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voice over: "now, live...this is 8 news now at six." ((denise valdez)) students at one valley school may have been exposed to mercury a whole lot longer than first expected. good evening...i'm denise valdez. ((paul joncich)) >> and i'm paul joncich... dave has the night off. the e-p-a has been on campus all day working to clean up the mess left behind after a teacher found a student playing with the substance two days ago. ((denise valdez)) 8 news now's mauricio marin is live from johnson junior high school looking into the process. ((mauricio marin)) >> e-p-a crews say it's hard to tell when the mercury was first brought to campus causing the scare. but believe it happened possibly days before a teacher discovered a student playing with the substance. so they have a station set up in front of johnson junior to screen clothes that may have been exposed to the toxin. (( randy nattis/epa: "what we're asking the parents to do is bring any items that they have concerns with in a garbage bag.the way we do our screening is as mercury
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((mauricio marin)) >> many concerned parents have been stopping off to get clothes and shoes tested. some are upset knowing their child could have been exposed to mercury much longer than first thought. the e-p-a uses machines that sniff out mercury...and can detect very small traces. they're going from classroom to classroom checking mercury levels. many parts of the school have been deemed saf levels of mercury are being heated so the substance can evaporate. a lot of parents we spoke with say the school district didn't communicate what was going on during the ordeal. and even grew frustrated at last night's parent meeting. c-c-s-d superintendent pat skorkowsky says it was meant to answer questions one-on-one. ((pat skorkowsky/ccsd superintendent:"the forum that we tried yesterday was recommended by the epa to allow parents to have individual questions answered instead of just being able to sit there and be frustrated about a group setting and not get their questions
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>> he also says district staff has been working today to reach out to parents that are still upset. at the same time the e-p-a is still in the process of screening more than one-thousand bags of shoes and clothes from students. once bags are cleared---district staff are calling parents to help return items to students. ((mauricio marin)) >> school district officials are confident classes will resume monday. the e-p-a will have it's station here tonight until 10 for checked. and will keep it open through the weekend as necessary. reporting live...mauricio marin. 8 news now. ((paul joncich)) the mercury contamination at johnson junior high school triggered a massive response that lasted 17 hours. 8 news now reporter karen castro looked into other agencies to see how they prepare to treat patients who have been exposed to toxic chemicals. as we saw at johnson junior high school, it's a team effort
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first responders say it can happen at any time, anywhere... including here on the strip. and we're getting a rare look inside umc's decontamination response plan. it hasn't happened yet... but wendy pagan with umc says they are prepared to take in patients who have been exposed to toxic chemicals. the first step is to set up the decontamination equipment at the hospital's ambulance bay. ((wendy pagan - emergency preparedness coordinator, umc: we'd make sure we secure the area with our publica people that are contaminated getting in to the particular area.)) ((karen castro)) the hospital keeps this trailer equipped with showers at the ambulance bay at all times. ((wendy pagan - emergency preparedness coordinator, umc: the patients would be rolled on a stretcher or actually a back board up through the system here and then come back down.)) ((karen castro)) but before medical personnel can help patients, they have to get suited up. their gear is kept in this storage room. ((wendy pagan - emergency preparedness coordinator, umc: everything basically that we need in order to perform decon is ready and
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each team member. ((wendy pagan - emergency preparedness coordinator, umc: you've got your chemical hazmat suit, you've got the booties, the outer booties, you've got two sets of gloves, your inner gloves and your outer gloves.)) ((karen castro)) all patients must be clean and free of any harmful chemicals before getting checked out by doctors. ((j.d. mccourt - umc: technically by the time they get to us, just basic precautions are needed, unless hazmat suggest that's gonna require more equipment.)) ((karen castro)) the s a real life mass casualty scenario hasn't played out.... yet. ((wendy pagan - emergency preparedness coordinator, umc: so you always want to save as-- the most lives as possible. )) umc is part of clark county's emergency management team. we reached out the county to learn more about their response plans but no one was available to speak with us today. karen castro, 8 news now. ((tedd florendo)) ((( winds have actually helped. we have seen less smoke today
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still a slight haze in the air, but the winds also not as strong as yesterday. temps this morning dropped as low as 69 at mccarran. we haven't seen that temps since may, so the unofficial end to summer felt like it this morning. plenty of sunshiine and cooler today than yesterday. .......... ............ .......... let's take you through the the eveing with your planner. temps stay warm tonight but not hot. we have light breezes but not windy. looking at clear skies again with only a slight haze in the air for this evening. we have a detailed look at what to expect the rest of the week, coming up in your weathernow forecast.
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the contractor hired to dispurse the funds - used the money as a cash cow. and she's calling on the nevada housing division to fire the contractor immediately./// ((denise valdez)) the clark county school district has 11 months to completely change the way it operates. the plan to reorganize ccsd became law this afternoon, after 12 lawmakers made a unanimous decision. sharie johnson shows us what happens now and the number one thing the district's top educator needs from parents: ((ccsd supt. pat skorkowksy thing we can get from parents and the community is their engagement, for them to step up, for people who have not been engaged in the process of their child's school to come in the door and say we're ready to assist and help )) ((sharie johnson)) ccsd superintendent pat skorkowsky says the reorganization of ccsd can't be done with parental involvement. under the new plan each school will be it's own precint. and each principal will form a team of teachers, staff and parents to manage the school.
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form a team to help ccsd. ((nevada senator michael roberson: we're going to look to put together a transition committee to help implement this reorganization to work with the school district, )) next, ccsd will begin moving funds from central administration to schools, and finally... training of new roles. ((nevada senator michael roberson: the school district will be providing training for the new school associate superintendents, for principals sharie johnson, 8newsnow. >> ((denise valdez)) >> lawmakers had serious concerns about things like equal money for all schools. but they plan to meet when needed to tweak this plan./// ((paul joncich)) las vegas is a go-to place for political candidates. today we found out hillary clinton is planning another campaign stop here next week. the democratic presidential candidate will make a stop in southern nevada this coming wednesday...
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a time and location has yet to be announced. she was just in reno late last month... hoping to take a stronger lead in a tight race with republican nominee donald trump. trump just made a surprise stop in las vegas last month... where he met with business leaders and also had a roundtable with hispanic business leaders./// ((paul joncich)) >> and we're your local election headquarters... stay up to date on all things politics on air and online at las vegas now dot com./// ((denise valdez)) coming up next on the valley's news leader... palo verde high school honors a terror attacks. the reason they built a permanent memorial... right next to the soccer fields./// news music voice over: "you're watching the valley's news leader with dave courvoisier, denise valdez, tedd florendo and
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((denise valdez)) this morning... palo verde students and staff gathered by the soccer field... to remember a teacher who died in the 9/11 terror attacks. barbara edwards was a french teacher at the high school. one of her good friends and former colleagues was on hand at today's memorial ceremony... to talk about the day she lost her best friend: (( gail fahy, former
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supposed to come home the weekend before because my birthday is 9/11. she was coming home for my birthday. but she had a wedding she wanted to go to and then she went to virginia and changed her flight to that flight 77 out of dulles so she was not a morning person and we were just praying all day that she missed the flight because she just wasn't a morning person. )) ((denise valdez)) constructed next to the soccer field... in the spot edwards use to stand to watch the soccer games./// ((denise valdez)) some of the students at palo verde weren't even born when 9/11 happened... they face the difficult task of understanding an event that happened before their time. ((paul joncich)) >> 8 news now anchor christianne klein went inside one of those classrooms... to talk about what it's like learning about the deadly attack on american soil. (( 8:48 this is one of the most recorded days in american history)) ((christianne klein)) at palo verde high school.. these international
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sharing their own family recollections. . (( she said it was crazy she just saw all the panic in the streets .. and there was so much noise : )) (( once those planes hit and then for the rest weeks and months afterwards the country was shut down.. )) (( after this happened he thought anything could happen anytime.. even a terrorist attack )) ((christianne klein)) >> most of these teenagers were just one year old at the time of the attacks.. (( lisa dover/teacher it's hard because they remember whave told them to remember...so i'm trying to create experiences that are more authentic for them : )) ((christianne klein)) >> lisa dover has a unique task.. teaching her students about 9-11 and it's aftermath through photos, videos, and oral history.. balanced with palo verde's own tragic connection.. (( )) teacher barbara edwards was killed when american airlines flight 77 was flown into the pentagon.. (( lisa dover/teacher it's not just reminding people that she taught here.. it's reminding people who she
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i think sometimes when we talk about 911 we focus on the number of people that were lost when we should be focusing on the people themselves : )) ((christianne klein)) >> each of these students- like all of us- live in a post 9-11 world.. but their collective consciousness is powerfully shaped by the memories of those close to them... and what they continue to see around them.. (( phoebe white/student it's kind of weird because i've never really felt that safety or security in a public space and i've been brought up to know how to leave if something's bad happening : )) gardescki/student we see the impact of 9/11 on a daily basis through the media when we go to the airport.. every day there's something new about terrorists and terrorist attacks and people's lives being lost )) ((alejandro camacho/student we have to know our history.. the good and the bad.. : )) ((christianne klein)) >> a complicated lesson that 15 years later.. still doesn't have it's ending.. ((lisa dover/teacher we don't know the long term consquences of any of our actions.. our political actions, the decisions we've made and we don't know where this event is really going to take us in
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((paul joncich)) and this weekend be sure to tune in or set your d-v-r for 5:30 sunday morning... as we take you live to ceremonies across the country on the 15-th anniversary of 9/11 again - that's this sunday from 5:30 to 6:30 a-m./// ((weather toss)) ((lori dunn, 3rd grader at bonner elementary: hey tedd! do you know
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yesterday with triple-digits around the region. winds increased as forecasted as well but still remain below windy criteria. we still are dry with single digit humidity readings. and we're a few degrees warmer than yesterday. ................................ ..
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to the east side of town where we're lower in elevation. especially for the east and southeast neigbhorhoods. not-as-hot for the locales on the west side of town especially the foothills and certainly the mountains where it appears to be coolest. ................................ .... regional temps also stayeo and death valley. although we definitely got hotter for the colorado river valley from mesquite all the way down to the searchlight. more tolerable temps in the 90's for the central great basin where they also had some wind develop too. ................................ ... ..... u.s. temps show get stay hot only in the desert southwest but the southern plains with feels like temps in the 100's.
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states with muggy conditions there down to the deep south. .. ............................. .... .......... doppler radar looking clear again across the region with most of the precip up in the pacific northwest. looking at the high mexico/texas to continue to progress northward and bring hotter weather this week; specifically late week. looking at the next system to roll through the north part of the state to irse wind this weekend and esclly next ek. ............................. .. should be comfortable and clear the 8s again. morrow expect a high of 106 aga weatheros)((denise valdez)) alright it's friday night a
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that means it's time for our game of the week... john tritsch is live at arbor view high school! ((jon tritsch)) >> yeah guys arbor view is taking on foothill sports is next.///
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but he went on to be the head of tourism for las vegas and helped build the city we know today. dad lived his life following three principles, work hard, be honest and respect everyone, that's what i tried to do as attorney general. catherine took on the big banks when they preyed on homeowners. and forced them to pay one point nine billion dollars to nevadans. she became a national leader in protecting children from sex traffickers. and passed laws to keep seniors safe from crooked scams.
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the 4th ranked aggies..tonights' matchup with foothill attracted over 80 percent of the fan's choice vote..both presidential candidates would probably be happy with half of that popularity..join ed now with arbor view head coach dan barnson we'll have highlights from our
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games around the valley...remember you can capture the action with your phones or cameras and send the video to p-i-x at lasvegasnow.com and we may just
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sports now ((paul joncich)) thanks for watching 8 news ((denise valdez)) >> remember starting monday the six o'clock news is expanding to an hour. be sure to reset your d-v-r... because that means jeopardy moves to seven...
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