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Thunderstorms rolled through Las Vegas valley Thursday evening

Dark clouds filled the Las Vegas valley skies and dumped heavy rains early Thursday evening.

The thunderstorms showers, lightning, and hail in some areas rolled through just before 5:30 p.m. The storm started in the north and northwest before moving south.

Multiple lightning strikes were seen around Whitney Ranch. 8 News NOW received reports of pea-sized hail along Whitney Ranch and Warm Springs.

In the southern part of the valley, the rain came down around St. Rose Parkway. A flood advisory was issued for southwestern Clark County. It will be in effect until 7:15 p.m.

The rain pounded the area for a little over an hour before drying out. At the end of the showers, two rainbows could be seen in certain parts of the valley... Read More

UNLV law professor nominated for federal judge in Nevada

A University of Nevada, Las Vegas, law professor has been nominated by President Barack Obama for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court in Nevada.

The White House said Thursday that the Senate is being asked to approve Anne Rachel Traum.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid says he recommended Traum for the nomination.

Traum would replace Judge Robert Clive Jones, who recently shifted to senior status on the Reno bench.

Traum is currently on leave from the William S. Boyd School of Law, while serving as special counsel in the U.S. Justice Department Office for Access to Justice.

She didn't immediately respond to a message.

She's a former assistant federal public defender in Las Vegas, and a graduate of Brown University and the University of California, Hastings College of Law... Read More

Slight dip in international travelers at Vegas airport again

The number of airport passengers going through Las Vegas keeps going up, but fewer of them are international travelers.

McCarran International Airport announced Thursday that traffic was up 5.5 percent last month compared to last year, with nearly 4.1 million passengers who flew in or out of Las Vegas in March 2016. Domestic travel increased by 6.2 percent for the month, but international flights again saw a slight decline.

March had 1 percent fewer international passengers in March and 2.8 percent fewer passengers on international flights in February. The overall number of passengers so far this year is up 7.1 percent compared to the first three months of 2015.

The 2015 year resulted in the third highest passenger count in airport history with more than 45 million passengers total. ... Read More

Woman killed in late night shooting

Metro Police are searching for the person who shot and killed a 25-year-old woman in her doorway late Wednesday night.

It happened at an apartment complex on Cambridge Street near Twain Avenue.

Police said a woman answered a knock on her apartment door and was shot multiple times. She was taken to the hospital where she died.

Two men were seen running through the complex after the shooting. Police believe she was targeted by the suspects.

There were other people and children inside the apartment when she was shot.

This is the 63rd homicide in Metro's jurisdiction in 2016... Read More

Police: Man argued with victim before shooting him to death

Metro Police arrested a man Monday in connection with a homicide that occurred over the weekend.

Rene Alfaro, 33, is accused of shooting a man to death in the 1000 block of Aspen Valley Avenue around 7:09 p.m. Saturday night.

According to Metro, Alfaro and the victim whose identity hasn't yet been released were in a verbal argument before Alfaro pushed the victim to the ground and shot him several times with an assault-style rifle.

Metro said when responding officers arrived at the scene they found the victim unresponsive laying in the street suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was the taken to Sunrise Trauma Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Alfaro fled the area in a newer maroon colored sedan. Detectives with the Criminal Apprehension Team said they located Alfaro at a
residence located in the 6300 block of Eldora Avenue. ... Read More

Las Vegas airport reopens longest runway after 5-month overhaul

The longest runway at the Las Vegas airport has reopened after a nearly five-month overhaul.

McCarran International Airport said it reopened the 14,500-foot runway on Friday just before noon.

The runway was closed in late October in order to replace the asphalt with more durable concrete.

The construction project was the second phase of a $65 million renovation project that was paid for with the airport's money and Federal Aviation Administration grants.

The runway handles about one-third of the airport's annual traffic but is used less during the cooler months because wind patterns often push traffic to other runways that go from north to south.

McCarran airport marked 2015 with the third highest passenger count in its history with more than 45 million passengers total... Read More

Bicyclist hurt, hospitalized after being hit by SUV

A bicyclist was hospitalized after being struck by an SUV Wednesday afternoon, Metro Police said.

It happened around 3:17 p.m. near the intersection of E. Tropicana Avenue and Jeffreys Street. The intersection had to be shut down while officers investigated.

The male rider of the bicycle was taken to Sunrise Hospital. His condition is unknown.

The driver of the SUV remained at the scene.

There were any other details released. Metro is still investigating. ... Read More