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Smith's now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to seniors 70 and older

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Seniors, 70 years and older, can now make an appointment with Smith's Food & Drug stores to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The company is calling it a monumental day.

Smith's began administering the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 20 at 45 different locations. In addition to being convenient, the pharmacy says it also allows individuals to get vaccinated at any location with open appointments.

"Coming in and getting your vaccine once you have scheduled yourself and made an appointment is as simple as going to the drop off window at the pharmacy like you were dropping off a prescription, completing the consent form that is required for any vaccine, finally then [the] pharmacy will come and do a review," said Dan Heller, Smith's Pharmacies Practice Coordinator.

Rose Kellogg lives in the northwest valley but scheduled her appointment at the pharmacy on Decatur and Flamingo. ... Read More

Historic inauguration becomes teaching moment for LVHS educator

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The presidential inauguration became a teaching moment for educators in the Clark County School District. Instead of eighth period Spanish, some students at Las Vegas High School (LVHS) watched and discussed the event.

"I just like we were able to talk about it," said sophomore Abigail Farnsworth. "It wasn't controversial or argumentative at all."

Students took their time understanding the significance of this day. It's a topic some educators seem to avoid.

"All my classes today have not talked about it all," shared sophomore Vernonie Newson. "Like, they just went on with classes like normal."

But not Timothy Winland. The LVHS Spanish teacher wanted to embrace the moment with his class.

"As an educator, I have a moral obligation and a duty to keep my students informed and engaged and keep them relevant to the historical and important events in today's society," he said. ... Read More

Silenced during the pandemic: How can Allegiant Stadium bounce back?

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Allegiant Stadium was built to be home to the NFL's Las Vegas Raiders and to be a cash cow for our city and Southern Nevada — a structure that would pump millions into our local economy. 

The state bet on the building and pledged $790 million — a bet that has all of Southern Nevada watching very closely as COVID-19 has crippled our tourism based economy. 

Las Vegas was hopping a year ago. Room tax dollars were feeding the state's appetite for the $2 billion stadium at a rate of nearly $4 million per month. 

January 2020 was the biggest gain, but then COVID crushed Las Vegas. Room tax dollars disappeared but payment obligations did not.  

“As we sit here right now in January of 2021, the Stadium Authority Board has about a little over $57 million in reserves, which is enough to fully fund the bond payments over the next 18 months," said analyst Jeremy Aguero. ... Read More

Murders up 200% in Metro's jurisdiction compared to same time last year

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- From January 1-16, 2021, murders in Metro's jurisdiction were up 200% compared to the same time last year, LVMPD statistics show.

According to department statistics, there were six murders during the above timeframe in 2021. This is in stark contrast to just two last year.

Of these incidents, five were due to gunshots and one was attributed to sharp trauma.

Metro also broke down the numbers by area command: ... Read More

Local nonprofit comes together safely to watch history unfold on Inauguration Day

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- From Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, the pandemic changed how many of us watched history unfold today. Instead of the usual watch parties, most people stayed home.

But local nonprofit Make It Work Nevada wanted to watch it together. A handful of members say they were happy to observe the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in a safe way.

"Well, it was a very historic day," said Quentin Savoir of Make It Work. "...We felt it was important to turn a new page together and feel the optimism."

Make it Work Nevada stops to watch the #PresidentialInauguration in Las Vegas @8NewsNow pic.twitter.com/nZBghk6Kxc... Read More

Arrest Report: Victim confronted suspect about graffiti moments before shooting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We are now learning more about the arrest of 18-year-old Zyonn Dawson, who has been accused of murdering a man near Charleston Boulevard and Lamb Boulevard earlier this month. The crime happened just before 7 p.m. on January 7.

The victim — Jose Santa-Cruz — was pronounced dead at UMC later that night after the shooting in front of Taqueria Los Catrines. Dawson was later arrested for the crime the following week.

In the arrest report obtained by 8 News Now, it was detailed that police spoke to Santa-Cruz's father once on the scene. He told police he saw a black man run away from the scene following the gunshots.

Police also found freshly-painted graffiti on the wall of Taqueria Los Catrines. Santa-Cruz's father told police it had not been there earlier in the day.

On January 8, police accessed video cameras from a nearby apartment complex, which showed the shooting. ... Read More

Contributions to charity grew in 2020, with Nevada donations averaging $446

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the charitable side of many Americans.

A survey by TOP Data looked at consumer spending trends and found that charitable contributions were up from December 2019 to December 2020. The study found that the average American donated $608 to charity in 2020.

That's a 25% increase, according to the study.

The survey also estimates that 16% of Americans will donate all or part of their $600 stimulus check.

Figures for Nevada showed that people donated an average of $446, which ranked at No. 43 in the nation. But the increase over last year's charitable contributions in the state -- a 48% rise -- put Nevada at No. 12 in the nation... Read More