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Housing market rebound: Median home prices up 7.5 percent

The real estate rebound continues in and around the Las Vegas valley. Compared to this time last year, prices are up about 7.5 percent, and so are the number of homes sold.

Pat Bockh has been searching for the perfect home for about a year and a half now.

"It's just a matter of numbers; keep looking," Bockh said.

Bockh moved to the valley area from St. Petersburg, Florida two years ago. She rented during that time but has now decided she's ready to buy a home.

"The interest rate is still low, and the fact that the prices of the houses are going up, the bottom has definitely bottomed out, and it's going the other way," according to Bockh.

Bockh's observations are on par with other prospective buyers in the market, according to Scott Beaudry, the president of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

There are a few factors that make the housing market somewhat of a buyer's market... Read More

Nevada Supreme Court looks at reforming how judges set bail

The Nevada Supreme Court is thinking about changing the way the state's judges set bail. Justices are looking at setting lower bail amounts or no bail at all for certain first-time offenders.

Why?

According to officials, there are hundreds of people in the Clark County jail, accused of minor, first-time offenses. The ones who can't afford bail, sit there for weeks awaiting trial.

During that time, they can lose their job and their apartment, which increases the chances of them re-offending when they get out.

The new plan is expected to ease overcrowding in Clark County's jail by up to 30 percent.

Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty says he doesn't like the fact that most judges don't have enough information to set the proper bail.

"Our justices in this state fly by the seat of their pants," Hardesty... Read More

Hiking safety, preparedness reiterated after hiker's death at Red Rock

The hiker who was reported missing Sunday and found dead Monday at Red Rock Canyon has been identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office as 27-year-old Annabelle Follosco.

Officers first started searching for Follosco on Sunday afternoon when they received a call that she was overdue from her hike to Turtlehead Peak Trail.

Her body was found on Monday. Rescuers say it appears she died from an accidental fall.

The latest death underscores the dangers that can come with hiking.

Hiking experts warn, hiking at Red Rock can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. They say no matter what the conditions are when you go hiking, you have to always be prepared for anything and know your limits.

"We try our best to come out at least once a week," said Carrie Boswell, a weekly hiker that hikes at Red Rock.

"Getting away from all the business of the city -- you come here to get away from all of that and escape," said Francisco Villa, a Red Rock hiker... Read More

PD: Missing hiker found dead in Red Rock Canyon on Turtlehead Peak Trail

A hiker who disappeared during a hike in Red Rock Canyon Sunday has been found dead, according to Metro Police.

Officers first started searching for the hiker Sunday afternoon just after 4 p.m. when they received a call about the hiker who was overdue to return.

The hiker, whose name wasn't released, was last seen hiking the Turtlehead Peak Trail. Search and rescue teams searched for the hiker until after 2 a.m. Monday morning and then they called it a night.

The search resumed Monday morning just after 5 a.m., and it went into Monday afternoon.

The missing hiker was later found dead at the bottom of a canyon in the Turtlehead Peak area. Rescuers said the hiker appears to have died from a significant, but accidental fall. ... Read More

Las Vegas named trashiest spot for spring breakers

Congratulations Las Vegas! The city has made another coveted or not so coveted list. According to COED.com, Las Vegas has made the list of 20 Trashiest American Spring Break Destinations.

But don't worry Las Vegans, it seems the study is meant to praise the city's zeal for partying.

COED says when it says trashy it means, what Spring Breakers should aim for which is a cheap, excessive, loud and rowdy experience that is unforgettable.

COED's Top 20 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations 2016:... Read More

Las Vegas named trashiest spot for spring breakers

Congratulations Las Vegas! The city has made another coveted or not so coveted list. According to COED.com, Las Vegas has made the list of 20 Trashiest American Spring Break Destinations.

But don't worry Las Vegans, it seems the study is meant to praise the city's zeal for partying.

COED says when it says trashy it means, what Spring Breakers should aim for which is a cheap, excessive, loud and rowdy experience that is unforgettable.

COED's Top 20 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations 2016:... Read More

White House considers Nevada Gov. Sandoval for Supreme Court

The White House is considering Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court, two people familiar with the process said Wednesday.

The nomination of a Republican would be seen as an attempt by President Barack Obama to break the Senate GOP blockade of any of his choices. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said his 54-member GOP caucus is opposed to holding confirmation hearings or vote on Obama's pick, insisting that the choice rests with the next president.

The officials declined to be named because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

Mari St. Martin, Sandoval's communications director, said Wednesday that the governor hasn't been contacted by the White House.

"Neither Gov. Sandoval nor his staff has been contacted by or talked to the Obama administration regarding any potential vetting for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court," she said... Read More