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tv   8 News Now at 430 AM  KLAS  February 16, 2016 4:30am-5:00am PST

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obilor and brian loftus > ((kirsten joyce)) > thanks for waking up with us, i'm kirsten joyce. ((brian loftus)) and i'm brian loftus. one person is dead following a crash... near russell and decatur. ((kirsten joyce)) demetria has been following it all this morning... demetria?
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< > > that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((kirsten joyce)) > the british airways jet that's been sitting at mccarran since september... is no longer covered and the smoke damage is gone. this is what it looked like when the left engine caught fire... with 157 passengers on board and 13 crew members. we reached out to british airways... and they sent us a statement saying --quote-- "a team from boeing is carrying out the repair work, which will be certified to the same high standards as if the aircraft was brand new. they also say the aircraft will resume flying once stringent checks have been completed...the re is no set timeline for this". the n-t-s-b has not released the cause of the engine fire. /// ((brian loftus)) > gas prices
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and we could expect prices to go down another 5-to-10 cents here in the valley. according to gas buddy dot com... the drop in prices is being fueled by low crude oil prices... along with high inventory. gas in the valley is low... but some other states have it even lower! some drivers in arizona have seen prices at $1.29 per gallon. they say they're going to take full advantage of the low prices: ((kristine dominguez, driver)) "i see a lot more people out there because it is more affordable now. i see a lot more people on the freeway because i do travel a lot. so, i notice traffic is much heavier. but i can see why because we can all afford gas and our trips." ((brian loftus)) according to triple-a... the national average is $1.69 per gallon. now these gas prices will not stick around... they're expected to climb back up by the summer. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > hillary clinton took an extra day to compaign in northern nevada... extending her weekend stay in the state. she cancelled her florida trip...
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race gets closer. ((brian loftus)) the latest poll shows it's a dead heat between former secretary of state clinton and vermont senator bernie sanders. political reporter patrick walker has the latest on the candidates. < ((patrick walker: "we're now just 5 days from the first in the west democratic caucus. both campaigns have been turning up their efforts as the race gets closer and closer.")) ((bernie sanders - (i) democratic presidential candidate: "this is a loud crowd.")) ((patrick walker)) bernie sanders' momentum is building. the most recent target point poll shows... he's tied with hillary clinton. his nevada campaign staff says that reflects what they've been seeing here for months. ((emilia pablo/sanders' nevada communications director: "we think that across nevada, people are feeling the bern, we feel the momentum, we feel the excitement.")) ((patrick walker)) sanders' rallies have been been well-attended and the crowd... very diverse. hillary clinton... meantime... recently has focused on endorsements. ((hillary clinton/(d) presidential candidate: "i want to tell you how proud i am to have the support of working men and women.)) ((patrick walker)) sanders' jump since the last poll has been significant.
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clinton in late december. that was the last poll conducted in nevada... a gap of more than 6 weeks. review journal columnist steve sebelius says polls here should be taken with a grain of salt. ((steve sebelius/review journal political columnist: "nevada's a notoriously hard state to poll, it's very expensive to do it right and even if you spend money, i've only known one or two people that have actually been able to figure out what the turnout model is that would give you an accurate prediction.")) ((patrick walker: "clinton is expected back in las vegas sometime this week... ahead of saturday's caucus. the campaign says the exact dates are still being worked out. as for sanders... his campaign tells me he'll be here at least a few days ahead of the caucus... although the exact day hasn't been determined. in the newsroom... patrick walker... 8 news now." )) > ((brian loftus)) and don't forget... 8 news now is your local election headquarters. you can stay up to date on everything political... both on air and online at las vegas now dot com. /// let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather.
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a nice quiet morning with mostly clear skies and dry air. we hit those warm upper 70s yesterday and had just a few high thin clouds around. overall it was a sunny president's day. ............ the winds were a little bumpy at times, but generally much calmer
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today we should have plenty of sunshine and look for warm upper 70s again, even near 80 in many neighborhoods. < > /// >
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honoring a dedicated metro officer who died suddenly and unexpectedly. ((brian loftus)) the i-team's george knapp shows us why sergeant mike ford was especially beloved by those he worked with.
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veteran of the metro police department will be remembered today by family and colleagues. ((kirsten joyce)) sergeant mike ford died on super bowl sunday, less than 24 hours before he and his squad of detectives were to be profiled by 8 news now in a story about crime on the las vegas strip. ((brian loftus)) ford was known among his peers for a wicked sense of humor and dogged determination in the pursuit of bad guys. the i-team's george knapp looks back at a remarkable career. mike ford: this is such a great (blank)ing job. that, in a profane nutshell, sums up why mike ford was a great cop. he loved it. it was his job but also his calling--finding and arresting bad guys. and his final assignment--hea ding the patrol detectives who work the strip corridor, meant there was never a shortage of targets. mike ford: it resets every night. if we catch a couple of serious incidents, shootings, stabbings, robberies.... mike ford: what's going on? nothing?
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the cops tonight? look at me and be straight up and don't lie to me. bob whitely/ metro detective: he loved the job. loved what he did. detective bob whitely became ford's partner 11 years ago when both worked for metro's intelligence department. their assignment---pub lic integrity cases, or , as the i-team called it back then, a public corruption squad working in what has always been a target- rich environment. the team's first target was county recorder fran deane who had essentially put her office up for sale. ford and whitely had to plow through tens of thousands of whitely: mike was a tremendous investigator. dangerous. dean ended up pleading guilty and went to prison. whitely says the next target was umc hospital which was a hotbed of shady dealings. they again waded through mountains of paperwork then saw the ouster of hospital chief lacy thomas, who's case is still
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courts. because of the sensitivity of the public integrity cases, then-da david roger handled them personally, which is how he became friends with mike ford. da: he comes across as kind of a goofy guy but he was a wickedly smart investigator and he was like a dog and a bone. if he felt someone was guilty, he wouldn't stop until the investigation uncovered every rock. both roger and whitely say there was one official at the time who somehow eluded criminal charges. it haunted ford the rest of his life. like his friend bob whitely, ford had served as an army ranger during the panama invasion. at metro, he worked his way up..including a stint with the gang unit. in 2006, he accepted a new challenge--proj ecting a beefed up police presence on the strip. sgt. ford set a high bar for his
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although he was highly regarded by his peers, he was better known for an outlandish sense of humor and unbridled language. when he walked into a room, you could feel at times the electricity of him getting wound up. he starts telling jokes. the next thing you know we are all laughing hysterically. ford was first and foremost a family man...father of three school age of numerous sports teams. but the job took a toll on his health. two years ago, a heart problem nearly killed him. he wasn't expected to return too duty but defied the odds and won a plum assignment as the head of a team of detectives working the strip...all out action, high stress, confronting the most dangerous criminals las vegas could offer....when he died super bowl sunday, his detectives came to ford's home and carried the body to the coroners office. friends were crushed by the news but whitely says the memorial will be upbeat, filled with
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outrageous antics. bob: he brought happiness into the world just from being around him, the cliche is he's one in a million, but anyone who knows him will tell you he was one in a million mike: i haven't said (blank) yet.... george knapp 8 news now. > ((brian loftus)) the tall tales about mike ford's exploits will be told today starting at 1 pm at the culinary institute. friends say they plan to wear sergeant ford's preferred attire -- shorts and a hawaiian shirt. ((kirsten joyce)) we have more information on our website, including a link to a fund set up to assist ford's widow and three kids. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > tornadoes were seen in some parts of the south... along with more ice and snow along the east coast. ((brian loftus)) the mess the storm system created...
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cleaning up..
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as don champion reports... that same weather system also dumped snow and ice in the northeast. not even this fire station in alabama could escape the wrath of a storm. an apparent tornado plowed through the town of johnsonville monday tossing debris everywhere. in florida, dashcam video from the car of a sheriff's deputy shows another twister on the ground. (christine black/ fl resident) it sounded like a train was coming and then the wind started blowing across the south monday at least 16 tornadoes were reported. in flomaton (flow-ma-tin), alabama bo brantley rode out the storm in the hallway of his home. (bo brantley/ flomaton, al resident) "we got in the hall and covered up and our head just swelled up just the pressure and we heard all the rumble and then just like that it was all gone" -nats- in mississippi, the storm damaged the roof of this school-- terrifying students. (morgan wesley/ student) we could hear the water coming in through the roof to the hallway the same massive storm system --covered roads and streets from the carolinas to new york --in snow and ice...making travel tricky. (mike jordan/ sc resident) cars off the road everywhere.
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telephone pole right up there in baltimore, this ambulance flipped responding to a call; everyone inside survived. warm temperatures are now on tap for the northeast, raising concerns over possible flooding. don champion cbs news new york. let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather. sherry swensk that complex winter storm rolling through the east is still very active this morning... with cold air... heavy snow... freezing rain and iced over roads, trees and power lines. ................
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three hours later today to give commuters a chance to get through the icy snowy roads to work. ............... upper new england will get the heavier snow with bitter cold air in place today... while thunderstorms are calming down across the deep south and florida.... but they were fierce yesterday with warm air pulled from the gulf and cold air pushing to the north. tens of thousands without power up in the carolinas. .......... it's a quiet morning here in the west... temps just now dropping to the 50s around the valley with clear skies. ............. we will have a couple of really warm february days even hitting 80 degrees or warmer before a cooler winter storm moves in... but highs will stay above normal
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weekend. ............ then a fairly strong system rolling our way tomorrow with a chance of showers overnight and a slight cool down for a day or so. ((sherry swensk))
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tonight, lane shifts begin on us 95 at the stephanie street bridge. tonight the northbound lane will shift over a lane and tomorrow night it, the southbound side will shift over a lane. crews will be doing culvert work in the center of the road. early tomorrow morning, you will run into a southbound lane closure so crews can move a crane. one person is dead after a crash at russell and decatur.
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--- one confirmed dead > that's a look at the roads... back to you./// ((kirsten joyce)) > shots fired > shots fired on the strip overnight near new york new york sending two people to the hospital... ((brian loftus)) coming up at five... an update on their condition... and who police are searching for
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((kirsten joyce)) > plane is now the safest its been. ((kirsten joyce)) airline accidents dropped significantly last year. the international air transport association reported four accidental airline crashes... with 136-deaths in 2015... which is a drop from 2014... with 641 deaths. that tally did not include two major plane crashes... that happened on purpose. most aircraft accidents are non-fatal.
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they're one of the wall street banks that triggered the financial meltdown -- goldman sachs. just settled with authorities r their part in the crisis that put seven million out of work and millions out of their homes. how does wall street get away with it? millions in campaign contributions and speaking fees. our economy works for wall street because it's rigged by wall street. and that's the problem. as long as washington is bought and paid for, we can't build an economy that works for people.
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early morning crash. what police say happened... and how it's affecting your commute this morning. ((kirsten joyce)) > the mountain ridge all stars are techinically little league champs from 2014.... but that could change... why the chicago team stripped of the title...says they deserve to have it back. ((:15 are we out of the woods...yeah yeah yeah)) ((brian loftus)) > and a set of musicians ... waking up winners this morning... after the 58th annual grammy
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last night.// < welcome to a brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > ((kirsten joyce)) > good morning and thanks for joining us. i'm kirsten joyce. brian loftus > and i'm brian loftus. it's 5-oclock. a person is dead this morning... after a crash this morning. kirsten joyce he's live on the scene with the latest information. michael? ((michael stevens)) metro police say the crash happened around 1:30 this morning. police say the driver of a cadillac ran a red light and smashed into a toyota going through the intersection here at decatur and russell. police say the driver of the toyota was taken to umc where he died. police on the the scene say the driver of the cadillac might have been under the influence -- he did undergo a field sobriety test and failed. police say that person was


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