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Nevada health officials looking at offering incentives to those on the fence about getting COVID vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Many people are still hesitant about getting the COVID vaccine, so health officials are working to reach those on the fence by possibly including incentives such as a gift card.

"At this point in the campaign, incentives are very important, and we will incorporate that into our campaign," said Dr. Fermin Leguen, Southern Nevada Health District.

Starting Tuesday, those who are vaccinated at the Galleria at Sunset in Henderson will be entered into a weekly gift card drawing.

Reporter Kate Houston spoke to people around the Las Vegas valley about what it would take for them to get vacinated... Read More

Valley employers get creative with incentives to attract candidates

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Many employers across the Las Vegas valley have positions to fill, but they are struggling to get candidates to apply. Now, they are getting creative, working on unique incentives to offer potential employees.

One of those businesses is Mothership Coffee Roasters. Just like each ingredient plays a role in hand-crafted drinks, employees are needed to run the shop.

"I have never thought it was possible that we'd have issues finding staff members," said Juanny Romero, CEO of Mothership.

She believes potential employees are deciding to collect unemployment benefits, instead of getting jobs, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While bigger companies can afford to increase pay and give sign-up bonuses, Romero is offering something different... Read More

Visitors excited for aesthetic changes, expansion coming to Wynn Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Wynn Resorts is ready to expand and remodel ahead of what is expected to be a very busy 2022.

"People are happy to be back,” said Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts. “Conventions and customers are excited, and as more restrictions are lifted, we are able to roll out our entertainment and our nightclubs.”

In July, a $200 million remodeling project will start in the resort's hotel rooms. This will mark the first room renovation in more than a decade.

People we spoke to visiting Vegas say they welcome the change.

"I've stayed at the Encore before, and I really like it, so I think it's an awesome idea," shared Lavita Scott, visiting from Atlanta.  

Virginia Santos said, "You have to update and keep on renovating.” 

If that wasn’t enough, it wouldn't be Vegas without rolling out a brand-new nightclub experience. This one will be created by Wynn Resorts at Allegiant Stadium. ... Read More

Las Vegas ranked number 1 moving destination

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Entertainment, the nightlife, food, and shows -- we all know Las Vegas is a top destination for many things, but most recently, it was ranked the "number one" moving destination by Penske Truck Rental.

Las Vegas has so much to offer, but its affordable living is making it a hot commodity. When the pandemic hit, many American's made tough choices and had to move away, and it looks like Las Vegas was a top destination for them to choose.

Las Vegas came in at number one, but it was closely followed by Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Atlanta, Houston, Orlando, Dallas, San Antoni, and Tampa.

May is also National Moving Month. According to Penske, they also saw an uptick in inbound truck rentals to the Western Mountain Regions like Idaho and Montana, which reflected the trend of people leaving big cities for rural and remote areas... Read More

Jamey Walker: A Mother’s Day murder, 40 years after grisly discovery

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Mother's Day weekend is always a somber occasion for a once-prominent Las Vegas family.

Forty years ago, the body of 18-year-old Jamey Walker was found in a wash near Lake Mead. She had been raped and murdered.

It took 35 years before a suspect could be identified and sentenced. A rookie reporter named George Knapp was at the scene of the murder those four decades ago.

Walker was a deeply religious honor student, cheerleader, high school prom queen and a third-generation civil rights activist from a prominent westside family.

On May 10, 1981, Mother's Day, her crushed body was found in the Las Vegas Wash after being tossed from an overpass high above. She'd been kidnapped from her home and held for ransom before being raped and murdered.

The family had been awaiting news, but not this. ... Read More

Face-Off with Deryk Engelland and Knights vs. Avs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - The Vegas Golden Knights are looking at a possible record breaking season. The President's Trophy, awarded to the team with the most points during the regular season is well within their reach. 8 News Now Hockey Analyst Deryk Engelland talks to Sports Director Chris Maathuis about the Knights remarkable season, and the Monday night matchup with the Colorado Avalanche in T-Mobile Arena.

The Knights could clinch the top seed in the Western Division with a win tonight over the Avs. That means they would take on the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. ... Read More

deadmau5 coming to Las Vegas May 21, kicking off Insomniac concert series

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Insomniac, the company behind Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), and the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center are teaming up for a concert series, kicked off by the one and only deadmau5. The event featuring deadmau5 is slated for May 21 and will also feature the talents of Nero (DJ Set) and No Mana.

It is scheduled on the former starting date of EDC Las Vegas. The doors will open at 8 p.m. for an audience of 18+.

"We’ve been doing everything we can to bring happiness and live music back into peoples’ lives, and I’m so excited that we’re finally able to create that experience again," said Pasquale Rotella, founder and CEO of Insomniac, in a press release. "This is just the beginning of the magic and energy we plan to bring back to the beautiful city of Las Vegas." ... Read More