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Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday. He was 93.

The death of the former senator, ambassador and Minnesota attorney general was announced in a statement from his family. No cause was cited.

Mondale followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, from Minnesota politics to the U.S. Senate and the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

His own try for the White House, in 1984, came at the zenith of Ronald Reagan’s popularity. Mondale’s selection of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket, but his declaration that he would raise taxes helped define the race... Read More

Mountain lion causes a stir in northwest valley neighborhood

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The City of Las Vegas tweeted over the weekend that another mountain lion was spotted. Just this year, it seems we've had more than one make an appearance in valley neighborhoods.

Many are calling this a local trend, as Ring cameras capture the activity. The most recent big cat was tranquilized in a northwest neighborhood, then returned to its habitat by Animal Control.

Gary Gibson has lived in the valley since 2005 and tells 8 News Now he's never seen a mountain lion roaming around his neighborhood.

"It's just weird to see them; you don't see them every day, that's all," he said.

Gibson became aware of the activity due to police cars and animal control vehicles near his street. He says police asked everyone to stay inside while they captured the animal.

"We couldn't actually talk to each other because police were here, and they wanted us inside," he recounted. ... Read More

Assembly passes legislation to seal records on evictions during pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Legislation to seal eviction records during the pandemic passed the Nevada Assembly on Monday by a 26-16 vote in Carson City.

Assembly Bill 141 was welcome news for many renters.

The legislation would automatically seal the records of tenants who received summary evictions for non-payment of rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The affected time period would begin March 20, 2020, and run through the date when Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ends the state of emergency.

“The passing of AB141 is a start in the right direction to help Nevadans facing housing insecurity," said Tiara Moore, Housing Justice Organizer with the Progessive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN)... Read More

NEW: Nevada's test positivity continues steady climb over weekend, just under 6%

NOTE: The state’s COVID-19 dashboard will no longer update on weekends, beginning April 16. Therefore, 8 News Now’s daily coronavirus reports will be available Monday-Friday. “To provide the most accurate data, the Office of Analytics will update the COVID-19 dashboard weekdays, so the Monday and Tuesday updates may be higher than has been seen recently since they will include data from the weekend,” the state noted in a news release on April 16.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate continued to increase over the weekend and currently sits at 5.9%, according to data released on Monday... Read More

A warmer start to the week

Beautifully sunny skies on this Monday with much lighter winds than we had over the weekend. We'll keep the sunshine and the dry, light winds, but temperatures will warm up more today, reaching into the upper 80s by the afternoon. Southwesterly winds will increase again by Tuesday and Wednesday across the area and maybe bring some showers to the desert. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast has a drop in temps before a bigger warm-up arrives by the weekend... Read More

Going Purple: Local landmarks recognize National Crime Victims' Rights Week

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- You may be seeing a lot of purple in the Las Vegas valley this week. It's for National Crime Victims' Rights week.

Las Vegas City Hall is one of nearly a dozen local landmarks going purple to recognize the rights of crime victims. This year, there is a special emphasis on Marsy's Law which was passed in 2018.

The law ensures crime victims and their families have information about their cases. It's named for Marsy Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in the 1980s.

Crime victims' week was established 40 years ago to recognize victims across the country and in 1983 the Office for Victims of Crime was created. 

Nevada is working to keep victims safe and by giving them updates during court proceedings and notifications if the defendant is released from prison or jail... Read More

What's Driving You Crazy? - Unsolved fatal hit-&-run auto-pedestrian crashes

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) - Metro Police point out a painful truth: fatal hit-&-run auto-pedestrian crashes are solvable crimes.

That's what Metro Lt Greg Munson told our Cristian Cazares, saying investigators start with a specific theory:

“On all of our hit-&-runs that we've had and we've investigated and solved, none of those people left that day to kill somebody. That wasn't their intent. That would be a different crime.”

Munson says drivers in these incidents can only help themselves by stepping forward:

“People have to be held accountable for their mistakes, but don't make 'em worse for yourself.”

And even if those folks don't turn themselves in, their own behavior often gives them away:... Read More