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Drive sober campaign targets most deadly time of year

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KLAS) — The next few weeks are statistically the most deadly time of the year out on the roads. The US Department of Transportation says the weeks surrounding Labor Day are filled with more deadly crashes than any other time of the year.

The DOT is now launching a $13 million media campaign to raise awareness about the issue. You may be seeing the campaign on your TV, social media, in movie theaters or you may even hear it on the radio.

The DOT hopes the ads will save lives and convince people not to drive impaired... Read More

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CCSD Trustee: Potential threat ‘forced’ school board members to leave meeting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School Board Trustee Linda Cavazos wants to make it clear that board members did not walk out of a heated meeting Thursday night where hundreds of teachers showed up rally for higher salaries.

The meeting was ended abruptly after trustees took a break following a rowdy public hearing where numerous teachers voiced concerns over the district’s proposed new contract. There was shouting and chanting from the audience.

Cavazos said when they took the break they were notified that a person in the audience told a staff member who informed police detail that there was a potential threat. She said she did not know the nature of the threat or who made it but trustees were “forced to leave” the meeting.

The Clark County Education Association said “CCEA doesn’t condone or engage in any behavior of that sort.”... Read More

Illinois death could be first from lung illness linked to vaping

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Vaping: Is it really safer than smoking? That is the big question a lot of health officials are asking now, more than ever. Illinois health officials announced Friday the death of an adult who had vaped and later developed a severe respiratory illness.

According to CNN, this is the first such death reported amid a growing number of lung illnesses across the country. Doctors think they could be connected to e-cigarettes.

The Illinostate health department said patients experienced a variety of symptoms — including cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea — that “worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital.”... Read More

Grand Staircase-Escalante changes detailed in final plan from BLM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government’s final management plan for land in and around a Utah national monument that President Donald Trump downsized doesn’t include many new protections for the cliffs, canyons, waterfalls and arches found there, but it does include a few more safeguards than were in a proposal issued last year.

The Bureau of Land Management’s plan for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southwestern Utah codifies that the lands cut out of the monument will be open to mineral extraction such as oil, gas and coal as expected, according to a plan the agency provided to The Associated Press.

The agency chose an option that doesn’t add any areas of critical environmental concern, increases lands open to cattle grazing and could raise the potential for “adverse effects” on lands and resources in the monument, the document shows... Read More

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Donny and Marie Osmond receive keys to the Las Vegas Strip

LIVE: Donny and Marie Osmond receive the key to the Las Vegas Strip.

Posted by 8 News Now on Friday, August 23, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The City of Las Vegas honored iconic sibling duo Donny and Marie Osmond with keys to the city before they end their long-running residency.

The ceremony took place at the entrance of Flamingo Las Vegas, where their residency will end after more than 11 years on Nov. 16.

Donny teased the crowd, “Now that we have the key, we should extend our residency!” The statement elicited quite the reaction. But unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

“What an honor, thank you so much,” Marie expressed, “We love the Flamingo. It’s our home.” She later added they love their friends, who are the rock of what they do. ... Read More

UNLV welcomes new students

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Friday morning, UNLV welcomed incoming students for the 2019-2020 school year. UNLV Creates takes place on Welcome Day the Friday before Fall classes begin.

UNLV Creates allows students and their families to learn more about their opportunities at the university through a fun and engaging event.

During the ceremony, students were asked to make a pledge to graduate from the University. The tradition signifies the beginning of their college career. Students were also given the honorary UNLV Rebel Cord to be worn at their graduation ceremony... Read More

New home sales slow down in July, but Las Vegas trend milder

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Sales of new U.S. homes fell a steep 12.8% in July, but new home sales saw smaller drops in Las Vegas.

The drop comes after revisions that showed June sales at the highest growth in 12 years. The Commerce Department said Friday that new homes sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 635,000 units. That’s down from a sharply revised upward rate of 728,000 in June. So far this year, sales have risen 4.1%, a sign that buyers are beginning to respond to lower mortgage rates.

In Las Vegas, initial sales contracts fell 5.5% in July, according to Andrew Smith, president of Home Builders Research. Sales typically drop from June to July every year. There were 758 initial contracts on new homes in July, down from 802 in June, he said.

He said it’s no surprise that Las Vegas is doing better than the national average, as continued population growth helps drive sales... Read More