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Local activists hold Democratic debate watch party to discuss climate change

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As tempers flared on stage during Wednesday’s Democratic Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, valley activists held a watch party to grade each candidate’s plans to combat climate change.

“I want to make sure that my kids will have a planet to live on,” Las Vegas voter Scott Egnor told 8 News Now of his concerns for the planet’s future. 

Chispa NV joined The Nevada Conservation League to to hold the “Change the Climate Debate Watch Party” at Layla’s Palace Banquet Hall near Tropicana Avenue and Pecos Road. 

The approximately 100 guests that attended said they gathered to grade each candidate on his or her potential reform of environmental policies. Many told 8 News Now they wanted to hear about issues that specifically pertain to Nevada as a state. 

“It’s scary, the ozone layer,” Nevada voter Kandi Betts explained her fear to 8 News Now. “The sun, things like that.”... Read More

Candidates claim victory following Las Vegas democratic debate

(KLAS) —
The big question following Wednesday night’s debate is who won. After
the debate, the campaigns spoke to members of the media to make their case.

After a fiery debate, many candidates are claiming victory.

The candidates came out
swinging Wednesday night at the democratic debate in Las Vegas. In his first
time on the debate stage during this race, Mike Bloomberg fielded several
attacks about his campaign spending and previous controversial policies.

But his team is happy with
how he did.

“He was everyone’s
target. I think he weathered the storm. I don’t think the debate changed
anything in that regard,” said Bloomberg’s Senior Advisor Howard Wolfson. “What
I think the debate made clear is that increasingly, this is a two-person race
between Mike Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders.”

Sanders’ campaign is pushing
back... Read More

Body cam footage released from Metro’s 3rd officer-involved shooting of 2020

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police released new video from this weekend’s officer-involved shooting. The incident happened near Valley View and Cactus Avenue on Rosalba Street Sunday.

In the newly-released body cam footage, you can hear Officer Andrea Mitre shout commands to a man who approaches the door with two guns in his hands.

The man was identified as 38-year-old Cory Iturribarria.

Police received a 911 call where they could hear a man yelling and threatening to kill people. When officers arrived, they learned Iturriburria was arguing with his mother and her husband.

As police approached the home, the older man came out.

Officer Mitre commanded Iturribarria to put the guns down. When he raised both guns, she shot five times. ... Read More

MGM Resorts reports major data breach, says no financial info exposed

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In a statement on Wednesday, MGM Resorts announced the company was the victim of a major data breach in the summer of 2019. They have not confirmed an exact number, but according to the New York Times, upwards of 10 million people could have been impacted.

A spokesperson for MGM Resorts said the majority of the information was what is known as “phonebook data,” which includes first/last names and phone numbers. MGM Resorts said no financial information was exposed.

Below is the statement sent to 8 News Now:... Read More

Bloomberg, Sanders under attack at Democrats’ Nevada debate

LAS VEGAS (AP) — From the opening bell, Democrats unleashed an aggressive verbal assault on New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised new questions about Bernie Sanders’ take-no-prisoners politics in a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to scramble even further the party’s urgent quest to defeat President Donald Trump.

The former New York City mayor was forced to defend his divisive record on race, gender and Wall Street in his debate-stage debut, while Sanders, appearing in his ninth of the 2020 primary season, tried to beat back pointed questions about his health and his embrace of democratic socialism... Read More

Border Patrol officers in Michigan seize human brain in a jar

PORT HURON, Mich (WLNS) – Valentine’s Day took a turn when border patrol officers found a human brain in a jar at Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.

During a routine inspection of a Canadian mail truck, officers found a human brain inside of a clear glass mason jar without any paperwork or documentation in support of its lawful entry into the United States.

The shipment manifest simply called the package an “Antique Teaching Specimen” which came from Toronto and was headed for Wisconsin.

“Individuals looking to import shipments such as this, need to remember that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a strict Import Permit Program that must be adhered to,” said Area Port Director Michael Fox.

The CDC has import regulations to protect the public from infectious biological agents, infectious substances and vectors... Read More

VIDEO: Behind the scenes at Democratic debate media room

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The eyes of the nation are on Las Vegas Wednesday evening as six Democratic presidential candidates take the debate stage. Hundreds of members of the media are in Las Vegas to cover the event.

The media center, also called the “Spin Room” was set up at Bally’s Hotel and Casino. Hundreds of stories will filter out of this room to newspapers, magazines, newscasts and political shows over the next several hours... Read More