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Paran Elks Lodge facing disciplinary action

There's a legal battle to permanently shut down a private club in west Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, the city will consider disciplining Paran Elks Lodge.

Metro Police claim there's been a pattern of violent crime there over the years. The city is looking at a long, 79-page complaint claiming that Paran Elks Lodge has actually enabled that violence. But the owner says that is not true that those incidents are out of their control.

Paran Elks Lodge is near Owens and I-15. It's been closed for a month which is part of a 90-day closure.

The business has filed an injunction to reopen it, saying they're being targeted unfairly. In court documents, Metro claims employees have refused to cooperate with Metro Police during several investigations, including attempted murder.

But the lodge says they are not the problem, the crimes have been between people... Read More

Millennials cater vacations to most 'Instagramable' spots

'Doing it for the gram!' That has become a popular slogan amongst people who post an idealistic life featuring, opulence and fabulous-living and travel on Instagram. In fact, the popular photo-sharing app is impacting travel trends around the world.

A survey from Schofield's reveals that more millennials prioritize picture-worthiness when it comes to choosing their vacation destinations, and many want to capture the picture perfect moment in Las Vegas.

"Just looking for the best shot," said Shy Taylor, a Brooklyn, New York visitor.

The goal for many millennials when they're deciding where to travel is based on photos they see on Instagram.

"I'm actually doing a Snapchat documentary of just me traveling all kinds of places; showing my friends, hey I can get out here too," said Latasha Walter, Fort Worth, Texas... Read More

Contest to get married on autonomous bus

AAA is offering a unique opportunity to get hitched on the Free Self-Driving Shuttle that transports passengers around Downtown Las Vegas.

As crazy as it may sound, many people thought it was a pretty cool idea.

"It'd be fast and a good experience. You'd get to see the city at the same time," said Artayja Smith-Williams.

One man told 8 News NOW that he's already married, but it may be time to renew his vows.

"I'd remarry my wife in a self-driving shuttle, sure," said Mike Smallwood.

Couples need to enter the contest by telling AAA why they are perfect for what they're calling a "wedding of the future."

"I think that stuff being on the non-traditional side it's going to become more popular. I think people are looking for different things to do now," said Jasmine Scarborough.

AAA will take entries until June 20th. The wedding will take place on June 30th at the Container Park... Read More

Non-existent deal with Strip properties signals threat of strike; Caesars has tentative agreement

There appears to be a tentative labor agreement that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers that are threatening to strike in Las Vegas.

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said in a tweet Friday that the new five-year deal covers about 12,000 workers at nine Caesars Entertainment casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. But negotiations went nowhere with the majority of the other properties.

"It's not fair for them to be holding us back," said Karina Castro-Martinez, convention set up at Mandalay Bay. "They're growing, they're thriving and we deserve the same thing and that's what we're fighting for."

Tens of thousands of bartenders, housekeepers, bellmen and other unionized workers at 34 casino-hotels on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas have sought a new, five-year contract since February. The current contracts expired at midnight... Read More

Downtown area's hotbed for testing new technology, including smart street lights

The City of Las Vegas is riding the wave into the future because the downtown area is a hotbed for testing new technology.

On Wednesday, the city tested smart street lights at Tiny Stupack Park. A few of the fixtures are installed above the soccer field.

If they pass their initial field test, you could see them alongside other innovations being tested downtown.

Overall, from the new tests to the little blue autonomous shuttle, downtown Las Vegas is becoming a tech hub.

"I think it's amazing, it is the future," said Jenna Leegstra of Kingman, Arizona.

"I love it," said Joel Delagarza, Austin, Texas. "I'm a tech guy, so I love it. The more automated, the better for me."

AAA says there have been 23,000 riders like Joel Delagarza from Austin since the 1-year test began last November.

"It's kind of exciting to be living in a time where we're at the forefront of all these new automated technologies," Delagarza said. ... Read More

Hotel, casino proposed for downtown Las Vegas

There are plans for a new hotel and casino in downtown Las Vegas.

The proposal is for the site where the old Las Vegas Club once stood, just off off Fremont Street.

On Tuesday night, city leaders will be checking out renderings of the project which calls for nearly 780 rooms in a tower to be built at the corner of Ogden Avenue and Main Street.

The plans also show a pedestrian sky bridge crossing Main Street which will link an above ground parking garage with the hotel and casino.

The tower will stand 460-feet tall and shows at least 61 floors with a rooftop lounge. The project, called 18 Fremont for its location has more than 117,000 square feet of gaming floor, plus a nightclub and a spa.

Derek Stevens, the owner of the D Casino, also in downtown, is listed as the project leader.

A spokesperson for the city told 8 News NOW, the items for the special permits to build it all will likely move forward to a future city council meeting in June... Read More

In Your Neighborhood: Fremont East

8 News NOW is on the road and in downtown Las Vegas on Fremont East. It's the other side of downtown.

Much of the Fremont East area is part of the Downtown Project. Forty-five acres of land bought by the organization created by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh and more than $300 million investment dollars... Read More