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I-Team: Trump administration considering new nuclear test according to defense official

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (KLAS) — The United States has not tested an armed nuclear weapon since 1992. According to several reports published over the last week, the current administration has inquired about restarting a nuclear testing program.

On Tuesday, a top defense department nuclear official said a live nuclear test could be arranged within “months” if requested by the president. This is according to an article on defensenews.com.

This official was Drew Walter, deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters. He said while it has been asked, there “has been no policy change” when it comes to avoiding live nuclear testing... Read More

Clark County reopening facilities June 1 with new health and safety measures in place

The Clark County Government Center and other County facilities will begin to reopen to the public on Monday, June 1. According to a note on the County’s website, everything is reopening with comprehensive enhanced health and safety measures in place in keeping with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s “Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery” reopening plan.

Clark County’s Las Vegas-area community and recreation centers will also open in a limited capacity on June 1. It’ll be open for open recreation and so that people can register for upcoming programs. 

But, centers in Clark County that cater to seniors will take a little longer to open.

The County’s aquatic facilities are expected to open later in June at a reduced capacity to abide by the social distancing guidelines. However, the actual date has yet to be announced. ... Read More

It’s Henderson Silver Knights!

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Vegas Golden Knights announced the name of the minor league hockey team that will be playing out of Henderson —- it’s the Silver Knights.

Knights owner, Bill Foley bought the American Hockey League team out of San Antonio Feb 6 and moved them to Las Vegas. The Silver Knights will be the top minor league affiliate for the Vegas Golden Knights.

The team will play at least two seasons at the Orleans Arena before moving to a new arena that is planned for Henderson. The plan is to break ground on the new arena in August.

From the Knights News Release:

The Silver Knights of the American Hockey League are the first pro sports team to call Henderson home... Read More

SNHD provides update on contact tracing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Once a person is confirmed positive for COVID-19, a whole new process starts tracking down anyone they’ve come into contact with.

Healthy authorities say community testing and contact tracing go hand-in-hand and are critical to reopening Nevada.

Contact tracers are in charge of tracking down close contacts of people who have tested positive and asking them to self-quarantine and monitor symptoms. This could be someone you live with or spend significant time with.

Right now, the Southern Nevada Health District has 60 designated contact tracers on staff. It’s recruited 10 medical volunteers and eight librarians from North Las Vegas to help with the labor-intensive workload.

But as testing becomes more widespread, they’ll need even more assistance. ... Read More

Las Vegas passengers down 96.4% in McCarran’s traffic report for April

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Southwest Airlines, the biggest carrier at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, flew 69,289 passengers in April — a 95.5% drop in passengers compared to April 2019.

Overall, passenger traffic dropped 96.4% as the bottom fell out of tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And international travel hit absolute bottom. Not one single passenger flew in or out on an international flight.

After years of seeing numbers climb higher, April’s report from McCarran is like a punch in the gut, to go along with the punch in the nose Las Vegas took earlier this week when April’s unemployment rate — 33% — put Nevada at the top nationwide.

This time last year, more than 16 million people had flown in and out of McCarran. So far in 2020, that number is stuck at just over 10 million... Read More

Boulevard Mall prepares to welcome back shoppers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Indoor malls in the Valley plan to reopen tomorrow after being shut down for roughly two months. 8 News now visited Boulevard Mall to see the changes they’ve made and how tenants are preparing for shoppers.

“It’s a little wild,” said Kaitlin Ekanger, director of operations or the Rex Center. “We’re all hands on deck, getting cleaning done.”

The mall is abuzz with excitement as businesses make sure everything is in place for reopening. A few of the companies are even getting ready for their grand opening.

“We’ve been waiting. We were supposed to open in April, and now, we finally get the go ahead to get this thing started,” said Rene Rubalcava, owner of Las Vegas Family Puppet Theater Company. “If you’re a fan of say, “The Muppets,” we have muppet puppet-type play productions, and we have puppet making for all ages.” ... Read More

Nevada Senator Cortez Masto withdraws her name as Biden’s VP running mate consideration

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada said Thursday that she’s not interested in serving as running mate to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Cortez Masto, who in 2016 became the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, said in a statement that she supports the former vice president but does not want to join the Democratic presidential ticket.

“I support Joe Biden 100% and will work tirelessly to help get him elected this November. It is an honor to be considered as a potential running mate but I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration,” Cortez Masto said in a statement.

She noted that Nevada’s economy is one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus, with the worst unemployment rate in the nation at 28.2%. She said she will focus on getting Nevada residents back on their feet.

She did not offer more information about her decision to withdraw... Read More