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Biden stumps for Senate candidate in downtown Las Vegas

Vice President Joe Biden stumped for Democratic Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto during a visit Thursday evening to an outdoor pedestrian mall. Biden walked through the Downtown Container Park with Cortez Masto around 5 p.m., greeting people and introducing them to her.

The two politicians stopped at ChillSpot by SasaSweets for frozen treats. The vice president asked if there was ice cream before choosing a coconut-flavored drink. Cortez Masto had a mango-flavored one. Biden earlier in day had appeared with Lady Gaga at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for an event promoting the "It's On Us" White House initiative, which urges people to support sex assault victims and intervene when consent is questionable.

Cortez Masto, the former state attorney general, is in a competitive race for the Senate seat being vacated by Harry Reid... Read More

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Project Neon is officially underway

The largest transportation project in Nevada's history is now officially underway.

Local leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of Project Neon. The $1.5 billion upgrade of the I-15 through the heart of Las Vegas.

While major construction work on the freeway itself won't begin in earnest until 2018, the headaches on the surface streets around the I-15 will begin soon.

In true Las Vegas fashion, showgirls and celebrities helped signal the start of construction for the long-anticipated Project Neon.

Governor Brian Sandoval says the project eclipses the scope of building the Hoover Dam.

"In today's dollars, the Hoover Dam would be $850 million, this is bigger than that," he said.

I-15 from Sahara Avenue to the Spaghetti Bowl is the busiest stretch of road in the state. Around 300,000 cars travel on the nearly four-mile segment of highway every day.

That number is expected to double in the next two decades... Read More

CCSD's policy: How district plans to prevent misconduct between teachers, students

For the third time this year, a Clark County School District educator has been busted for sexual misconduct with a student. The most recent incident involved, a legacy high school teacher who admitted to police that he had sex with a pupil.

All of the incidents have raised questions for CCSD about what the school board is doing to prevent inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

8 News NOW Reporter Karen Castro took a closer look at the school district's policy and training... Read More

KLAS-TV wishes Las Vegas news legend Paula Francis a happy retirement

Saying goodbye to a Las Vegas news legend creates a day filled with laughs, memories, and tears.

On April 1 -- April Fool's Day -- a day every 8 News NOW viewers and staffers wished was a big April Fool's joke in itself, we all said goodbye to our beloved Paula Francis.

Paula will anchor her last two newscasts, the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday evening. These time slots, along with the 11 p.m. newscast, are shows Paula anchored with Dave Courvoisier, and other news greats like George Knapp and Garry Waddell, by her side.

Waddell and Knapp rejoined Paula on the anchor desk Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

During Paula's retirement luncheon, Knapp, a longtime friend, and colleague, wowed and cracked the crowd up with his comical take on VH1's "Behind the Music." It was a video filled with dramatic storytelling and none truths about Paula and her colleagues... Read More

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City experimenting with kinetic-powered street lights

The city of Las Vegas is embarking on a unique way to save energy by upgrading it's streetlights. But, it's more than simply replacing the types of bulbs in the lamps.

Transportation officials are exploring a kinetic-powered alternative.

Imagine Las Vegas' streetlights powered completely by pedestrians. Well, if an upcoming test in the Arts District is successful, that could soon be a reality.

It's a radical idea that's not as far-out as you might think. The energy of your feet hitting the ground and powering the lights above your head.

"I definitely think it's something that would be worth trying, we'll see," said Brandy Smith, a visitor from Denver.

"I like it, it's good for everybody, good for the environment," said Tim Martin, another visitor.

Special tiles embedded in the sidewalk will convert the energy of your footsteps into electricity... Read More

City experimenting with kinetic-powered street lights

The city of Las Vegas is embarking on a unique way to save energy by upgrading it's streetlights. But, it's more than simply replacing the types of bulbs in the lamps.

Transportation officials are exploring a kinetic-powered alternative.

Imagine Las Vegas' streetlights powered completely by pedestrians. Well, if an upcoming test in the Arts District is successful, that could soon be a reality.

It's a radical idea that's not as far-out as you might think. The energy of your feet hitting the ground and powering the lights above your head.

"I definitely think it's something that would be worth trying, we'll see," said Brandy Smith, a visitor from Denver.

"I like it, it's good for everybody, good for the environment," said Tim Martin, another visitor.

Special tiles embedded in the sidewalk will convert the energy of your footsteps into electricity... Read More

Businesses expanding in downtown Las Vegas

Some local residents say downtown Las Vegas' footprint is growing as new businesses are popping up.

The Goodwich has been a downtown Las Vegas success story so far.

"It's the place to be right now, I think," said Goodwich owner Josh Clark.

Clark started selling his sandwiches at a kiosk on Las Vegas Boulevard near Oakey Boulevard two years ago.

"Quit my job on the Strip, started doing this full-time," he said.

While he and his team are getting ready to open a new shop a few blocks away in a few weeks, he's giving other chefs a chance to follow in his footsteps and use the space.

Justin Hall heads Slo-Boy Foods.

"The menu is just kind of true to who I am," he said. "For me, it's a passion project, because it's something that I get to do for my neighborhood."

"We wanted to do something that could help other people out, show off what they can do with their concept," Clark said.

Clark and Hall say they both live downtown... Read More