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Neighbors push back against bill to change short-term rental regulations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As a bill to regulate short-term rentals makes its way through the Nevada Legislature, some in the central valley worry it could make unwanted changes to their neighborhood. 

"We're hurt and frustrated," Laura McSwain said. "We're really nervous about what the impact is going to be in our neighborhood."

McSwain lives in McNeil Estates, near Rancho and Oakey. She told 8 News Now the area is safe and quiet. 

However, she worries AB 363 could lead to changes she and other neighbors don't want to see. 

The proposal, which was sponsored by Nevada Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen, would establish state rules, enforcement guidelines and taxes for short-term rentals, such as Airbnb or Vrbo. 

"It puts a different level of compliance on what they've got," Pam Knudsen, senior director of Compliance at Avalara MyLodgeTax, said of the bill. ... Read More

U.S. Attorney's Office states commitment to solving crimes against Indigenous communities

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Nevada issued a statement today in observance of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day.

The day, designated as May 5, 2021, was established by President Joe Biden's proclamation, and "reaffirms our country’s commitment to solving missing and murdered Indigenous persons cases and addressing the underlying causes of these crimes, including sexual violence, violent crime, economic disparities, and substance use and addiction," according to the statement.

“Native Americans, especially women and children, suffer from disproportionately high rates of violence, including domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou... Read More

House Democrats push clean energy bills to promote electric vehicles

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — House Democrats held a hearing Tuesday, as they push multiple clean energy bills they say are designed to promote the manufacturing and sales of electric vehicles in the U.S.

Democrats say their plans support elective vehicle infrastructure and ensure the manufacturing happens in the U.S., while Republicans call the efforts counterproductive.

"Everyone has to understand electric vehicles are the future, that's coming from the auto industry itself," said Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J. "To ensure we are ready for this growing demand we must invest in the necessary charging and manufacturing infrastructures."

Democrats and a slate of green energy experts insisted at the hearing that the measures are needed not only to meet President Joe Biden's climate goals, but to beat competitors and create 21st century jobs... Read More

I-Team: Deadly shooting spree suspect could be forced to get injections in jail

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man accused of going on a two-state shooting spree, killing one person and injuring several others, will be given several medications in jail. If he refuses, Christopher McDonnell, 29, will be injected with them, a judge ordered this week.

Last month, Judge Christy Craig ruled Christopher McDonnell, who is from Texas, was incompetent to stand trial.  In her ruling, Craig said he should be committed until he can stand trial, writing “he is dangerous to himself and society and that commitment is required.”

Christopher McDonnell; Shawn McDonnell, 31; and Kayleigh Lewis, 26, are charged with dozens of crimes, stemming from the shootings that spanned from Henderson to northern Arizona. Each faces more than 50 charges... Read More

Owner of Las Vegas Lights FC discusses what's in store for team's 4th season

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas Lights FC kick off their fourth season Wednesday night in Los Angeles!

Team owner Brett Lashbrook joined Good Day Las Vegas to talk about what's in store for the Lights' season, including the debut of new head coach Steve Cherundolo, as well as multiple new players.

Back at it Tonight in Carson! #VivaLights! pic.twitter.com/1X9jUzeJ4l

— Las Vegas Lights FC (@lvlightsfc) May 5, 2021

Their first four games are on the road. The team will play their first home game of the season at Cashman on Saturday, June 5. ... Read More

Raiders sign CB Casey Hayward; release safety Jeff Heath

The Las Vegas Raiders signed free agent cornerback Casey Hayward to a one-year deal, adding needed experience to a young secondary that has struggled in recent years.

The deal announced Tuesday reunites Hayward with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Hayward had been linked to the Raiders ever since being released by the Chargers in March.

A person familiar with the deal says Hayward can earn up to $4 million in 2021. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the deal weren't released.

Bradley had been the defensive coordinator for the Chargers the previous four seasons and was hoping to bring a cornerback familiar with his system with him to his new job in Las Vegas... Read More

Metro warns of phone scam as callers try to trick residents into paying

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police are warning the public about a telephone scam using phone numbers that spoof official police numbers.

Scammers are calling and trying to solicit money to avoid an investigation.

Metro reminds residents that police will not contact anyone for these reasons:... Read More