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Local woman helps underrepresented students overcome challenges she faces as first-generation high school, college graduate

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Our Hispanic Heritage Month special airs tonight featuring City of North Las Vegas Senior Deputy Attorney Marisa Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is a first-generation high school and college graduate who is helping underrepresented students overcome challenges she faced.

Watch live at 6:30 pm. on Channel 8.

In tonight's Hispanic Heritage Special, Hector Mejia introduces us to one of the driving forces behind the Andale 5K race, Marisa Rodriguez.

Helping Latino students sprint to law school, the Andale 5K scholarship fundraiser is doing its part to close a huge gap in the legal field.

Fewer than 5% of the nation's attorneys are Hispanic, but make up more than 18-percent of the population... Read More

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St. Baldrick’s event at McMullan’s Irish Pub raises more than 875K

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As of 2 p.m., the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has raised $875,000 at their fundraising event happening today until 11 p.m at McMullan's Pub in Las Vegas.

St. Baldrick's Foundation is a private funder of pediatric cancer research grants. Their mission is to support research to find cures and better treatments for all childhood cancers.

"Every 2 minutes a child somewhere in the world is diagnosed with cancer," a host at the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event said.

8 News Now's Sherry Swensk and Brian Loftus had the pleasure of emceeing the event from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. and say there were 156 shaves, 31 teams, and 51 volunteers. There will be different emcees throughout the day.

A record-breaking 875,000 was raised, the most for any St. Baldrick's Las Vegas event... Read More

I-Team: Police officer held on $100K bail in crash that killed 2nd officer; 2 other department employees were also in car

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A judge ordered an out-of-state police officer charged in a fatal crash that killed a colleague Friday held on $100,000 bail as officials with the department said two other employees were also in the car that crashed.

Officer Robert Ferraro, 34, with the New Haven Police Department, in Connecticut, was driving a Rolls Royce westbound on Spring Mountain Road near Decatur Boulevard around 4 a.m. Friday when he lost control, crashing into another car, several utility poles, and a fire hydrant, police said.

Robert Ferraro (KLAS)

Officer Joshua Castellano, 35, a 7-year veteran of the New Haven Police Department, was killed. Two other New Haven police officers, Officer Matthew Borges and Officer John Truhart were also passengers in the car, police said Saturday... Read More

NHP investigating 4 fatal crashes early Saturday morning

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) is reporting four fatal crashes in a matter of hours early Saturday morning.

The first crash occurred on Sunset and the 215 northbound on-ramp involving two vehicles. One person was confirmed deceased.

The second occurred on the northbound US95 / Lake Mead Blvd. eastbound ramp involving a motorcycle. One person has been confirmed deceased.

— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) September 18, 2021

NHP then responded to a crash on the US 95 freeway and Lake Mead Boulevard eastbound ramp. This crash involved a motorcyclist and one person was confirmed deceased... Read More

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Las Vegas woman pleads for information after husband's deadly motorcycle crash

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - A Las Vegas woman is asking the public for information about the crash that took her husband's life in March.

It's been six months since Steve Whited died in a motorcycle crash, but his wife Debra Whited told 8NewsNow she believes there is more to the case.

"In December, we were married 40 years," Whited said of her late husband. "It's just been really hard for me because nobody was expecting for him to die."

Debra said Steve died after crashing his newly purchased motorcycle on Lamb Boulevard near Wyoming Avenue.

According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police traffic crash report, witnesses described an unknown car that reportedly turned in front of Steve on Lamb Boulevard, which caused him to swerve, lose control and run into a wall.

The case is closed, and no charges were filed, but Debra hopes to hear from the other person behind the wheel that day... Read More

'Halfway to St. Patrick's Day' festival kicks off two-day celebration

HENDERSON (KLAS) -- It may only be the middle of September but The City of Henderson is kicking off a St. Patrick's Day celebration, sort of.

Friday night started off the first-ever Halfway to St. Patrick's Day festival at the Water Street Plaza in downtown Henderson.

Courtesy of: The City of Henderson

The free celebration is presented in partnership with the Southern Nevada Sons and Daughters of Erin and wraps up on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day 2021 Festival

  • WHEN: Saturday Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Whiskey and wine walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • WHERE: Water Street Plaza, 240 S. Water St., Henderson
  • COST: free to the public

The featured entertainment will include Celtic entertainment and live music from several local groups including, The Las Vegas Pipe Band and John McLean Allan. ... Read More

2 children of California governor test positive for COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s children have tested positive for the coronavirus and his office says the family is following “all COVID protocols.”

A statement issued Friday says Newsom, his wife and two other children have since tested negative for the virus. The statement didn't provide other details but said Newsom continues to support masking for unvaccinated people indoors and vaccinations to stop the spread of the virus.

All four of the governor’s children are under 12, the age when children are allowed to be vaccinated.

The announcement comes only days after Newsom handily defeated an effort to recall him that was partly driven by the impact of the pandemic... Read More