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Protecting your home from scorpions, insects and other creepy-crawlies

They're creepy; they crawl, and they can wiggle their way into your home. Around this time, summer bugs and critters such as scorpions, cockroaches and spiders come out of their hiding place to look for a cool, dry place to set up shop.

"We had one scorpion; my son found him right on the wall," said homeowner, Floyd Denstaedt.

Denstaedt said he also had a close encounter with a black widow.

"I picked up a trash can, it was underneath the rim, and it bit me on the finger," Denstaedt said.

It's also that time of year when rats also look for food and shelter. Experts say rodents like to use washes, to get around unnoticed.

However, there are ways to keep unwanted guests out of your home... Read More

Improvements underway to make neighborhood safer for pedestrians

A busy area in the central part of the Las Vegas valley is getting much needed road upgrades. Construction is officially underway for the Meadows Walkable Community project.

The project's main goal is to provide accessibility to pedestrians. Currently, there is only a sidewalk on one side of Meadows Lane, but that will change in the coming months. There will also be other pedestrian-friendly improvements.

The stretch of Meadows Lane, between Decatur and Valley View boulevards is bustling with businesses, including the Meadows Mall and the YMCA.

But, accessibility is limited which forces pedestrians to walk on the side of the road and jaywalk due to the lack of crosswalks and sidewalks.

"I think there should be a sidewalk there because walking on the street is not a good idea," said resident Phillip Wingfield."

The City of Las Vegas kicked-off Construction of the project Monday... Read More

Thousands race in Race for the Cure

The annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure took place in downtown Las Vegas Saturday. Photojournalist Neb Solomon shows some of the sights and sounds from the race... Read More

Metro Police Headquarters evacuated

Metro police headquarters has been evacuated after a suspicious vehicle was found in the parking lot.

Officers closed MLK Boulevard between Alta and Symphony Park to traffic.

Metro employees are waiting in the nearby Costco parking lot.

Investigators are not releasing much information.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.... Read More

Main Street and Commerce's $36M makeover starts Monday

Another major road construction project in the Las Vegas valley will kick off next week.

Main Street and Commerce Street in downtown Las Vegas will receive a makeover, transforming the two streets into one-way streets.

The project which starts Monday morning is expected to cause a back up for traffic in the area.

"More and more cones are popping up, said Calvin Washington, a Las Vegas native. "I'm like 'wow,' traffic, everything's backed up."

However, the city says it's an inconvenience that will be well worth it in the end.

The rebuild of Main and Commerce streets will cost the city $36 million.

"I think for the short term, it's going to be a royal challenge getting in and out, but in the long term, it's going to be amazing," said Douglas Crook, a commercial real estate broker.

"It'll be worth it," said Washington. "I mean do you want a narrow street or a wider street; a smoother street or do you want the same old street?"... Read More

Thunderstorms rolled through Las Vegas valley Thursday evening

Dark clouds filled the Las Vegas valley skies and dumped heavy rains early Thursday evening.

The thunderstorms showers, lightning, and hail in some areas rolled through just before 5:30 p.m. The storm started in the north and northwest before moving south.

Multiple lightning strikes were seen around Whitney Ranch. 8 News NOW received reports of pea-sized hail along Whitney Ranch and Warm Springs.

In the southern part of the valley, the rain came down around St. Rose Parkway. A flood advisory was issued for southwestern Clark County. It will be in effect until 7:15 p.m.

The rain pounded the area for a little over an hour before drying out. At the end of the showers, two rainbows could be seen in certain parts of the valley... Read More

NHP trooper struck near Spaghetti Bowl

A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper suffered non life-threatening injuries after a motorcycle rider hit the trooper Wednesday evening.

NHP says two motorcycle riders were driving recklessly along southbound U.S. 95 at approximately 7:30 p.m.

One of the motorcycles hit the NHP trooper, who was investigating an unrelated crash on the on-ramp from southbound U.S. 95 to southbound I-15.

NHP arrested one of the motorcyclists. The other rider left the scene... Read More