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10-story office building, luxury apartments in works for Downtown Summerlin

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 10-story office building and the second phase of a luxury apartment development are the latest plans for Downtown Summerlin on the west edge of the valley.

The projects -- which will be built simultaneously, with construction expected to begin in the second quarter of 2021 -- are at the forefront as the Howard Hughes Corporation announces "a comprehensive vision for the area's walkable urban center," according to a Thursday news release.

A new master plan for Downtown Summerlin was designed by Hart Howerton, a planning, architecture, and interior design firm... Read More

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Bellagio Conservatory celebrates Year of the Ox in colorful display

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- There's a new look at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden and it celebrates the Year of the Ox.

The Lunar New Year display features four scenes of floral creations that convey message of love for nature, commitment, tradition, children and travel.

“This beautiful Lunar New Year display is specially designed to honor the Year of the Ox, focus on love and evoke inspiration in the new year,” said designer Ed Libby. “This year, perhaps more than ever, we can all use an added dose of inspiration and love.”

The display is open free to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week and make a great backdrop for photos. The display will be up through March 6... Read More

CSN offers 'weekend college' programs in industries looking for employees

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The College of Southern Nevada kicked off its spring semester this week and for the first time is offering a weekend program

CSN decided to do the weekend program in response to the pandemic and hopes it will make it easier for students who can't attend during the weekdays.

The weekend program offers certificates in industries that are currently hiring employees such as education, engineering, healthcare, IT, welding and air conditioning.

CSN is allowing late registration through the end of this week for people who are interested in signing up. Some of the programs can be completed in a single weekend.

You can get more information at this link.

CSN, like many other colleges around the country, has experienced a drop in enrollment during the pandemic... Read More

Doctors stress need for convalescent plasma donors in Southern Nevada as COVID-19 deaths continue to rise

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As the state faces new cases and a record-high number of daily deaths, doctors are hoping those who recover from the virus step up to help those fighting it. 

Convalescent plasma contains antibodies that can recognize and neutralize the virus, but with the lack of people donating, hospitals and doctors are concerned.  

As the vaccine continues to roll out in Nevada, doctors are turning to the community for help in treating patients using convalescent plasma. It is taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19 and contains antibodies that can fight off the virus.  

"Giving Plasma isn't dangerous. It's as safe as a blood donation,” said Dr. Marc Kahn — Dean of the UNLV School of Medicine. “This is a way you can really help patients and potentially even save someone's life."  ... Read More

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Jackpot winner in $730M Powerball, none in Mega Millions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There has been a jackpot winner in the $730 million Powerball, the first to get the top prize in months.

Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players had another shot at a giant jackpot Wednesday night as a $730 million Powerball prize was on the line.

The Powerball jackpot was the fifth-largest ever, and it came only a day after nobody won the even-larger Mega Millions prize, which now stands at $970 million.

Winning numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were: 40-53-60-68-69 and a Powerball of 22.

It was the first time both lottery jackpots topped $700 million. The biggest prize was a $1.58 billion Powerball jackpot won by three people in 2016... Read More

Smith's now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to seniors 70 and older

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Seniors, 70 years and older, can now make an appointment with Smith's Food & Drug stores to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The company is calling it a monumental day.

Smith's began administering the Moderna vaccine on Jan. 20 at 45 different locations. In addition to being convenient, the pharmacy says it also allows individuals to get vaccinated at any location with open appointments.

"Coming in and getting your vaccine once you have scheduled yourself and made an appointment is as simple as going to the drop off window at the pharmacy like you were dropping off a prescription, completing the consent form that is required for any vaccine, finally then [the] pharmacy will come and do a review," said Dan Heller, Smith's Pharmacies Practice Coordinator.

Rose Kellogg lives in the northwest valley but scheduled her appointment at the pharmacy on Decatur and Flamingo. ... Read More

Historic inauguration becomes teaching moment for LVHS educator

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The presidential inauguration became a teaching moment for educators in the Clark County School District. Instead of eighth period Spanish, some students at Las Vegas High School (LVHS) watched and discussed the event.

"I just like we were able to talk about it," said sophomore Abigail Farnsworth. "It wasn't controversial or argumentative at all."

Students took their time understanding the significance of this day. It's a topic some educators seem to avoid.

"All my classes today have not talked about it all," shared sophomore Vernonie Newson. "Like, they just went on with classes like normal."

But not Timothy Winland. The LVHS Spanish teacher wanted to embrace the moment with his class.

"As an educator, I have a moral obligation and a duty to keep my students informed and engaged and keep them relevant to the historical and important events in today's society," he said. ... Read More