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UAW members get $250 a week while on strike

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Union workers on the picket lines get paid $250 a week while on strike to pressure General Motors at the contract negotiation table.

Nearly 50,000 GM workers walked off the job at 12 a.m. Monday, bringing production at 51 plants across the nation to a standstill.

United Auto Workers leaders say they want GM to increase profit sharing with employees and provide better working conditions for staff and temporary employees. GM officials say employees are well paid. A spokesperson told News 8 Tuesday that the average GM hourly worker makes $90,000 a year before benefits, a notion workers on the picket line said was laughable... Read More

#StormArea51: Tips on how to prepare for Area 51 Basecamp and Alienstock

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Attention Storm Area 51 attendees: The Nevada Department of Transportation wants everyone to know that the Area 51 Basecamp event in Hiko and Alienstock in Rachel are expected to drum up traffic congestion, causing drivers to wait long periods in their cars in many areas that are rural.

There are limited restrooms, gas, water and food facilities within a 60-mile radius of the festival site. So attendees need to be prepared by bringing plenty of water and food.

For any camping situation, the common rule of thumb is at least one gallon of water per person per day, but it’s the valley desert, which is really dry, so that amount should be doubled. Pack even more water for personal hygiene and washing dishes needs.

Attendees need to make sure they also fill up their tanks before they go.

Bring a first aid kit, including a flashlight with extra batteries. ... Read More

City looks at how homelessness impacts Las Vegas’ sanitation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS ) — The City of Las Vegas has a $350 million problem, and it’s one valley residents see daily. Homelessness in the community is having a big impact on sanitation around the city because more often than not, trash and debris are being left lying around.

When that happens, the City of Las Vegas has to clean it up at a cost to taxpayers.

“I’m a deacon here at New Bethel Baptist Church, and I’m here almost every single day working around the church,” said Elliott Holmes. “We have different issues; sometimes, the wind blows [and] the trash blows.”

Debris is scattered among empty lots, and a lot of it is filling storm drains. So city officials enlisted the help of Applied Analysis to figure out how it is impacting Las Vegas.

“One of the biggest challenges that communities are dealing with is debris sanitation-related issues and the cost associated with those,” said Jeremy Aguero, Applied Analysis... Read More

Henderson Police officer arrested on stalking and harassment charges

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — A Henderson Police officer was arrested Tuesday. Stephen Bryan, 41, was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on the misdemeanor charges of stalking and harassment following an investigation into a report filed with the department.

The City of Henderson hired Bryan on Sept. 24, 2007. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.

The investigation remains open, and no further details will be released at this time. Anyone with information, in this case, is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4911, 3-1-1, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit Crime Stoppers website... Read More

Airline customer-service agents report abusive customers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Airline customer-service agents say they often get verbal threats from passengers, and sometimes they turn into physical confrontations.

The agents say alcohol, airline fees and long lines can anger passengers.

The Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday that more than half the 104 agents it surveyed reported threats or other harmful action by customers in the past year. About 10% say they were physically assaulted.

The congressional investigative agency says comprehensive figures on passenger assaults are hard to find.

Airlines, airports and law enforcement say current laws are adequate to deter confrontations, and most say they have resources to deal with the problem.

A 2018 law required airlines to train agents in de-escalating conflicts. Airlines missed a deadline for submitting plans for handling passenger assaults... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Rancho High School’s Class of ’69 prepares for 50th reunion

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Alumni from Rancho High School are having their 50th reunion on Sept. 27. The class of 1969 says they are excited to celebrate this tremendous achievement.

8 News Now reporter Sally Jaramillo sat down with a special group of friends who attended Rancho High and graduated in 1969. They shared their most precious memories as they took us down memory lane.

And despite the changes made to the city where they grew up over the years, their comradery has remained stronger than ever before.

Sally has more on their high school experience and favorite past times!... Read More

Class of ’69 celebrate 50th Rancho High class reunion with stroll down memory lane

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Rancho High School that students, teachers, and parents see today, looks nothing like it did 50 years ago. Those who graduated back then when the school first started have definitely noticed the changes throughout the years.

Front page of the Class of ’69 Rancho High School year book.

8 News NOW Reporter Sally Jaramillo sat with a group of friends from the Class of ’69 for a stroll down memory lane, and not only did the former Rancho High students and friends reflect on their Alma mater — they also discussed Las Vegas and where it was then compared to where it is today.

In 1969 Las Vegas was a pretty small community.

“Out there was nothing,” said Class of ’69’s David Ford, as he pointed to an area. “Lake Mead Blvd. was called College Avenue, and it ended at Pecos, and then there were farms.” ... Read More