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NEW: COVID-19 cases rise by nearly 400 as Nevada's test positivity inches up

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Thursday, June 17

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reported nearly 400 additional COVID-19 cases and seven deaths on Thursday, according to data released today. The state's test positivity rate rose to 3.6%, up from 3.5% the previous day.

CASES & DEATHS & TESTING

Nevada reported 385 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (362), on Thursday. The state’s total cases are now at 328,875. Clark County has a total of 255,515. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.... Read More

Juneteenth celebrations underway in Las Vegas; list of events included

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Friday is Juneteenth which is now recognized as a federal holiday. The day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

Local celebrations are taking place in the Las Vegas valley.

The Cosmopolitan sponsored and held the first "Juneteenth Jubilee Breakfast" which was organized by the local NAACP. There were conversations, song and dance to recognize the day.

Happy Juneteenth! The local NAACP chapter celebrates the first annual Juneteenth Jubilee Breakfast at @Cosmopolitan_LV. LIVE at Noon, @8NewsNow pic.twitter.com/a6kWXKnUyP... Read More

Nighttime closures planned during work on ramp from Lake Mead to US Highway 95

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Work on the ramp from westbound Lake Mead Boulevard to southbound U.S. Highway 95 will cause overnight closures beginning Sunday night in the northwest valley.

Pavement work, restriping and ramp meter repairs will occur at night on the following schedule released by the Nevada Deparment of Transportation:

June 20-June 21 (Sunday Night – Monday Morning)

• The westbound Lake Mead Boulevard onramp to southbound U.S. Highway 95 will be closed 6 p.m., June 20, until 6 a.m., June 21.
• The westbound Lake Mead Boulevard right travel lane and shoulder will be closed from Rainbow Boulevard to Rock Springs Drive from 6 p.m., June 20, until 6 a.m., June 21.
• The southbound U.S. Highway 95 right travel lane and shoulder will be closed from the Lake Mead Boulevard offramp to the Lake Mead Boulevard bridge over U.S. Highway 95 from 6 p.m., June 20, until 6 a.m., June 21... Read More

18 arrests made during sex offender verification operation in Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas police report 15 sex offenders were arrested last week for not following sex offender registration laws, another three were arrested for outstanding warrants related to current sex crime investigations.

The verification operation is conducted periodically to make sure sex offenders have registered the correct address where they are living.

Sex offenders are required to check in with law enforcement based on what tier they have been assigned to. The most serious offenders are Tier 3 and must check in quarterly. Tier 2 must check in bi-annually and Tier 1 must check in annually. The rules regarding sex offender registration can be found at this link... Read More

Historic drought fuels debate on controlling growth in Las Vegas

CARSON CITY — Record-breaking heat and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead... Read More

Chase involving burglary suspects ends in crash, arrests

PAHRUMP, Nev. (KLAS) -- A driver wrecked a car after leading sheriff’s deputies on a chase through Nye County.

The crash happened on Route 160 on Friday morning.

Deputies were responding to a burglary when the car they suspect to be involved drove off. The chase reached speeds of 130 miles per hour, deputies said.

Photos provided by the sheriff’s office showed a car far off the road and a woman being taken into custody.

In all, two people were in custody, deputies said... Read More

Celebrate Father's Day at Topgolf Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The U.S. Open is 300 miles away, but we have Topgolf Las Vegas around the corner on Harmon and Koval. If you are wondering what to do with your dad for Father's Day, perhaps you can schedule a golf lesson that won't break the bank.

With the hot temperatures, it's a fun way to enjoy cool air conditioning and get some golf swings in at the same time. Topgolf Las Vegas also offers tasty dishes and refreshing drinks while you watch the U.S. Open on their large display screens.

Hector Mejia was getting golf lessons this morning from Lindsey Hoskins at Topgolf Las Vegas as she shared a couple of things Top Golf Las Vegas is planning for that Father's Day... Read More