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NHL Awards coming to Mandalay Bay

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The best hockey players in the world are headed to the valley for Wednesday’s NHL Awards. 

The show is being held at Mandalay Bay. 

Bianca Holman takes a look at the party taking over The Strip. ... Read More

Doctors push for increase in age to buy marijuana

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A group of doctors is urging states that allow legal recreational marijuana to push the minimum age for buyers to 25 or older.

In a recent New York Times editorial, they noted that marijuana can have a “deleterious impact on cognitive development in adolescents, impairing executive function, processing speed, memory, attention span, and concentration.” They cite long-term studies that show substantial negative effects of marijuana use on brain development of teens and young adults.

Retail marijuana was passed by Nevada voters in 2016, and legal sales began at licensed dispensaries in the summer of 2017.  Like alcohol, marijuana buyers in Nevada must provide legal proof that they are 21 or older.  ... Read More

Family believes squatters burned down their home on Stewart St.

Leah Vandenakker reflects on the home she once grew up in.

“All of my memories, baby pictures, prom dresses, everything is just gone,” she said.

This isn’t the first time the abandoned house next door has caught fire.

In January, another fire was reported at the same boarded-up single story home on Stewart St.

“It’s been really difficult because we knew it was coming,” Vandenakker said.

Vandenakker says squatters have been in and out of the abandoned house for years.

“They cooked there in the winter,” she said. “There was a fire in the backyard constantly.”

The City of Las Vegas installed a temporary fence around the property. City officials were planning on demolishing it before another fire broke out last week. 

“They (City officials) told me that my house has burned down. I just burst out into tears,” said Vandenakker... Read More

Vegas Strong 5K getting ready for next race

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Vegas Strong 5K and one-mile run was a way to remember those who lost their lives on 1 October, while also honoring survivors and first responders.

The race is being held on Sunday, September 29 in Downtown Las Vegas.

The proceeds will be donated to 1 October related organizations, including Vegas Strong Compassion Scholarship, Vegas Future First Responders Scholarship, Victims of Crime, Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, and the Healing Garden.

For more information on how to sign up, click here... Read More

New center teaches students how to build video games by turning them into 'Code Ninjas'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- School is out for the summer, and while some kids are spending their days watching cartoons or playing video games, one Clark County School District teacher is showing kids how to build them.

"So, let's have it say something catchy, " an instructor says to a room filled with children. "It can say, 'I got you!'"

The students are learning a new language: It's one that not everyone can speak, but it's one that almost everyone uses -- code.

"Kids have that mind, that youthful mind that's like a sponge," said Craig Barishman.

Barishman has been a teacher with the Clark County School District for 15 years. Three weeks ago he opened 'Code Ninjas' in Centennial Hills.

"Coding is like the new doctor, the new lawyer, the new engineer," Barishman explained. "It's gonna be the biggest job out there."... Read More

Grieving father shares loving memories of teen daughter killed in rollover crash

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- "Summer was totally, totally the happiest kid I've ever met in my life," said David Potochan, the father to 18-year-old Summer Potochan. Happy was just one of the many adjectives family and friends used to describe the teen tragically lost in a crash.

The teen was killed Sunday night in a rollover crash near Centennial and Tropical parkways; four other teenagers, between the ages of 17-19, were also injured. According to police, the crash happened shortly after 10 p.m. on a dirt access road between Tropical Parkway and Centennial Parkway.

The teenagers were in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pick up truck when it lost control and rolled over and down an embankment. Summer and one other girl were ejected from the bed of the pickup truck.

"My life won't ever be the same without her around, said David Potochan... Read More

18-year-old girl killed in Las Vegas rollover identified

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas police say an 18-year-old girl has died and four other teens were injured when their vehicle rolled over.

The Clark County Coroner's Officer has identified the girl as Summer Potochan from Las Vegas.

Authorities say the crash occurred Sunday night around 10:17 on a dirt access road between Tropical and Centennial parkways.

A pickup truck carrying six people between ages 17 and 19 lost control for an unknown reason and went down an embankment.

Police say two teenage girls riding in the truck bed and were thrown upon impact. They and a third girl were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. One of them was Potochan who later succumbed to her injuries.

Two other teen passengers suffered minor injuries. The 18-year-old woman driving was uninjured and showed no signs of impairment. The investigation into the crash remains ongoing... Read More