grants... to enroll in a training program to work at the electric car manufacturing plant. /// ((brian loftus)) > today, governor sandoval will join "valley electric association" for a ribbon cutting at "eddie world" in beatty. the state is getting its first operational state electric highway charging station. it'll be located past the gas pumps... between eddie world and the stage coach hotel. /// ((brian loftus)) ((kirsten joyce))
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no accidents on freeway. things looking good on surface streets earlier accident west harmon and las vegas boulevard doesn't appear to be causing much delay. > that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((brian loftus)) > former college of southern nevada students may have earned a college degree... without even knowing it. the college is contacting thousands of former students... to make them aware of a new "reverse transfer" process within nevada. it allows an associate degree to be awarded to some students.. who transferred from a community college to a university. eligible students must apply for their degree by march 7th. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > for those craving southern comfrt food... cracker barrell announced a
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the valley. in december, we heard a location would open near the silverton. and yesterday, county leaders announced a second location near i-15 and craig. cracker barrell provides home- style southern comfort food. the north las vegas groundbreaking is set for tomorrow morning. /// ((sherry swensk)) > water levels at lake tahoe continue to rise... but the lake may not reach levels seen in the past. it's due to the warmer weather we've been seeing... which is also impacting the snowpack up in the sierras. officials say the lake is about nine inches of its natural rim... but it's still far short of the average this time of year... at more than two feet above the rim. the national weather service expects the snowpack to stay close to average... despite the totals in the sierra mountains being the lowest in the last decade.
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let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather.
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clear and warm with temps in the 50s this morning... and another warm spring day is coming. in fact we could meet the record high in the low 80s - and we set a new record in the low 80s yesterday. ........... yesterday we hit upper 70s and close to 80 degrees again. .......... more 80s are coming this week as we welcome march... and a chance of showers are coming by the weekend. we'll take a look comiing up.
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> /// > ((brian loftus)) > a four- ((brian loftus)) > a four- year-old boy had a traumatizing experience... ((kirsten joyce)) how long it took crews to get his arm out of a vending machine. ((brian loftus)) > plus... nasa is looking for more women to join their program! the jobs they now hold...
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school officials are investigating an alleged "fight club"... on a high school campus. several videos of students punching each other surfaced in the last week. as carter evans reports... the fights may have been going on for years. we warn you... the video is graphic. the videos show students... wearing boxing gloves but no protective gear... pummeling each other. -- your lip's bleeding. -- am i? -- oh! the fights apparently took place during school hours in a dilapidated clubhouse used by the baseball team... as other students looked on (louise johnson, superintendent) (sun0124) we immediately opened an investigation.
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where the fight had taken place. current and former students told cbs station kovr the fights have been held for more than a decade with kids getting knocked out, receiving bloody noses and black eyes, even going home with concussions. (dan frisella, nevada union high school principal) parents have been aware, coaches have been aware, you know, prior to it being brought to our attention. "no one was trying to like..'oh i am going to beat this kid up.." senior james herlitz is friends with some of the students in the videos. and he insists they had no malicious intent. just some guys having fun, laughing, playing music and boxing. at least three videos were reportedly posted online last week, but have since been deleted. the teenage fighting club ring has drawn comparisons to the movie "fight club"... about a recreational fighting league for adult men. first rule of fight club is -- you do not talk about fight club. the second rule of fight club is -- you do not talk about fight club! it really blew my mind.
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away with things like that. the high school is trying to determine which students were involved. district says it is investigating whether any school disciplined. for cbs this morning... carter evans... los angeles. ((kirsten joyce)) > a four year old australian boy got his arm stuck in a vending machine. it took crews more than six hours to free him. he reportedly had his arm extended so far up... that it got caught in the anti-theft mechanism. emergency responders had to anesthetize the child three times... to calm him down. he was taken to the hospital fo evaluation. /// ((brian loftus)) > the show must go on... after a protestor came up on stage at the geneva motor show in switzerland. one of the board members of volkswagen was presenting one of its cars... when a man dressed in a v-w uniform walked on stage. he says he was sent by the company's chief executive to fix the car's engine. security was called to get rid of him... after the protester made comments about volkswagen's
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u-s environmetal authorities are suing the german automaker. they say 600- thousand cars with diesel engines are equipped with testing. volkswagen has since apologized and are working to fix the /// ((brian loftus)) > the paiute indian tribe is putting their mark on medical marijuana. ((kirsten joyce)) the massive facilities they'll be building in southern nevada...
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looking to recruit more women for its space program. the space agency is trying to get more women interested in space exploration. back in 1993, 35% of women who worked at the johnson space center... were in clerical roles, like secretaries. today, that number has gone down to 3%. women make up more than half of science and engineering fields... and women are also working in more supervisor roles: ((dr. jennifer fogarty, deputy chief scientist, human research program "we have proven we're just as passionate about space flight, engineering, medicine in extreme environments than any man out there." )) ((kirsten joyce)) nasa says a woman could be the first to step on mars.
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astronaut class has four men and four women. /// ((sherry swensk)) > speaking of nasa... they're thinking of bringing back supersonic jet travel. they granted a 20-million dollar contract to a potential developer... to create a passenger jet that can fly faster than the speed of sound. nasa says the plan is intended to make flying safer, greener and quieter. the jet would use technology to create a soft thump sound... instead of rattling sonic booms while in flight. supersonic commercial jet travel ended more than a decade ago. /// ((brian loftus)) > you have the degeneres show... later today at caesar's palace. the talk show host hinted something big might happen. she tweeted "at u-n-l-v" saying... her show will be in front of caesars palace at 2 p-m... and added someone is going to win something "huge". she says if you're in front of caesars at two, you'll be on the show... but those are the only details
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let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather. sherry swensk clear and warm with temps in the 50s this morning... and another warm spring day is coming. some high clouds will drift
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........... yesterday we hit those 80s and those will stick around to start march again. .......... cold snowy winter weather for the northern tier of the country... all from canada... and for us... .................. and a chance of showers are coming by the weekend. this is a fairly chilly storm that will bring winds and rain as the weekend finishes.
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ndot building new centennial bow interchange as part of its big us 95 nw corridor improvement nb 215 to sb 95 nb 95 to sb 215 sb 215 collector through 217. moving to 95 in henderson no delays reported here at sunset moving north or south. > that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((brian loftus)) > march is here...and it's time for spring cleaning! ((kirsten joyce)) why decluttering your home... can lead to a more organized, happy life.
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((brian loftus)) > the minor accused of killing swans and other birds at desert shores... admitted to a felony charge in court. the teen appeared in juvenile court... while protesters rallied outside the courthouse. activists from the nevada political action for animals group... call the swans' deaths brutal and demand justice for the birds: ((stacia newman/preside nt nv political action for animals: i can't even imagine how horrible the swans felt because they were loved and cared for by the community and then to have someone come in and brutal murder these swans it's (gets choked up) it's is. )) ((brian loftus)) six other charges of maiming.. poisoning.. or killing an animal were dismissed as part of the plea deal. the teen will be on probation until his 21st birthday... and go to counseling. /// ((brian loftus)) > the las vegas paiute indian tribe plans to
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marijuana facilities in nevada. ((kirsten joyce)) as paul joncich reports... plans include at least two dispensaries... and three huge greenhouses needed to grow their supply. ((paul joncich)) calling it an economic development plan, the paiutes plan to open two medical marijuana dispensaries. one will be near their exisiting las vegas smoke shop on main street. the other, on the paiutes snow mountain campus in the northwest. where they'll also build three 28-thousand square foot greenhouses to grow the weed, a 10-thousand squre foot warehouse and kitchen to formulate it, and a stylish dispensary to sell it. the tribe which has fewer than 100 members, voting to move full speed ahead. ((10:23 benny tso/tribal chairman: "as you guys may or may not know, a few years ago, this would have been chuckled at .")) ((10:43 tso: "i was shocked and surprised that the tribe overwhelmingly accepted and wanted to go forward with this venture.")) ((nat indian dancing??)) ((paul joncich)) the
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tradition. partnering with a company called ultra health. who's also in discussions with at least 20 other tribes in three different states who're considering using their soverien nation status to get into the medical marijuana business. but they think nevada is the hottest market in the country. ((19:12 duke rodriguez/ultra health: "this facility is a large facility. it is as large as anything you'll see in quality in colorado , arizona or new mexico. this is a much larger facility , but again with your 43 million visitors here ultimately this may be one of the largest canibus markets in the u.s.)) ((paul joncich)) rodriguez and the paiutes aren't worried about there being too many dispensaries here. ((18:20 duke rodriguez/ultra health: "based upon the experience we have in arizona and new mexico, right now, you're able to sell just about all the medical grade cannabis you can grow, there's not been an overabundance. "))/// ((kirsten joyce)) the paiutes' medical marijuana facilities will take six to nine months to build... costing about five million dollars. this is now extra competition for the other dispensaries... but the c-e-o of ultra health says... he thinks there will be a lot of
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brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > ((brian loftus)) > good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm brian loftus. ((kirsten joyce)) and i'm kirsten joyce. it's super tuesday... and about a den states head to the polls today and the winners could gain commanding leads over their rivals. ((brian loftus)) scott mclean joins us live from washington, d.c. with more. well establishment republicans have been waiting for the party to coalesce a single candidate to take on donald trump but looking at national polls, the party is coalescing around trump himself. now he has had some stumbles as of late and his opponents are hoping they will be enough to slow him down heading into the biggest day of the election so far, super tuesday. (sen. ted cruz, (r) presidential candidate) super tuesday i believe, is the most important day of the entire primary. nearly one- quarter of republican delegates and nearly a fifth of democratic delegates will be up for grabs in about a
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what happens today could dramatically re-shape each nomination race but the latest national cnn/orc poll shows hillary clinton and donald trump will be tough to beat. nationally, clinton has 55- percent support among democrats. trump has more than triple the support of his nearest rival marco rubio. (margaret hoover, republican strategist) remember there are a lot of late deciders but i think it's still quite likely that donald trump will win on super tuesday. its been a rough couple of days for donald trump. first he was attacked relentlessly by marco rubio during last week's debate. then, he declined to immediately disavow support from former ku klux klan leader david duke in an interview on sunday. (donald trump, (r) presidential candidate) i don't know anything about david duke. despite having distanced himself before and after that interview. (donald trump, (r) presidential candidate) so, i've disavowed david duke all weekend log on facebook, on twitter. and obviously it's never enough.

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