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Senate Bill 4 passes Assembly with 31-10 vote

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)UPDATE: The Nevada Assembly has passed Senate Bill 4 out of committee with a 31-10 vote.

The controversial bill blocks a citizen from suing a business, except for hospitals, if they contract COVID-19.

But not all agree with the liability legislation.

The Nevada Workers Coalition issued a statement after its passage, saying: ... Read More

Group gathers to grieve teen crash victims, call for community change

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A group gathered east of the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday to honor the lives of two teenagers killed in an alleged DUI crash and call for future change. 

Citlali Mora and Nelly Amaya-Ramirez, both 16-years-old, died Monday evening, when police say Ebonie Whitaker hit them near Maryland Parkway and Katie Avenue. 

Officers reported that Whitaker was driving drunk at the time and failed to control her car, eventually driving onto the sidewalk and hitting the girls.

“It is up to us as Las Vegas residents to say enough is enough.”

The vigil starts with a plea to put an end to drunk driving. @8NewsNow #8NN pic.twitter.com/DeasNqIEkP... Read More

Clark County announces 13 Valley facilities will provide access to distance learning, day camp

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County announced thirteen facilities across the Vally will provide access to distance learning and day camp through a program called “School Daze.”

The initiative caters to children ages 5 to 12-years-old and will include socially-distanced activities. It will run fro 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Activities will vary from fun to educational, including:

  • Educational time
  • Games
  • Arts n’ crafts
  • Sports
  • Themed activities

School Daze launches Aug. 24, and the County says it will last until “kids can return school.”

If you decide to take part in the program, you and your child(ren) will be asked to complete a Daily Wellness Acknowledgement Form. Temperatures will also be checked daily.

The following are the locations: ... Read More

I-Team: Nurses protest, concerned about work conditions

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Southern Nevada hospitals are seeing a surge of COVID-19 patients, and some nurses are trying to send a message to administration.

The I-Team has been receiving information from hospital insiders.

Usually, healthcare workers are hesitant to speak publicly about work conditions for fear of losing their jobs. But today, a group of nurses sounded the alarm.

“We’ve been calling them saints, literal human saints,” said Shaun Singer, son of a COVID-19 patient.

Singer’s father is in the intensive care unit at St. Rose Dominican Hospital. Wednesday morning, nurses at the facility were protesting.

“We want to take care of our patients, but to do that, we want to be safe in doing so,” said Zachary Pritchett, a registered nurse.

Pritchett is a union representative for National Nurses United, which announced this National Day of Action with 200 protests across the country. ... Read More

Metro arrests man accused of stabbing man to death at pool party

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police has identified and arrested the man accused of stabbing another man to death last month. It happened on July 22 at approximately 10:49 p.m.

According to Metro Police, officers responded to a home located in the 4800 block of West Richmar Avenue near S. Decatur and W. Silverado Ranch boulevards to investigate a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived at the scene, they found around 100 people at a house pool party.

The victim, identified as Eric Tia, was located in the backyard suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to University Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased... Read More

CCSD Trustees seek leadership training, makes more changes after chaotic special meeting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District Board of Trustees met for the first time today following a chaotic end to last week’s meeting about the Superintendent’s actions and possible termination.

8 News Now took a look at how they want to improve their communication during the work session.

“I think this is where the work starts,” said Trustee Chris Garvey.

Trustees acknowledged division among the group.

“We even used to like each other, and we’ve got to come back to something like that,” said Trustee Linda Young.

Trustees recognized the concerns and approved to formally create an ethics guideline. The decision follows members reviewing the current board members’ principles of operation.

“We just changed board to a lowercase,” said Garvey. ... Read More

Gov. Sisolak issues proclamation saying racism is a public health crisis

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued a proclamation Wednesday to formally name racism as a public health crisis.

According to the governor’s office, given Nevada’s diverse population as a minority, majority state, this call to action raises awareness so Nevada does not perpetuate poor health outcomes due to systemic racism during and after the pandemic.

“Institutional and systemic racism has gone on far too long in this country and in this State. Based on research, we are taking a proactive approach in joining fellow leaders around the country to declare racism as a public health crisis, “ said Governor Steve Sisolak. “I am grateful to be joined by the Nevada Legislature in recognizing that racism manifests in measurable ways, including in public health. I look forward to working with Nevada leaders and the Office of Minority Health and Equity on this critical issue.”... Read More