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Payday loans could face more restrictions

If you want to take out a payday loan in Las Vegas, it's not hard to find a lender. The state treasurer's office says there are more payday loan businesses than there are McDonald's in Nevada.

However, with that accessibility comes problems.

There is no cap on interest rates for payday loans in Nevada. So if you don't pay it back quickly, you fall into a deep financial hole fast.

It's been a problem in the Las Vegas valley since the recession and the state treasurer has had enough.

"They have to sell parts of their bodies just to make extra money," said AJ Buhay, the field director for Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN).

At a meeting in Las Vegas, state Treasurer Dan Schwartz is hearing the stories of how people are getting caught in payday loan traps.

The average Nevadan ends up owing 526 percent of what they borrow leaving many in financial ruin... Read More

Questions linger in bee attack

A man who was stung by bees more than 200 times is still recovering in the hospital. The bee attack happened Thursday morning near Russell Road and Fort Apache.

And more than 24 hours after the attack, bees are still visible in the southwest neighborhood where neighbors are shocked.

"It was horrific," said Amber Howerton, resident! "It was -- it felt like something from a Steven King novel."

There's also still some unanswered questions about the victim and whether or not he had a license to do the job. However, 8 News NOW found out that the state doesn't regulate every bee business.

"We did not do an investigation into that because they are not currently licensed nor do they currently need to be licensed under our existing regulations," said Scott Cichowlaz of Nevada Dept. of Agriculture.

According to Nevada law, pest companies who go out and kill bees must be licensed by the state, but bee removal and rehabilitation companies do not... Read More

CCFD: Worker hospitalized after being stung hundreds of time by bees

An exterminator was hospitalized Thursday with life-threatening injuries after being stung hundreds of times by bees, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

It happened around 9:15 a.m. in the southwest valley. Firefighters said two to three exterminators were working to remove bees from a home at the corner of Colored Wind Avenue and Wispy Winds Street when he was stung numerous times by the bees.

According to Clark County Fire, the worker wasn't wearing protective clothing when he was stung.

When Clark County Firefighters arrived at the scene, they said they put on their personal protective equipment and pulled the stung patient out of the area affected by the bees to deliver medical care and transport.

The patient was taken to Southern Hills Hospital with life-threatening injuries... Read More

New CCSD schools designed differently

There's a new design for public schools in Clark County. The design change solves some problems that plague the district, such as overcrowding.

Eight schools are currently under construction and a total of 35 elementary schools are planned over the next 10 years.

The new schools are designed to hold more students -- 850 instead of 725.

"Full day kindergarten is now mandated," said Rick Baldwin, CCSD director of demographics and zoning.

He oversees the department that is in charge of getting those new schools up and running.

Baldwin explains another new design which revolves around getting young learners interested in lucrative fields.

"We're also putting in a STEM room, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math room to allow those principals that have the flexibility to do some creative and innovative things," he said... Read More

Fireworks spark fire in southwest valley

Officials say fireworks likely sparked a small fire Sunday that damaged three homes. The fire happened near Sunset Road and Lindell Road... Read More

NV Energy files proposal with PUCN to grandfather in private rooftop solar customers

NV Energy filed with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) a proposal Wednesday to grandfather-in eligible private rooftop solar customers.

In its filing, NV Energy requests that customers who had installed a private system prior to December 31, 2015, remain on the previously approved net metering rates for 20 years. The company also asks that customers who had an active and approved application to interconnect a system pending on December 31, 2015, remain on previous net metering rates. ... Read More

Police: 3 suspects rob gas station overnight

Police are searching for three suspects, who robbed a Sinclair gas station, near Decatur Boulevard and Desert Inn Road.

Three male suspects entered the gas station Tuesday night, firing one shot into the air, police said.

The suspects ordered everyone to the floor, and forced the clerk to open the register. The suspects took money and left in a red or maroon colored Honda four-door vehicle that was reported stolen.

A patrol officer later spotted the vehicle on Jones Boulevard, north of U.S. 95. and was unsucessful in trying to pull the vehicle over. The suspects eventually abandoned the vehicle near Summerlin Parkway and fled on foot.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (702)385-5555.... Read More