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Politics Now: 5/9/21

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On both the state and national levels, lawmakers are making pitches for public option health insurance. On this episode of Politics Now with host John Langeler, we will see what is in Senate Bill 420, plus the plan President Biden is crafting.

Speaking of the president, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden made a stop in Las Vegas to visit healthcare workers and teachers in Las Vegas. We have a look back at her first trip to the Silver State as the first lady.

We also sit down with the Storey County Manager and discuss the county's objections to the "innovation zone" idea that has since been pushed back by state lawmakers.

Finally, as state lawmakers consider abolishing the death penalty, the State of Nevada continues to move forward with the execution of Zane Floyd. Hear why Floyd's attorneys and a judge are questioning the lack of transparency from the state about the case... Read More

UPDATE: All NB I-15 lanes reopen after truck fire near Primm

PRIMM, Nev. (KLAS) -- All northbound lanes of I-15 northbound have reopened following a semi truck fire just before the Primm exit, according to RTC.

8 News Now viewer Rick Rizzo sent us this video of the fire:

#FASTALERT =UPDATE+2:33 PM, May 09 2021
Due to Vehicle Fire I-15 North and I-15 South bound CLOSED,
Expect long delays,
Use other routes

— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) May 9, 2021

Authorities ask that motorists avoid the area and use other routes.

Please check back for details on this developing story.... Read More

7 adults dead after shooting at birthday party in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS (KDVR) -- The Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) is investigating a homicide at the Canterbury Mobile Home Park that left seven people dead.

Police say just after midnight around 12:18 a.m. on Sunday, they got reports of a shooting at the Canterbury Mobile Home Park in the area of Preakness Way near Powers and Hancock Expressway in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Officers said when police arrived, they found six deceased victims, and one man with serious injuries was transported to the hospital but later died due to his injuries. 

According to CSPD, through an initial analysis of evidence and preliminary interviews, it appears that a birthday party was being held at the trailer for one of the victims. Friends, family and children were gathered inside the trailer to celebrate when the shooting occurred... Read More

Motorcyclist critically injured in crash; part of Rainbow Blvd closed for investigation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A motorcyclist is critically injured following a crash in the southwest valley Sunday morning.

Las Vegas police say a motorcyclist was driving at a high rate of speed on Rainbow Boulevard when he slammed into the back of a Nissan SUV.

The rider and two occupants in the SUV, a mother and 7-year-old daughter, were transported to UMC Trauma.

Rainbow Boulevard is closed in both directions from Post Road to Patrick Lane.

#FASTALERT

5/9/2021 12:43 PM

Due to a Crash
Rainbow Blvd is Closed in Both Directions
between Patrick and Sobb Ave
Use Other Routes... Read More

Long suspected of murder, she confessed but avoided prison

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — There was no shortage of tips about who killed Pamela Pitts, a rowdy but compassionate 19-year-old whose body was found burned beyond recognition in a pile of trash in 1988.

A Satanic cult. A drug dealer. A cowboy. An ex-lover. A guy nicknamed “Halftrack.” Or maybe it was an overdose at a spot in central Arizona where people went to party.

It would take more than 30 years, some prison calls and an eyebrow-raising plea deal before a convicted murderer would confess and the mystery would partly be solved. But in a shocking twist, a court recently agreed Pitts’ killer wouldn’t spend any more time behind bars.

Over the years, investigators couldn’t pin down the evidence they needed to arrest anyone. The tips that poured in didn’t add up. The slaying had stoked widespread fear about a killer on the loose around Prescott, a tourist town about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Phoenix.

And then the case went cold... Read More

North Las Vegas Police investigate homicide, not believed to be 'random act'

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- North Las Vegas Police are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was found shot to death inside a trailer Sunday morning.

Around 4:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to a parking lot near North Las Vegas Boulevard and Griswold Street after receiving calls about an injured person inside a trailer.

Officers arrived and located a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

The man, believed to be in his early 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is not believed to be a random act of violence," the NLVPD noted in a news release. Detectives and CSI are pursuing leads in the investigation.

Suspect or arrest information is not available at this time. 

The Coroner's Office will release the identity of the victim, and the cause and manner of death, after proper notification to next of kin. ... Read More

Pedestrian critically injured in hit-and-run crash near Boulder Hwy, Flamingo

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man is critically injured after being hit by a car early Sunday morning in the east valley.

Around 12:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Boulder Highway and East Flamingo Road to investigate reports of an auto versus pedestrian crash.

The investigation revealed the pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 30s, was jaywalking in a dimly-lit area of Boulder Highway, north of Flamingo Road.

That's when a vehicle, traveling northwest on Boulder Highway in the right travel lane, hit the man.

The driver pulled over to the right, exited the car and looked at the scene. Video surveillance showed that the driver then got back into the car and fled north on Boulder Highway.

The pedestrian was transported to Sunrise Hospital where police say he remains in critical condition.

The vehicle, identified as a silver 2003-2007 Cadillac CTS, has not been located. ... Read More