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News 3's Tom Hawley dies after battle with cancer

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- For years, it was the voice of News 3's Tom Hawley that guided Las Vegas drivers around traffic snarls and crashes as they commuted across the valley.

According to KSNV, Hawley, 60, passed away Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Hawley grew up in Las Vegas and was a graduate of Rancho High School. He was the first television traffic reporter in the valley when he started in 1989.

8 News Now traffic reporter Nathan Tannenbaum fondly remembers Hawley... Read More

Night court launches Oct. 19 in North Las Vegas to ease dealing with traffic tickets

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- In a step that could make a traffic ticket a much smaller burden, the North Las Vegas Municipal Court is launching the state's only night court.

The first session will be Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 5:30 p.m., and a session will run once a month for traffic offenses, according to a North Las Vegas news release. The court plans to expand the number of sessions and types of offenses heard based on demand.

“I've seen many people come into court who have had to take the day off to handle their ticket, or they bring their kids with them because they'd have to find childcare during the day,” North Las Vegas Municipal Court Chief Judge Chris Lee said.

“Many are already struggling to pay traffic fines, which makes missing work to handle their tickets an extra burden. We are providing a better option for them," he said... Read More

Breezy north winds return for Friday

Super sunshine for Friday and some north breezes that will increase through the day. Winds in the valley shouldn't be too rough, but it will be quite gusty along the Colorado River today. Highs will stay in the milder 70s off and on into next week. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast says warmer fall days in the 80s don't throw in the towel until at least after Halloween... Read More

Cool at School: Letting YOU decide which classroom projects to support, with a little help from the State of Nevada

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) - What's “Cool At School?”

Letting *you* decide which of many projects you want to support, and knowing the silver state has teachers' backs.

The Nevada Dept of Education recently announced a collaboration with the teacher funding website “donors choose” to help them spend $8-million in federal relief money on pandemic-related projects. Whether it's helping high schoolers with their “mindfullness meditation,” chipping in on computer stuff for an elementary classroom or dozens of other nevada projects, the choice is yours.

Here's a link to the Donors Choose web site... Read More

US will lift COVID-19 restrictions for vaccinated international travelers on Nov. 8

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The U.S. is lifting travel restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers on Nov. 8. The White House made the announcement Friday morning.

Foreign nationals will be able to travel to the U.S. if they show proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel.

“U.S. Travel has long called for the safe reopening of our borders, and we welcome the Biden administration’s announcement of a set date to welcome back vaccinated international travelers," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "The date is critically important for planning—for airlines, for travel-supported businesses, and for millions of travelers worldwide who will now advance plans to visit the United States once again."... Read More

Whips banned in downtown Reno area because sound resembles gunfire

RENO, Nev. — Get out of town, Indiana Jones.

The Reno City Council has banned the possession and use of whips without a permit in the greater downtown area.

The change approved Wednesday comes after police reported a steep increase over the past two years of 911 calls from residents who mistake the sound of a cracking whip for gunfire.

Whips are a part of daily life in many rural areas where ranchers and livestock operators use the sharp “crack” produced when the whip’s tip breaks the speed of sound to scare and direct or herd animals.

Reno Police Chief Jason Soto said whip-related complaints have nearly doubled over the last two years.

He said they’re also being used in public areas for fights and intimidation... Read More

Laxalt to capitalize on Biden backlash in 2022 Senate run against Masto

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — In a western battleground state that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate, Republican Adam Laxalt has early on targeted those who feel angered and afraid, telling them the stakes of next year's race against Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto are no less than existential.

From rural towns to Las Vegas, people he's met campaigning ask: “What in the world has happened to this country? And so fast," he said Sunday in Gardnerville, near where cattle lined the highway. “We have a role to play in saving the whole country with this race."

Since launching his campaign with a good-versus-evil, “Star Wars”-themed ad titled “The Good Guys,” Laxalt has railed against Democrats and an unholy trinity he says is working in parallel to “radically transform” the United States — the media, Hollywood and Big Tech... Read More