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Neighbors push back against bill to change short-term rental regulations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As a bill to regulate short-term rentals makes its way through the Nevada Legislature, some in the central valley worry it could make unwanted changes to their neighborhood. 

"We're hurt and frustrated," Laura McSwain said. "We're really nervous about what the impact is going to be in our neighborhood."

McSwain lives in McNeil Estates, near Rancho and Oakey. She told 8 News Now the area is safe and quiet. 

However, she worries AB 363 could lead to changes she and other neighbors don't want to see. 

The proposal, which was sponsored by Nevada Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen, would establish state rules, enforcement guidelines and taxes for short-term rentals, such as Airbnb or Vrbo. 

"It puts a different level of compliance on what they've got," Pam Knudsen, senior director of Compliance at Avalara MyLodgeTax, said of the bill. ... Read More

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Records: Speed likely factor in fatal Arizona tour bus crash

(AP) -- A crash report on a tour bus that flipped on its way to the Grand Canyon, killing one passenger, doesn't draw any conclusions about the cause. But records released by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office point to speed as a factor.

Four dozen people from across the country were on the bus operated by Las Vegas-based Comedy on Deck Tours when it veered into a dirt embankment and flipped on its side in January. The bus was headed to Grand Canyon West outside the national park.

Authorities say they're awaiting toxicology tests on the driver and an autopsy report on an Indiana woman who died before wrapping up the investigation... Read More

Southwest valley casino project just one of several in booming area

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- On the same day Red Rock Resorts announced the sale of Palms Casino Resort, 8 News Now learned the company is looking to expand in other parts of the valley.

They want to build another neighborhood casino at Durango and the 215 Beltway in the southwest.

From new homes to commercial projects, this part of the valley is booming with a lot of construction.

"It is kind of the up and growing, essentially," said resident Andrew Leavitt. "It is the newest part of town."

News of Red Rock's project is welcome.

"I am happy, honestly," said Leavitt.

He doesn't live too far from where the company wants to build the casino-hotel. ... Read More

Task force talks vaccinating teens as Pfizer awaits approval for vaccine for kids 12-15

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15-year-olds very soon. It has already been cleared in the U.S. for those ages 16 and above.

The approval is highly anticipated after the drug maker said the vaccine was found to be safe and effective and produced robust antibody responses in the age group during clinical trials.

This move would boost the immunization drive across the country. It would also help with parents who are concerned about the potential impact of COVID on their kids, as they get ready to attend summer camp and return school full time in the fall.

During Wednesday's call, Nevada's COVID-19 task force discussed the strategy for getting younger teens vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. ... Read More

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I-Team: Deputies say woman who claims excessive force is lying

PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) -- Nye County sheriff’s deputies are going on the defense, saying a woman’s Facebook post about getting bruises during a recent encounter is a flat-out lie.

The sheriff’s office posted a video about the allegation, including bodycam video from the interaction, on YouTube. In the video, Lt. Adam Tippetts identifies the woman involved as Erica Augustine.

In a post in a Pahrump-related Facebook group, Augustine wrote, “So, not claiming innocent completely, but don’t let a cop see an open container or this is what you get.”

The post contained several images of bruises, which was an implication that deputies caused the injuries, Tippetts said.

“The clear intended message was that NCSO deputies caused her injuries,” Tippetts said in the video. “This is a lie. As you can see from the video clips, NCSO deputies did not cause any injuries to this person as claimed.”... Read More

Woman charged in Dec. 8 homicide in east Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 31-year-old Las Vegas woman faces a charge of open murder with a deadly weapon in a Dec. 8 shooting in the east Las Vegas valley.

Yanet Ruiz is accused in the death of a man who was shot outside his family's home following a dispute over money. Police withheld the name of the shooting victim in a Declaration of Warrant/Summons that lays out the case against Ruiz, but he appears to be the father of Ruiz's child.

Ruiz, who was arrested April 30, is currently in the Clark County Detention Center awaiting a July 15 court date.

Ruiz contacted the victim on Dec. 6 in text messages, and asked "for money and/or gun that (redacted) had which belongs to her. The conversation also mentioned that if he did not pay that her brother was going to come to (redacted) house."

Two days later, at about 11:30 a.m., more text messages followed:... Read More

Venetian gambler hits Wheel of Fortune for $2.9 million jackpot

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- An Arizona man won $2.9 million on a $5 bet on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine on April 27 at the Venetian, according to a Wednesday news release.

The top progressive jackpot on the IGT Wheel of Fortune Slots game was among several jackpots the resort reported. Together, the jackpots add up to more than $4.5 million paid out in the month of April.

Other Venetian jackpots included:

In early April, one guest hit scored two jackpots at the same time to total more than $1 million. The guest was playing two Diamond Queen® games in the Venetian’s high limit salon and won by hitting the bonus on both games.

Three of the wins occurred hours apart from each other on Sunday, April 18, on machines of various denominations and games:... Read More