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Mormon leaders change rules against guns in church

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints already knew they were discouraged from taking their guns to church on Sunday. But it is making sure that message is crystal clear by tweaking the policy to prohibit all “lethal weapons.”

The previous policy called it “inappropriate” to have weapons on church property. It continues an exception for law enforcement officers.

The change comes one year after a fatal shooting inside one of its churches in rural Nevada and as religions around the country grapple with how to deal with gun violence that has spread to places of worship in recent years.

A spokesman confirmed Monday that the church policy handbook had been changed. The change was first discovered Saturday by a website that tracks church happenings... Read More

HENDERSON ROAD CLOSURE: U.S. Highway 95 on-ramp to northbound I-11 will be shut down from 6 a.m.-11 a.m.

HENDERSON, Nev. — Another road closure is coming to Henderson. The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will close the northbound U.S. Highway 95 on-ramp to northbound Interstate 11 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Crews are closing the area for guardrail repair. A detour will temporarily re-route traffic along U.S. Highway 93 Business (Boulder City Parkway) into Henderson.

 

NDOT says motorists should use caution while traveling through the work zone, heed construction signage, and take alternate detour routes, if possible.

A way to keep abreast of the re-routes is by downloading the Waze app. NDOT works with Waze to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but unscheduled construction changes, closures, and restrictions are possible due to weather or other factors.

For the latest state highway conditions, visit nvroads.com or call 511 before driving... Read More

2 Las Vegas officers hurt after drunk driver hits patrol car

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Two Las Vegas police officers are recovering after a suspected drunk driver hit their vehicle.

Authorities say the crash happened Monday around 2:30 a.m. near Balzar Avenue and James Bilbray Drive.

Lt. David Gordon says the officers were in their patrol car when the driver ran a stop sign and collided with them.

The two officers were taken to the hospital.

Gordon says they had complained of pain in their extremities. The suspect driver was also taken to the hospital with a knee injury.

He was later arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Police did not release the names of the driver or officers... Read More

Henderson, Las Vegas, and North Las Vegas join lawsuit against opioid distributors and makers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The cities of Henderson, Las Vegas, and North Las Vegas are joining other cities across the country in a lawsuit against the makers and distributors of opioids. According to court documents from the Clark County District Court, around 50 companies were named in the lawsuits filed on Thursday, Aug. 22.

Some big names are CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. The lawsuit said that the defendants, the drug manufacturers and distributors, knew that their opioid products were addictive, subject to abuse, and not safe for long-term use.

The lawsuit said the “defendants’ nefarious plan worked” and they dramatically increased their sales causing them to reap billions upon billions in profit dollars at the expense of millions of people who are addicted, along with the thousands who have died. ... Read More

CCSD preps for possible teachers’ strike; files request for injunction

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District has taken steps to seek relief from a possible teachers’ strike by filing an injunction. A teachers’ strike is illegal in the state of Nevada so the court can fine the union $50,000 along with other penalties.

The district sent the following statement:

“With parents and guardians on high alert, this afternoon, the Clark County School District (CCSD) filed a request for an injunction with the courts to stop a crippling strike that would be devastating to the academic outcomes and economy of the entire state of Nevada. Last week, district leadership requested mediation with the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) after CCEA rejected the district’s most recent offer during teacher contract negotiations. District leadership had hoped that a reasonable compromise could be met during the mediation process, but CCEA has yet to agree to mediate.”... Read More

Hooters Hotel sold, Strat new marquee on display

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – It’s Monday and that means 8 News Now is due for some of the latest scoop on and off the Las Vegas strip.

Vital Vegas founder Scott Roeben has the latest scuttlebutts circulating with Hooters Hotel becoming the Oyo and the new, improved viva vision screen in Downtown Las Vegas is about halfway done. Also, the SLS has some party plans in the works for when it becomes the Sahara.

8 News Now
anchor Brian Loftus has the story... Read More

Report: 64-year-old man allegedly sexually abused 8-year-old since he was 4

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 64-year-old Las Vegas man arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old started abusing the child when he was just 4 years old, Metro Police said.

According to the arrest report, the abuse went on from 2012 to 2016 when Russell and his wife would watch the child while his parent who was a single parent was at work. They would watch him Monday-Friday, and on some weekends.

Russell’s wife said Allen would be alone with the child on the days he had to get him from Safe-Key because she couldn’t, the report said.

Allen Russell is charged with 18 counts of sex assault against a child less than 14 and one count of 1st-degree child abuse or neglect. The report said the child abuse charge was because Allen willfully caused physical and mental suffering as a result of sexual abuse. ... Read More