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'National Finals Rodeo' return signals big economic boost for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As thousands flock to the Thomas & Mack Center for the triumphant return of 'National Finals Rodeo,' experts are citing the event's major boost to our recovering economy. 

The energy was electric Friday night, as boots, broncs, and 10-gallon hats took over the city. 
"We are so excited to be here," Jackie Neff, who was visiting Las Vegas from Texas, said. 

"This is my first rodeo," another NFR attendee admitted to 8 News Now; and while it may be her first rodeo, it's certainly not Southern Nevada's. 

National Finals Rode - 2021

Our city has hosted the popular event since 1985, except for 2020, when COVID-19 concerns caused it to go dark. 

"Real glad to have it back here in Las Vegas," another NFR attendee told 8 News Now. 

Those who spoke with 8 News Now Friday said they were itching to get back in the saddle after last year's hiatus. ... Read More

CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara releases statement on future with school district

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County School District Superintendent, Dr. Jesus Jara has released a statement regarding his future with the school district on Friday evening following a tense few months with school board trustees.

In his statement, he announced that he will return as acting superintendent on Monday, Dec. 6.

His full statement is as follows below.

This afternoon I reached an agreement with the majority of the board on the best path forward for the 305,000 students of Clark County, and on Monday, December 6th I’ll return to serving our community as Superintendent. ... Read More

'This is very difficult,' family heartbroken after teen, dog hit, killed in crash

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- A North Las Vegas family is trying to come to terms with the death of a teen and his dog as they were hit and killed on a busy road Thursday.

The teen has been identified by the family members as 14-year-old Kevin Gonzalez.

Police say he was chasing after his dog at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard near Carey Avenue when they were both hit by a silver sedan.

Gonzalez's aunt described the teen as someone who was passionate about pizza and dogs.

"He loved dogs and maybe that's why he sacrificed himself for his dog," said Natividad Burgos.

Gonzalez was just steps away from his home.

"Kevin was a kid that was always on alert. It's hard to talk about him because it hurts to know that he is no longer with us," Burgos added.

His family says Kevin and his cousin were bringing home groceries when his 9-month-old dog Charlie got loose. ... Read More

Overnight lane closures expected as interchange construction continues at I-15 between Flamingo, Warm Springs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Over the next several months, overnight shoulder, ramp, and lane closures will take place along I-15 between Flamingo and Warm Springs.

Starting Sunday evening, Dec. 5, crews will begin exploring multiple locations in the same area along the Tropicana Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-15.

The hours of restrictions are set from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. each day.

The left lane on the Tropicana Avenue on-ramp to southbound I-15 will be closed.

One westbound left-turn lane on Tropicana to southbound I-15 will be closed. ... Read More

Meth, weapons charges bring 3-year prison sentence for Las Vegas man

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 34-year-old Las Vegas man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Eddie Joe Perez had more than eight grams of methamphetamine along with a scale with meth residue when law enforcement did a compliance check at a hotel in downtown Las Vegas on Aug. 11, 2020, according to court records.

A loaded 9mm handgun was also found. Perez is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to prior felony convictions in Nevada and Hawaii.

Perez pleaded guilty in July, 2021, to one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware II sentenced Perez to three years of supervised release... Read More

New lawsuits filed in downtown Las Vegas fire that killed 6 at Alpine Motel

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Alpine Motel sits vacant and boarded up nearly two years after a fire that killed six people and injured more than a dozen others, but the fight in court continues.

There are two new lawsuits over the Dec. 21, 2019, blaze. One was filed by a man who jumped out of a window to escape the blaze. The other lawsuit was filed by the owner of the building, who claims he isn't the only one responsible.

"I used to walk that way," said Natasha Wen, who lives nearby. "After the fire I just do not."

She lives around the corner from the Alpine Motel.

"It is sad over there. It was Christmas time. A lot of people lost their lives for nothing," Wen said.

Six people died in the fire that happened days before Christmas in 2019. Investigators said it was caused by a stove that was being used for heat.

Wen said it could have been prevented... Read More

I-Team: A year and one guilty plea later, Republicans remain quiet on false allegations of voter fraud

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A year after supporters of former President Donald Trump told reporters to find evidence of the widespread irregularities in the 2020 election, a review at the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office found two dozen votes that are under review, one of which ended in a guilty plea.

In Nevada in 2020, 10 dead voters had ballots cast in their names and 10 people voted twice, the I-Team has learned from a secretary of state report, far below initial claims from state and national Republicans alleging nearly 4,000 individual cases of voter fraud.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske is a Republican. Her party censured her for defending the election, which she oversaw.

The Nevada Republican Party had delivered four boxes containing reports alleging fraud to Cegavske’s office in March. In several statements, party leaders said they had delivered more than 122,000 records supporting allegations of fraud... Read More