Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:07 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:07:35 GMT
A massive tornado has flattened a large area, including an elementary school, in Oklahoma City. It's estimated the tornado was more than two miles wide and struck just south of the city destroying homesMore>>
Hospital officials say they've treated hundreds of patients, including dozens of children, since a tornado hit an Oklahoma City suburb.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:52 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:52:57 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The two men facing murder charges in the death of a 15-year-old high school student appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom Tuesday morning. Michael Solid, 21, and Jacob Dismont, 18, made theirMore>>
The two men facing murder charges in the death of a 15-year-old high school student appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom Tuesday morning.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:27:26 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
Marcos Arenas, a Bonanza High School student who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted theft, has died, Metro Police said.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:26 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:26:50 GMT
LAS VEGAS-- Metro officers have arrested two suspects accused of killing a teen while trying to steal his iPad. 15-year-old Marcos Arenas was run over by an SUV on Thursday near Charleston and Torrey Pines. PoliceMore>>
A father may be getting a small bit of closure following the arrest of two suspects police say are responsible for his son's death.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:26 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:26:15 GMT
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible. Police say two men tried to rob the child of the device on Thursday.More>>
As a family struggles with the death of a 15-year-old boy killed over and iPad, police are trying to track down the men responsible.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:40 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:40:42 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Making jewelry with wax molds is a craft as old as time. It's a craft jeweler Rich Fedelleck has perfected. "It's kind of like playing a violin. You just got to have a knack," he said. "WeMore>>
A local jeweler spent $20,000 for a new jewelry cutter, but the machine he received wasn't new and didn't work properly. When he struggled to exchange it, he contacted 8 on Your Side.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:38 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:38:01 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The I-Team recently exposed how a family court marshal was fired for a sexual assault at the courthouse. Now, the I-Team has uncovered another case of alleged abuse involving a woman who saysMore>>
The I-Team recently exposed how a family court marshal was fired for a sexual assault at the courthouse. Now, the I-Team has uncovered another case of alleged abuseMore>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:51 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:51:58 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman might be the only local politician in the country who needs not one, but two biographies to tell his colorful story. Goodman has always been a masterMore>>
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman might be the only local politician in the country who needs not one, but two biographies to tell his colorful story.More>>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:30:09 GMT
LAS VEGAS - A UNLV student says the traffic light at Wilbur Street and Tropicana Avenue fails to turn green. She says students often run the red light just to make it to class on time. Traffic8 was ableMore>>
A UNLV student says the traffic light at Wilbur Street and Tropicana Avenue fails to turn green. She says students often run the red light just to make it to class on time.More>>
But some Las Vegas residents say in this city, it's all about who you know, how much you network and how much ambition you have.
"It does make me giggle because it was obviously written by somebody who does not live in Las Vegas," said Chrissy Tadlock.
Tadlock isn't the least bit offended to learn she's living in the dumbest city in the nation. With no college degree, she's moved her way up the ladder. As of last week, she's the operations administrator for food and beverage management company Munch Group, making enough money to support her family.
"It's not the education that you have, it is your work experience that really pushed you to the next level," she said.
Tadlock says Las Vegans play by a completely different rule book -- one where college degrees aren't a necessity. Many of her friends with degrees have chosen a career in the service industry, saying it's better money.
"VIP hosts for the right night club can make excess of six figures -- $150,000 a year. Same thing, bartenders can make hundreds of dollars in tips per night," she said.
"There is a lot of opportunity. You have a lot of people that are working at valets or serving drinks. The tourism industry represents a third of our overall economy. That's the highest in the nation," said Brian Gordon with Applied Analysis.
So why did we rank so low? Gordon agrees there is a lack of college degrees. But he says our infrastructure plays a big part. The study ranks cities based on the number of universities and libraries.
"We've been one of the fastest growing cities for the better part of the last three decades, so when you talk about the infrastructure-related components of that index, we just haven't been able to keep pace in terms of building educational facilities or libraries," he said.
Gordon believes over time that will change. But even if it doesn't, workers like Tadlock say they're getting the last laugh.