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How to order your free at-home COVID tests from the federal government

(NEXSTAR) - Americans are now able to request free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government as the country faces widespread shortages. Those shortages will also impact how many free tests you can request, with the White House limiting orders to just four free tests per home.

While it was initially reported that the website would not begin accepting orders until Wednesday, Jan. 19, the website, COVIDTests.gov, is now online and appears to be processing requests for tests. These tests are completely free to order, with tests expected to ship within 7 to 12 days.

Available tests are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR tests. All of the tests being shipped are FDA-authorized, but you will not be able to select which brand you receive. The tests give results within 30 minutes and can be used whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms or are vaccinated. ... Read More

Metro identifies 2 officers involved in shooting man on Las Vegas Blvd.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released the identities of the two police officers involved in the shooting of a man last week.

The officers involved are Zachary Falldorf, 32, who has been with Metro since 2018, and Dominic Lee, 37, who has been with Metro since 2017.

Both opened fire on a suspect on Wednesday, Jan. 12 on Las Vegas Boulevard, near Sunset Road, around 10:42 p.m. Metro police said the suspect suffered critical injuries.

According to Metro, a woman summoned officers in the area for assistance and when they were speaking to her, a man got out of a vehicle and opened fire on the officers.

The officers have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the
the outcome of a review of the shooting... Read More

Proposal pulled for tiger sanctuary near Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A magician who proposed a tiger sanctuary off the Las Vegas Strip has pulled his application, officials confirmed Tuesday to 8 News Now.

Jay Owenhouse is based in Bozeman, Montana, with his three Bengal tigers. He had applied to open a tiger sanctuary in a vacant parking lot near Paradise Road and Sahara Avenue for a yearlong magic show.

Commissioner Tick Segerblom and a county official confirmed the withdrawal.

Owenhouse’s plans included having an 11-foot barbed wired fence along with 24-hour supervision.

In 2020, Owenhouse had the plans for his tiger magic show and sanctuary approved for a location on the south end of the Strip but landowners changed their minds... Read More

No, Nevada didn't order recalled COVID-19 tests

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- More than half a million COVID-19 tests ordered by the governor's office are new and not part of a recall involving a test with a similar name, the 8 News Now I-Team confirmed Tuesday.

Nearly 600,000 test kits will be delivered to Nevada by the end of January, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak said last week. The order is being paid for through federal COVID money.

The Flowflex COVID-19 Antigen Home Test allows for in-home testing with results in 15 minutes.

Another product, the Flowflex SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test, is not authorized for use in the United States. The company that makes the Flowflex test called it an "unauthorized, adulterated and misbranded counterfeit product."... Read More

Nevada college students head back to campuses for new semester

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Tuesday is the beginning of a new spring semester for college students across Nevada. However, omicron is still a real concern as thousands head back into the classroom after the winter break.

According to the latest reporting, CSN is starting a new semester with an increase in COVID-19 cases. Last week, there was a total of 65 cases reported across all its campuses, up 47 cases from the week before.

CSN is asking anyone who may feel sick to stay home.

The college is offering half of its classes fully online giving students the option of spending less time on campus.

In addition, COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and boosters are all offered on campus sites.

If the cases start to spiral out of control, any decision to switch to remote learning will be made by a group of administrative and staff members... Read More

We need more rainy days like this

Much-needed rainfall has been sliding through the Las Vegas valley since early this morning. Some neighborhoods have measured a tenth of an inch of rain and Lee Canyon piled on some fresh snowfall, too. It just isn't lasting long enough. This system is already slipping away into Arizona and will keep moving east through the day. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast has sunny and breezy days returning this week... Read More

Police investigating murder on E. Tropicana

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas police are investigating a homicide in the 1900 block of E. Tropicana Avenue which is west of Eastern Avenue.

No other details were released by Metro police.

8 News Now has a crew en route to the scene.

This is a developing story. Please check back for an update... Read More