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Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74

Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said.

White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing.

"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."... Read More

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Wallet relief: Gas prices drop around the country

U.S. gas prices are at their lowest levels since 2009, according to GasBuddy.com.

Gas prices have continued their decline, falling below $1.80 per gallon which is low, but there's room for gas prices to continue to decline due to a weak seasonal demand.

According to GasBuddy.com's research, $1.79 a gallon, February's start at the pump is the cheapest February start since 2004. In the state of Nevada, we're averaging about $2.28 a gallon which is still pretty cheap, but nowhere near the middle states, averaging as low as $1.21 in some areas.

Other states still averaging over $2 a gallon:

Oregon ($2.01)

New York ($2.05)

Washington ($2.16)

Alaska ($2.39)

California ($2.58)

Hawaii ($2.63)

So what's causing the low gas prices?

Gas Buddy says while the price of crude oil has rebounded, high gasoline supply has so far prevented widespread increases in gas prices... Read More

Fatal crash closes Cheyenne and Buffalo

Metro Police were called to the scene of a deadly crash Wednesday evening.

It happened around 5:51 p.m. at the intersection of W. Cheyenne Avenue and N. Buffalo Drive.

That area is closed to traffic.

Metro hasn't released any details about the crash, but officers have asked everyone to avoid the area.

8 News NOW has a crew on the way to the scene. Check back with this story for updates.... Read More

Deadline approaches for KLAS-Cox deal

More than 300,000 households in southern Nevada that currently watch KLAS-TV Channel 8 will have to make other arrangements after Friday at midnight. That's when the KLAS signal will no longer be transmitted to all subscribers of Cox Cable.

Despite five months of negotiations with Cox Communications, no deal has been reached regarding what Cox should pay for re-transmitting Channel 8's programs, including next week's Super Bowl broadcast.

The cable company has gone on the offensive with statements about KLAS that KLAS General Manager Lisa Howfield calls "untrue and frankly offensive."

Howfield, who serves as general manager of Nevada's first and most honored television station, has heard just about enough trash talk from Cox Cable.

She says she would be remiss if she does not advise Channel 8 viewers who subscribe to Cox that they will lose the KLAS signal as of midnight Friday... Read More

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Jobless rates inch down in Nevada's main metro areas

Unemployment rates are ticking down in Nevada's three main metropolitan areas.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday that Las Vegas' jobless rate inched down a tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in December. The rate dropped to 5.5 percent in the Reno area, down from 5.7 percent a month earlier.

It also ticked down to 6.7 percent in Carson City in December, a drop from 6.8 percent in November. Regional unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The news comes a week after the agency reported that Nevada's overall jobless rate fell to 6.4 percent. That rate is seasonally adjusted.

State economist Bill Anderson said the growing payrolls show businesses have confidence in Nevada's economy... Read More

NV Energy proposes grandfathering solar users

NV Energy announced something that should make existing rooftop solar customers happy.

The company wants to allow all existing net energy metering customers to remain on the old rules before the Nevada Public Utilities Commission imposed fees on solar customers.

Their announcement comes as supporters of rooftop solar announced a referendum drive to reverse the PUC's decision for all future solar customers.

NV Eneregy is clearly offering up an olive branch.

The solar industry says thanks, but it's not enough because it doesn't allow for the future growth of rooftop solar which up until a few weeks ago was one of the fastest growing industries in the state.

Chanting, "We're going to take our power back," Nevada's solar industry staged another rally on Monday.

This one to announce a referendum drive to put a measure on the ballot that, if approved by voters, would reverse the PUC's decision that devastated the rooftop solar industry... Read More

Debate over number of schools needed in Skye Canyon area

The issue over the number of new schools that will be built to support the new Skye Canyon development in the northwest valley could become contentious.

The developer originally promised to set aside land for three new schools, but now they're asking the district to go along with just two new schools.

One Clark County School District official summed up most of the people's feelings in the room by saying, something about this deal "doesn't smell right."

However, the scope of the development has changed, so that's why the developer is suggesting one less school.

"Well as the development agreement has gone -- there's been changes, different owners and every time a new land use permit comes in we have to renegotiate everything, but as the agreement sits now there are three school sites set aside for the school district," said Linda Perri, Clark County School District... Read More