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NASCAR races into Las Vegas Motor Speedway with fans

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- NASCAR has a triple header at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. This time around, fans will be back at the track.

JC Fernandez has more on all the fun to be had! ... Read More

'I'm a little scared to come to work': Many hospitality workers say they want vaccine eligibility now

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues in Nevada, many hospitality workers feel lift in limbo.

Hospitality and food service workers on the Las Vegas Strip often have to closely interact with visitors. Many say the COVID-19 vaccine would give them some peace of mind -- but it is still unclear when they can get it.

"It's upsetting and there's a lot of us in this city that do this," said Julie Greco, a server at Slice of Vegas inside the Shoppes at Mandalay Place.

Julie Greco — Server at Slice of Vegas

Greco and many other workers on the Las Vegas Strip are still waiting to get the COVID-19 vaccine -- and it is something they desperately want.

"Just to have that safety blanket," Greco said. "I would really appreciate that."... Read More

Nemechek beats his boss Kyle Busch to win Truck Series race in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — John Hunter Nemechek beat boss Kyle Busch, ending Busch’s three-race winning streak at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with a victory in Friday night in the NASCAR Truck Series race.

Nemechek this year stepped down two levels from the Cup Series to drive a truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports. He figured in the right equipment, he could show he should race at NASCAR’s top level.

In just his third race driving for Busch, Nemecheck led Busch across the finish line for a 1-2 KBM finish. It was Nemechek’s sixth career Truck Series victory, first since 2018. He spent 2019 in the Xfinity Series and last year running Cup.

“We’re here for wins,” Nemechek said.

Busch rallied from a lap down to finish second.

“It’s cool to see John Hunter have a shot and get back in victory lane,” Busch said... Read More

From L.A. to LV: California food franchises expanding to Las Vegas

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- While we have seen restaurants shutter during the pandemic, we have also seen openings and announcements for future plans. A lot of those restaurants are based out of California and finding Las Vegas to be a lucrative place to expand.

8 News Now visited one eatery preparing to open its doors in North Las Vegas, and it's quite a unique concept.

Mr. Fries Man offers huge portions of fries with whatever you want on them: bacon, cheese, shrimp, crab, chili, chicken, beef, the list goes on!

"I want to bring fries to North Las Vegas, so I said, 'well, hey, let's bring it, let's do it,'" shared Craig Batiste.

Vegas is making room for several new foodie spots from our western neighbor. Several LA-based franchises like Mr. Fries Man, Golden Bird Chicken and Randy's Donuts, just to name a few, all have big plans here.

Eater Las Vegas Editor Susan Stapleton explains why. ... Read More

I-Team: CCSD remote learning privacy concerns

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The first week of hybrid learning is in the books for some Clark County School District (CCSD) students. Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara says he believes it went smoothly, although there were at least eight schools affected by positive COVID-19 cases among staff.

While that's one concern about in-person learning, there are still concerns about remote learning. The I-Team asked school leaders about the issue during a press conference Friday.

CCSD leaders say more than half of students are still distance learning.

Mom of six Anna Binder says she's had concerns throughout the past year about remote education in her home.

"There is no privacy," she said. "We could talk all day long about intrusion, but the way that distance education is going, you have lost all of your privacy in your own homes."

And now, through hybrid learning, there is live streaming from classrooms... Read More

I-Team: From 0 to 5,000 deaths, a look at a year of COVID-19 in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- March 5 marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 in Nevada. Twelve months later, coronavirus has infected nearly 300,000 Nevadans, and 5,000 have died.

“A dangerous virus is spreading rapidly in China,” 8 News Now anchor Denise Valdez said during a newscast in late January 2020. COVID-19, which was believed to have been spread at a wet market in Wuhan, China, had killed dozens in the Asian country, as U.S. officials feared it would reach the West.

Coronavirus would reach the U.S. just after Valdez made that report, with the first case reported on Jan. 21 in Washington state. It would be several weeks before Nevada reported its first case.

March 5, 2020: 1 case, 0 deaths... Read More

Vacation home sales skyrocket nationwide, despite pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Despite the pandemic, the number of people buying vacation homes skyrocketed, this past year.  

Shaun Greer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at "Vacasa," says they saw a 40-percent increase in sales of vacation homes. They manage 23,000 properties in 400 different markets. 

Here's a look at their ten best places to buy a winter vacation home, based on the best cap rates, annual return on investment and ideal locations for a lot of outdoor activity and R&R  ... Read More