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Faith leaders appeal Gov. Sisolak directive on church services as Easter celebrations near

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas City Councilwoman for Ward. 2, Victoria Seaman along with Mayor Pro Tem and Councilwoman for Ward 6, Michele Fiore gathered with several religious leaders to address concerns over the latest social distancing directive ordered by Governor Sisolak on Wednesday that further restricts church services and gatherings.

Several faith leaders denounced the directive saying it “crossed the line”, especially as Easter celebrations draw near. Pastor Paul Marc Goulet of International Church of Las Vegas explained that his church was planning on a drive-thru church service for Easter, with activities of worship, children games, Easter basket giveaways where parishioners would not have to leave their cars and would be required to wear their gloves and masks. According to Seaman, Las Vegas Metro Police had told here this service was not permissible under the new directive given by the Governor on Wednesday. ... Read More

Local preps to ease pressure on hospitals moves ahead; Clark County adds more than 150 isolation beds

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Local preparations aimed at easing expected pressure on Las Vegas valley hospitals are moving forward. Clark Couty says it has already added more than 150 new beds for people who need to be isolated, and more are coming.

“We have laid an amazing amount of groundwork in a very short period of time,” County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said. “We hope our caseload will not rise to the levels we have seen elsewhere. But my conscience won’t let me sleep at night unless I know we are doing everything we can to get prepared.”

On Thursday, the County entered into the following contracts aimed at easing pressure on local hospitals:... Read More

Food distribution site workers to receive extra pay

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On Thursday, the Clark County School District and the Education Support Employees Association came together on an agreement to pay food distribution site workers more money.

Food Service professionals and custodians at these sites will receive one and a half times their normal pay.

“Many of our support professionals perform essential duties for CCSD students and must interact with the public,” said CCSD Board of School Trustees President Lola Brooks. “We understand we’re asking employees to go above and beyond their duties and I’m thankful we can offer them additional compensation during this time.”... Read More

Fertility patients face challenges during COVID-19 pandemic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Time is precious for people who have turned to fertility centers for help getting pregnant. Now, the coronavirus has put some of those plans on hold.

8 News Now spoke to Dr. Carrie Bedient, who revealed how the virus has impacted her patients.

Normally, the Fertility Center of Las Vegas is packed with people. But as of late, it’s been empty, as doctors postpone procedures due to the pandemic.

Bedient is used to seeing dozens of patients who have put in a lot of time and money, hoping to start a family.

“Fertility patients at baseline are pretty anxious. They don’t want to be here; they don’t want to be in this position,” she said. “So, we’re trying to help them get through not only that, but also the added stress of what COVID-19 is doing.”... Read More

Metro working to identify suspect in south Las Vegas business robbery

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police need your help identifying the suspect who allegedly robbed a south Las Vegas business on April 1. The incident occurred in the 1000 block of East Tropicana around 8 p.m.

After entering the business, the suspect threatened to harm the victim before demanding money. The victim complied, and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount.

The victim was not injured.

Police released the following suspect description:

  • Black male adult
  • 40-50-years-old
  • 5’8″, weighing 130 pounds
  • Last seen wearing a black baseball cap, grey shirt, blue jeans and grey shoes

If you have information about this robbery, call Metro’s Commercial Robbery Section at 702-828-3591. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or on their website. ... Read More

As first stimulus check looms, lawmakers working towards next round of relief

As the U.S. nears 17,000 coronavirus deaths, our team in Washington, D.C. is examining the issues that likely won’t be featured tonight during primetime cable news — including what’s being done to get additional financial relief to Americans and small businesses. You can watch their original reporting in the video above.

A staggering 16.8 million Americans have been thrown onto the unemployment rolls in just three weeks, underscoring the terrifying speed with which the coronavirus outbreak has brought world economies to a near standstill.

Meanwhile, a spike in deaths in Britain and New York and surges of reported new infections in Japan and India’s congested cities make it clear that the struggle is far from over... Read More

Coronavirus concerns push Dana White to cancel UFC 249 event

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — UFC President Dana White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto Thursday that he was “unable to proceed” with the scheduled event at the tribal resort Tachi Palace Casino Resort on April 18. 

The announcement comes shortly after democrat California Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed her concerns in light of the current pandemic crisis the country is facing.

“I’m concerned by reports that Ultimate Fighting Championship plans to hold a pay-per-view event in California, in defiance of the state’s shelter-in-place order,” Feinstein said in her statement. “This event would involve dozens of individuals flying to California and driving to a casino for a purpose no one can honestly claim is essential.”... Read More