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Crowds share excitement for long anticipated opening of Resorts World

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As Resorts World Las Vegas celebrated its long anticipated grand opening Thursday night, 8 News Now spoke with some who attended the historic event. 

"From what I see, everything looks great," Las Vegas local Trevor Darling said. 

The excitement was palpable as crowds filed into the 117,000-square-foot casino. 

"Watching it be built and open. Finally, now that it's open,” Las Vegan and event attendee Chris Armeli said.

Many from right here in the valley were happy to make their way down to the Strip for the first from-the-ground casino Las Vegas Boulevard has seen in over a decade. 

"It's just amazing," Darling added, "and the time it's happening is just awesome."

They said they didn't want to miss this classic Vegas moment they know we'll all remember forever. ... Read More

Nevada Air Guard activating air tankers early to fight fires

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Air National Guard is activating its airlift wing with air tankers more than a month sooner than last fire season to help fight wildland blazes that already have burned more than 780 square miles across 11 western states.

The National Interagency Fire Center requested one C-130 aircraft and aircrew from the 152nd Airlift Wing in Reno.

The wing’s commander says the activation highlights the military’s role assisting in firefighting efforts, especially with big fires coming earlier than usual across the West.

The specially fitted C-130 cargo compartments can drop up to 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in six seconds... Read More

Investigation into fire at Scotty's Castle visitor center inconclusive

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. (KLAS) -- The investigation into a fire at historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park has been deemed inconclusive. While the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) was able to establish the fire started in the visitor center, they were not able to determine the cause.

The fire broke out the night of April 21 and continued into the 22. All personnel left the construction site beforehand, and there was no evidence of arson.

CalFire did not find generators or equipment where the fire began. They also determined no electrical power was connected to the visitor center, and no lightning was reported. ... Read More

Hawaii to allow vaccinated mainland travelers to bypass pre-travel test, quarantine rules in July

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawaii Governor David Ige announced major changes on Thursday to the state's emergency rules on travel and social gatherings.

With the state expected to have 60% of residents fully vaccinated by July 8, the governor believes restrictions currently in place may be relaxed.

Beginning July 8, Hawaii will accept vaccination records from other states and U.S. territories to allow fully vaccinated travelers to bypass pre-travel testing and quarantine rules. ... Read More

Best friend of man run over during road rage incident speaks out

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Family and friends are remembering a man killed earlier this week in what police have said was a case of road rage. It happened Tuesday in the east valley, near Desert Inn and Boulder Highway.

Marlin Smith, 73, died from his injuries Wednesday.

8 News Now spoke with Smith's best friend, who reflected on a man lost too soon to a senseless crime.

"I hope they live in the shame of this for the rest of their lives," Larry Gandy directed to the person who ran his friend over.

Metro Police say a driver of a suburban cut Smith off. Smith honked his horn, and a passenger in the Suburban threw a beer can at Smith's Jeep. Smith got out of his car, getting into an argument with the passenger.

Then, according to police, the passenger got back into the vehicle, and the driver ran Smith over and took off. ... Read More

VIDEO: Resorts World hosts grand opening party with ribbon cutting, fireworks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas Strip is buzzing with excitement, as Resorts World hosts its grand opening. People have been working hard for years to get the property open.

.@GovSisolak on @ResortsWorldLV during the #GrandOpening celebration tonight on the #LasVegas Strip: “It’s setting a new standard and raising the bar very, very high.” @8NewsNow #8NN pic.twitter.com/uxBIw5yK16... Read More

GAME 6: Canadiens win in OT 3-2; Knights' season ends in Stanley Cup Semis

MONTREAL (AP) — Artturi Lehkonen scored 1:39 into overtime, Carey Price stopped 37 shots and the Montreal Canadiens advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in 28 years following a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night.

Cole Caufield and captain Shea Weber also scored, and the Canadiens eliminated the Golden Knights in Game 6 of their semifinal series. Considered mere afterthoughts after entering the playoffs with the worst record, Montreal has won 11 of 13 since falling behind 3-1 to Toronto in its first-round series.

Montreal will make its NHL-leading 35th Stanley Cup Final appearance with a shot to add to its 24 championships. The Canadiens will face the winner of the semifinal series between the defending champion Lightning and New York Islanders. Game 7 is at Tampa Bay on Friday... Read More