Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:58:48 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada Highway Patrol has closed both directions of traffic on U.S. 95 from Las Vegas Boulevard to the Spaghetti Bowl. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. 8 News NOW will have updatesMore>>
Nevada Highway Patrol has closed both directions of traffic on U.S. 95 from Las Vegas Boulevard to the Spaghetti Bowl.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:58:38 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The Southern Nevada Health District has traced the source of a salmonella outbreak at a popular Las Vegas restaurant to cooked chorizo, a type of sausage. The health district released itsMore>>
The Southern Nevada Health District has traced the source of a salmonella outbreak at a popular Las Vegas restaurant to cooked chorizo, a type of sausage.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:35 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:35:05 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A woman was killed Tuesday night after being hit by a semitrailer on U.S. 95 near Railroad Pass. According to Nevada Highway Patrol, the 37-year-old Henderson woman was walking along U.S.More>>
A woman was killed Tuesday night after being hit by a semitrailer on U.S. 95 near Railroad Pass.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:19 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:19:25 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The FBI has released the photo of a murder suspect that barricaded himself in an apartment Tuesday night and fired shots at law enforcement. An FBI official and Las Vegas police say severalMore>>
The FBI has released the photo of a murder suspect that barricaded himself in an apartment Tuesday night and fired shots at law enforcement.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 4:18 PM EDT2013-05-22 20:18:57 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police say they are currently investigating allegations of a sexual assault in which baseball player Jose Canseco has been named as a suspect. Tweets began showing up on Canseco'sMore>>
Metro Police say they are currently investigating allegations of a sexual assault in which baseball player Jose Canseco has been named as a suspect.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 3:49 PM EDT2013-05-22 19:49:18 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are on scene of a shooting on the 1700 block of Karen Avenue at the Sonoma Shadows Apartments with an FBI agent being shot. This started off as an FBI Task Force InvestigationMore>>
Authorities in Las Vegas say a report that an FBI agent was injured in a shooting involving a homicide suspect at a Las Vegas apartment complex is incorrect. More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:18 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:18:19 GMT
LAS VEGAS - A viewer says a crosswalk at Maryland Parkway and Reno Avenue is dangerous. The viewer says it's not well marked, and the area generates a significant amount of pedestrian traffic due to theMore>>
A viewer says a crosswalk at Maryland Parkway and Reno Avenue is dangerous.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:16:49 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. And while that overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students, the vast majority of kids won't see anyMore>>
Clark County students experience some the largest classes in the country. Although the overcrowding is expected to decrease by one or two students next year, the vast majority of kids won't see any significant change.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 2:10 PM EDT2013-05-22 18:10:59 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Sicilian-born Esther Sardina loves to cook. "I'm going to make a pizza margarita. It's made with basil, mozzarella, tomato. I made it my own way," she said. "My hands are always in it. That'sMore>>
A Las Vegas woman fought her homeowners association over a late charge and won, thanks to 8 on Your Side.More>>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:57 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:57:46 GMT
LAS VEGAS - The Clark County School Board appoints Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district. The board is in contract negotiations with Skorkowsky, but the details of the contractMore>>
The Clark County Board of School Trustees appointed Pat Skorkowsky as the next superintendent of the school district Tuesday night. More>>
LAS VEGAS -- Tough decisions await in the halls of Congress. A projected deficit of $1.5 trillion means that spending cuts are inevitable. But what should be cut?
One man who will have a say in every dollar that is spent, or cut, is Nevada Senator Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, who appears ready to mix it up, not only with Republicans but with the president.
Reid seems like a different person from the guy we saw during the knock-down, drag-out campaign last year. It would be inaccurate to say he is spoiling for a fight, but he certainly isn't going to avoid confrontation either.
"It's like the beginning of baseball season. I'm anxious to see how many singles I can get," he said.
It isn't often that baseball analogies are used for Reid. It's more common to invoke boxing terms, since the feisty majority leader is a former boxer and his pugilistic instincts are very much in evidence on Capital Hill. Simply put, a rejuvenated Reid seems ready to rumble.
Since President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, Reid has said he will preside over a more civil Congress, but that doesn't mean backing down on issues. His press office is the most active in Congress, churning out daily stories accusing Republicans of wanting to gut Medicare, Social Security, and more.
Reid no longer has 60 votes in the Senate, and the House went Republican, but he sees the silver lining -- the Republicans now have an ownership stake in what gets done.
"There was tremendous pressure on me. Really, there's not much pressure now. If we are going to get something done, it has to be done on a bipartisan basis," he said.
Reid survived a bruising re-election campaign and seems invigorated now that Congress is back in action. Republicans admit they will come after him. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the strategy is to paint Reid as a "cul-de-sac Senator," representing the place where Republican reforms go to die. Reid laughs about it, and admits it.
"I will tell you, I've been called a lot worse than a cul de sac. House Republicans are just getting their sea legs. They are really rambunctious. They will pass things and send it over. That's the way its been done through the history of our country. The house will produce stuff and it will come over here and die, most of it," he said.
Like a repeal of health care reform. Reid is willing to tinker with the bill but says repeal will happen over his dead body. He supports the president's call for a spending freeze, but says he will oppose drastic cuts to domestic spending because there is not enough money there to make a big difference to the deficit.
In his inner office, flanked by portraits of his heroes Mark Twain and Andrew Jackson, Reid strategizes about how to preserve things like FDA food safety inspections and law enforcement budgets.
"What are we going to do about border security, which everyone talks about? What about the FBI, the people who check for safety on airplanes? Cut all those back? Let's be realistic, we're going to have to cut where it can be done," he said.
Few in Washington have this lofty vantage point, literally and figuratively. In Reid's view, the most obvious place to make meaningful cuts is the Pentagon budget -- defense spending.
On one point, he diametrically opposes the president's stance on earmarks. Reid says stopping earmarks by Congress doesn't cut the deficit. It merely changes who makes the decision where the money is spent.
He is not shy about his reputation as one who brings federal dollars to his home state.
"I'm pretty good at earmarks because that's my job. I believe in the Constitution. I carry a copy right here in my pocket. I have an obligation to do Congressionally-directed spending. I criticized publicly, and will continue to do so, President Obama, who wants to take away our ability to do Congressionally-directed spending. He doesn't know Nevada like I do. These bureaucrats back here in D.C. with their green eye shades don't know what we need in Nevada. I do. I have an obligation," he said.