tv 8 News Now at 6 AM CBS January 19, 2016 6:00am-7:00am PST
set for today. brian loftus > plus.. fighting for solar power. the new plan.. to keep the green energy business.. in nevada. ((michael stevens)) > and check your mailbox.. your w-2 is on the way. i've got what you need to know.. as tax season.. kicks off./// < welcome to a brighter morning, this is 8 newsnow with kirsten joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > ((brian loftus)) > good morning.. and thanks for starting your day with us. i'm brian loftus. ((kirsten joyce)) and i'm kirsten joyce. today... the clark county commission is expected to vote.. on adding a new emergency medical services company to the valley. ((brian loftus)) the is the first time a vote like this has happened.. in more than 15 years. it's all because a franchise agreement just expired.. giving the henderson based "community ambulance" a chance to jump into our e-m-s market. if approved.. comunity amulance would be the primary, private e-m-s provider for about 25 percent of clark county.. including the southeast valley... along i-15 to primm, and
we spoke with brian rogers, the company's founder. he says.. this is a win-win for the valley. because he can provide much needed service.. and help create jobs at the same time. ((brian rogers/community ambulance founder: "we bring added resources, added personnel which means new jobs..we are going to add 60 people full time, it will take about 20 ambulances to do it.")) back in 2014, community ambulance tried to bid for a contract to become an e-m-s provider in las vegas... but the city gave the contract to a- m-r. today's vote is scheduled for 10-am./// ((brian loftus)) > we are expecting to learn more today.. about a plan.. to revitalize solar energy here in southern nevada. mayor pro tem steven ross is holding a news conference this morning. he says its to announce steps to restore the viability of residential solar projects in las vegas. this comes after the recent public utilties commission ruling that raised rates for solar customers... many of which just filed a class action lawsuit against n-v energy. they claim the company manipulated the p-u-c into the rate hike. we'll be at today's news
and will let you know what happens. it starts at 9- 30./// > the strip has turned into a movie set.. they're filming some scenes for the next installment of matt damon's "jason bourne" franchises. crews are out in the area near tropicana and harmon and have the streets shut down. sherry how's the weather today?
upper 30s. rain and snow is moving into california... and that next storm is pushing clouds our way soon. .............. that will hold back highs for us today - so no nice 60s like monday. but they will be back and we'll take a look in your full forecast coming up. back to you! brian loftus > ready to file your taxes? today is the day to start... kirsten joyce the i-r-s is beginning to process your taxes... and you have a couple months to
8 news now reporter michael stevens joins us this morning with some tips to get tax season off on the right foot. good morning michael? ((michael stevens)) brian, kirsten... the i-r-s says nationwide... more than 1- hundred and 50-million tax returns are expected to be filed this year. early-bird taxpayers can start filing today... but if you're one of those people who waits until the very last minute to get everything in... here's something for you. the i-r-s says you will have a few extra days to file this year. it's because because 15th... so taxpayers have until april 18th to file their 20-15 tax returns and pay any tax due. this year... the i-r-s says they expect more than 70-percent of taxpayers to receive some sort of refund. last year, they issued about 1- refunds... with an average refund of 27- hundred bucks.
the i-r-s says you should always plan ahead and take advantage of their online resources on i- r-s dot gov -- or seek out a tax professional. four out of five returns are expected to be filed electronically. the i-r-s says choosing to e- file... and direct deposit refunds is the fastest and safest way to file and get money back. the i-r-s anticipates to process your refund in 21 days or less. ((brian loftus)) michael... is the i-r-s warning people of any types of scams we typically hear during tax season? ((michael stevens)) the i-r-s says they're working closely with state tax authorities to address tax- related identity theft... and refund fraud. hour... we'll talk about some ways to you. brian, kirsten? morning? demetria obilor seirous injury crash being
getting reportes of lane restrictions in the area. we have a crew on the way now. accident on flamingo and pecos. accident on decatur and sunset. cres are filming the new bourne flick. metro is out on the scene directing traffic. they're still letting cars get through, but they are controlling traffic in this area. you can avoid this area using alternates like < > < > back to you! ((brian loftus)) > virtual panic.. after a popular social media network... goes down. ((kirsten joyce)) the issue.. that prompted twitter.. to go off-line for hours. ((brian loftus)) plus.. he's one of the stars of the hit c-b-s show "n-c- i-s".. and he's talking with us live. a.k.a. "ducky" about the series... ((kirsten joyce)) and.. you waited for this route to open, but it turned out to be a traffic nightmare. demetria found out what the
coast guard officials say there's no indication anyone was on board.. or survived thursday's crash. the two helicopters collided off oahu's north shore... with 12 marines on board. so far... officials say they haven't found any evidence... that any of them survived./// ((kirsten joyce)) > in illinois.... firefighters had quite the challenge.. when a house fire.. turned into an ice castle. the extreme cold... made putting out the flames extra challenging. the water froze so quickly, once the fire was out, the house was encased in ice. icicles and thick blankets of frozen water covered the charred remains./// ((demetria obilor)) > twitter is trending this morning.... after a worldwide outage... caused social media panic. the network was not available for users overnight... people attempting to log onto their accoutns got messages warning the network was quote "over capacity" or was suffering from an "internal error." the shutdown started at about 11-pm... and the company didn't say how many users were affected.. but if you try to log on now. it seems to work./// sherry how's the weather today?
the roads this morning? demetria obilor seirous injury crash being reported on eastern and oakey. getting reportes of lane restrictions in the area. we have a crew on the way now. accident on flamingo and pecos. accident on decatur and sunset. cres are filming the new bourne flick. metro is out on the scene directing traffic. they're still letting cars get through, but they are area. you can avoid this area using alternates like < > < > back to you! ((sherry swensk)) > it's the most-watched t-v show on network television... we're talking about n-c-i-s.. the show follows naval criminal agents.. as they investigate crimes.. and for the past 13 years.. one character in particular has
thank you so much!/// ((kirsten joyce)) > protesters... demanding action.. as lead-laced water.. flows into their homes. ((brian loftus)) the outrage.. growing... not just in michigan.. but around the country. ((kirsten joyce)) > we give away exciting prize packs to lucky viewers on our 8 news now facebook page.
growing over the the water crisis in flint michigan. the mayor is headed to washington today to ask the white house for more help... ((brian loftus)) michigan's governor is poised to give his state-of- the-state address tonight... but he's expected to be greeted by throngs of protesters, enraged by the crisis. reid binion reports. (nat sot) "arrest rick snyder,
michigan... calling for the arrest of governor rick snyder... ...as residents cope with lead- contaminated water flowing into their homes. it started in april 20-14, when the state temporarily switched the city's water source to the notoriously dirty flint river. it was a cost- saving measure... while officials built a new supply line to lake huron. the water, found by virginia tech researchers to be highly corrosive, flowed through service lines made of lead, carrying the noxious element into homes. the water source was switched back in october, but the damage to the pipes was done... with the state now using the national guard to hand out clean water. president obama declared a federal emergency saturday... ...but flint city councilman wantwaz davis, says much more is needed and available. (wantwaz davis/city councilman) "the state of emergency only gives us a $5 million cap, which the president has already signed for. if they would have submitted for a disaster declaration, we could have got the $96 million dollars, or more." reid binion
widespread outrage among celebrities... activists... and presidential candidates. (bernie sanders) "what i did, which i think is also right, is demanded the resignation of the governor. a man who acts that irresponsibly should not stay in power." reid binion snyder, responded tweeting quote: "finger pointing from political candidates only distracts from solving the flint water crisis." this, as state officials face lawsuits alleging they knew about the contamination risk... and broke federal laws by failing to avert it. i'm reid binion, reporting. demetria, what's driving people crazy? demetria obilor > rich asks, "is cactus avenue between amigo st. and maryland pkwy. ever going to be navigable by a non 4-wheel drive vehicle? we waited forever for it to open and it has been a nightmare ever since. "
designing an improvement project for cactus avenue. cactus will be widened to three lanes, in each direction, between las vegas boulevard and maryland parkway. medians, detached sidewalks and street lights will be installed, as well. the ball should get rolling before the end of this year. right now, the county is coordinating with utility and development projects and working to attain the legal right to build. hey! what's driving you crazy? send your traffic question to traffic eight at las vegas now dot com. back to you. ((kirsten joyce)) > want to buy a car? a house? well you better have a decent credit score. ((brian loftus)) michelle mortensen goes on your side.. to show you the free service.. that can help you boost your fico number.. within a year./// ((gordon lawes/friend it's like
ee your hero like superman is down.)) )) ((kirsten joyce)) > the victim of a wrong way dui crash.. has a big fight ahead of him. what he went through.. and his long road to recovery. ((brian loftus)) > plus.. break out the w-2s. tax season kicks off today. what you need to know before you file. ((kirsten joyce)) > and it's something so many women love to do. . but is getting your nails done harmful to your health? the chemical researchers found in nail polish./// < welcome to a brighter morning,
joyce, sherry swensk, demetria obilor and brian loftus > ((kirsten joyce)) > good morning and thanks for joining us. it's 6-30. i'm kirsten joyce. ((brian loftus)) and i'm brian loftus. starting today... the i-r-s is processing individual tax returns. kirsten joyce 8 news now reporter michael stevens is here to tell you about what the i-r-s is doing to keep our money from getting into the wrong hands... good morning michael? ((michael stevens)) brian, kirsten... the i-r-s says they've implemented stronger protections for taxpayers... and the nation's tax system. the i-r-s says the new measures attack tax- related identity theft from multiple angles. they say... many of the changes will be invisible to taxpayers but will help the i-r-s and other agencies provide new protections. the i-r-s says there's something you might notice.
requirements when preparing your taxes online... especially when you sign-in to your tax software account. despite the changes.... the i-r-s says they still plan to process 9 out of 10 federal refunds within 21 days. the i-r-s says over 90 percent of all tax returns are prepared using some sort of tax return preparation software. this software generally includes tax law help along with reminders and prompts about tax breaks and responsibilities. ((kirsten joyce)) michael... if someone needs help filing... what does the i-r-s suggest? ((michael stevens)) kirsten... the i-r-s says you can always go to their website for resources... they also say if that doesn't work... seek out a trusted professional for help. back to you. ((brian loftus)) > the strip has turned into a movie set..
sherry how's the weather today? sherry swensk clouds have moved back into southern nevada skies... as we look out over the valley from our stratoshpere camera. ..................... we had some nice sunshine yesterday and that helped boost our highs into the warmer 60s. clouds are returning today and will likely hold back highs to
.............. temps right now are near 40 degrees with light wind and humidity above 50 percent. clouds will stick around all day./// back to you! ((kirsten joyce)) > the high profile trial of a former las vegas pastor.. resumes this morning. otis holland is accused of sexually assaulting young girls in his congregation. holland pleaded not guilty...and could face life in prison if convicted, he did testify in
do anything inappropriate./// ((brian loftus)) > this morning.. a local man is fighting for his life.. after troopers say.. he was hit by a wrong-way drunk driver. brandon abernathy has some very serious injuries from this weekend's crash on the 215 near warm springs. he's been in and out of surgery since early sunday morning. and hasn't woken up yet. his friends and family say he has a long road ahead of him... and it's devastating to see what he'll go through. ((gordon lawes/friend: i walk into that room you know and i see my brother just laid up with neck braces and breathing tubes and stuff in him. it's like you see your hero like superman is down.)) ((brian loftus)) abernathy is married with a stepchild. he has significant injuries to his arms and legs, a brain bleed and other injuries. the suspected drunk driver had minor injuries. that driver is expected to face charges./// demetria, how are the roads this morning? demetria obilor here's a live look at the injury
coming to the valley. the republican billionaire will hold a rally thursday.. at the south point casino. the event starts at 1-pm.. but the doors open at 11. we are now just a little over a month away from both the nevada republican and democratic caucuses./// ((brian loftus)) > the republican national committee just cut ties with nbc news. instead.. the r-n-c chose to partner with c-n-n for next month's super tuesday debate. the republican debate will now air on cnn thursday, february 25th the r-n-c previously suspended its partnership with n-b-c news.... after the october debate in colorado. the g-o-p criticized the way the event was handled./// ((kirsten joyce)) > getting your credit score..
it's called a rigged economy, and this is how it works. most new wealth flows to the top 1%. it's a system held in place by corrupt politics where wall street banks and billionaires buy elections. my campaign is powered by over a million small contributions, people like you who want to fight back. the truth is you can't change a corrupt system by taking its money.
join us for real change. running down the road trying to loosen my load, i've got seven woman on my mind, four that wanna hold me, two that wanna stone me, one says she's a friend of mine. )) ((kirsten joyce)) > this morning.. eagles fans around the world are mourning the loss of the glenn frey. ((brian loftus)) frey formed the band in the early 1970s with his friend, drummer don henley. the group mixed country and california sounds.. becoming one of the most successful acts of the 70s with more than 150 million albums sold.
and frey went on to have a succesful solo career. the eagles reunited in 1994.. and in 98 were inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. last month.. the band was supposed to be honored at the kennedy center honors.. but declined to attend, because of frey's failing health. the band's website said he had multiple health problems. frey was 67 years old./// sherry how's the weather today?
a conveyor of clouds that just keep coming over and over again. ............. high pressure rebuilds for us, but it won't hold back the clouds this week. and there could be some snow showers in the mountains... it won't amount to much... but we could see a half inch or an inch. ................... don;t forget about our ski report on las vegas now dot com with listings for all the ski resorts around the west. ................... temps fall back to normal and
each day through the week and into the weekend. .............. more sunshine comes by sunday and monday. our super saturday recycle day will be somewhat cloudy, but right now no rain - so load up the car and come on down. back to you! ((kirsten joyce)) > your credit score is important. . but do you know how to make it better? ((brian loftus)) consumer advocate michelle mortensen is here with several ways .. to boost your score. ((michelle mortensen)) your credit score is a number that summarizes how financially responsible you are. a bad score can hurt you quite a bit because it says to creditors .. you're a financial risk. but -- you can improve your score dramatically in just 12 months. but to do that ... you've got to know your number. the most widely used credit score system is known as the fico system. it gives you a score from 300 to
the higher your number the better. but most folks don't have a very high number. the average person has a score of 720 according to fico. the average las vegas's score is even lower -- coming in at 632. and that is known as a bad score. these scores are determined by 5 factors. you're payment history. how much you owe. how long you've had credit. any recent inquiries. and finally the types of credit you have. improving your score is as simple as changing those factors. if you make late payments ... paying on time .. changes your score. if you pay down on your cards ... you have more available credit .. and that helps your score. that alone over 12 months can improve your score significantly. but you can't figure out how to improve your score unless you know your score. and you can get that for free ... from the financial guidance center. ((michele johnson: we offer a free credit restoration
of that we pull an experian report and credit score and make sure they understand everything on their credit report. )) ((michelle mortensen)) they will also help you dispute anything on your report that might be inaccurate or obsolete .. and that too can improve your score. and that too is all free. and if your looking to save you should take advantage of coupons and freebies. i've got a slew of them online on las vegas now dot com and go to the 8 on your side page. look for the coupons on the very top. for 8 on your side. im michelle mortensen. ((kirsten joyce)) if you have a question for michelle.. call the hotline.. 702-650-1907./// demetria, how are the roads this morning? demetria obilor our photographer on the scene says that crews are wrapping up the filming for now.
julie watts reports. "i'm gonna use yellow now" julie watts from the nursery to the nail salon.. polish is popular with girls, of all ages. but a joint study by duke university and the environmental working group finds.. chemicals in some polishes can get inside your body. ewg's tasha stoiber says researchers tested women for signs of the common chemical flame retardant triphenyl phosphate, or tphp. every woman had elevated levels after they painted their nails. -tasha stoiber/environme ntal working group) "nail polish is the only personal care product that has this chemical listed as an ingredient." julie watts the ewg estimates about half of all nail polishes have t-p-h-p which is also used as a flame retardant in some foam furniture like couches. and while the group says more research is needed on the effects of this chemical in humans. animals studies indicate tphp is linked to reproductive. and developmental issues. that's surprising news to jenna high. who lets her kids play with nail polish.
shocked. i would say that i'm pretty cautious about what i expose my kids to and nail polish is not one
of the things i ever worry about. " julie watts in a statement the group that represents nail polish manufacturers calls the research "speculative, misleading" and points out "(tphp) has been widely and safely used across many industries," including to prevent "electrical, automobile and furniture fires." (jenna high/mother) "i think i will continue to let my kids use nail polish every once in a while because obviously they love it. but i will be more cautious about doing so." julie watts julie watts, cbs news, san francisco sherry how's the weather today?
a conveyor of clouds that just keep coming over and over again. ............. high pressure rebuilds for us, but it won't hold back the clouds this week. and there could be some snow showers in the mountains... it won't amount to much... but we could see a half inch or an inch. ................... don;t forget about our ski report on las vegas now dot com with listings for all the ski resorts around the west. ................... temps fall back to normal and then rise again into the low 60s each day through the week and
more sunshine comes by sunday and monday. our super saturday recycle day will be somewhat cloudy, but right now no rain - so load up the car and come on down. demetria, how are the roads this morning? demetria obilor 215 and warm springs. metro still at las vegas boulevard and harmon. now, our photographer who is on wrapping up. cones still in place, however. metro should probably be taking care of that shortly. < >
> the markets just opened after being closed yestserda for martin luther king junior day. right now, the dow is up 100- points. on friday, the dow was down 391 and the nasdaq lost 126 points. investors are watching the latest economic growth numbers out of china./// ((brian loftus)) > it was supposed to be one seattle bride's night to remember.. but she had to "alter" her plans.. when her love.. broke up. ((kirsten joyce)) but instead of letting the reception go to waste.. she decided to donate the party.. to family's in need. deborah horne has the story. deborah horne --- you would
unusual wedding reception came out of heartache. the band is here. --- --- the rambuctuous guests. even the bride's mother is on the dance floor. only the bride and groom are missing. the party to celebrate what was supposed to be their wedding day, transformed instead into a night to remember for 150 people who have no permanent place to live. --- karen olsen so this was supposed to be a very different day for you and your daughter that is so true. --- deborah horne karen olsen's daughter, dana, decided she wanted to donate the reception to a charity. with the help of her grandfather, they settled on mary's place, a shelter for homeless families. --- karen olsen and so after contacting them and um looking into the organization, we thought that's a perfect match. --- deborah horne --- mary's place found hair stylists and make up artists willing to donate their services to give these families a kind of makeover. a chance to turn a terrible
--- daisy walter/homeless it's sad, it really is. but i think it's great that instead of throwing away all the food, she's doing this. --- deborah horne i asked what message she has for the no longer bride-to-be? --- daisy walter/homeless thank you. and i hope everything works out for you. --- > thanks for joining us. "c-b-s this morning" starts right now./// good morning to our viewers in the west.