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Nevada’s unemployment rate hovered at 4% in May

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Nevada’s unemployment rate held steady at 4% last month while about 5,900 new jobs were added to the state’s economy.

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said Wednesday that new applications for unemployment benefits were lower in May than the same month last year, with about 9,400 claims coming in.

The department released a statement from Gov. Steve Sisolak saying that the report is encouraging and Nevada’s jobless rate is the lowest it’s been since April 2006.

The professional and business sectors added the most jobs in May up from a year earlier. The most job losses were in taxi and limousine services... Read More

Sherry’s Thursday Forecast

A hot and windy finish to spring today. Gusty winds will increase through the day, with wind advisories issued and starting at 11 a.m. for all of southern Nevada. The payoff of the strong winds will be a cooler start to summer for a few days... Read More

NHP starts crackdown on HOV lanes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – No more warnings. Starting today, anyone caught illegally using the valley’s new HOV lanes will get a hefty fine.

The rules on 22 miles of high occupancy vehicle lanes changed last month.  They are now enforced 24/7.  Previously solo drivers could use the carpool lanes during off-peak hours.  It is also illegal to cross the double white lanes of an HOV lane.  Drivers need to wait for a broken line to enter or exit.

Before today, the NHP had promised to let HOV scofflaws off with just a warning.  But now a $250 fine takes effect.

Here’s a quick reminder for drivers:

  • Allowed in HOV lanes:
  • Vehicles with two or more people inside
  • Motorcycles
  • Emergency and law enforcement vehicles

Not allowed in HOV lanes:... Read More

  • Vehicles with one person (unless a motorcycle)
  • Trucks with more than two axles
  • Electric cars with only one occupant

Fighting for protection: Coyotes terrorize neighborhood near golf course

Jan Biggerstaff has created somewhat of a shelter in her backyard to keep coyotes away from her dogs.

“When this happened, we had it fenced all the way around,” Biggerstaff said. “There needs to be something done. “

The coyotes have surrounded the Las Vegas National Golf Course for years. Many residents, including Biggerstaff, say the animals have killed their pets.

“We went on a cruise, came home and my dog had been killed by a coyote,” said Biggerstaff. “The coyote jumped over the back fence, you can see how high it is. It’s what 7 feet?”

The Las Vegas National Golf Course’ General Manager, Coy Woods, says his team has bounced around several proposals.

“I cried two days solid for that,” Woods said. “That was bad news. She was a sweetheart dog.”

A barrier around the creek would cost millions. But, Woods says they’re willing to work with residents to trap them... Read More

Gov. Sisolak vetoed only 3 bills in Legislative Session

Governor Steve Sisolak vetoed only three bills in his first legislative session, which wrapped up earlier this month.

But, Sisolak is still well shy of the average, and nowhere near the record. There have been two governors in the last 120 years who got through an entire session without vetoing a single bill: Mike O’Callaghan and Kenny Guinn

Regular legislative sessions see an average of 6.47 vetoes each.

Politics Now co-host Steve Sebelius has the story. ... Read More

Roads near Lake Mead and Burkholder closed due to shooting investigation

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Henderson Police are investigating a shooting in a neighborhood near E. Lake Mead Parkway and Burkholder Boulevard. According to police, around 4:45 p.m. officers responded to reports of an incident that left a man injured from a shooting that occurred in the 100 block of Ivy Street.

Streets in that area are closed, police said.

The man was taken to Sunrise Hospital to be treated for his injuries. The nature of his injuries is unknown.

This is a developing story.... Read More

NHL Awards Show, games best players light up the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The entire hockey world descends on Las Vegas for the NHL Awards Show, which takes the spotlight with some of the game’s best players garnering prestigious awards.

The Mandalay Bay Events Center are filled with newsmakers, playmakers, and celebrities that officially will put a close to the 2018-2019 season. Not only is about the best players on the ice, but the thousands of hockey fans in southern Nevada that are attending the event.

8 News Now Sports Director Chris Maathuis and reporter Jon Tritsch have the stories. ... Read More