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Where does Las Vegas stand as a sanctuary city?

Tensions are running high as the debate over sanctuary cities heats up.

This week, the Rogers Foundation asked the Clark County School District to protect undocumented students. And yesterday, a UNLV professor came under fire for posting on social media that he will report students who are in the country illegally. Later, he apologized for the remark, saying he was only joking.

Local governments, police departments, and educational institutions have not labeled themselves as a so-called "sanctuary" like some have in other parts of the country. In fact, the term has no legal meaning, but there are policies and laws in place that may protect the undocumented community.

Kathia Soleto Calderon is an undocumented student at UNLV. The university's president joined a nationwide effort in support of the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program" and other students living in the country illegally... Read More

New program to register home surveillance systems with Metro

For the first time, Metro is asking valley homeowners to notify them if they have a home surveillance system.

It will make it easier for them to look for video when a crime is committed.

Currently, when officers respond to a crime scene, they have to look around for any cameras that might have picked something up. It takes time to find the owners and look at the video.

If people with security cameras register with the department, police will have a list of addresses and contact numbers so they can quickly ask permission to see video that often helps solve crimes. The new program is called Vegas SafeCam and is already in use in Philadelphia, Buffalo, and Salt Lake City.

Registering your surveillance system with the department is completely voluntary. However, the more privately owned cameras they have on record, the more effective the program will be... Read More

Las Vegas area drives Nevada casino win up 11 percent in October

Nevada casinos are reporting an 11 percent jump in gambling revenue statewide in October, compared with a year earlier, and a nearly 5 percent rise so far this year.

A monthly state Gaming Control Board report released Tuesday shows that casinos won nearly $990 million last month, up from almost $949 million in September and $887 million in October 2015.

The increase in so-called casino win was propelled by double-digit increases in and around Las Vegas.

The state collected $59.5 million in taxes on the October winnings, up almost 14 percent from the same period last year.

Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip was up 14 percent year-over-year, to $563 million.

Downtown Las Vegas and North Las Vegas each reported winnings jumps of more than 29 percent.

Reno-area casinos reported a 3.6 percent increase in winnings, while South Lake Tahoe casino revenue was down 22 percent... Read More

1 killed in downtown shooting, Metro says

Metro Police investigated a deadly shooting Friday in downtown Las Vegas.

It happened around 1 p.m. in the 2100 block of Sunrise Ave near Fremont Street and Eastern Avenue.

According to Metro, when officers arrived at the scene, they found one person suffering from a gunshot wound.

The person was pronounced dead at the scene.

No word on the suspect.

This is a developing story.... Read More

Las Vegas sports book makes betting history with eSports

Las Vegas made sports betting history when it brought the virtual arena to real world wagering. A Las Vegas sports book is the first in the United States to take wagers on eSports.

Just like competitive gamers sports books are also looking to advance to the next level.

"The knowledge to know that you can come to Las Vegas, attend a tournament, or watch a tournament and then put down a stake in your favorite team or get into the action yourself is just fantastic," said Michael Grodsky of William Hill Race & Sports Book.

Over the weekend, the William Hill Race & Sports Book located at the downtown Grand did just that. For the first time, it allowed bettors to make wagers on what team would beat the virtual battlefield at Iem Oakland's League of Legends Tournament.

"The actual winner was a team called Unicorns of Love, and they actually paid 10 to 1 to anyone that bet on them before the tournament started," Grodsky said... Read More

New businesses create resurgence for Neonopolis plaza

The resurgence of downtown Las Vegas is helping to fill a shopping complex that's had it's share of ups and downs. Neonopolis was once a Galaxy 11 movie theater and a gay nightclub. But it's struggled to stay afloat.

However, in the last few months, the 41 percent of the 300,000 square-foot facility has been occupied by new retailers. 8 News NOW Reporter Sharie Johnson talked to many of the businesses Thursday. She has more details about what's ahead for the space... Read More

Homeless man shot and killed

North Las Vegas Police are investigating a shooting near Owens Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Officers were notified around 4:16 a.m. that a homeless man in his 50's suffered a gunshot to the chest.

The victim was transported to University Medical Center where he later died.

North Las Vegas Police do not have any suspects... Read More