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SLS goes back in time, rebranded ‘Sahara Las Vegas’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) – Another Las Vegas resort is changing its name and this time, it’s going back in time.

New owner of the SLS Resort Alex Meruelo announced Thursday night to partygoers the hotel will be rebranded to the ‘Sahara Las Vegas’ along with its $150 million in renovations. The move was expected for months and became a reality that thrilled the people in attendance.

8 News Now Anchor Sasha Loftis has the story. ... Read More

Family speaks following arrest of man who killed father of 17

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police arrested a man Tuesday for allegedly shooting and killing another man in downtown Las Vegas. Jerry Fitzgerald, 44, was arrested for killing Michael Johnson.

Johnson’s family spoke with 8 News NOW who continues to struggle with the sudden loss of a loved one.

“Been so much pain, hurt, stress; can’t sleep,” according to Arnethia Johnson, the wife of Michael Johnson. “I just feel so lost now.”

Arnethia and her family gathered at Lorenzi Park Thursday to support one another just days after the sudden death of her husband.

“He was a good father,” Arnethia said. “He was a good brother, a good son, a good husband.”

“He was just a cool guy. There’s no other way to describe it,” said Shawanna Johnson, the victim’s sister... Read More

Fiery Democratic debate: Race, age, health care and Trump

MIAMI (AP) — Democratic divisions over race, age and ideology surged into public view Thursday night as the party’s leading presidential contenders faced off in a fiery debate over who is best positioned to take on President Donald Trump.

The Democratic Party’s early front-runner, 76-year-old former Vice President Joe Biden, was forced to defend his record on race in the face of tough questions from California Sen. Kamala Harris, the only African American on stage. That was only after he defended his age after jabs from one of two millennial candidates in the prime-time clash.

“I do not believe you are a racist,” Harris said, though she described Biden’s record of working with Republican segregationist senators on non-race issues as “hurtful.”

Clearly on defense, Biden called Harris attack “a complete mischaracterization of my record.” He declared, “I ran because of civil rights.”... Read More

Ballpark food becoming fixture during Aviator games

The Las Vegas Aviators return home this weekend to begin a five-game series against Reno.

One of the nice things about the new Las Vegas Ballpark is some of the unique food on the menu during games. In the latest edition of ‘Flyin High’ 8 News Now explored the variety of food selections the new ballpark has to offer with one that appears to stick out with the fans.

Out in centerfield, one spot has a food dish with a little kick.

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

Alaska goaltender looking to turn heads in Golden Knights development camp

One of the players on the ice Thursday during the Golden Knights development camp was Isaiah Saville, a top prospect in 2019.

Saville is a goalie the organization drafted in the 5th Round of the NHL Entry Draft in hopes of one day being the heir apparent to Marc-Andre Fleury. He’s from Alaska, enjoys fishing, and recently got into rock climbing.

But of course, Saville’s biggest mountain to scale is trying to beat the odds and someday play goalie in the National Hockey League.

8 News Now Sports Anchor Chris Maathuis has the story... Read More

Round 2 of Democratic debates is tonight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 2020 Democratic race continues Thursday night in Miami as candidates seek their party’s nomination to challenge President Trump next year.

You can watch a pre-debate show which will be live streamed on www.lasvegasnow.com starting at 5 p.m. The post-debate show will be at 8 p.m.

The first of a pair of Democratic presidential primary debates drew a robust 15-plus million viewers.

Nielsen figures released Thursday show the event’s viewership topped every primary debate for the 2008 and 2012 elections.

But Wednesday’s debate, the first of the 2020 campaign, didn’t approach the numbers for the initial 2016 GOP primary debate.

Nearly 24 million viewers tuned in to see freshly minted candidate Donald Trump take the stage among other Republican contenders.

The first Democratic debate for the 2016 cycle, including eventual nominee Hillary Clinton, drew nearly 15.8 million viewers... Read More

CCSD deans officially reassigned to new roles; next step is to accept positions

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — All deans were offered new job assignments, according to a statement sent out by the Clark County School District.

A total of 142 school district employees currently in dean positions were offered new licensed positions in and out of the classroom, according to a statement sent out by the Clark County School District.

On June 10, CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara revealed the district was eliminating all 170 middle and high school dean positions. The announcement came in the form of a video message of outlined proposed 2019-20 school year budget reductions.

CCSD dean positions at middle, high schools eliminated; move made to pay for teacher raises... Read More