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Godiva closing all US shops by March 2021

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Godiva, the private Belgium chocolate maker, is closing all of its stores in the U.S. by the end of March 2021.

That includes the three locations in Las Vegas at Fashion Show Mall, the Grand Canal Shoppes and the North Premium Outlets.

The chocolate company, which relies heavily on mall traffic, says its sales took a hit when the pandemic began last year.

The luxury sweets will still be available to buy online, and at grocery and retail stores... Read More

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Teachers express frustration over trying to get COVID-19 vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Some Clark County School District teachers are frustrated after being turned away from their appointments for vaccines.

While teachers were able to successfully get their first dose of the vaccine others were not even thought they had an appointment.

The vaccine rollout for teachers has created some confusion.

Last week, the Clark County Education Association -- CCSD's largest teachers' union -- told 8 News Now that it's working with the county to start making appointments available for teachers.

"I think that’s part of the frustration that there’s a lot of miscommunication educators are scrambling trying to figure out where can I go, if they heard some have got it at Western High School and other locations. It’s been frustrating for them because they want to get it done as soon as possible," said Marie Neisess, president, CCEA.

Meanwhile, CCSD said it's working on a process and timeline for every educator. ... Read More

What's Driving You Crazy? - Get used the cone maze on Las Vegas Blvd

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) - More on the Las Vegas Blvd cone maze that may be driving you crazy.

Bottom line? If you haven't gotten used to it, you've got plenty of time to do so.

After Clark County confirmed that there will be ongoing repaving-related lane restrictions through July from Sahara to Spring Mountain, I got an update from the City of Las Vegas on The Blvd from Sahara north up to Stewart.

The three-year-long $125-million project is moving right along. By the time this biggest project in the public works dept history is done:

Underground utilities replaced will include, water, sewer, storm drain, gas and fiber optics.

The existing drains are from 1954, the waterlines from 1955, some of the traffic signals from 1965. And the sewer pipe was installed 79 years ago - 1942.

There will be all new traffic signals, medians (replanting existing trees & adding 200 more), curbs, gutters and sidewalks... Read More

Cashman Center reopens today for vaccinations, appointments only

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada ranks near the bottom in the nation when it comes to distributing the coronavirus vaccine.

Southern Nevada's biggest mass vaccination, Cashman Center, site reopens today after a three-day closure.

Those eligible for a vaccine include front-line health care workers, public safety personnel, school teachers and anyone 70 or older. An appointment is required.

According to an online tracker by Bloomberg news shows Nevada is 50th in the country for vaccination rates. That means less than five out of every 100 have received a shot.

 By comparison, Alaska leads the way with nearly 13% of the population vaccinated.

Nevada officials say the biggest issue is lack of supply and they're asking everyone to remain patient. On Friday, the state reported more than 137,000 Nevadans have received the vaccination... Read More

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Nonprofit hosts webinar discussing suicide, mental health with teens across Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A community-based nonprofit called "Hope Means Nevada" held a webinar Sunday afternoon talking about youth suicide and mental health challenges. Teens from across Nevada joined in to talk about their experiences with isolation during the pandemic. 

"Just not having that physical contact with people is difficult," said teen, Lauren Edgeworth. "I know as of two days ago that CCSD cancelled all of its sports, so not being able to have our season is really affecting us negatively. I think a lot of the escapes that we use to have are just being taken away from us."... Read More

CCSD plagued by shortage of teachers, largest class sizes in country; district hopes to fill vacancies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A major issue facing the Clark County School District is a shortage of teachers. 

As CCSD works to address that, some wonder if it can help solve another big issue — overcrowding in classrooms. 

Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara says the school district has the largest class sizes in the country, and it is going to take more than hiring full-time teachers to solve the overcrowding problem.  

Meredith Freeman is the mother of twins. Her daughters are in 8th grade and familiar with packed classrooms prior to the pandemic.    

"It definitely is an issue that needs to be addressed,” Freeman said. "I remember my kids starting classes where the first couple days of school, someone had to sit on the floor because there weren't enough desks in the room." 

It is a situation the district knows not only impacts students, but also becomes a factor when hiring teacher candidates. ... Read More

2 taken to hospital after crash near Spring Mountain, Decatur; avoid the area

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are currently on the scene of a crash near the intersection of Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Boulevard. It happened just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

The crash involved a white sedan and a blue pickup truck. Both drivers were taken to the hospital, and one of the drivers is in critical condition.

Due to the severity of one of the driver's injuries, the LVMPD Fatal Detail is taking over the investigation.

The intersection at Spring Mountain Road and Decatur Boulevard is closed in all directions. Avoid the area.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.... Read More