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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

Changes coming to north end of Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A huge announcement is expected to come Thursday night from the SLS which is on the north end of the Strip. Industry insiders say it will be changing it’s name back to the Sahara.

This comes as re-development in that area has been picking up. Some major properties on the north end of the Strip have already re-branded themselves.

Now, with changes coming to the SLS and progress being made at the former Fontainebleau, experts say it’s the start of a new era.

Best friends Cynthia Fincher and Michelle Morgan are staying at the SLS.    They like it but aren’t huge fans of the location.

“Honestly, I don’t think we realized that it was far away from the Strip when we originally booked,” Fincher said, who is visiting from Colorado.

But they say a retro re-vamp would enhance their excitement... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Explosions along Highway 160 signal changes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A major road project continues on the highway that connects Las Vegas and Pahrump.  NDOT has been upgrading Highway 160 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway.

But the stretch going “Over the Hump” needs some extra
muscle to complete.

There has been construction on this stretch of road between the edge of the valley and mountain springs for a few years now.

 Once the dust settles from the blasting, NDOT Resident Engineer Don Christiansen says the project will head into the home stretch.

 Patrick Walker has the “explosive” story... Read More