The Attorney General's Office will work constructively with co-defendants, the court and the plaintiffs to both implement the lawful intent of the voters and to work constructively with all involved parties.More>>
A diverse group of businesses filed a lawsuit in State District Court today challenging the constitutionality of Question 5, the "Nevada Clean Indoor Air Act" ("NCIAA") sponsored by the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition. More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:05 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:05:13 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself. But on Thursday morning, as he was assisting someone who had crashed their car, anotherMore>>
When Randy Kleiner stopped to help an injured driver, he didn't expect to become injured himself.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 9:02 PM EDT2013-05-18 01:02:54 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said. According to the Clark County Detention Center, the volunteer coach,More>>
A volunteer basketball coach at Shadow Ridge High School has been arrested, Clark County Schools Police Lt. Ken Young said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:56 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:56:00 GMT
LAS VEGAS - Metro Police says a preteen who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted robbery has died. Investigators said the preteen was walking near Charleston Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive withMore>>
Marcos Arenas, a Bonanza High School student who was assaulted Thursday during an attempted theft, has died, Metro Police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:39:56 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating two people found dead in an apartment complex near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway. According to police, the bodies were found around 3 p.m. Friday atMore>>
Metro Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in an apartment Friday afternoon near Desert Inn Road and Maryland Parkway.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:17 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:17:28 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County firefighters are responding to reports of an explosion and fire at a facility located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Lane. This is a developing story. 8NewsNOW. com willMore>>
One person is reported dead following an explosion and fire at a facility located at North Las Vegas Boulevard and Sloan Lane.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 8:03 PM EDT2013-05-18 00:03:09 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The theft of iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices is becoming commonplace, earning it the nickname, "Apple-picking," the police said. Bonanza High School student Marcos Arenas died ThursdayMore>>
The theft of iPads, iPhones and other Apple devices is becoming commonplace, earning it the nickname, "Apple-picking," the police said.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:42 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:42:38 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- The Federal Election Commission had found that the parents of disgraced former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada made excessive in-kind contributions to a former political action committee staffMore>>
The Federal Election Commission had found that the parents of disgraced former Sen. John Ensign of Nevada made excessive in-kind contributions to a former political action committee staff member.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:21:11 GMT
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges in Las Vegas says his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers. MiamiMore>>
The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges in Las Vegas says his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers.More>>
Friday, May 17 2013 2:08 PM EDT2013-05-17 18:08:48 GMT
LAS VEGAS -- Eight hundred new teachers will head into Clark County classrooms, as the Clark County School board approved its $2.1 billion dollar budget for the 2013-2014 school year. For the first timeMore>>
Eight hundred new teachers will head into Clark County classrooms next year based on the $2.1 billion budget the Clark County school board approved Wednesday night.More>>
It was a big victory in court Thursday for a group of Clark County business owners who oppose Nevada's new voter-approved smoking restrictions.
District Court Judge Douglas Herndon issued a temporary restraining order for 15 days saying there's evidence the new smoking ban law might be unconstitutional.
The order exempts more than 220 businesses listed in the injunction from following the law, which goes into effect statewide Friday. The restraining order also prevents any agency in Clark County from enforcing the law for 15 days.
Their attorneys claimed they are not clear on who would get cited if a patron were caught smoking. The state argued that the law is not vague and should be followed after the voters passed on it.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit say this is not being a sore loser on Election Day. "We opposed Question 5. We lost. As I said in my opening statements, when the people speak they have to speak in a constitutional tone. The judge is bothered by the constitutionality of the statute and wants to take a good look at it," said Kirk Lenhard, attorney.
Stephen Minagil, an attorney for the Southern Nevada Health District, said, "What harm will Three Angry Wives pub suffer? Clean air for their bartenders, waitresses, host persons, and customers. Are they going to lose the smoking customers? They are going to gain me. They are going to gain my family."
Judge Herndon will hear constitutional arguments on Dec. 19 and decide if the law is unconstitutional or not.
Judge Douglas Herndon ruled in favor of a two-week temporary stop to the smoking ban. Another hearing is scheduled for the Dec. 19 to determine where to go next with the lawsuit.
The ban was supposed to go into effect statewide Friday after voters passed Question 5 in November. But a group of Clark County bar owners argued that the law is vague and unconstitutional.
Thursday's ruling gives a temporary victory to the smokers in Southern Nevada. The temporary restraining order is only effective in Clark County. The rest of the Nevada must comply with the smoking ban starting Dec. 8.
There were a lot of new developments Thursday in the smoking ban fight, and more will come in the next few days.
The judge in this case, Judge Doug Herndon, says his office was inundated with phone calls from people saying he cannot go against the will of the voters. He says many of the callers thought because the bill was on the ballot it had passed the constitutionality test.
District Court Judge Herndon said, "That has not been done yet. To the extent people in the public or media think that has already been done and this has been decided and is a good law., that would be an incorrect statement. That would be an incorrect belief."
The judge went on to say he will take an impartial look at the constitutional issues when the hearing comes up on Dec. 19.
Time is running out for smokers to light up in bars and restaurants in Nevada. Voters passed Question 5 and it takes effect Friday. However, a last minute attempt to stop the smoking ban will get a hearing in court Thursday morning. Read on for a link to find out what people are saying & weigh in with your opinion.More>>
The passing of Question 5 will have a major impact on hundreds of businesses, especially Nevada's bars and taverns. Many business owners say they may have to make a choice between serving food, or allowing smoking. More>>