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Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday. He was 93.

The death of the former senator, ambassador and Minnesota attorney general was announced in a statement from his family. No cause was cited.

Mondale followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, from Minnesota politics to the U.S. Senate and the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

His own try for the White House, in 1984, came at the zenith of Ronald Reagan’s popularity. Mondale’s selection of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket, but his declaration that he would raise taxes helped define the race... Read More

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Mountain lion causes a stir in northwest valley neighborhood

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The City of Las Vegas tweeted over the weekend that another mountain lion was spotted. Just this year, it seems we've had more than one make an appearance in valley neighborhoods.

Many are calling this a local trend, as Ring cameras capture the activity. The most recent big cat was tranquilized in a northwest neighborhood, then returned to its habitat by Animal Control.

Gary Gibson has lived in the valley since 2005 and tells 8 News Now he's never seen a mountain lion roaming around his neighborhood.

"It's just weird to see them; you don't see them every day, that's all," he said.

Gibson became aware of the activity due to police cars and animal control vehicles near his street. He says police asked everyone to stay inside while they captured the animal.

"We couldn't actually talk to each other because police were here, and they wanted us inside," he recounted. ... Read More

Resorts World on Las Vegas Strip announces opening date

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Resorts World Las Vegas will open its doors to the public on June 24 and is now taking reservations for rooms.

"We are filled with gratitude and excitement as we approach our opening this June and hope to play a role in Las Vegas’s rebound after what has been an incredibly challenging year for the destination and greater hospitality industry," said Scott Sibella, President of Resorts World Las Vegas.

The 3,500-room resort, which is affiliated with three Hilton Hotels brands, is the first new resort on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade.

The property displayed the big announcement on its LED screen Monday morning... Read More

Knights win seventh straight, 3-2 over Sharks in shootout

This post will be updated throughout the game

PRE GAME: Robin Lehner in net for Knights.  Patrick Marleau of the Sharks is setting an NHL record (set by Gordie Howe) with 1767 games played tonight.

FIRST PERIOD: Sharks Nikolai Knyzhov (Snap shot). SHARKS 1, KNIGHTS 0 after one. Shots on goal: Sharks 12, Knights 11.

SECOND PERIOD: Sharks Noah Gregor (Wrist shot). SHARKS 2, KNIGHTS 0

Knights goal Mark Stone (16) (Tip-in shot), Assists: Shea Theodore (29) and Max Pacioretty (22). SHARKS 2, KNIGHTS 1 after two. Shots on goal: Knights 25, Sharks 19. ... Read More

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Assembly passes legislation to seal records on evictions during pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Legislation to seal eviction records during the pandemic passed the Nevada Assembly on Monday by a 26-16 vote in Carson City.

Assembly Bill 141 was welcome news for many renters.

The legislation would automatically seal the records of tenants who received summary evictions for non-payment of rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The affected time period would begin March 20, 2020, and run through the date when Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ends the state of emergency.

“The passing of AB141 is a start in the right direction to help Nevadans facing housing insecurity," said Tiara Moore, Housing Justice Organizer with the Progessive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN)... Read More

NEW: Nevada's test positivity continues steady climb over weekend, just under 6%

NOTE: The state’s COVID-19 dashboard will no longer update on weekends, beginning April 16. Therefore, 8 News Now’s daily coronavirus reports will be available Monday-Friday. “To provide the most accurate data, the Office of Analytics will update the COVID-19 dashboard weekdays, so the Monday and Tuesday updates may be higher than has been seen recently since they will include data from the weekend,” the state noted in a news release on April 16.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate continued to increase over the weekend and currently sits at 5.9%, according to data released on Monday... Read More

Desert Torch exercise could startle residents near Desert Inn, Maryland Pkwy.

  LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A major two-day emergency responder exercise is set to take place in a Las Vegas neighborhood starting Tuesday, April 20.

The Desert Torch exercise is taking place on Silver Mesa Way near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway. There will be emergency type activity around the Boulevard Mall, Sunrise Children's Hospital and in the surrounding neighborhood. Residents can expect to see people in hazardous material suits.

While the exercise is a mock drill, it could appear realistic to citizens.

The exercise is testing agencies' response and reaction to any chemical, biological, nuclear or explosive material. Taking part in the exercise is the Nevada National Guard, Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Bomb Squad and the FBI.

The Nevada National Guard is asking residents to refrain from call 9-1-1 or police if they see this activity on Mesa Silver Way... Read More