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WATCH: Fourth of July fireworks across the Las Vegas skies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Fireworks filled the skies across the Las Vegas valley Saturday night in celebration of the 4th of July. 8 News Now live streamed two of the largest fireworks shows in the Las Vegas valley.

WATCH THE 9 P.M. SHOW BELOW:

At 9 p.m. (PST) was the “Star-Spangled Sky Fireworks Event” in Henderson. The show actually consisted of four display locations throughout Henderson:

  • Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino
  • Lake Las Vegas
  • M Resort Spa & Casino
  • The Legacy Golf Club

Then at 10 p.m. (PST), 8 News Now carried the fireworks show live from the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.

WATCH THE 10 P.M. SHOW BELOW:... Read More

Las Vegans celebrate Fourth of July amid COVID-19 pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — From virtual fireworks to socially distanced BBQ’s, people across the nation are finding ways to celebrate the fourth of July in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

8 News Now took to the streets to see how Las Vegans are celebrating this year. 

Many people are opting for a socially distanced Fourth of July this year, surrounded by family. 

“We got some sparklers, some poppers,” said Martin Espinoza.

“Simple little assortment of fireworks plus sparklers,” added Stacy and Lindsay Rivera. “We’re just going to my Tia and Tios house to go in their swimming pool, so it’s just the six of us.”

“Nothing big, just immediate family,” said Noel Loya. “Not many places we can go out so we got to bring the fun to them.”

Parents we spoke to are hoping the colorful sparks will offer a little bit of summer fun for their kids stuck inside. ... Read More

Boulder City to offer COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays in July

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Boulder City will offer weekly community COVID-19 testing starting next Tuesday, July 7.

Boulder City is partnering with Boulder City Hospital and the Southern Nevada Health District to offer the free testing, by appointment, on Tuesday mornings through July from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

It will be held at the Boulder City Fire Department located at 1101 Elm Street. Boulder City paramedics and Boulder City Hospital nurses will administer the nasal swab tests.

Organizers say the weekly testing will be dependent on staffing availability, as Fire and EMS response will take precedent. Appointments would be rescheduled if an event were to take place... Read More

Google Maps new feature navigates COVID-19 hot spots

(CNN NEWSOURCE) — Google is trying to help its users get around during the coronavirus pandemic.

The company has launched a new feature on Google Maps to help people navigate the areas affected by the virus.

The feature notifies drivers about checkpoints down the road before they cross national borders.

They can also get alerts about local health restrictions on their routes.

Public transportation riders can get information about mandatory face masks and other requirements.

People who are on their way to a COVID-19 testing site will get alerts about whether they are eligible for a test.

The new features are available only in some countries.

In the U.S., the driving and testing alerts are already up and running... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Cannabis Control Board Executive Director Tyler Klimas

The Cannabis Control Board started up this week. It is modeled after the Gaming Control Board, with the goal of regulating the marijuana industry. Their first board meeting will be on July 21. 8 News Now anchor Kirsten Joyce interviews the Executive Director Tyler Klimas about why he is focusing on character when it comes to licenses, his plan to deal with some recent recalls of products and inconsistency in the laboratory testing, and what regulations could be placed on the CBD markets. ... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto on testing of nuclear weapons

8 News Now host John Langeler interviews Nevada democrat Senator Catherine Cortez Masto about her bill on resuming nuclear testing in Nevada. It’s called the No Nuclear Testing Without Approval Act, and basically says congress would have to sign on any renewed explosive nuclear testing before it goes forward. The last nuclear tests were in 1992 at the what was then called the Nevada Test Site. ... Read More

Neil Young ‘NOT ok’ with Trump playing his music at Mount Rushmore event

(CNN NEWSOURCE) — Singer Neil Young says he is not okay with the Trump campaign using his music.

He is criticizing the playing of his song’s at the President’s Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore.

“Rockin’ in a Free World” and “Like a Hurricane” are audible in videos from the event.

On Twitter, Young says that’s “NOT ok” with him. He adds that he stands with the Lakota Sioux.

This is NOT ok with me… https://t.co/Q9j9NRPMhi

— Neil Young Archives (@NeilYoungNYA) July 4, 2020

The area where Mount Rushmore is carved is sacred to them. And, records show the Sioux have a historical claim to the land.

Young, who’s Canadian, says he became a U.S. citizen this year just so he could vote against President Trump... Read More