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New tourism opportunities highlighted at Preview Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The transformation of Las Vegas into a major sports city is bringing new opportunity. Friday at Preview Las Vegas, one company showed plans to make Vegas a leader when it comes to transportation.  

From the convention center
to Allegiant Stadium, soon several projects will change the entertainment
capitol. One of those projects is a bullet train by Virgin Trains USA.

“We have two ways you
can get here, by plane and by car,” said Tina Quigley of Virgin Trains USA. “We
have to be thinking of different pipelines of getting people here.”

Tina Quigley is the Vice President of Business Strategy and a Preview Las Vegas guest speaker.  She explained plans to build a bullet train from Vegas to California.  

“180 miles per hour,
total trip time 80 to 85 minutes,” Quigley said... Read More

Golden Knights adapting to DeBoer’s system

MONTREAL (KLAS) – The coaching chaos for the Golden Knights has settled down over the last 48 hours.

Peter Deboer
won his debut against the Ottawa Senators and on the ice for practice Friday
afternoon in Montreal. While 2,700 miles across the continent, the newest Golden
Knight is trying to learn about Vegas and adapt a new system to a talented
roster looking to make strides in the second half of the season.

8 News Now Sports
Anchor Ron Futrell has the story. ... Read More

Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama’s school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who announced the rule changes on Obama’s birthday, said they were needed to give schools more flexibility and reduce waste while still providing nutritious and appetizing meals.

But child nutrition advocates saw it differently.

“What a shameless, embarrassing capitulation to lobbyists at the expense of American children and their well-being,” said Sam Kass, who served as executive director of Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign to combat child obesity. ”This country — and its kids — deserve so much better. “... Read More

Roger Goodell talks Vegas’ bright future with the NFL at Preview Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — 2020 is set to be a pivotal year for Las Vegas as we prepare to become an NFL city. The ripple effect expected from the NFL’s arrival was all laid out today at this year’s Preview Las Vegas, and our economic future is looking bright.

The NFL is helping jumpstart development when it comes to transportation, jobs and the housing market. This year’s featured speaker was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

A whopping 1,400 business owners and others interested in our city hung on Commissioner Goodell’s every word. He was first here 20 years ago, back when the NFL’s strict gaming perceptions viewed Vegas as an enemy of the shield.

But, that’s not the case anymore.

“Las Vegas has done a great job of growing, diversifying and becoming a world-class city,” said Goodell.

Now, the league embraces our city, as the Raiders have paved the way. Vegas is now the No. 1 pick for the NFL draft in April. ... Read More

Top sign spinners compete for world title in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — It’s a competition that seems like it was made specifically for ESPN: The Ocho. Top sign spinners from across the country and around the world made their way to Fremont Street this weekend for the 2020 World Sign Spinning Championship.

In the 13th annual competition, the atmosphere extended up and down Fremont Street, with dozens of people stopping by to check out the action.

Competitors have about 30 seconds to show their skills, by flipping, breaking dancing and busting out all the tricks they have with their signs. The freestyle competition area resembles a dance circle, compete with a hype man and stands packed with fans.

8 News Now got some tips from the current world champion Matthew Doolan.

Doolan told 8 News Now he is currently tied for fourth heading into day two. He also said he expects to bring home a second title... Read More

Lawmen zero in on cartels smuggling fentanyl into US, taking guns back into Mexico

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Top U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials will hold a third round of talks next month on stopping the cartels from sending drugs north while bringing back guns and cash from America.

The high-level dialogue that began on Dec. 5 and continued this week with Attorney General William Barr traveling to Mexico City is scheduled to resume with a joint meeting in February, the Department of Justice said Friday.

On Thursday, the Mexican government said both countries committed to continue the fight against transnational organizations — which have stepped up the violence in Mexico in the past few months and are now major players in the smuggling of the deadly opioid fentanyl, which is claiming thousands of lives in the United States... Read More

CLEARED: Clark County Fire Department responding to 2 alarm fire on West Cactus Avenue near Valley View Boulevard

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County firefighters have cleared the 2-alarm fire in the Silverado Ranch area. A primary life search was completed and reported all clear at 5:20 p.m.

The fire is under investigation. SWG and Nevada Energy are responding to assist. No injuries are currently reported.

Damages have not been estimated.

The Clark Fire Department (CCFD) responded to the 2-alarm fire on West Cactus Avenue near South Valley View Boulevard in the Silverado Ranch at approximately 4:51 p.m after receiving reports of a fire at 3663 West Cactus Ave. The CCFD responded a “high” level structural fire response with Henderson Fire assisting.

Upon arrival, crews reported smoke and flame showing from a single-story home. Crews made an offensive attack and are currently working on suppressing the fire and performing life searches.

This is a developing story. Check back with 8 News NOW for updates... Read More