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have a great day.> oregon ranchers are in a stand-off with militia members.. and nevada rancher ammon bundy... is in the fight. fight. what he's asking for.. this morning. ((kirsten joyce)) > plus.. tougher restrictions on gun control. what the presidential candidates have to say on the issue.. before president obama takes executive action. ((brian loftus)) > and happy new year.. and happy birthday to these newborn twins! the reason their birth.. is trending this morning. /// < welcome to a brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > ((brian loftus)) > thanks for waking up with us, i'm brian loftus. ((kirsten joyce)) and i'm kirsten joyce. a stand-off could end today lead by a member of the bundy family.. ((brian loftus)) currently, the f-b-i is monitoring the situation at a national wildlife refuge in oregon. the nevada ranchers.. are known for being anti- government. ((kirsten joyce)) it all stems over two oregon ranchers --
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dwight hammond and his son steven . they are expected to surrender to law enforcement today. they were convicted of arson after starting controlled burns on their ranch... and did their time for that from 2001 to 2006. but now a judge has ordered them back in prison for 4 more years. ((brian loftus)) brian webb has the latest. militia members armed with guns and walkie-talkies are guarding the malheur national wildlife refuge in eastern oregon for the second straight night. the group says the land belongs to local residents and managers at the federal refuge have been trying to push nearby ranchers out. ammon bundy is leading the occupation, urging more militia members to join their cause. he posted this video on facebook: (ammon bundy / protestor from fb) "we have good numbers but there is a lot to do, and we will eventually get tired if we do not get help." the group grabbed control of the compound on saturday --after a peaceful protest in the nearby town of burns -- to protest the prison sentences of local ranchers dwight and steven
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hammond. the hammonds were convicted of arson after starting what they called controlled burns on their ranch in 2001 and 2006. they served time, but a judge recently ordered the two back to prison for about four more years. (dwight hammond / rancher ) "it's not about me it's about america. and we've got to get the wheels back on this wagon because they're flying off." the controversy has reignited a decades-long dispute over public land rights. an fbi spokesperson says they are working with local law enforcement to bring a peaceful resolution to the standoff at the refuge. brian webb for cbs news. ((brian loftus)) protestors say the government should return the land to the people... and they're ready to occupy the refuge as long as necessary. /// let's get to sherry with a look at today's weather. sherry swensk
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but temps were in the mild mid 50s so it felt pretty good, just didn't look all that pretty. ........... now we're on the lookout for
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mountain snow this week... starting today. ............ highs will stay mild - in the normal mid 50s. ................... as we get back to work and back to school - we could be schlepping the umbrellas and rain jackets. but the snow should be piling up in the mountains and that's great news! ((sherry swensk))
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no freeway accidents, but a surface streets. cheyenne. accident on westbound tropicana, east of us 95. new year, means new construction. touch base with some of those areas up next. > that's a look at the roads... back to you.///
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was struck and killed last night while trying to cross the street. this is the first traffic fatality this year in metro's jurisdiction. it happened near durango and starboard... south of sahara. police say a woman was crossing an unmarked crosswalk.. before she stepped out in front of a vehicle and was hit. she was pronounced dead at th scene. the driver did stay and cooperated with police: (( sgt. richard strader/metro fatal detail: "here we are again, it's january 3rd, last year we didn't detail until january 5th.. so we are starting out sooner than we did last year, and we are starting out with an autopedestrian collision.")) ((kirsten joyce)) police do not believe speed was a factor the coroner has not yet identified the victim. police will be looking over video to see what happened. /// ((brian loftus)) > this morning, a judge will finalize the fate of convicted strip shooter ammar harris. back in november.. a jury decided that harris be sentenced to death.. killed three people. after the hearing, harris' defense team has 30-days to appeal the death sentence..
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which they plan to do. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > if you're still not sure whether you want to invest in rooftop solar panels.. google has you covered. ((brian loftus)) the new service they're starting up.. to help you see if you benefit
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president obama will tackle the topic of gun violence as he prepares for his final year as
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this is becoming a major focus among the presidential candidates. as brian webb reports.. the president's plan includes action to close the so-called "gun show loophole". democratic front runner hillary clinton is praising president obama for executive actions he intends to unveil this week -- that would strengthen background checks on gun purchases: (clinton) if congress won't act we have to do something about the fact 33- thousand people a year die from guns. bernie sanders, who's trailing clinton in the polls, also backed the president's moves. on sunday, the vermont senator criticized republicans for failing to work with democrats on the issue. (sanders) "i would prefer that we could have bipartisan support, but the truth is republicans are not interested in doing anything about gun safety." republican presidential contenders are already threatening to undo any of the president's actions. donald trump lead the charge during an appearance on cbs' face the nation - (trump) "i
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with changing our second amendment. we have plenty of rules and regulations. // all they want to do is blame the guns. and it's not the gun that pulls the trigger. several other gop contenders expressed similar views: (christie fox news sunday) "this president wants to act as if he's a king, as if he's a dictator." (rubio) "we elected a president that has waged war on the constitution." president obama will meet with attorney general loretta lynch later today to discuss new actions the he can take to help reduce gun violence. brian webb for cbs news. ((kirsten joyce)) sources tell c-b-s news those options president obama is looking into include... expanding the definition of who is "in the business" of selling guns.. so that more gun sales trigger background checks. plus, requiring enhanced reporting and tracking of lost and stolen guns. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > the top democratic presidential candidates are valley.. for an event hosted by senator on wednesday.. hillary clinton, bernie sanders,
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battleground" first in the west caucus countdown dinner.. at the m-g-m grand. senator reid will be releasing more details about it later today. the event comes in preparation for the nevada caucuses on february 20-th. nevada will be the first western state.. and the third state in the country to make its voice heard in the 2016 democratic presidential primary. /// ((brian loftus)) > nevada energy regulators will meet this week.. to decide whether or not to hold off on the new rates.. for solar power customers. the public utilities commission scheduled a hearing for thursday, january 7-th. commissioners will discuss the rates... which were set to take effect on the january first. the changes would raise the base service charge for southern nevada solar customers... from $12.75 to $17.90 per month. it would also reduce the aaount the utility pays.. to buy power back from rooftop solar panels. opponents say there wasn't enough warning about the scope of the rate structure. /// ((brian loftus)) > speaking of solar panels.. google has started up a new
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service here in las vegas.. to help judge the cost and benefits of solar energy. it's called "project sunroof" -- it combines google earth images with calculations on how much shade covers a rooftop.. the data on local weather patterns.. and industry pricing. we typed in the address to channel 8.. and the site says we get more than 2-thousand hours of usable sunlight per year! google has invested more than one billion dollars into solar energy over the years. /// ((brian loftus)) > two newborns may be twins.. but they have two different birthdays. ((kirsten joyce)) the buzz they're getting for being born in two separate years. ((brian loftus)) > plus -- chris brown is under investigation by metro police. what one woman says he did to her at the palms hotel. ///
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cameron jenkins/ventura "great way to start a new year off. to end a year and start a new year is like perfect." k'lah jenkins brynlee rae "because they're twins usually you do birthdays together anyways but as they get older they will be able to make their own decision, but for now probably celebrate together." the jenkins' weren't expecting the twins for another month. healthy. cameron jenkins/ventura "it was a great experience. i enjoyed every bit of it. i'm just ready to see them grow." in ventura, alys martinez newschannel three. ((demetria obilor)) > back here in las vegas... the very first baby born of the new year was little ramon. jazmine mejia and marco hernandez welcomed him into the world at 12:04 am.. at mountain view hospital. /// let's get to sherry with a look
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clouds aren't going away today and we won't get too many breaks of sunshine this week as storms roll into the west and bring chances for rain and snow. ............ temps will stay in the mild 50s... .............. right now temps are in the 40s around town and clouds will lead to a chance of rain for the
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right now rain is moving into california and arizona with showers near the valley and clark county. ....... a winter storm watch for our local mountains with good snow up to a foot in the highest elevations. ............. rain all week. > ./// ((kirsten joyce)) > a 6-point-7 > .///
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((kirsten joyce)) > a 6-point-7 > california scientists are discovering new ways to study trees.. after four years of severe drought. the carnegie airborne observatory is taking to the sky with high- tech lasers... scanning thousands of acres of forest. researchers look at it as having x-ray vision that produces images of the health of every single tree. the red areas are severly drought stressed... while blue areas are healthier: (( greg asner//director, carnegie airborne observatory - the measurement is focused on how much water is in the foliage itself. it's like getting a blood test. it's really one of the key indicators of the health of a tree.)) ((brian loftus)) data shows 58 million trees are severely stressed by drought..
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and could potentially die. more than 800 million have seen measurable water loss since the drought began in 2011. /// ((brian loftus)) ((kirsten joyce))
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((kirsten joyce)) > r&b singer chris brown is under invegstigation by metro police.. over allegations of battery. police were called to the palms hotel saturday morning. a woman there gave a statement.. that when she went to take a picture of the singer... he struck her and took her phone. police did not talk to brown because he left the hotel before they arrived. brown's publicist says the reports are not true. the singer was in town for a performance at drai's nightclub friday night. /// ((kirsten joyce)) > now that the holidays are over.. and a new year is here.. it's time to take down all of the holiday decorations. ((brian loftus)) the group of experts california brought in.. to help make it easier for you to throw away the christmas tree.
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it took joel silverman years to become a master dog trainer. but only a few commands to master depositing checks at chase atms. technology designed for you. so you can easily master the way you bank. in california are getting rid of their christmas trees in an eco- friendly way. ((brian loftus)) san francisco called in the best in town -- goats.
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meal out of the holiday decorations. the trees are actually a good source of nutrition for them. it's a win-win situation... you recycle the tree and the goats get their meal. /// > we'll be right back........///
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