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I-Team: Hooks harming birds at Sunset Park

The large lake at Sunset Park on Sunset Road and Eastern Avenue is a magnet for people, birds and other critters. Visitors, however, are often exposed to gruesome evidence of carelessness caused by fishermen. A walk through the park is anything but idyllic, according to residents who make daily visits.

The lake at Sunset Park is a great place to spend some time lounging, walking your dog or fishing. Most fishermen are considerate to wildlife, but some are not, and the results are horrific.

Sunset Park is about as good as it gets for water fowl. The lake is a year-round home to ducks, geese and other birds who like the climate and the steady food supply, not only insects, but also the goodies handed out by bird lovers. It's against the rules to feed the birds, but there is little if any enforcement... Read More

1 dead in crash near Harmon and Polaris

One person is dead following a crash near Polaris Avenue and Harmon Avenue. The crash happened shortly after 4 p.m. at Polaris and Naples Drive.

Police say a vehicle drove on to a sidewalk. The driver was taken to the hospital and died a short time later. Police say the driver may have suffered a medical episode prior to the crash.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available. ... Read More

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.

White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.

"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."... Read More

Deadline approaches for KLAS-Cox deal

More than 300,000 households in southern Nevada that currently watch KLAS-TV Channel 8 will have to make other arrangements after Friday at midnight. That's when the KLAS signal will no longer be transmitted to all subscribers of Cox Cable.

Despite five months of negotiations with Cox Communications, no deal has been reached regarding what Cox should pay for re-transmitting Channel 8's programs, including next week's Super Bowl broadcast.

The cable company has gone on the offensive with statements about KLAS that KLAS General Manager Lisa Howfield calls "untrue and frankly offensive."

Howfield, who serves as general manager of Nevada's first and most honored television station, has heard just about enough trash talk from Cox Cable.

She says she would be remiss if she does not advise Channel 8 viewers who subscribe to Cox that they will lose the KLAS signal as of midnight Friday... Read More

Deadline approaches for KLAS-Cox deal

More than 300,000 households in southern Nevada that currently watch KLAS-TV Channel 8 will have to make other arrangements after Friday at midnight. That's when the KLAS signal will no longer be transmitted to all subscribers of Cox Cable.

Despite five months of negotiations with Cox Communications, no deal has been reached regarding what Cox should pay for re-transmitting Channel 8's programs, including next week's Super Bowl broadcast.

The cable company has gone on the offensive with statements about KLAS that KLAS General Manager Lisa Howfield calls "untrue and frankly offensive."

Howfield, who serves as general manager of Nevada's first and most honored television station, has heard just about enough trash talk from Cox Cable.

She says she would be remiss if she does not advise Channel 8 viewers who subscribe to Cox that they will lose the KLAS signal as of midnight Friday... Read More

Taxicab Authority makes motion to reject recommendations of state audit

The Taxicab Authority has responded to state auditors who claim riders are overcharged for credit card fees and fuel surcharges.

Last week as scathing audit recommended dissolving the Nevada Taxicab Authority.

The taxicab authority which regulates cabs was under fire for charging $3 just to swipe a credit card to pay for a ride. Findings of the audit also showed the credit card fee should be less than a dollar or free.

But it wasn't just credit card fees under scrutiny. The audit showed a 12-cent per mile fuel surcharge was implemented last year even though gas prices were on the decline.

On Thursday, the board discussed their formal response to the findings of the audit and made a motion not to accept the recommendations related to the fuel surcharge and the credit card processing fee.

The Taxicab Authority says it will draft a formal response to the audit committee and review it at the meeting next month. ... Read More

Las Vegas airport saw 45.4 million passengers in 2015

Las Vegas officials say 2015 saw the third highest passenger count in airport history with more than 45 million people who came through McCarran International last year.

The Clark County Department of Aviation said Wednesday that 45.4 million people flew in and out of the city in 2015. It amounts to a 5.8 percent increase over 2014, when there were about 42.9 million passengers.

This marks 2015 as the third-busiest in the airport's 67-year history.

Domestic airlines saw the largest gains. Frontier Airlines more than doubled its passenger numbers. Spirit Airlines, JetBlue and Virgin America also saw double-digit increases.

Last month, about 3.7 million passengers came through for an 8.9 percent increase over December 2014.

The Vegas airport's peak year in 2007 saw a record 48 million passengers. ... Read More