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Raiders prepare for winless New York Jets after loss to Atlanta

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Coming off the loss to Atlanta, the Raiders are preparing for the winless New York Jets. This is one of those scary games because the Jets are 0-11 on the season, and the Raiders are coming off their worst performance of the year.

You know the Jets will be hungry and motivated to get their first win of the season, and they've got to be feeling pretty good facing the Raiders.

Last year, Las Vegas went into MetLife Stadium with a bunch of confidence and got rocked by New York 34-3. So if anybody knows the kind of motivation the Jets will use to beat the Raiders again, it's Jon Gruden.

The head coach is preparing his team the best he can. He certainly understands that New York will be be extra motivated to beat this Raiders team, and Las Vegas will be extra motivated because they don't want to be the team giving the Jets their first win of the season. ... Read More

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Healthcare workers breathe sigh of relief as COVID-19 vaccine will soon come to Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As the entire nation waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Sisolak announced Wednesday that Nevada will receive its first doses by mid-December.

The first tier of vaccine administration will go to our state's frontline workers and most vulnerable populations.

8 News Now spoke with Dr. Deepali Kashyap, M.D., FACOG, who works as a physician at a private practice and on staff at Henderson Hospital. 

"I think if I get vaccinated or our healthcare workers get vaccinated," Dr. Kashyap said. "It helps us to create a safer environment."

She called the announcement a welcome relief, as she said it will not only bring peace of mind to her and her patients, it will also provide an extra layer of protection for everyone. 

"I am constantly exposed to a lot of patients," she explained. "And also my coworkers themselves are exposed to patients and patients with COVID."... Read More

I-215 NB lane closures between Sahara, Charleston slated for Dec. 3-5

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- If you take I-215 northbound at any point during your day, plan for lane closures between Sahara Avenue and Charleston Boulevard from Dec. 3-5. The stretch will be closed at different times.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3: 6- 9 a.m. (traffic reduced to one lane)
  • Friday, Dec. 4: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. (traffic reduced to one lane)
  • Saturday, Dec. 5: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (traffic reduced to two lanes)

According to Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin, the closures are necessary for completion of the current repaving and widening project. It will add a fourth lane to each side of the 215 in this area. ... Read More

'He always chose kindness': Tony Hsieh's family thanks community for support

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- "He always chose kindness." It's one part of a statement from Tony Hsieh's family sent to the I-Team following the passing of their beloved son and brother.

Hsieh, who lived in Las Vegas, died in New London, Connecticut, on Friday, Nov. 27, after being rescued from a fire on Nov. 18. He was 46.

Investigators have not released further details about what caused the fire.

Hsieh is survived by his father, mother and two adult brothers. He was not married and has no children.

In a statement provided to 8 News Now, Hsieh's family thanks the Las Vegas community for its outpouring of support:... Read More

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Local charity helps moms and babies in need of diapers

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- Baby's Bounty, a local charity helping moms and babies in need, is making life for new parents a little bit easier. Earlier today, the nonprofit handed out free diapers and wipes during their weekly "diaper bank" event in Henderson.

Kelly Maxwell, executive director of Baby's Bounty, says they launched this program in May as a result of the pandemic. Since then, they've seen an increase in the number of clients they serve.

"We do hear from our clients that they often have to make that terrible decision between buying food or buying diapers," Maxwell shared. "It's a heartbreaking decision for any parent. We would like to be part of that solution for our community members, and hopefully just provide that one service that allows their life to be just a little bit easier when it is tough for a lot of us." ... Read More

Leaders begin to determine whether recent mitigation efforts have helped stem COVID-19 spread

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As COVID-19 continues to surge in our state, leaders are starting to look at whether recent mitigation efforts have had an impact on the spread of the virus.

It's been just over three weeks since Gov. Steve Sisolak announced "Stay at Home 2.0". The two-week initiative was put in place to try to bring down the surging virus numbers.

On a Wednesday call with Nevada Health Response, the team addressed the drop in COVID cases from this time last week and whether or not that's a result of recent mitigation efforts.

Caleb Cage, Nevada's COVID-19 response director, says it's important to look at these numbers in terms of trends over time.

"There's always a two- to three-week lag from when the case is identified and when we start reporting them," he noted. "There's also a two- to three-week lag for when we start to see mitigation measures, or when we could start to see mitigation measures take hold." ... Read More

Unemployment benefit extensions increase; UI claimant says she's waited weeks for extension

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As time goes on, more people on unemployment are exhausting benefits and trying to file for extensions. The state unemployment department is reporting an increase in extended claims.

Both the regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) portals have different extension processes.

8 News Now spoke to a woman who filed for an extension a while ago, but has been left waiting.

"Those benefits ended Aug. 30," said Bonita Ware-Flowers.

Flowers says she filed an extension on her unemployment benefits in August.

"Right now, I am in a pending resolution status for extended benefits," Flowers shared.

The mother of three says she feels stuck and doesn't know where to turn.

"I did not receive any letters, nothing stating, you know. I have received nothing," Flowers said. ... Read More