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Anniversary of Las Vegas massacre renews gun control debate

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In the two years since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the federal government and states have tightened some gun regulations. But advocates say they’re frustrated that more hasn’t been done since 58 people died at a concert on the Las Vegas Strip, and that mass shootings keep happening nationwide.

“People are genuinely afraid of going places,” Nevada Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui said.

The Democratic lawmaker and her now-husband were among the 22,000 country music fans that fled as gunfire rained down from a high-rise hotel into an outdoor venue on Oct. 1, 2017. Neither was wounded... Read More

McDonald’s selling 1 million Big Macs for a penny!

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The penny: More and more each day, it seems like the U.S. currency that features President Abraham Lincoln is becoming known as the forgettable coin; that is until now. McDonald’s wants to give you and other Big Mac lovers the chance to appreciate the penny and put it to good use.

All this week, the fast-food chain is allowing one million people the chance to purchase a Big Mac for $.01. It’s all a part of a partnership between McDonald’s and DoorDash.

Here’s what you have to do:... Read More

New set of crosses placed at ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign will honor 1 October mass shooting victims

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In 1999, Greg Zanis began delivering wooden crosses to mass shooting sites. Since then, Zanis has created more than 26,000 crosses. On Monday night, he placed a new set of crosses at the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign. It was done in honor of Tuesday, October 1st, which also marks the two years anniversary since 58 people were killed at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

When asked why he felt it was important to make the crosses, Zanis said, “It’s very simple: I’m not a politician. I’m not a gun guy. I’m not a church guy. I just want families to have their children remembered.”... Read More

Calif. governor signs bill allowing college athletes to make money from endorsements; NCAA doesn’t think it’s the right approach

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The hot-button issue of paying college athletes is at the forefront once again after the governor of California signed a bill that will allow NCAA athletes in the state to make money off endorsement deals.

“The game has changed, and it’s about time,” said Eldridge Hudson, a former UNLV basketball player.

While athletes and experts agree that the rules around student-athlete compensation need to change, the NCAA says California is not taking the right approach. The NCAA sent the following statement:

The bill will not go into effect until 2023, but many are wondering right now what kind of impact it will have nationally and in the state of Nevada.

Hudson says for decades the NCAA has wrongfully prevented college athletes from accepting money from companies that use their names or images... Read More

I-Team: Parents attend conference to learn how to advocate for children with developmental disabilities

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Stories investigated and reported by the 8 News NOW I-Team has numerous parents of children with developmental disabilities taking action. Many of them connected at a conference being held in Las Vegas. The Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Conference, which is held at Palace Station Hotel & Casino, just wrapped up its fifth year.

At the conference, families were able to learn more about what they need to know to advocate for their loved ones with developmental disabilities. Some of the parents at the conference said they connected after seeing some of the I-Team stories. 

They realize they are not alone, and they are empowering themselves and each other to try to make sure their children who have special needs get the resources and education they deserve.

“I’m the voice of my child,” said Olivia Espinoza, the founder of AzulBlue.

Espinoza’s son Matthew is 14 years old, autistic, and non-verbal... Read More

Person barricaded in home near Lamb and Washington, police say

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police investigated a barricade situation Monday evening near N. Lamb Boulevard and E. Washington Avenue. According to authorities, around 2:42 p.m., Metro Police received word about a suspect barricaded in a trailer located at 1111 N. Lamb Boulevard.

There’s no word as to why the person is holed up in a home, but SWAT was called to the scene to assist. The northbound lanes of Lamb traffic is stopped at Washington. The southbound lanes of Lamb traffic is stopped at Monroe.

No other details were released. This is a developing story... Read More

Six Mile Cove gets a makeover on National Public Lands Day

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — About 50 volunteers assisted in the cleanup at Six Mile Cove on Lake Mohave on Saturday, taking part in a National Public Lands Day “Leave No Trace” event.

The volunteers removed an estimated 1,000 pounds of glass and 12 cubic yards of trash and debris, according to a National Park Service news release.

“The
clean-up made a visible difference and leaves the area looking better than
ever,” said Samuel Durbin, park ranger Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
“Visitors have been commenting how great the area looks. With a cleaner cove,
the area’s natural beauty can shine.”

The
cove was selected as an official “Hot Spot” by the Leave No Trace Center for
Outdoor Ethics. Hot Spot locations are popular and beautiful outdoor areas
across the country that have experienced heavy recreational use and
visitor-created impacts, including excessive trash, damage to vegetation, trail
erosion, disturbance to wildlife and more... Read More