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Green Wednesday: Day before Thanksgiving leads to sales boost in cannabis industry

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Just about everyone knows about Black Friday, but a lesser known shopping day in the cannabis industry is gaining traction: Green Wednesday.

"I believe it has a lot to do with people preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday," said Ashley Blackwood, director of compliance for Thrive Dispensary, "helping themselves be a little hungrier, increasing their appetite, helping engage with their family members and create more fun conversations at the dinner table."

According to Leafly.com, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving has become the second busiest day for the cannabis industry behind April 20.

Dispensaries across the country offer sales on everything.

The newest location for Thrive near Cactus and I-15 has a conveyor belt that brings products to customers, with fewer people touching it. ... Read More

USPS suggests shipping packages early, shares important deadlines

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The US Postal Service expects more packages this year than previous years as more families choose to celebrate the holidays with each other virtually.

Postal Service leaders say your best bet to make sure your packages arrive on time is to mail early.

There are also some important deadlines to remember for shipping packages:

  • For military or family members in correctional facilities: Dec. 11
  • Priority mail: Dec. 19
  • Priority mail express: Dec. 23

There are also other options if you don't want to stand in line at the post office. ... Read More

Las Vegas valley locals line up for Marie Callender's pies and Thanksgiving feast

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- For many, it's a time-honored tradition picking up one of Marie Callender's famous pies or even a full-on feast with turkey and all the trimmings ahead of Thanksgiving. And this year was no different.

Earlier Wednesday, 8 News NOW stopped by one of the restaurant's locations in the Las Vegas valley, and there were plenty of people in line.

"Every year, we have everything set up; we have the feast available, we make it easier, it's convenient for customers to come purchase the feast," said Yuri Martin, General Manager, Marie Callender's. "Everything's in it. All you have to do is reheat it."

Martin says it's already a stressful time for people, so she's happy to help make the holiday less hectic. She also says they're starting back up bright and early at 7 o'clock Thursday morning to sell even more pies and meals... Read More

Rep. Susie Lee shares news of positive COVID-19 result, mother's passing

CANTON, Ohio (KLAS) -- US Representative Susie Lee shared the devastating news of her mother's passing, as well as a positive COVID-19 result, Wednesday night.

Lee says her mother, Joan Kelley, had been experiencing months of deteriorating health.

The congresswoman tested positive for COVID after traveling to Ohio to see her mother. She says she took precautions, including social distancing and wearing a mask, and tested negative for the virus on Sunday. She received her positive result today.

Lee says she is asymptomatic as of now.

She wrote a statement, which reads: ... Read More

Many rely on pre-made meals to avoid crowds this Thanksgiving

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- With coronavirus numbers growing, this Thanksgiving will be a lot different for many valley families.

"It's hard because we can't celebrate with families," said Sherry Fernandez. "I invited eight max, and then now we are down to three."

It may be an untraditional Thanksgiving, not celebrating with family or friends, but many are adapting to changes and grateful for what they have planned.

"I ordered the turkey, ultimate turkey package, and it's a whole turkey with sides and apple pie," Fernandez shared.

Marie Callender's General Manager Yuri Martin says pre-made meals are in demand.

"That started on Oct. 1, we started taking the orders," she said. "As Thanksgiving gets closer, immediately, you start getting over 60-70 orders per day."

To avoid the lines, customers started showing up Monday. ... Read More

On the Front Lines: The National Guard’s COVID-19 response across Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An 8 News Now viewer reached out to say how much he appreciated the National Guard. You may have seen soldiers if you've been to COVID-19 test sites throughout the valley. 

This Thanksgiving eve, 8 News Now introduces you to a group many of you are likely thankful for. 

Nevada is home for these National Guardsmen.  

For Sergeant Thomas Jacobellis, the call for duty came in April to provide help during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We're neighbors helping neighbors,” Sgt. Thomas Jacobellis said. “This is a very unique deployment.  I've been to Afghanistan. That was much different because I was away from family.” 

Sgt. Jacobellis is at the Cashman Center in downtown Las Vegas where testing is offered. While he is grateful he is home, he also acknowledges the risk of being on the front lines. ... Read More

I-Team: 'I'm going to put it in God's hands,' family of 8 faces eviction, lack of rentals

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Many Southern Nevadans facing eviction are dealing with a second problem: there’s nowhere to go.

“I'm guessing we've spent close to $600 or $700 just on applications,” said Amber Todd of Henderson. Todd lives with her fiancé and six children. She lost her job amid mass pandemic furloughs and layoffs in March. On top of that, her landlord wants to sell her home, she said, but finding a new place has not been easy.

8 News Now spoke with Todd in October, a day before the state’s eviction moratorium was due to expire.

A federal moratorium, which protects against evictions due to the pandemic, expires at the end of the year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order requires a landlord not take action to remove a covered tenant through Dec. 31... Read More