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Police activity reported near the Strip; apartments evacuated

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police activity has been reported on the 400 block of E. Twain Ave. near the Las Vegas Strip.

Officers responded to calls that a woman was inside an apartment acting erratic and brandishing a large kitchen knife. Police set up containment and evacuated nearby apartments.

The scene is dynamic. Avoid the area.

This is a developing situation. Please check back for updates. ... Read More

BUDDING WEDDING TREND: Couples starting to hire budtenders to serve marijuana to guests

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As cannabis becomes legal in more states, a new type of wedding is budding. Some couples are deciding to trade the traditional toast for a wedding toke. 

Take high school sweethearts Mike Whittaker, and Jordan Mackenzie. The couple is planning a high note for their wedding day.

“Picture, an open bar theme – with cannabis,” Whittaker said.

In addition to a bartender, they’re hiring a “budtender” to serve marijuana to their guests. Reporter Johny Fernandez has more on this growing trend... Read More

Metro releases details of officer-involved shooting, suspect and officer identified

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas Metro Police revealed details from the officer-involved shooting (OIS) that occurred Friday, Nov. 15 at the 2900 block of El Cajon St.

According to police, approximately 10:33 p.m. on the day of the incident, patrol officers were doing additional surveillance in the area near the streets of La Canada and Vegas Valley. Reports of an increase of illegal shootings and narcotic related calls prompted the additional patrols.

While driving on El Cajon, the officers observed an F-150 U-Haul pickup truck with two males standing outside of the vehicle, one of the males was later identified as Lon Allen Clark... Read More

A look back at when the Hard Rock Cafe and hotel opened in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas continued its “Farewell Tour” with the beginning of the demolition of the Hard Rock Cafe property on Monday afternoon. The demolition is part of the property’s transformation to Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas.

The very first Hard Rock Cafe opened in 1971 in London. The chain began to expand worldwide in 1982. The Hard Rock Cafe opened in Las Vegas on Sept. 7, 1990. Its 82-foot tall guitar-shaped neon sign marked its location. It closed on Dec. 31, 2016.

The guitar’s new home is now at the Neon Museum. 

8 News NOW Anchor Kirsten Joyce has more on the history of the Hard Rock Cafe and surrounding hotel and casino... Read More

Republic Services requests hike on monthly trash bills due to Chinese policy

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Your trash bill could be going up if the trash company has its way. Republic Services is asking the Las Vegas City Council for a 74-cent hike on monthly bills, and a discussion is on the agenda for the city’s next meeting.

Republic Services say they need the hike because of recycling policies China has implemented. The country’s “National Sword” policy has banned many scrap materials and subjected others to strict standards. China had previously been the destination for about 40 percent of the United States’ recyclables.

If this price adjustment is approved, it will initially affect the monthly residential solid waste and recycling rate for a term of five years. According to a city council agenda summary page, Republic will not seek an additional adjustment during this timeframe “based upon the ‘National Sword Policies.'”... Read More

All-time ‘Jeopardy!’ champs to vie for share of $1.5 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The three top money winners in “Jeopardy!” history will vie for a share of $1.5 million next January.

ABC and the quiz show’s producer said Monday that Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer will compete in prime-time episodes on the network.

The first contestant to win three matches will receive $1 million. Each runner-up will take home $250,000.

Alex Trebek will host the contest, titled “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” and debuting 8 p.m. Eastern on Jan. 7.

Rutter is the top all-time money winner with $4.7 million, followed by Jennings with $3.4 million and Holzhauer with $2.7 million.

In a statement, Trebek said the three have proved they qualify as the “greatest,” and now will compete to be “the best of the best.”... Read More

Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium boasts nearly $2 billion price tag

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Things are coming along nicely over at Allegiant Stadium, but the price tag has gone up to nearly $2 billion.

There are around 260 days before they cut the ribbon on the grand palace, with 70 percent of it complete.

Those in charge of the project are spending $17 million a week to keep it on schedule and on budget. There are nearly 2,000 workers on site, and so far, they’ve pumped $3 million man hours into the facility.

The Raiders parking issues also seem to be behind them. They’ve purchased or leased more than enough land to supply parking and tailgating to all their fans. ... Read More