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Man, woman dead in apparent murder-suicide in southwest valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the southwest valley.

Detectives say a husband and wife were found shot to death inside an apartment in the 7200 block of W. Sunset Road near Tenaya Way.

The bodies were discovered late Wednesday night after the woman's employer called police because she hadn't been at work for several days.

Police believe the man shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself... Read More

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Epidemiologist explains importance of herd immunity as Nevada vaccination rates lag behind

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As Nevada's COVID-19 vaccination rates fall behind many other states in the nation, 8 News Now spoke with a local expert about the importance of herd immunity and risk of community transmission. 

Many who spoke with us Wednesday said they still have mixed feelings about the vaccine rollout. 

"If you think it is risky to take the vaccine," said Las Vegan Benjamin Smith, who's received the COVID-19 vaccine. "I think it is also a risk to not take the vaccine."

"Not to say I would never get vaccinated," Las Vegan Fonda Turner countered. "But as of today, I just kind of want to sit back and observe."

However, a number of Nevadans on the fence has led to low vaccination numbers. 

On Wednesday, our state health department reported 42.46% of those 12 and older as fully vaccinated. 

That is far below places like New York and Vermont, which are touting rates of 70% to 80%. ... Read More

FAA documents swap 'McCarran' for 'Harry Reid,' showing potential step forward for airport name change

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We may be one step closer to renaming McCarran International Airport.

Some Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight maps and documents are now labeled with "Harry Reid International Airport." The new name, approved by Clark County commissioners in a unanimous vote earlier this year, is in honor of the long-time U.S. Senator from Nevada. But signs at the airport still say "McCarran."

The name change is not 100% official yet, despite the FAA documents already switching to the new name. In a statement, an airport spokesperson said, "The airport has not received formal notification from the FAA's Airports District Office with regard to its findings on the proposed name change."

But for those who support naming the airport after former Sen. Harry Reid, this is an exciting development... Read More

Driver dies following dump truck crash on I-11, near Arizona state line

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — One person is dead following a crash on I-11 Wednesday night.

It happened near the Arizona state line at Mile Marker 2.

Officials say a dump truck carrying asphalt was driving in the area. A witness told authorities it was driving at a high rate of speed when it approached a roundabout.

#FatalCrash I-11 at MM2 .
Commercial vehicle crash. Avoid the area and expect delays. #SlowDown #DriveSafe #LiveAreOnTheLine #NhpSocomm pic.twitter.com/oc69tTlc2Q... Read More

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Heat wave brings more visitors to Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (KLAS) — If you think it is hot here in Las Vegas, it is even hotter in Death Valley.

It was 125 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

Believe it or not, the Death Valley heat is quite the tourist attraction for visitors from around the world, but with international travel restrictions still in place, there are less visitors.

Abby Wines from Death Valley National Park describes the heat as literally “walking into an oven.”

"Somewhere in the 120s I personally feel like I have this weird effect when I go outside that my forehead goes numb. That only happens when its 123 and hotter,” said Wines. “When you go from the air conditioning into the heat, it is just encompassing. You can’t ignore it like a hot warm glove pushing down on you.”

If you are planning to visit Death Valley, stay on the main road and wrap up your hike or sightseeing walks by 10 a.m... Read More

I-Team: Newly obtained video shows deadly shooting on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Video obtained by the I-Team shows the moments a man opened fire on the Las Vegas Strip. One person did not survive, two others were injured.

It happened in April and now the case against the alleged shooter is moving forward in court.

Witnesses say this started with a confrontation over a bathroom stall. It escalated quickly, and this is detailed throughout different videos.

There are many surveillance cameras on the Las Vegas Strip, and, of course, people recording with their cell phones.

The I-Team obtained eight videos presented to the grand jury showing how the shooting all unfolded in the early morning hours of April 25.

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Malik Frost is seen with a woman identified as his girlfriend, who is seen stumbling... Read More

Congress approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will soon have a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the nation.

The House voted 415-14 Wednesday to make Juneteenth, or June 19th, the 12th federal holiday. The bill now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk, and he is expected to sign it into law.

Juneteenth commemorates the day the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free. Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word didn’t reach the last enslaved Black people until June 19, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston, Texas. That was also about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.

It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983... Read More