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Prosecutors: Jury should hear Vegas shooting ammunition case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a jury, not a judge, should hear the Las Vegas trial of an Arizona man facing a federal ammunition manufacturing charge after selling bullets to the gunman who staged the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

A Tuesday court filing leaves the decision to a judge.

Douglas Haig’s lawyers asked for a bench trial, arguing jurors can’t fairly hear evidence in a city where 58 people died and over 850 were injured in October 2017.

Haig isn’t accused of the shooting.

Prosecutors say his fingerprints were found on bullets in the high-rise hotel suite where the gunman shot into a concert crowd.

Haig has pleaded not guilty to illegally making tracer and armor-piercing bullets at his Mesa, Arizona, home.

His trial is scheduled for Aug. 12... Read More

Las Vegas casino workers picket Palms, call for negotiation

LAS VEGAS (AP) — More than 1,000 members of a powerful Las Vegas casino workers union and other hospitality workers picketed Wednesday evening outside the Palms casino-resort, where owners have refused to bargain with the union.

The workers, chanting and carrying signs that said, “No contract. No peace,” called for Palms owner Station Casinos to negotiate with employees, who voted in April 2018 to unionize.

The company challenged the election’s result, but the National Labor Relations Board determined the company has been “failing and refusing to bargain collectively and in good faith” with the Culinary Union.

The Palms, located west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of six Station Casinos-owned properties in Las Vegas where workers have voted to unionize in recent years.

The Culinary Union represents about 900 porters, food servers, bartenders and other workers at the Palms, which is undergoing a $690 million renovation... Read More

Former MGM Resorts executives help others get back to work with development workshop

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Unemployment is down across the state at a reported 10-year low, according to new numbers from the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation. The numbers are good, but there are still many people without jobs.

In the past few months, MGM Resorts has laid off hundreds of employees, but some of those former top execs are hoping to help people get back to work.

“My position was eliminated,” said Eleanor Zellmer, a former MGM Resorts employee.

Zellmer came to the career workshop because she was part of the most recent round of cuts at MGM Resorts International.

“I wanted to see what they had to offer,” Zellmar said. “It makes me feel like there’s someplace to belong, instead of feeling like a lost puppy.”

Last month, CEO James Murren announced that 557 more employees were out of a job. The total number of laid-off workers is now upwards of 1,000... Read More

Golden Knights trade Erik Haula to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Nicolas Roy and a 2021 conditional 5th round pick

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced Wednesday night the team has acquired forward Nicholas Roy and a conditional fifth round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula.

Over the course of two seasons with the Golden Knights, Haula appeared in 91 games after being selected by the team during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft from the Minnesota Wild.

Haula will be remembered for delivering the franchises first ever playoff game-winner in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings last year in Game 2.

The Golden Knights went on to sweep the Kings in the first round... Read More

Democrats clash over health insurance, economy

MIAMI (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised her hand as one of the only Democratic presidential contenders willing to abolish her own private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan, demanding “structural change” in the economy and the government as Democrats met on the debate stage for the first time in the 2020 presidential season.

Warren’s position highlighted a rift within her party’s most ambitious contenders over how to approach inequality in America in a prime-time meeting that marked the unofficial starting line for the Democratic Party’s quest to wrest the White House from Donald Trump and deny him a second term.

The debate marked a new phase in the 2020 presidential season as Democrats seek to break out from the crowded field. While the candidates have been courting voters in key states for several months already, the vast majority of the nation has yet to pay close attention to the diverse field... Read More

Avoiding the rise in scams during the Summer season

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The heat is on and financial experts are warning folks not to get ‘burned’ by summer scams.

Brad Zucker with Safe Money Advisors discloses what are the worst scams out there that people are falling victim to. More young people reported falling victim to scams, but seniors reported losing the most money. Retirees are on a fixed income, and the money they lose may not be able to be replaced, according the financial experts.

Unknowingly falling victim to a scam can also set you back in your retirement plan.

8 News Now Anchor Denise Valdez has the story. ... Read More

Nevada Attorney General joins fight on robocall crackdown

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Nevada Attorney General says he’s joining the fight to crack down on annoying robocalls.

The crackdown on the annoying robocalls are part of an FTC effort called “Operation Call it Quits.” the makers of the anti-spam app ‘Hi-Ya’ estimated there were $26.3 billion robocalls placed in 2018, which is up from $18 billion in 2017.

The annoying calls can also be costly: the FTC said that Americans lost $10.5 billion dollars in fraud as the result of robocalls.

Politics Now co-host Steve Sebelius has the story... Read More