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New York City requiring proof of vaccination -- could the trend come here?

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- New York City is taking an aggressive approach to get more people vaccinated. Patrons will be required to show proof of vaccination when entering indoor businesses.

So, the question is, will this trend come to our area?

Every opportunity to get vaccinated is being given to tourists and locals in Southern Nevada before any mandates come into play.

"That may be one tool that could be used," said Heidi Parker, executive director of Immunize Nevada.

She couldn't say if we would follow NYC as an effort, however, she did say we should keep our COVID-19 vaccination cards handy. This is because businesses have a right to ask for it.

Attorney Matthew Hoffman with Battle Born Injury Lawyers agrees... Read More

'I Thought that Was It': North Las Vegas man recounts COVID battle

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Southern Nevada, a North Las Vegas man is speaking out on his experience battling the virus. Marcus Cosio tells 8 News Now it has been one of the worst things he's been through in his life.

Today, Cosio is recovering and reflecting on his decision of not wearing a mask and getting his vaccine.

"I remember that feeling of not being able to breathe and not being able to catch my breath," he recalled.

Cosio, who is 29-years-old, is still fighting to survive after contracting COVID in July.

"Not one idea. I work, and I maintain a lot of safety, and I respect the distance and whatnot," he said. "Just through the slip of a crack somewhere, it got me."

The father of two tells us at the beginning, he did all he could to get better, but his health took a turn, and he was rushed to MountainView Hospital. ... Read More

Clark County commissioners take no action on vaccine incentive, discuss possible employee mandate

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County commissioners took no action Tuesday on a proposal to implement a $100 vaccine incentive, following a nearly two-hour public comment session.

The commission also briefly discussed mandating vaccines for county employees but tabled the issue for several weeks until they receive more information. County employees would have to either be vaccinated or show proof of a negative test.

Commissioner Tick Segerblom, D-District E, proposed the $100 vaccine incentive last week, telling 8 News Now he got the idea after a recent event where a marijuana dispensary gave out a joint for a shot. Jardín Premium Cannabis Dispensary is partnering with Immunize Nevada on the “Joints for Jabs” event.

A $10 million fund for $100 each would allow for 100,000 Clark County residents to be paid if commissioners approve the plan... Read More

Metro: Two women found deceased in Palms Place room, may be murder-suicide

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Two women were found dead in a room at Palms Place, located inside the Palms Casino Resort, Tuesday afternoon. Metro Homicide Lt. Ray Spencer says they believe this was a murder-suicide, due to evidence police found.

Around 3 p.m., Metro responded to reports of the deceased individuals found in a hotel room.

Hotel security went to the unit after the guests did not check out. When they arrived, they weren't able to get into the room, as the security lock was engaged. Maintenance assisted and was able to forcibly open the door.

Spencer says the women were Black, mid- to late 30s, found laying on the bed. Information indicates they are local.

The incident likely occurred within the last 12 hours, with at least one of the individuals alive around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Spencer says both suffered gunshot wounds. ... Read More

Caesars Entertainment bets big on online sports wagering

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Caesars Entertainment is making a major bet on online gambling and its new sports wagering app. The company announced a $1 billion investment in digital technologies during a second-quarter earnings call Tuesday afternoon.

The Reno-based company reported a quarterly income of $71 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The casino and resort operator posted revenue of $2.5 billion in the period, topping Wall Street expectations and representing record year-over-year growth.

Caesars announced a company-wide push to promote its new mobile sports betting app, which includes a nationwide advertising and social media campaign. The app launched Monday and will compete with other established gambling brands, such as Bet MGM. Tom Reeg, Caesars CEO, said commercials will begin airing this week during national television broadcasts... Read More

Nevada residents weigh in on how state should use $6.7B from American Rescue Plan Act

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) --- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak kicks off the Nevada Recovers Listening Tour with the help of Treasurer Zach Conine and Congresswoman Dina Titus.

The Nevada Recovers Listening Tour will allow residents in every community to provide input on how the State can utilize and invest the over $6.7 billion that will be received from the American Rescue Plan Act. ... Read More

Summerlin South softball team to represent Nevada in World Series tournament

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A big congratulations are in order for the girls from the Summerlin South Little League team!

Their latest 10-0 victory over Arizona is taking them to the Little League Softball World Series as the West Region Champions. This is the first girls' team from Southern Nevada to qualify for the Little League Softball World Series, which debuted in 1974, according to the team's GoFundMe page... Read More