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I-Team: Commercial Center sees renaissance

The Commercial Center District used to be one of the hot spots in Las Vegas, but some people say it's not the same anymore. The I-Team looked into its decline and the efforts to bring it back.

Sunday service at Reflame Ministries is inside a strip mall. Lani Kahalehau and her husband have ran the church for eight years.

"It was just such a lively center," she said.

She recalls the Commercial Center District near Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway in its heyday, which she says was in the late 1970s.

"You can reminisce where we had the movie stars come, the showgirls," she said.

As the Las Vegas valley grew, places there shut down. Now, she says safety is an issue.

"I don't feel safe at all at night if I were to come here alone," she said.

New Orleans Square owner Ron McMenemy points to surveillance cameras and hired security to improve safety. He owns four buildings along Karen Avenue across from the Las Vegas Country Club... Read More

I-Team: Commercial Center sees renaissance

The Commercial Center District used to be one of the hot spots in Las Vegas, but some people say it's not the same anymore. The I-Team looked into its decline and the efforts to bring it back.

Sunday service at Reflame Ministries is inside a strip mall. Lani Kahalehau and her husband have ran the church for eight years.

"It was just such a lively center," she said.

She recalls the Commercial Center District near Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway in its heyday, which she says was in the late 1970s.

"You can reminisce where we had the movie stars come, the showgirls," she said.

As the Las Vegas valley grew, places there shut down. Now, she says safety is an issue.

"I don't feel safe at all at night if I were to come here alone," she said.

New Orleans Square owner Ron McMenemy points to surveillance cameras and hired security to improve safety. He owns four buildings along Karen Avenue across from the Las Vegas Country Club... Read More

Thunderstorms rolled through Las Vegas valley Thursday evening

Dark clouds filled the Las Vegas valley skies and dumped heavy rains early Thursday evening.

The thunderstorms showers, lightning, and hail in some areas rolled through just before 5:30 p.m. The storm started in the north and northwest before moving south.

Multiple lightning strikes were seen around Whitney Ranch. 8 News NOW received reports of pea-sized hail along Whitney Ranch and Warm Springs.

In the southern part of the valley, the rain came down around St. Rose Parkway. A flood advisory was issued for southwestern Clark County. It will be in effect until 7:15 p.m.

The rain pounded the area for a little over an hour before drying out. At the end of the showers, two rainbows could be seen in certain parts of the valley... Read More

Metro: Man dies from stabbing in central Las Vegas

Metro Police investigated a stabbing in central Las Vegas late Monday morning.

It happened around 11:40 a.m. in the 3800 block James Paul Avenue near E. Sahara Avenue and S. Walnut.

According to Metro, a man who appeared to be suffering from stab wounds knocked on the doors of residents seeking help. The man was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

No word on suspects.

This is a developing story. 8 News NOW will update this story with the latest information as soon as it's available.... Read More

Metro investigating late night homicide

Metro Police are investigating after a man was shot to death late Monday night.

The shooting happened at 3223 Flamingo Road near Pecos Road around 9 p.m. The man was shot once and taken to the hospital where he died.

Four to five men were seen running from the area, but no suspects have been arrested.

If you have information regarding this incident, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.... Read More

CCSD's policy: How district plans to prevent misconduct between teachers, students

For the third time this year, a Clark County School District educator has been busted for sexual misconduct with a student. The most recent incident involved, a legacy high school teacher who admitted to police that he had sex with a pupil.

All of the incidents have raised questions for CCSD about what the school board is doing to prevent inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

8 News NOW Reporter Karen Castro took a closer look at the school district's policy and training... Read More

KLAS-TV wishes Las Vegas news legend Paula Francis a happy retirement

Saying goodbye to a Las Vegas news legend creates a day filled with laughs, memories, and tears.

On April 1 -- April Fool's Day -- a day every 8 News NOW viewers and staffers wished was a big April Fool's joke in itself, we all said goodbye to our beloved Paula Francis.

Paula will anchor her last two newscasts, the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday evening. These time slots, along with the 11 p.m. newscast, are shows Paula anchored with Dave Courvoisier, and other news greats like George Knapp and Garry Waddell, by her side.

Waddell and Knapp rejoined Paula on the anchor desk Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

During Paula's retirement luncheon, Knapp, a longtime friend, and colleague, wowed and cracked the crowd up with his comical take on VH1's "Behind the Music." It was a video filled with dramatic storytelling and none truths about Paula and her colleagues... Read More