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President Obama Visits Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- President Barack Obama was in Las Vegas Thursday to address the public at UNLV.

President Obama mixed campaign fundraising with legislative business as he wrapped up a two-day West Coast trip.

President Obama told 2,500 people that he is working to stop a sudden increase in college debt.The president chose Las Vegas to highlight his higher education ideas.

A full auditorium at UNLV's Cox Pavilion heard the president speak. Despite the focus of his speech being college loans, he first talked about introducing federal mortgage refinancing programs. But the president quickly pivoted to his main topic: student loans.

SLIDESHOW: President Barack Obama in Las Vegas

President to Tackle Student Loan Rate Increase

LAS VEGAS -- Unless federal lawmakers act, the interest on student loans could double on July 1. President Barack Obama will be in Las Vegas at UNLV's Cox Pavilion Thursday addressing the topic.

School loans are two words that make students cringe, and they expect to hear answers tomorrow on how the president will prevent interest rates on loans from increasing.

"I'm hoping he can explain more about his plans to deal with the student debt and interest," said UNLV sophomore Joshua Reagan. "The level of education in the country is going to go down and it's going to have a huge impact in the future."

Republicans and Democrats in Congress are struggling over how to avert a doubling of interest rates for 7.4 million people. Both sides agree the current 3.4 percent interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans should be extended for another year, but disagree over how to pay for it.

New McCarran Terminal Nearly Ready to Open

LAS VEGAS -- In what is being billed as the largest capital improvement project since its opening in 1948, McCarran International Airport is preparing to unveil its new Terminal 3 expansion to the world's traveling public on June 27.

At nearly 1.9 million square feet in size, the terminal will be nearly as large as the Sands Expo and Convention Center. From a practical standpoint the $2.4 billion terminal is expected to relieve congestion at existing Terminal 1 by providing additional check-in, baggage claim, security checkpoints and parking.

Terminal 3 by the Numbers

Multiple Car Crash Sends 6 to Hospital

LAS VEGAS -- The intersection of Flamingo Road and Maryland Parkway was closed for several hours overnight following a multi-vehicle crash.

According to Metro, as many as seven cars around 2 a.m collided. One car hit a pole. Officers say speed and reckless may have been a factors.

A total of six people were transported to Sunrise Hospital, including one who is in serious condition.

 

 

Terminal 3 By the Numbers

Here are some insights about the new Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport:

* The main terminal building is 2,300 long, equivalent to .44 miles.

* The electrical wire and cable adds up to 284 miles, roughly the distance from Las Vegas to the beaches near Los Angeles.

* There are 8 miles worth of baggage conveyors.

* The terminal had 50,000 building inspections.

* Lengthwise one could fit six football fields, including the end zones, on the south side of the second level.

* The terminal's utility plant can produce enough electricity to power 50,000 homes.

* There will be roughly 300 slot machines in the terminal.

* The terminal's 245,904 cubic yards of concrete would be nearly enough to pave a 4-foot-wide, 4-inch-thick sidewalk from Las Vegas to Oklahoma City.

Metro Looking For Shooting Suspect Near Tamarus Street

LAS VEGAS -- Metro's Gang Unit is investigating a shooting Saturday at Tamarus Villas Apartments. 

Detectives responded to the call around 11:00 a.m. on Tamarus Street between Russell Road and Hacienda Avenue.

8 News NOW talked to the victim and his mother who are furious about the attack.

"I almost got shot right in my face!" 20-year-old Mark Washington shouted.

Mark talked to 8 News NOW moments after he was released from the hospital, still drowsy from anesthesia.

"These are the two fingers that were blown off; he went to block the gun and they blew off these two fingers right here," Mark's Mom, Dana added.

Dana says she was cleaning her restroom when she suddenly heard an argument in her son's room.

Excessive Heat Warning Issued In Clark County

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas valley is expected to reach triple-digit temperatures today. Clark County officials have issued an excessive heat warning from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The record temperature for this date is 107 degrees and today's temperature is expected to be near that record-high mark.

The county has opened several cooling stations to the public in an effort to move the homeless and other individuals out of the heat and keep them hydrated.

Triple-digit temperatures are expected for the entire weekend.

The following cooling stations will be open to the public Friday, June 1: