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Reports show incumbent Nevada Democrats with large cash lead

LAS VEGAS (AP) – New campaign fundraising reports show Republicans are gearing up to try to win back two congressional seats in Nevada, but they’ve got a long way to go to match the money that incumbent Democrats have amassed.

Federal election fundraising reports show Democratic Rep. Susie Lee in Nevada’s 3rd District raised about $490,000 in the last the months and has more than $1 million on hand, a year out from her re-election.

Her $1.08 million on hand is more than double her two biggest Republican challengers combined.

Democrat Steven Horsford in Nevada’s 4th District raised about $300,000 over the last quarter and started October with about three-quarters of a million on hand.

There’s at least seven Republicans vying to take him on in 2020 but none of them were able to raise or bank half of Horsford’s third-quarter haul... Read More

City of Las Vegas: Defendants in misdemeanor domestic violence cases don’t have to give up guns

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The City of Las Vegas will not require defendants in misdemeanor domestic violence cases to give up their guns according to a new ordinance approved 6-1 by the city council. The decision comes after the Supreme Court ruled those defendants have a right to a jury trial. 

The cities of Henderson and North Las Vegas are considering similar ordinances. The City of Las Vegas prosecutors had already turned to charge domestic violence defendants with simple battery, so they didn’t trigger the trial.

The City Court says they aren’t equipped to handle a jury case. Domestic violence advocates have criticized the move, saying that many of the domestic violence cases and even domestic violence murders happen within city limits... Read More

City of Las Vegas allows parking tickets to be paid with donations up until Nov. 16

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Got a parking ticket? The City of Las Vegas wants to give you a chance to get it off your hands, while helping people in need. From now until Nov. 16, the city is allowing parking tickets to be paid with food donations.

It’s called Food For Ticket Trade, and the items will be donated to Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, which is an organization that helps people in need during the holiday season.

It has to been done within 30 days of the ticket being issued, and it has to be for a non-public safety parking violation. That means things like parking in a handicap spot or blocking a fire lane are excluded.

Las Vegas also did a similar drive earlier this year for school supplies in exchange for parking tickets... Read More

Trooper saves driver from oncoming train

CERTERVILLE, Utah (KTVX) — A trooper in Utah says he’s still trying to process what happened after he saved a man from an oncoming train. A dash cam video shows the trooper puling the man from his car seconds before the train plowed into it.

At 6:50 AM Trooper Ruben Correa responded to a call of a car on the tracks near Parrish Lane. He scrambled up the embankment to find the driver unconscious behind the wheel with a train screaming towards them.

What happened next is like a rescue scene from an
action-adventure movie.

“I heard the horn from a
train,” Correa said. “I looked to my left and was able to observe that train
was coming pretty fast between 50 and 80 miles per hour so at that point I was
not really thinking, I was doing my job, the main concern was getting him
out.”... Read More

Only on 8: Local non-profit gifts man wheelchair lift after hit-and-run

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It was a surprise one local family didn’t see coming.

After John Ritz’ wheelchair lift was hit, he needed a quick fix. Ritz is a retired tow truck driver. He’s lived in Las Vegas for the past 22 years.

He’s also a double amputee.

“I dropped a tool on it, on my foot, and that’s how it started,” Ritz said. “Diabetes, then I hurt myself, and never healed.”

On Tuesday, someone hit Ritz’ car and broke his wheelchair lift then, they sped away.

“We’re in trouble. We can’t afford this. Something we didn’t need. It’s hard on my wife and me,” Ritz thought. 

Ritz uses the lift to get him to and from dialysis treatment.

He went to the Ability Center, a long-time local dealer that caters to those with disabilities.  ... Read More

Restaurant uses new app to fund Las Vegas teacher’s library

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A local restaurant is making its mark in the community with a new app from “Donors Choose.” Their efforts have already funded a new library for one teacher’s classroom. 

The owners of Valencian Gold in the southwest valley told 8 News Now they’re blown away by the impact of “Round Up for Schools.” After adding the option to bump each purchase up a few cents, they’ve helped Nanette Konicek transform her entire learning environment.

“It’s very cool,” Valencian Gold co-owner and chef Jeffrey Weiss said. “It’s very, very cool.”

“Teachers are more important than anyone else,” Valencian Gold co-owner and chef Paras Shah added. 

Konicek showed 8 News Now her classroom’s brand new library; an addition made possible by Valencian Gold’s efforts. 

“I was watching it on the internet,” Konicek said of the process. “And it was like, someone made a donation!”... Read More

Huntridge Theater sale in the process

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The sale of the Huntridge Theater in the downtown area is now being finalized. On Wednesday, attorney for the City of Las Vegas Brad Jerbic presented a signed agreement for the purchase.

Today at the Las Vegas City Council Meeting, Brad Jerbic, Attorney for the City of Las Vegas, presented a signed…

Posted by The Huntridge Foundation on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The city has been described as the “middleman” in the transaction. There’s still no word on who the actual buyer will be. “Project Enchilada” was mentioned in the discussion at Wednesday’s city council meeting.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update as we receive more information. ... Read More