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Las Vegas prepares to host thousands for #VegasNYE

The Las Vegas New Year's Eve celebration is world-renowned.

This week tourists have already been making their way to Las Vegas for the big night.

It's that time of the year again. Las Vegas gets ready to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world for America's Party.

Signs of what's to come are popping up.

If you'll be out celebrating Sunday night. Here are a few things you'll need to know.

Don't bring items such as glass bottles, luggage, backpacks, oversized purses, carts and strollers on the Las Vegas Strip.

They won't be allowed.

If you see something suspicious, say something. Police will be everywhere. Around 1,500 police officers and 360 Nevada National Guardsman will also be keeping an eye on crowds.

Eight hundred bollards are in place on the Strip and there will be 4,200 metal barricades. Those barricades will start to go up around 2 a.m. Sunday... Read More

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Recreational pot is legal in California on Jan. 1

California is going green! On Monday, the country's most populous state will begin recreational marijuana sales.

So, what does this mean for the local cannabis industry? One of Las Vegas valley's biggest dispensaries is welcoming the competition.

Most of Reef's customers are tourists. Reef dispensary is conveniently located less than a mile away from the Las Vegas Strip. It's no surprise most of its customers are from out of state, many of them from California.

"I lived there for a year, said Liliana Farias, a recreational pot user.

She moved back to Las Vegas recently. She says she prefers the product in the Golden State where starting Monday she can buy it legally.

But Farias doesn't believe California's recreational sales will have much of an impact on southern Nevada... Read More

#VegasStrong: A look at back at 1 October and the community response

As the year comes to a close, what remains on many minds - especially in southern Nevada - is the tragedy that unfolded on October 1, 2017 and the community response.

The message that arose from that horrible night was "Vegas Strong." The shooting massacre left 58 dead and more than 500 injured, but it changed the lives of thousands of people and brought a community together.

Reporter Vanessa Murphy reports on how the worst night in Las Vegas brought out the best in people.

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Heightened security expected in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve

Spotters, snipers and strike teams are just some of the substantial amount of resources to keep Las Vegas revelers safe on New Year's Eve.

In a news conference Wednesday morning, Sheriff Joe Lombardo shared a few details about security measures, and an unprecedented number of law enforcement officers and National Guard members will be on duty when tens of thousands of people gather to ring in 2018 on the Las Vegas Boulevard.

The heightened security measures come just three months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place in Las Vegas.

"I think it's important to get out to the public what exactly mitigating factors we put in place to ensure everybody's safety," Sheriff Lombardo said... Read More

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Rideshare drivers looking to score big on New Year's Eve road restrictions

Getting in and around the Las Vegas Strip on New Year's Eve will be an adventure and that's music to the ears for Uber drivers.

Tourism experts are expecting 320,000 people on the Strip with several temporary roads, highway closures taking place to make the event safer for both motorists and revelers.

The Nevada Department of Transportation along with its community partners will restrict vehicle access along the Strip from Sahara Avenue to Mandalay Bay on New Year's Eve.

8 News NOW Reporter Sally Jaramillo has the story on how to avoid the headaches. ... Read More

Hundreds of bollards installed on Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas Strip is a little more secure just in time for New Year's Eve.

The installation of 800 steel posts, called bollards, has been completed in various locations along Las Vegas Boulevard from Tropicana to Spring Mountain.

This completes phase one of the project, meant to ensure the safety of pedestrians from vehicle impact.

The posts stand between three and four feet tall and are built to withstand a flatbed truck going at 55 miles per hour.

It took crews about five weeks to finish phase one. In all, 7,500 bollards will be installed along the Strip by the end of next year... Read More

Slightly more than 4,000 apply to victims crime fund

There's a pool of money provided by the state for the victims of the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 1.

But even though more than 22,000 people attended the Route 91 show, very few have tried to take advantage of those funds.

We've all experienced the labyrinth of healthcare, insurance claims and reimbursement.

Nevada has tried to do its part to make it easier for 1 October victims to get reimbursed for their suffering, but it hasn't been easy.

What is it like to be a victim?

Christine Caria who was trampled at the concert is still finding out.

"Last night, I got a really good night's sleep. But the previous three weeks, I hadn't," Caria said. "A lot of it has to do with sleep and nightmares and triggers."

Since the shooting, she's become an advocate for fellow victims. But she's also navigated her own path through the maze of counseling, healthcare and insurance claims... Read More