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WalletHub: Nevada 8th worst state for women

LAS VEGAS -- The quality of life for Nevada women is eighth worst in the nation, based on an analysis released Thursday by consumer information website WalletHub.

Among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., Nevada ranked 35th for women in terms of economic and social well-being, but dead last for health care.

The only states worse off overall for women, according to WalletHub, are Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia and Georgia.

A closer look at specific categories found Nevada has the highest unemployment rate for women. With first place being the most favorable ranking, Nevada also rated 50th in both the female uninsured rate and women's preventive health care, and 41st in the percentage of women who voted in the 2012 presidential election.

Lawmakers examine bill to create prescription drug use database

State lawmakers are considering a new legislation that will try to put a stop to prescription drug abuse.  Senate Bill 114 was discussed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Monday. It requires pharmacists in Nevada to develop a comprehensive database to keep track of prescription meds given to patients.

Should it get passed, Senate Bill 114 would also give physicians better access to a patient's information in regards to their prescription drug history. Legislatures believe this could help keep doctors from overprescribing.

Recovering prescription drug addict, Angie Johnson said she couldn't make it through the day without the help of pain meds for nearly 10 years.

"I was on Methadone, Morphine, Percocet and Xanax all at the same time, and I was getting the maximum dose,” Johnson said.

Johnson said they were all prescribed to her by her doctor. However, she said it was also a doctor who got her help after noticing she was abusing drugs.

PD: Multiple people shot near Twain, Swenson

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said multiple people were shot near E. Twain Avenue and Swenson Street late Tuesday afternoon.

Officers said the call about the shooting at 905 E. Twain Avenue came in around 3:56 p.m.

Metro told 8 News NOW all three of the shooting victims were taken to Sunrise Hospital and are said to be in serious condition.

At this time, there isn't much information as to what happened or whether police are searching for a suspect.

This is a developing story.

2 pets saved from east Las Vegas house fire

LAS VEGAS -- Firefighters with the Clark County Fire Department worked a house fire in the Winchester area Sunday.

Firefighters said the fire in the 4500 block of Casa Sencia Street, which is near Boulder Highway and Nellis Boulevard. began shortly before 11:30 a.m.

Crews were met with heavy smoke and flames when they arrived on the scene.  Crews believe the fire began in the attic of the two-story home.

Two pets were rescued from the blaze, firefighters said.

Police: Body found near Hollywood Regional Park

LAS VEGAS --  Metro Police investigated a body found near Hollywood Regional Park Wednesday.

The body was found during the evening hours by a hiker approximately one mile east of the 1600 block of S. Hollywood Boulevard.

There was limited information released. Metro Police said this is an active investigation.

This is a developing story.

NDOT gets $10M to improve valley roads for pedestrians

LAS VEGAS -- Since the beginning of the year, southern Nevada drivers have hit and killed 13 people walking on valley roads. The death toll has become troubling to state leaders, so on Tuesday officials announced $10 million would be invested into NDOT to improve pedestrian safety in four dangerous areas.

Steven Satley, 64, said just walking near his home is scary.

"We need more ways to get across the street,” Satley said.

In about a year, Satley could get his wish because Charleston Boulevard near Burnham Avenue is one of the four main areas getting an upgrade in Clark County.

"These were routes that showed high levels of accidents including pedestrian accidents,” said John Terry, Asst. Director of Engineering, NDOT.

Terry says the other three routes are Boulder Highway near the Eastside Cannery Casino, Lake Mead from Civic Center to Pecos, and Blue Diamond Road near the intersections of El Capitan and Fort Apache.

Final piece of Clarion hotel-casino falls after implosion hiccup

LAS VEGAS -- A 2-ton explosive punch didn't quite bring down an elevator shaft in an otherwise imploded Las Vegas casino-hotel.  

Diversified Demolition Company expected the implosion to topple the entire structure except the casino floor, which will be demolished at a later date. But, the implosion did not go as planned the elevator shaft that was 13 stories tall, was left standing.

"Both floors detonated,” said Ken Mercurio of Diversified Demolition Company. “It came straight down. It landed straight on the slap and the way the structure was designed, it basically looked like a house of cards. We had a clog of material come down all at the same time, and it surrounded the base of the shaft and kept it standing.”

Workers used a crane and cables to finish the job, and just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, the final standing piece of the Clarion hotel-casino came crashing down.