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Couple throws “MAGA” wedding, paying tribute to President Trump

A couple from Kalamazoo, Michigan, made quite a political statement with the theme of their recent nuptials. Their wedding hashtag? #MAGAPatriotWedding.

Bride Audra Johnson wore a plain white wedding gown for the ceremony, but then changed into a dress that really turned heads for her wedding photos. It was decorated with sparkly red lettering down the front, spelling out President Trump’s famous campaign slogan: Make America Great Again. The skirt of the fishtail dress simply said “TRUMP.” 

While Johnson wore the red and white, her bridesmaids wore the blue. The bride told CBS News the Fourth of July wedding was originally just going to be patriotic-themed, until she reached out to dress designer Andre Soriano... Read More

What’s Driving You Crazy? – Starr Avenue at I-15

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Starr is almost born

We’re talking about the Starr Avenue interchange at I-15 on the south end of the valley between Cactus and St Rose Pkwy. Still a few months to go before the Nevada Dept of Transportation calls it a wrap, but drivers in the area know that substantial progress has been made since the project kicked off in November 2017. The latest photo from NDOT shows both directions of I-15 back where they were before – but now with what will eventually be Starr Avenue going underneath. You may recall there were months where the 15 was diverted around the construction area. A recent NDOT progress report notes “work is moving forward on the ramps between I-15 and Starr Avenue.” And “storm drain infrastructure is being installed and landscaping is starting to be added to the project.”

Here’s
animation of what the finished project is supposed to look like
sometime before the end of the year:... Read More

No concrete decisions made about dean positions; Jara considers taking step back

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After a lengthy Board of Trustees meeting Thursday night, there is still no concrete decision as to whether Clark County School District deans will lose their positions.

Discussions lasted for about four hours as teachers, principals, students, teachers, and deans stood up to share their stances on the original move Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara made back in June during a closed meeting.

The portion of the meeting ended with Dr. Jara agreeing to “take a step back” and discuss other ways to save $17 million in the 2020 budget that doesn’t involve cutting dean positions.

Sasha Loftis attended Thursday’s meeting. She has the details... Read More

Judge: Jury to hear ammo maker trial in Vegas shooting case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge in Nevada says a jury will decide if an Arizona man illegally manufactured bullets sold to the gunman who staged the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s modern history.

U.S. District Judge James Mahan’s ruling on Wednesday puts Douglas Haig on track for trial beginning Aug. 12 in Las Vegas.

Haig’s attorneys wanted a bench trial in Phoenix, close to Haig’s home in Mesa, Arizona.

They argued jurors can’t fairly hear the case in Las Vegas, where 58 people died and hundreds were injured in the October 2017 shooting.

Haig isn’t accused of the shooting... Read More

ONLY ON 8: Family’s still looking for answers about events leading up to daughter’s death

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The mystery surrounding Amelia Claypool’s death continues to puzzle her family. The 19-year-old’s, boyfriend, 18-year-old Noah Hadley, is accused of shooting her in Henderson in June. He was charged with open murder.

Hadley’s attorney called Claypool’s death a tragic accident. But, her family doesn’t believe it was.

“As the day goes on and I walk by her room, and I see all the flowers that should have been at her wedding instead of a funeral, and her photos, I think my mind is protecting me right now because it would really just be too much for me to handle,” said Lee Ann Pretto, the victim’s mother.

Thursday marks two weeks since the tragic death of Claypool.

“Every day I wake up and have to remember what happened,” said Olivia Claypool, the victim’s sister.

So what exactly happened on June 27?... Read More

SLIDESHOW: Nevada State Museum’s working to digitize historical photos

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada State Museum Las Vegas is working on a monumental challenge to preserve Southern Nevada’s history one photo at a time. The undertaking is just the beginning in what is sure to be a lengthy process as the museum has more than a million prints and negatives still to process.

“This digitization project is a long-term effort that will extend the museum’s reach far beyond Las Vegas,” said Dennis McBride, director of the Nevada State Museum Las Vegas. “Eventually, our entire photo collection will be uploaded and easily accessible to researchers around the world.”... Read More

Auto-pedestrian crash leaves 1 dead in SE valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) – One person is dead after being struck by car in the southeast valley.

Metro Police say the crash happened at 9:16 p.m. Thursday night, near Flamingo and Sandhill Roads.

BREAKING: Metro Police are investigating a critical injury crash involving a pedestrian on Flamingo and Sandhill.

Posted by 8 News Now on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A Grey Infiniti sedan was driving westbound on Flamingo when it struck a white female adult pedestrian. The pedestrian was crossing Flamingo outside of a marked crosswalk, according to investigators.

The pedestrian died at scene.

The driver of the Infiniti did not sustain any injuries and impairment is not suspected.

8 News Now will have updates on this developing story... Read More