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Las Vegas airport passenger count up 4.8 percent so far in 2016

Officials in Las Vegas are reporting another monthly increase in the number of people using McCarran International Airport in August, and say passenger traffic is up 4.8 percent for the first eight months of 2016.

The Clark County Department of Aviation reported Thursday that nearly 4.1 million arriving and departing passengers came through McCarran in August - up 2.3 percent from the same month in 2015.

So far this year, the nation's ninth-busiest airport has tallied nearly 32 million passengers.

That puts it on pace to host more than the 45 million passengers it handled last year.

McCarran handled a record 48 million passengers in 2007.

The number of international passengers ticked up slightly in the first eight months of 2016 compared with last year, at just over 2.3 million... Read More

Technical issue with baggage system at McCarran Int'l Airport

A technical problem with the baggage check-in system at McCarran International Airport caused some minor delays this morning.

Baggage had to be checked in by hand.

McCarran Airport Public Information Officer Melissa Nunnery said the technical issue has been resolved. Around 17 flights were delays, but none more than 30 minutes... Read More

Report: VA officer unknowingly apprehends McCarran garage shooting suspect

According to an arrest report, a VA Officer unknowingly apprehended a man accused of shooting two people inside a garage at McCarran International Airport.

The report said Jeffrey Brown came to the airport Monday three different times before pulling the trigger around 5:57 p.m. According to the arrest report, the 68-year-old took aim at his victims from the 6th floor of the long-term parking garage at McCarran.

The son of the male victim called the police, saying that his dad and his dad's girlfriend had been shot by Brown. The girlfriend, who the report refers to as Fara is the ex-wife of Brown.

Officers said when they arrived at the scene, they interviewed the son and he told them that Fara, got into an argument with Brown on Sept. 14. The son said she was on vacation with him and his dad when he overheard a conversation Fara had with Brown in which she yelled at him for breaking into her home in Henderson... Read More

Metro Police investigating double homicide near airport

Metro Police are investigating a double homicide in the 5000 block Palo Verde Road near Tropicana Avenue and Paradise Road.

Police have taken one person into custody.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates... Read More

Metro investigates shooting in parking garage at McCarran International Airport

Metro Police investigated a shooting at McCarran International Airport Monday afternoon. According to officers, two people were shot in a parking garage.

It happened just before 6 p.m.

There's no word on what transpired before the shooting, but police says it appears to be connected to domestic violence.

No word on the suspect. The victims were taken to Sunrise Hospital.

A spokesperson with McCarran said the patients were conscious when they were taken to the hospital, but there's no word on their condition.

There weren't many details released, but drivers should expect traffic delays at the airport.

8 News NOW has a crew at the scene. We'll have the latest details on this story in a report on 8 News NOW at 11 p.m.

This is a developing story. Refresh this page for updates... Read More

Police investigate shooting in southeast valley

Metro Police say one man was taken to Sunrise Hospital after being shot by another man at Grapevine Springs Park near Hacienda Avenue and Mountain Vista Street.

Police 8 News NOW a bullet grazed the man's chest. Officers say they found eight shell casings at the scene.

Police are investigating what led to the shooting, but say the suspect and victim knew each other.

Metro has not yet arrested anyone for the shooting... Read More

Rally kicks off 35 day countdown to final political debate at UNLV

The nation is just 35 days away from the final presidential debate that will be hosted by UNLV. On Wednesday, the university kicked off the countdown with a pep rally.

The debate between presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has already made a $40 million impact in southern Nevada, but its effect inside UNLV's classrooms has been priceless.

"This election has been really sort of something different, and one of the things we touched on in my class is the lack of policy discussion," David Damore, professor and political Science consultant for Latino Decisions.

Politics have been so popular on campus UNLV added ten new classes to its Fall schedule. Four of the existing classes have a debate election element which gives students a real life application.

"Elections tend to trump governance, and that's a big theme for my course, as well as what it means for our ability to solve public policy problems," according to Damore... Read More