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Extinct Vegas ‘Speed: The Ride’ on auction block

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) – 8 News Now had its back to school special on Monday, which pre-empted some of the weekly entertainment headlines “Vital Vegas” is hearing about.

‘Vital Vegas’ founder Scott Roeben shares the latest scoops and rumors happening around town. First, a new attraction on the strip may not ever see the light of day and changes could be coming to the Hooters Hotel, which stands in a prime location next to the MGM and Tropicana.

8 News Now Anchor
Kirsten Joyce has the story. ... Read More

Lack of star power for USA Basketball, not lacking confidence

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) – It’s a non-Olympic year and Team USA Basketball has struggled to get America’s top players to commit.

The team didn’t resort to begging as the roster isn’t stacked with some of the NBA’s elite talent like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, and Anthony Davis. Any player that wants to dawn the red, white and blue jersey, is talented and honored to be playing for the United States when the games roll around.

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Anchor Kevaney Martin has the story. ... Read More

Jury deliberates fate of teens in Matthew Minkler murder trial

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Jury deliberations are underway in the trial for two teens accused of killing 17-year-old Matthew Minkler. Authorities say Minkler was shot and killed during a modified version of Russian Roulette last summer.

Before the trial wrapped up Tuesday both defendants sat emotionless in court on the last day. Police say a group of teens were drinking and doing drugs in a vacant Henderson home when 16-year-old Jaiden Caruso allegedly shot Minkler in the face, killing him.

Metro detectives said 17-year-old Kody Harlan helped hide the body.

Caruso’s attorney said it was an accident... Read More

Metro solicits help from public to find van and suspect in deadly road rage shooting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Law enforcement officers are still trying to locate the suspect involved in a road rage incident that left one person dead, and they need your help.

“I want to urge anyone who was traveling Interstate 15 northbound between 7:30 p.m. and 7:40 p.m., who had any type of video or GoPro-type cameras in their windshield, to please reach out to Metro homicide,” said Lt. Ray Spencer, Metro Homicide.

The road rage shooting happened Monday night just after 7:30 p.m.on I-15 northbound between Silverado Ranch Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road.

Police say the driver of a Chrysler 300 died after a person in a white van pulled up alongside the car and opened fire... Read More

Graduates have reason to celebrate as others prep for classes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Less than a week before school is back in session, some students and teachers were celebrating the end of classes. Hundreds of individuals earned their diplomas on Tuesday.

Graduates are from area high schools, as well as those who are earning their diplomas through the Clark County School District Adult Education Program.

More that 300 people received their high school diplomas today.

Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara shook hands with every graduate.

The Adult Education Program serves those who wish to make up high school credits.

We caught up with a few graduates during their very proud moment, who admit: Better late than never.

“Man, hard work and dedication, you know?” said Sergio Rodrigo Gaete-Roig, who graduated from the Adult Education Program. “Hard work and dedication, and just keep grindin’ no matter what obstacles come at you … and just makin’ it happen.”... Read More

Owners of Nye County boarding school formally charged

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Formal charges were filed against the owners of a Nye County boarding school, the Nye County District Attorney’s Office said on Tuesday.

Marcel Chappuis and Patricia Chappuis will be arraigned on Aug. 19 on 45 counts of child abuse or neglect, for conduct involving children enrolled and living at the Northwest Academy in Amargosa Valley. The charges followed an investigation conducted by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

The troubled school lost its license in February and 20 children in attendance were moved, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

Some of the allegations involve the facility’s drinking water, which was found to have high levels of arsenic. The criminal complaint describes the water as unsafe, and students weren’t given an alternative.

Amargosa Valley is about 88 miles northwest of Las Vegas... Read More

#ClearTheLists is helping teachers get much needed school supplies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A new viral social media campaign is helping teachers across the country — including Las Vegas — get supplies for their classroom.

Educators are creating Amazon wish lists with resources needed and using the #ClearTheLists.

The social media campaign started last month.

An educator  in Texas created the “Support a Teacher” Facebook page with the hashtag. Since then, it’s taken off.

The trend relies on the generosity of people purchasing items on Amazon or other online shops. At least one Nevada man is helping out.

 “We shouldn’t be asking teachers to choose going into debt or having a bare classroom,” said Andrew Bennett, Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

 Although Bennett focuses on traffic safety for his job, he’s highlighting a big issue during his personal time... Read More