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'It's the opportunity for us to own a home': Affordable housing project in the works in SW Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Affordable housing continues to be a crisis in Southern Nevada, with the average home price sitting above $400,000.

Amid the rising costs, a new project in the works hopes to make the dream of homeownership a reality for low-income families.

Clark County plans to transform an area of land in the Southwest Las Vegas Valley, off Cactus between Buffalo and Rainbow, into an affordable housing development.

More than 100 homes are expected to be built on the land -- they would be available for purchase, specifically for low-income families.

New affordable housing project in southwest Las Vegas, near Buffalo and Cactus

"It's been difficult to find housing," Las Vegan Ernie Rivas said.

Rivas is a single father of two. For five months, he has lived at the Manor Suites, a weekly just south of the Las Vegas Strip. He is now looking for a home -- but the cost is too high.
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'The greatest thing to ever happen to Las Vegas,' Local casino owner shares excitement over underground tunnel expansion

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- After Clark County Commissioners approved plans to expand the 'Vegas Loop' underground transportation system Wednesday, a local casino owner shared his excitement over the proposal. 

"People talk about the old days," Kenny Epstein told 8 News Now of Las Vegas. "Today is better than it's ever been."

Epstein owns and operates El Cortez Hotel & Casino; he's also dedicated decades to our local gaming industry. 

He and El Cortez Chief Operating Officer Mike Nolan said they can't wait to see the system operate right outside the iconic, downtown property. 

"This has to be the greatest thing to ever happen to Las Vegas," Epstein exclaimed. 

Clark County Commissioners approved plans to expand the tunnel system to 29 miles Wednesday. It will feature 51 stops from McCarran International Airport to the Las Vegas Strip, downtown, and even UNLV. ... Read More

Marine veteran helps stop armed robbery

Credit: Yuma County Sheriff's Office

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) A U.S. Marine Veteran disarmed a robbery suspect at a gas station on Wednesday morning.

The incident took place at a Chevron gas station near I-8 and Fortuna Road around 4:30 a.m in Yuma, AZ, according to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office.

Police say when deputies arrived they learned of three suspects entering the Chevron, one of them armed with a handgun. The armed suspect walked next to a store customer while pointing the weapon toward the cashier when the customer acted immediately and disarmed him.

The other two suspects, according to officials with YCSO, fled the area, and the Marine Corps veteran was able to detain the suspect until police arrived.

When deputies spoke with the customer, who previously served in the United States Marine Corps, and asked how he was able to take control of the situation... Read More

Goodwill of Southern Nevada receives $150K from anonymous donor

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Thanks to a hefty donation from an anonymous donor, Goodwill of Southern Nevada will now have the opportunity to continue to fund its disability program.

$150,000 was generously gifted to Goodwill, prior funding from the same anonymous donor helped over 600 students from 35 different Las Vegas area high school Special Education classes are able to experience the dignity of work this school year.

The program includes a Goodwill-sponsored summer camp experience which is designed to expose students to different career paths. Field trips, with a focus on STEAM, open students' minds as to the careers they could pursue after high school graduation.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Goodwill of Southern
Nevada highlights this opportunity by celebrating the contributions of people with disabilities to
Southern Nevada’s workplaces and economy. ... Read More

13-year-old girl reported missing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 13-year-old Terri Washington.

According to the family, Washington was reportedly last seen on Saturday, Oct 16, 2021.

She was last seen wearing red pants, with a t-shirt.

Washington is described as a 13-year-old girl. about 5'8" with dark brown eyes and braids. The family says she has 2 deep dimples and a nose ring.

Anyone with information regarding Terri Washington to contact Johanna Perez at (725) 218-8917 or call the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department at (702) 828-3111. ... Read More

Strut Your Mutt Day raises funds for local shelters and rescue groups

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Best Friends Animal Society's annual Strut Your Mutt event is back with a virtual fundraiser that allows pet lovers across the country to raise funds for their favorite local shelter, rescue, or animal welfare organization.

Last year the event raised more than $1.5M dollars for animal shelters across the country.

This year's event will take place on Oct. 23 and although this is primarily a virtual event, many Best Friends Network Partners across the country have planned in-person outdoor walks by clicking HERE. ... Read More

Shooting in parking lot leaves 1 dead

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Metro police are investigating a fatal shooting inside a parking lot Wednesday morning.

Police responded to a report of a shooting, shortly after 12:30 a.m., to the 6800 block of East Russell Road near South Broadbent Blvd and East Russell Road.

Police say the victim met with the unknown suspect at this location prior to the shooting.

The victim was transported to Sunrise Trauma where he later died.

The identification of the victim, as well as the cause and manner of death, will be released by the
Clark County Coroner’s Office... Read More