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Highly contagious dog flu spreading across country

LAS VEGAS -- Flu season doesn't only affect people, it also affects man's best friend.  A vaccine resistant flu-like virus -- capable of killing dogs -- is spreading out of the Midwest and veterinarians are bracing for it in southern Nevada. 

Canine influenza is a lot like the human flu. It spreads easily and can damage your dog's health quickly. It has sickened thousands of dogs in the Midwest.

Ella May enjoys a rainy day at Sunset dog park. It's a chance for her to mingle with other dogs.

"I can't deny her that," said Mary Meduna, Ella May's owner. "She is high energy and needs to be out and about."

A few weeks ago, Meduna noticed Ella May was not her normal energetic self and she was sniffling.

"I took her to the vet after a couple days of doing that because she wasn't getting any better," Meduna said. "I thought I'd better have her checked out."

It turns out Ella May was suffering with allergies.





Restoration Hardware coming to Tivoli Village

Credit: Restoration Hardware

LAS VEGAS — Tivoli Village, located in west Las Vegas near Summerlin, announced on Thursday Restoration Hardware will open there next year.

"Four-stories of indoor and outdoor space, this next-generation shopping experience may integrate all of RH's product offerings within a gallery style environment," the shopping center said.

An exact date for the opening of RH Gallery at Tivoli Village has not been set.

It marks the first store in Las Vegas. The current closest store is 313 miles away in Mesa, Ariz.

Wanted: New chopper for Metro Search and Rescue

 LAS VEGAS -- The warmer weather has drawn more locals and tourists to hiking spots around the valley, but more and more people are also getting injured and stranded during their hikes.

"It's definitely life and death every time we come out here,” said Sgt. Nate Anderson, Las Vegas Search And Rescue.

So far this year, Metro's Search and Rescue team has been deployed 59 times at about $460 an hour; that's how much the agency says it cost to launch the chopper each time.

Metro said the rescue helicopters were built in the 70's, so each helicopter is around 40 years old.

"Obviously, it's been kept up, and it looks really good, but we're talking about a 40-year-old aircraft,” said Sgt. Anderson.

The agency said it needs a new helicopter. Clark County has previously always picked up the tab for rescue helicopters, despite the fact that most rescues happen on federal land.

Teen killed in crash on W. Charleston ID'd

Credit: Ryan Boychuk

LAS VEGAS -- The driver killed in a car crash on Charleston Boulevard near Hualapai Way has been identified as Alexander Kuckenbecker, 19, of Las Vegas.

The single vehicle crashed into a pole around 1:50 p.m. at the 9700 block of Charleston Boulevard near a Home Depot.  Police had to shut down the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic on Charleston Boulevard as they investigated. 

Metro Police said witnesses said the 1992 BMW 318i driven by Kuckenbecker was driving really fast east on W. Charleston Boulevard when the driver lost control.

The BMW spun out and slid from the right lane toward the center median. The passenger side of the vehicle struck a light pole in the center media. 

The force of the impact was so great it caused the back of the car to separate from the front. The male driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

This was the 35th fatal accident in Metro's jurisdiction this year.







Mojave Max emerges on Wednesday

LAS VEGAS — Mojave Max, the famous southern Nevada desert tortoise, emerged on Wednesday at 2:17 p.m. It's the second-latest emergence, according to Clark County.

Max lives in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Like other reptiles in our area, he enters a burrow ever winter and emerges every spring.

The latest he's ever come out of hiding was April 17 in 2012. The earliest he arrived was Feb. 14 in 2005.

You can learn more about Mojave Max on his website.

Free cone day Tuesday at most local Ben & Jerry's



LAS VEGAS — Most of the local Ben & Jerry's in the valley will participate in the shop's annual "Free Cone Day" on Tuesday.



To get in on the action, you can visit the following participating locations from noon to 8 p.m.:

  • The Shops at Green Valley Ranch, Henderson
  • Miracle Mile Shops, Las Vegas
  • Sunset Station, Henderson
  • Red Rock Casino, Las Vegas 

If you live outside of Las Vegas, here's where you can find if your local shop is participating. 











TRAFFIC: U.S. 95 closed at Lake Mead due to jumper

LAS VEGAS -- US 95 is closed at Lake Mead Boulevard after a man jumped from the Summerlin Flyover Saturday, according to Metro Police.

The southbound lanes of US 95 at Lake Mead are partially closed as officers investigate the crash.

There wasn't much information released, but drivers are asked to avoid the area due to slow traffic.

8 News NOW is working to get more information about what happened. We'll bring those details to you as soon as they become available.

This is a developing story.