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INSIDE LOOK: A unique downtown city block that has it all

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Downtown is constantly changing, and East Fremont Street has become especially unique. 8 News Now gives you an inside look at a new city block near Fremont and Maryland Parkway that some call the start of the area’s transformation.

“When people come and explore, they’re
always finding something new,” said Kelly Bennett — Marketing Director of
Fergusons Downtown.

Fergusons Downtown is a new city block
that has restaurants, bars and a lot of retail shops. The historic motel,
turned city block, just opened its doors near Fremont Street and Maryland Parkway.

Some say it could be a sign of this
area’s transformation... Read More

ESEA members vote to ratify two-year contract with CCSD

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On Friday, the Education Support Employees Association voted to ratify the two-year contract that was previously negotiated with the Clark County School District. The contract was nearly approved unanimously.

The contract goes into effect immediately. Now CCSD and ESEA will decide on a date that retroactive pay will take effect.

The terms of the contract include:... Read More

Giovanni Ruiz indicted by grand jury

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The man accused of killing a UNLV student has been indicted by a grand jury. 21-year-old Giovanni Ruiz has been charged with killing his ex-girlfriend — 19-year-old Paula Davis.

He is facing one charge of murder with a deadly weapon. Davis’ body was found by her father in the family’s van which was parked near Desert Horizons Park on Simmons Street, near Gowan Road. She had been shot twice in the back of the head.

Davis had just broken up with Ruiz, and she told her family Ruiz had been overly possessive. According to the arrest report, Ruiz had bought the gun just a few days prior to the shooting... Read More

UPDATE: Arrest report released for man accused of killing Esmeralda Gonzalez

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We’re now learning more about the man accused of killing Esmeralda Gonzalez. The woman was first reported missing back in May, but was found dead last week in a concrete and wooden structure in a desert area north of Las Vegas.

45-year-old Christopher Prestipino is accused of her murder, and 31-year-old Lisa Mort is accused of aiding Prestipino after the murder.

According to the arrest report, police received an anonymous tip in July that Prestipino and another woman — known only as “Cassandra” — killed an unknown woman. The victim — who would later be identified by friends and family as Esmeralda Gonzalez — was a prostitute hired by the two... Read More

Knights’ Alex Tuch to attend VGK watch party at LV Ballpark

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Local favorite Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) team member Alex Tuch, also known as ‘#89’ for his jersey number, says he will be attending the VGK watch party on Saturday at the LV Ballpark, as the Vegas born team faces off against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Knights winger, Alex Tuch, made the announcement through the official Vegas Golden Knights twitter page Friday afternoon.

We're bringing a friend to the watch party tomorrow evening, that cool? @alextuch89 will be at @thelvballpark to watch Vegas take on Pittsburgh tomorrow at 4!

Get your tickets https://t.co/L5vdR5O3qu pic.twitter.com/zccq0JLDOE... Read More

Impeachment inquiry heats up, fallout on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON DC (NEXSTAR) — There’s fallout on Capitol Hill after the White House Chief of Staff seemed to admit to an exchange of favors with Ukraine. He later walked back his comments.

Things are getting more heated in the impeachment investigation, not only over Ukraine, but also because now the White House says the G7 Summit will be held at a resort owned by the President.

“Things have just gone from very, very bad to much, much worse,” said Representative Adam Schiff.

The congressman leading the impeachment investigation into President Trump says the White House has now openly admitted to wrong-doing after White House Chief of Staff said he knew the president withheld aid from Ukraine because he wanted an investigation into the 2016 elections.

“Did he also mention to me the corruption related to the DNC server, absolutely no question about that,” said Mick Mulvaney, White House Chief of Staff. “But that’s why we held up the money.” ... Read More

Study: Exercising before breakfast burns more fat

(CNN) — Though the debate has gone on for years and years, a new study finds that exercising on an empty stomach, like before breakfast, helps burn more fat.

Researchers at University of Bath in the United Kingdom found that men who exercised on an empty stomach burned more fat than those who ate breakfast first.

Their reasoning? They say without any fuel from food, the human body has to use stored carbohydrates for energy; those carbs deplete quickly, which then force the body to use fat.

The fat burned helps make the muscles more responsive to insulin, which reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

While it appears healthier to exercise before breakfast, the study did not result in any weight loss.

More research needs to validate these results, as the study only looked at 30 participants... Read More