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lLas Vegas City Hall plaza to get former Mayor Oscar Goodman name

A plaza in front of Las Vegas City Hall is being named for three-term former mayor, civic booster and mob lawyer Oscar Goodman.

Officials including former Democratic U.S. senator and Nevada governor Richard Bryan and Goodman's wife and the city's current mayor, Carolyn Goodman, plan to unveil a plaque during a Wednesday evening ceremony.

The City Council voted earlier this year to name the plaza for the 77-year-old Goodman.

The city moved its offices into the building in 2012.

Goodman served as Las Vegas mayor from 1999 to 2011, with a characteristic martini in one hand and showgirls at his elbows.

He focused on renovating a downtown that now has the Fremont East Entertainment District, World Market Center, Premium Outlet Mall and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Plans were led to the Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Neon Museum and the Mob Museum... Read More

Campaign to boost Vegas' reputation as top wedding destination kicks off in 2017

Las Vegas isn't just the "entertainment capital of the world," it's also hugely popular with couples looking to get married.

Clark County Commissioners met Tuesday to discuss Las Vegas' future as a wedding hot spot. More couples use Las Vegas as a wedding destination than any other city in the U.S., but even with that, marriage licenses in Clark County have decreased from 2004 to 2014.

Part of the decrease is a nationwide trend due to more people waiting until later in life to get married. Overall, there is a national decline in marriages, but Las Vegas wants to tackle this issue from a marketing standpoint by getting more couples to come to the city as a destination for their wedding rather than staying close to home.

County leaders know there are a few issues that need to be ironed out ahead of a marketing blitz... Read More

RTC to launch bike rental program downtown

People who live and work in downtown Las Vegas now have the opportunity of getting around and avoid traffic. The Regional Transportation Commission is launching its first ever bicycle rental program called "bike share."

The program will benefit people like Rosario Green who uses his bike for transportation every day.

"I ride my bike every day," Green said.

Green says he uses his bicycle for work to make deliveries for a downtown Las Vegas sandwich shop.

"We do like 30 miles a day on our bikes so anytime between one to 30 you're gonna get a flat possibly," Green said.

However, should he get a flat after the launch of the RTC's bike share program, he'll at least have another option.

With the new bike share program, a total of 21 stations have been installed all over the downtown area... Read More

Residents fear massive crowds during LIB Festival

The Life is Beautiful Music Festival starts Friday and 8 News NOW is learning of problems in the downtown area.

Residents say they can't get in and out of their homes with the headaches likely to increase one the festival begins.

8 News NOW reporter Mauricio Marin has the story... Read More

"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" comes to Las Vegas

You may be feeling the earth move if you live near the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The Broadway hit "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" is coming to the Smith Center. 8 News NOW chats with two of the show's stars... Read More

Crews prepare for Life is Beautiful festival

Thousands of people are expected to pack into downtown Las Vegas this weekend for the 4th annual Life is Beautiful festival. 8 News NOW previews the event... Read More

I-Team: Federal probe focused on city councilman

The city of Las Vegas has been served with a federal court order as part of an FBI investigation.

The 8 News Now I -Team has learned that the court order was served earlier this week, ordering the city to preserve certain electronic records.

Sources familiar with the investigation say the probe is focused on Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow, but the specific allegations have not been made public.

The FBI does not comment on ongoing investigations, as a matter of policy.

Metro police declined to comment as well.

The I-Team has contacted the city of Las Vegas and Councilman Ricki Barlow for comment. We haven't heard back yet. ... Read More