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Bill would let Nevadans refinance student loans

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow Nevadans refinance their student loans and get a better interest rate.

Sen. Aaron Ford and a long list of Democrats are sponsoring SB215, which would create a refinancing program under the Nevada Department of Business and Industry. The director could issue revenue bonds to pay for the program.

The measure also creates a variety of resources that would educate students about loans, including a database ranking lenders and how favorable they are to borrowers. It would require colleges to distribute detailed information about the cost of higher education.

Ford says the bill will help ensure graduates can stay in the middle of class rather than struggling with debt.

The bill was introduced Thursday, but hasn't yet been scheduled for a hearing.

Lawmakers review bill to allow concealed guns at colleges

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada lawmakers heard hours of testimony on a deeply divisive bill that would allow concealed weapons at college campuses, K-12 schools, daycare centers and airports.

The Assembly Committee on Judiciary heard testimony Thursday morning on AB 148, which has captured the attention of numerous advocacy groups and education officials concerned about the proposal's impact. Supporters of the bill said the measure would expand 2nd Amendment rights to law-abiding concealed weapon holders and prevent sexual assault.

"With all of the anti-gun nuts out there spending millions of dollars out of New York City -- I think Nevada made a loud-and-clear statement -- don't touch our guns," said Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, sponsor of AB 148.

Richard Martinez is against AB 148.





Graceland brings Elvis back to his Las Vegas home

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Graceland will always be home, but Las Vegas is set to be Elvis Presley's home away from home yet again.

Officials with Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. and the Westgate Las Vegas casino-hotel revealed details Thursday of plans for "Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" expected to open April 23, 59 years to the day when Elvis first performed in Las Vegas.

Some 28,000 square-feet will house a rotating display of memorabilia and artifacts rarely seen outside Graceland's Memphis, Tennessee, property. In addition, the very showroom where Presley performed several hundred sold-out shows when the casino-hotel was first known as The International and later the Las Vegas Hilton will be revamped by the Graceland crew to look much like it did in Elvis' day, complete with semi-circle booths.

LVCVA plans to buy Riviera as part of 2.5M sq ft expansion

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced Tuesday its plans to buy the Riviera Hotel & Casino and present the plans to its Board of Directors in a special meeting on Friday.

The move to purchase the Riviera was first reported by 8 News NOW last week.

LVCVA officials want to spend as much as $191 million to buy the Strip property.

The two-phase project would take anywhere between 5 to 8 years to complete and would create the $2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District, a news release said.

LVCVA says it's the largest project of its kind since the convention center was built in the 1950s.

Social media push erupts to 'dim lights for Tark'

LAS VEGAS — A social media movement that began after Coach Jerry Tarkanian's death has people pushing for the Las Vegas Strip to dim its lights for the late UNLV coach.

It's being organized by locals Tony Cordasco and Scott Gulbransen, who said he would have never gone to UNLV if it wasn't for Coach Tark.

"It's hard for others to understand, but without Coach Tark, I would have never come to UNLV, Las Vegas or even met my wife," he told 8 News NOW on Thursday. "He simply changed my life in a roundabout way."

In a little over 24 hours, and some help from the media, users are flocking to the group's "Dim the Lights for Tark" Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Community remembers Coach Jerry Tarkanian

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday after several years of health issues. He was 84.

Tarkanian put the run in the Runnin' Rebels, taking them to four Final Fours and winning a national championship in 1990.

His son, Danny Tarkanian, says his father fought an infection since he was hospitalized Monday in Las Vegas with breathing difficulty.


PHOTOS: Remembering Coach Tark

The family confirmed to 8 News NOW that Tarkanian will be laid to rest on Monday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Las Vegas.  It's closed to the public and only for family and close friends.  




Nevada Senate upholds governor's gun background check veto

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- The Nevada Senate has upheld Gov. Brian Sandoval's 2013 veto of a bill that would have expanded background checks on gun purchases.

Senators voted along party lines Tuesday not to overturn the veto of SB221, which passed both houses of the Democrat-controlled Legislature two years ago. Republicans prevailed this time.

The measure would have required a background check almost any time a firearm changed hands, and would have barred defendants from having guns if their court cases ended with a finding of mental illness.

Sandoval said the bill would put unreasonable burdens on law-abiding Nevadans and do little to prevent criminals from getting guns.

Fourteen of 21 Senate votes were needed to revive the bill. The scenario was especially unlikely after Republicans took control of the Legislature.