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District Attorney to file charges against Senator Reid's brother

LAS VEGAS -- The District Attorney's office said it will file criminal charges against the brother of Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV.

A criminal complaint released Thursday, revealed Larry Joe Reid, 73, is facing multiple charges including battery on an officer, DUI and possession of a gun while under the influence of alcohol.

Reid was arrested on Feb. 2 after he was found in a parked vehicle in the median of US 95 southbound in Searchlight, about 25 miles east of Las Vegas. The Nevada Highway Patrol trooper who approached Reid's car noticed he was intoxicated, according to an arrest report.

When the trooper asked Reid if he was okay, and why he was in the median, the report said, Reid swore at the trooper and asked to leave.

The trooper said Reid couldn't go and tried to pull his keys from the ignition, and that's when Reid allegedly started driving the SUV away.

Henderson Police searching for hiker missing since April 1

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police say they're joining the search for a hiker who hasn't been seen since April 1.

The search for 53-year-old Kevin Landis began April 7 when a co-worker of Landis reported him missing.

The co-worker told authorities Landis went on a hike near the River Mountain Loop Trail, which is between Boulder City and Henderson and just north of US 95.

Red Rock Search and Rescue and Metro police's Air Support are also helping look for Landis.

Anyone who locates Mr. Landis is asked to call 911 immediately. If have information on the case, contact Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4913. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Reid: Future funding of I-11 on shaky ground

BOULDER CITY, Nev. -- Governor Brian Sandoval and Senator Harry Reid were among many political leaders celebrating the groundbreaking of Interstate 11 on Monday.

The new highway will start at the end of I-515, or US 95 loop south of Boulder City and connect to the Hoover Dam bypass.

It will connect to Arizona's portion of the interstate, which is still in the planning stages, cutting 30 minutes from the drive between Las Vegas and Phoenix.

However, Senator Reid hinted that the future expansion of the new interstate may be on shaky ground.

Freeway construction to connect Las Vegas and Phoenix begins

BOULDER CITY, Nev. - The first phase of the Interstate 11 project that would connect Las Vegas and Phoenix breaks ground Monday.

Phoenix and Las Vegas are the two largest cities in the country not linked by an interstate.

The $318 million project will begin with a 15-mile, four-lane stretch from Silverline Road to the Hoover Dam Bridge. Interstate 11 will start at the end of I-515, loop south of Boulder City and connect to the Hoover Dam Bypass.

The Nevada Department of Transportation says the corridor currently sees 34,000 cars and trucks daily. Experts say the new interstate will relieve some of that traffic going through Boulder City.

It will also save an estimated 30 minutes of drive time between Phoenix and Las Vegas.

“This is key in establishing southern Nevada's international trade corridor – bringing truck traffic and goods as well as people here more expediently, safer, quicker and better,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia.

Driver claims she got $200 ticket for putting on lip balm behind the wheel

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Highway Patrol has a campaign to crackdown on distracted drivers, but how far is too far when it comes to cracking the whip? 8 News NOW decided to examine that question after a Las Vegas woman said she received a ticket from a Boulder City police officer for putting on lip balm at a red light.

Stephanie Fragoso said she was cited Wednesday during the statewide crackdown. She said she was at a red light at I-15 and Blue Diamond when it happened.

Fragoso said when she asked the officer why he pulled her over, he told her it was for putting on makeup.

"I told him it was Chapstick,” Fragoso said.

Initially, Fragoso thought the entire thing was a joke, especially since it was April Fools Day, but when she received the citation, she quickly realized that wasn't the case.

“He said 'it could have been anything; you could have been drinking water, shaving your legs',” said Fragoso.

I-11 construction said to be key in southern NV's economic future

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LAS VEGAS -- Interstate 11 has been touted as one of the keys to Southern Nevada's economic future, and on Monday, construction to build a portion of the $318 million road will begin near the Hoover Dam.

The Nevada portion is only about 15 miles long, but economists and transportation officials say those 15 miles will pave a strong economic future when it connects Las Vegas to Phoenix.

"Interstate 11 is without question the largest public works project that we have ever been involved with,” said Larry Brown, Clark County Commissioner, RTC Chairman.

The project managed by RTC and NDOT will bring a second interstate into Las Vegas when it loops south of Boulder City, connecting with the Hoover Dam bypass. It will eventually follow US 93 to Phoenix and three other interstate highways.

Park rangers expose drowning risks, dangers in lakes

LAKE MEAD, Nev. -- The weather is warming up, and that means many people will venture off into lakes to cool off.

"I'm just here relaxing in the sun and having a good time away from school and people. I'm just hanging out,” said Cody Snider, student spending Spring break at Lake Mead.

However, this is the time of year when a lot of accidents happen in lakes, according to Lake Mead park rangers, and it's largely in part to water levels.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area District Ranger Mark Hnat says people should pay attention to water levels because lower water levels make for a dangerous situation.

"With lower water, you never know where the rocks or anything are. It's dangerous out here, especially with big waves brought in by the wind,” said Snider.

Ranger Hnat says it's not always clear what's underneath the water surface of a lake.