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County looking for input on park design

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Plans are in the works for a new neighborhood park in southwest Las Vegas. It will be in the area of Lindell and Silverado Ranch.

Tuesday evening, Clark County Parks and Recreation will have an event for the public to share their input. The event is at 9935 South Jones Boulevard. You’re invited to give input on the design and let design team members know what you would like to see at the planned park.

For more information, you can call Clark County Parks & Recreation Administration at (702) 455-8200... Read More

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Hard Rock Hotel to close for 2020 renovations; it’s transforming into Virgin Hotel Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Closed for renovations: That is the plan for the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas when the off-Strip property officially starts to transform into a new brand. 

Initially, the resort was going to remain partially open during its renovation to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, but, now the owners’ vision is to close the Hard Rock for eight months during the remodeling.

The owners have decided to adjust the timeline to morph the 1,500 room property into Virgin Hotel Las Vegas sooner rather than later. It’s expected to go dark in February 2020.

Hard Rock has revised construction schedule for transition to Virgin Hotel, nixing phased approach. Resort will now close completely for eight months, following Super Bowl weekend 2020... Read More

5K to remember Las Vegas teen killed by drunk driver

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A valley family who lost their son to drunk driving is inviting you to strap on your running shoes to help raise awareness. On Sept. 15, a 5K is being held by the Garrett Meriwether Foundation.

Back in May, the Palo Verde graduate was killed by a drunk driver. He was only 18 at the time and had just finished his first year at UNLV.

His family started the foundation to honor Garrett by raising awareness and donating to educational programs.

It’s something that was very important to Garrett, said Steve Meriwether, his father.

“We thought, ‘What would Garrett want to do if he could?’ And this is probably the most poignant, centerpoint thing that Garrett would want to do, is help. He always wanted to help.”

The Sept. 15 run will take place one day before what would have been Garrett’s 19th birthday.

For more information, go to active.com and search Garrett Meriwether... Read More

Web Extra: Joe Yanarella of Bleacher Report on new sports venture with Caesars Palace

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The popular sports web site Bleacher Report is hosting podcasts dealing with sports betting at the Caesars Palace sports book in Las Vegas. Sr. VP of Sports Betting at Bleacher Report, Joe Yanarella talks with Ron Futrell of 8 News Now about their new venture.

Host Adam Lefkoe began the series of podcasts on Monday August 19 in a specially constructed studio just to the side of the betting windows.

The podcasts will deal with general sports issues, but will focus on the sports betting angle. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowed individual states to decide if they want sports betting. Previously it was only allowed in Nevada. ... Read More

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Web Extra: Adam Lefkoe talks new sports venture in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Adam Lefkoe, popular host at the sports web site Bleacher Report is setting up shop in Las Vegas. He is hosting a podcast from the sports book at Caesars Palace.

Adam talks to Ron Futrell of 8 News Now and gives his thoughts on the upcoming NFL season and in particular, the upcoming season for the Raiders.

Adam also talks about the changing sports landscape in Las Vegas and gives details about his new show that will focus of sports betting. ... Read More

Salvation Army opens new women’s residence

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Women now have a residence of their own at the Salvation Army Homeless Services campus on West Owens Avenue. This Sunday ribbon cutting came after years of hard work to get the women’s residence open.

With the facility’s completion, women will be living on the campus where they work and eat, participate in counseling and education classes and attend chapel services. Leaders of the Salvation Army say it will be life-changing for its residents.

“It’s amazing,” said Capt. Ron McKinney of the Salvation Army. “When they come to us, they’re broken and most of their self-confidence is gone. They feel like they’ve hit rock-bottom.

“So what we try to do right off the bat is try to reestablish their self-respect, their self-sufficiency. Try to reinstill in their minds they can be anything they want to be … they just need to apply themselves,” McKinney said... Read More

I-Team: Ethics complaint filed against CCSD superintendent over expensive bike

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Questions are being raised about the Clark County School District superintendent’s expenses and whether taxpayers are footing the bill for an exercise bike. It’s not just any exercise bike, it’s a Peleton which costs around $2,000.

And with the school district facing financial troubles like a $17 million budget shortfall, Superintendent Jesus Jara is facing criticism. Steve Sanson of the Veterans in Politics group filed an ethics complaint on Friday evening.

The complaint says that Jara expensed a $2,409 Peleton exercise bike. Sanson accuses school trustee President Lola Brooks of conspiring with Jara to hide the expense... Read More