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Plans for Henderson Water Park Announced

Plans for Henderson Water Park Announced


Plans are in the works to bring a water park to Henderson.

Cowabunga Bay would be built near U.S. 95 and Galleria Drive. The company operates water parks in Salt Lake City and in cities in the Midwest. The group says Henderson is a perfect choice because of the families that call the city home.

"There are a lot of families in this area that are underserved by entertainment, but we will be out in Henderson, which is very family oriented. This is for the locals," Shane Huish with Cowbunga Bay Water Parks said.

Details of the park have not been released. The group is planning to announce the groundbreaking and estimated opening date sometime in the future.

This is the second water park announced for southern Nevada this week. Developers of Wet 'n' Wild in the southwest part of the valley gave out details of their water park, which is set to open Memorial Day 2013. 

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Local Companies Looking to Hire Workers

People applying for work at Spreadshirt.

LAS VEGAS --  A number of local companies are looking to hire employees because they are expanding or need extra help for the holidays.

The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows restaurants have done the most hiring since the recession hit. In Las Vegas, the leisure and hospitality industry has added nearly 9,000 jobs from this time last year.

One new business preparing to open is Metro Pizza in the northwest near Centennial Way.  Owners say they are just waiting for the final inspections and they expect to be open in a few weeks. They plan to hire 100 people to work as servers, cashiers and cooks.

"I wouldn't say that we are recession-proof, but especially mid-sized restaurants, we have been resistant to the recession, because people still need to get away and share time with families," said John Arena, Metro Pizza co-founder.

Off-Duty Henderson Police Officer Captures Armed Robbery Suspect

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Police officer Michael Wolff stopped by a Starbucks Coffee shop at Horizon College Plaza Tuesday morning and made a surprising discovery.

The officer had stumbled upon an alleged robbery. Officer Wolff said he noticed a man behind the counter, with a gun, pulling money out of the register.

"There was no time to think, I just reacted," said Wolff, a patrol officer with Henderson Police Department for the past five years.

Officer Wolff, who was not in uniform, but wearing his badge and gun, drew his handgun and identified himself as a police officer.

The suspect, 25-year-old Francisco Cosenza, dropped the weapon, but then attempted to run out of the store, police said. An employee had locked the door during the confrontation and Cosenza ended up running through the glass door. Wolff caught up with him a short distance away and took him into custody.

President Obama Leaves Las Vegas, Headed to Denver

President Obama speaks to crowd gathered at Desert Pines High School.

LAS VEGAS -- After spending three days Lake Las Vegas, near Las Vegas, President Barack Obama is on his way to Denver where he will have his first debate with GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

Air Force One took off from McCarran International Airport about 11:25 and headed for Colorado.

Obama spent his time at The Westin Lake Las Vegas where he prepared for Wednesday night's debate. He held a public rally at Desert Pines High School Sunday. He also visited Hoover Dam and his campaign office.

The presidential debate will be on Channel 8 at 6 p.m. tonight.

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Debates to be Televised in State Senate Races

Debates to be Televised in State Senate Races


Wednesday’s debate between the presidential candidates takes center stage, but some local races will soon hit the airwaves as well.

Some key state Senate races will be taped and aired 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday on Channel 10 by Vegas PBS.

Races featured are:

  • District 5: Steve Kirk vs. Joyce Woodhouse
  • District 6: Mark Hutchison vs. Benny Yerushalmi
  • District 9: Mari Nakashima St. Martin vs. Justin Jones
  • District 18: Scott Hammond vs. Kelli Ross

Ann Romney Campaigns in Henderson for Mitt Romney

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is making her second campaign appearance in less than a week in Nevada. She is hoping to sway voters six weeks before the election.

Ann Romney appeared before a crowd of about 1,000 people this afternoon at the convention center in downtown Henderson.  She spent 12 minutes repeating some of the stories she told an audience of more than 500 in Reno on Thursday.

She says the country is ready for a turnaround, and for Mitt Romney.

"One in 400 households has faced foreclosure of their home in Nevada. There are people in this state really having a tough time. So, I like to think of it this way, if it is that kind of a record I think it is time to fire the coach," Romney said.

She is just seven miles from the Lake Las Vegas resort where President Barack Obama is practicing for his Wednesday debate with Mitt Romney in Denver.

Presidential Visit Puts Lake Las Vegas in the Limelight

LAS VEGAS --  President Obama will hunker down in the tranquil setting of Lake Las Vegas, starting on Sunday, to prepare for the first presidential debate, which is next Wednesday.

The upscale area's shops and restaurants have struggled through the recession and this presidential visit, his second one there this year, is bringing excitement and even optimism.

Sources tell 8 News NOW, the president will be staying at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Store owners at the Monte Lago Village say this presidential visit is the glimmer of hope for them.

Bernard Tordjan is preparing a dish he says he'll serve to the president.

"I have a very nice filet mignon with three kinds of sauce, with scampi on top. Very, very good," he said.