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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

Housing market rebound: Median home prices up 7.5 percent

The real estate rebound continues in and around the Las Vegas valley. Compared to this time last year, prices are up about 7.5 percent, and so are the number of homes sold.

Pat Bockh has been searching for the perfect home for about a year and a half now.

"It's just a matter of numbers; keep looking," Bockh said.

Bockh moved to the valley area from St. Petersburg, Florida two years ago. She rented during that time but has now decided she's ready to buy a home.

"The interest rate is still low, and the fact that the prices of the houses are going up, the bottom has definitely bottomed out, and it's going the other way," according to Bockh.

Bockh's observations are on par with other prospective buyers in the market, according to Scott Beaudry, the president of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors.

There are a few factors that make the housing market somewhat of a buyer's market... Read More

Nevada Supreme Court looks at reforming how judges set bail

The Nevada Supreme Court is thinking about changing the way the state's judges set bail. Justices are looking at setting lower bail amounts or no bail at all for certain first-time offenders.

Why?

According to officials, there are hundreds of people in the Clark County jail, accused of minor, first-time offenses. The ones who can't afford bail, sit there for weeks awaiting trial.

During that time, they can lose their job and their apartment, which increases the chances of them re-offending when they get out.

The new plan is expected to ease overcrowding in Clark County's jail by up to 30 percent.

Nevada Supreme Court Justice James Hardesty says he doesn't like the fact that most judges don't have enough information to set the proper bail.

"Our justices in this state fly by the seat of their pants," Hardesty... Read More

Las Vegas named trashiest spot for spring breakers

Congratulations Las Vegas! The city has made another coveted or not so coveted list. According to COED.com, Las Vegas has made the list of 20 Trashiest American Spring Break Destinations.

But don't worry Las Vegans, it seems the study is meant to praise the city's zeal for partying.

COED says when it says trashy it means, what Spring Breakers should aim for which is a cheap, excessive, loud and rowdy experience that is unforgettable.

COED's Top 20 Trashiest Spring Break Destinations 2016:... Read More

White House considers Nevada Gov. Sandoval for Supreme Court

The White House is considering Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada as a possible nominee to the Supreme Court, two people familiar with the process said Wednesday.

The nomination of a Republican would be seen as an attempt by President Barack Obama to break the Senate GOP blockade of any of his choices. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said his 54-member GOP caucus is opposed to holding confirmation hearings or vote on Obama's pick, insisting that the choice rests with the next president.

The officials declined to be named because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

Mari St. Martin, Sandoval's communications director, said Wednesday that the governor hasn't been contacted by the White House.

"Neither Gov. Sandoval nor his staff has been contacted by or talked to the Obama administration regarding any potential vetting for the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court," she said... Read More

PD: 72-year-old woman tied up, robbed in Henderson home

A senior citizen was tied up and robbed in her own home early Wednesday morning, according to Henderson Police.

The home invasion robbery occurred around 2:15 a.m. on Garden City Avenue in Sun City Anthem near Sun City Anthem Drive and Olivia Heights Avenue.

According to officers, the suspects had a gun when they entered the home and tied up the homeowner, a 72-year-old woman.

Police said the suspects ransacked the woman's home before leaving the scene with money and jewelry.

The victim was hurt, but her injuries are minor, police said.

Anyone with information, in this case, is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4911 or 311. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit the Crime Stoppers website or text: "CRIMENV" plus the tip info to 274637 (CRIMES). ... Read More

5th grader receives medal for saving friend's life

Two students at Steven Schorr Elementary school were spotlighted Wednesday.

"We have a lot of people here today, and they're here for a very special reason," said Steve Schorr.

They're both in the fifth grade, and one of the students was credited with saving the other's life.

It happened two weeks ago in the cafeteria at Steven Schorr Elementary. Kyle Sucaldito started choking on his lunch.

"It felt scary, I couldn't breathe, my throat started to get sore a lot," Kyle said.

But immediately, Kyle received help.

Gabriel Wallace didn't hesitate when it came to saving Kyle's life. Proving heroes come in all shapes and sizes... Read More