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CCSD contacts thousands of teachers, families before return from 'Stop the Spread' pause

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- With schools set to restart classes on Wednesday after a five-day "Stop the Spread" pause, the Clark County School District (CCSD) has been hard at work contacting parents and employees for a better idea of who will be able to return on time.

The pause came as "extreme" staffing shortages due to COVID-19 were a barrier to continuing classes as usual.

According to CCSD, staff has contacted 4,057 parents/guardians to assess who is ready to return. Of those contacts, 2,324 students will be able to return to school.

A hotline set up for parents/guardians received 1,733 contacts, according to CCSD.

The district also contacted 1,409 employees. Of those, 1,068 were cleared to return to work.

That leaves about 2,000 students and employees who won't be coming back just yet... Read More

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'Help me,' woman whispered to police moments before shooting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas Metro Police held a news conference Tuesday afternoon regarding a police shooting near the south end of the Las Vegas Strip last Wednesday night. One suspect was hospitalized after being shot by Las Vegas Metro police late on January 12 around 10:42 p.m.

According to Metro, officers who were filling their cruiser's gas tank at a service station when a SUV pulled in next to them. A woman got out of the driver's side, walked around the vehicle and whispered to one of the officers, "help me."

At this time police say the man, Manuel Edwin Martinez, get out of the passenger side of the vehicle with a gun pointed at them. Officers quickly took defensive positions and shot Martinez, injuring him. In all police shot at Martinez nine times... Read More

State looks to apprentice nurses, retired medical professionals and volunteers to bolster hospitals

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- With hospital staffing at "crisis" levels in Southern Nevada and rural counties, state officials are looking to nurse apprentices as a possible solution.

The state is also turning to Battle Born Medical Corp, which was formed at the start of the pandemic as part of an emergency order in anticipation of a burden on health care resources. Retired medical professionals and volunteers have been recruited through Battle Born to help ease the load on hospitals and other medical facilities.

The state says it has received more than 200 applications through Battle Born within the past week.

Career opportunities are available, and Nevada officials "continue to work with nursing schools and health care partners who want to develop or expand their programs to meet the current demand for staffing," according to a Tuesday news release from Gov. Steve Sisolak's Office... Read More

Crash on Las Vegas Boulevard North kills 19-year-old woman

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas Boulevard was shut down in both directions in the north valley for hours after a rollover crash near the intersection at Walnut Road, according to Metro police.

Police said a deadly crash happened just after 12 p.m. on Tuesday. Police say 22-year-old Michael Garcia was the driver of a 2004 Toyota Corolla driving south on Las Vegas Boulevard when he drove onto the rock median, lost control, overturned, and slid into an oncoming Kia Soul... Read More

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Louie Anderson undergoing cancer treatment in Las Vegas, spokesman says

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Louie Anderson is being treated for cancer in a Las Vegas hospital, a spokesman for the actor and comedian said.

Anderson, 68, was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and “is resting comfortably,” his longtime publicist Glenn Schwartz said Tuesday.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Anderson lives in Las Vegas.

He won a 2016 Emmy for best supporting actor for his unlikely role in the comedy “Baskets” as Christine Baskets, mom to twin sons played by Zach Galifianakis. Anderson received three consecutive Emmy nods for his performance.

He's been a familiar face elsewhere on TV, including as host of a revival of the game show “Family Feud” from 1999 to 2002, and on comedy specials and in frequent late-night talk show appearances... Read More

Paramore, My Chemical Romance headline When We Were Young Festival in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Some of the most popular musical artists from the early 2000s will take to the stage in Las Vegas for a single-day festival.

The newly announced lineup includes a who's who of emo-pop with Paramore and a reunited My Chemical Romance headlining the event. Some of the other bands are The All American Rejects, AFI, Bring Me the Horizon, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Avril Lavigne, Dashboard Confessional, Boys Like Girls, Gavin Dance, Alkaline Trio, I Prevail, Manchester Orchestra, and many more.

The festival will be on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds.

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Pre-sale for tickets begins on Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. PT. It will be followed by a general admission sale later that day at 2 p.m. PT. General admission starts at $225 and VIP is $500. You can get more information at this link... Read More

All Nevada counties to require masks again amid omicron surge

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Every county in Nevada will require masks no matter one’s vaccination status due to high transmission of coronavirus through the state, officials said Tuesday.

The CDC recommends everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high transmission. All of Nevada’s counties fall under this category as of Wednesday.

Starting Friday, Eureka, Storey and White Pine counties will once again require masks.

Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive in May adopting the latest CDC guidance related to masks as a statewide requirement. Counties must drop to low or moderate transmission levels for two weeks in a row to drop masks. Clark County has never fallen below this level since May.

Nevada has had a mask mandate since April of 2020, except for a brief few months when it was lifted... Read More