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Three Cirque du Soleil shows returning to Las Vegas Strip this summer

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Three Cirque du Soleil shows will reopen their curtains in Las Vegas this summer.

Mystère at Treasure Island and "O" at Bellagio will reopen in June and July after being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group made the announcement Wednesday, and added that the group's affiliate show Blue Man Group will also return to Luxor Hotel and Casino this summer.

“This is the moment we have all been waiting for,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “Almost 400 days have passed since we had to take a temporary hiatus, and we have been anxiously awaiting our return to the stage. I am so proud of the resilience of our artists and employees who persevered during the most challenging times with stages dark around the world for so long. I just can’t wait to see the lights go back on.”... Read More

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'Justice system worked,' Sheriff hopes Chauvin verdict will move country forward

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is applauding the jury verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial Tuesday and hopes it will bring change to police departments around the country.

Lombardo said there is no room at police departments for officers who behave like Chauvin and Metro Police does its best to vet out those kinds of officers.

"The justice system worked. I was very proud of how we’ve always had, not always, but in past times we’ve had very controversial decisions by juries and the court system associated with officers’ inappropriate actions but in this case they saw the light and were aware of circumstances associated with this event and they made the right decision and subsequently, hopefully it will move the country forward," Lombardo said... Read More

Biden says employers should give paid time off for vaccinations, US set to hit goal of 200M doses in 100 days

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — President Joe Biden announced a new measure offering small businesses a tax incentive to give employees paid time off to get vaccinated against COVID-19, as his administration achieved its goal of 200 million doses in the first 100 days Wednesday.

As of April 21, the CDC reports a total of 215,951,909 vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S., amounting to 199,426,628 since Biden took office. Biden said the country is set to surpass his goal of 200 million doses when the next round of data is released Thursday, his 92nd day in office... Read More

Las Vegas locals, visitors react to Derek Chauvin verdict; march led down the Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- April 20 was a monumental day for George Floyd, his family and the country, as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter.

A lot of folks on vacation in Las Vegas did not know the verdict was read until 8 News Now approached them. We received mixed reaction, with one man being very emotional.

"We are in a tough time right now. Just happy we got a perfect verdict. Not a perfect verdict, a good verdict, guilty," said Gearld Lucas, visiting from Indiana. When we asked if this was a movement toward change, he replied, "We are a long way from change, but I hope that it does something that gets us towards that way, you know."

John Scherer shared, "I guess I was really surprised he was found guilty that soon. I thought it would take longer."

He went on to tell us he was satisfied with the verdict. ... Read More

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Metro: 'There is no environment on this police department for an officer like Derek Chauvin'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro Police are responding to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. Undersheriff Christopher Darcy says he believes the jury held the former police officer accountable.

Now, the focus in Las Vegas turns to Metro and its ongoing efforts to improve how officers interact with the local community.

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"It brought tears to my eyes, where I couldn't stop crying," said Rev. Leonard Jackson, describing his reaction to the verdict, nearly one year after the death of George Floyd. "This is true justice."

Jackson is the executive director of Faith Organizing Alliance, one of several community partners that work with Metro. To achieve justice in Las Vegas, he stresses collaboration with LVMPD is incredibly important... Read More

Inmate visitation to resume May 1, NDOC says

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) -- Inmate visitation will resume on May 1, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections. The agency posted the update to its Facebook page Tuesday.

There are requirements that must be met before visits, including temperature checks upon entry and the use of face masks. Additional rules are:

  • All visitors must be 5-years-old or older
  • Rapid COVID-19 tests will be administered to all visitors. Results must be negative.
  • Visitors will be limited to two per inmate
  • Visitation will be resumed at limited capacity
  • Visiting hours will vary at each institution

All inmate visitation was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read More

Las Vegas valley restaurants react to Clark County's reopening plan of 80% capacity scheduled for May 1

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County leaders' approval of a reopening plan that would increase capacity from 50% to 80% and reduce social distancing from six feet to three feet starting on May 1, also means a big boost for restaurants because now they will be able to operate at 80% capacity.

8 News Now spoke with the operators of two restaurants, and they are ready to start having more tables out for patrons.

"We have a very good reputation. Guest come in and [for] them not to be able to seat them in our restaurant only limited amount we made them wait longer; they get frustrated and stop coming," said Jaime Franco, the general manager of Casa Don Juan.

Franco vividly remembers operating at 25% capacity and says it truly affected everyone.

"Guests are responding very awesomely," he said. "We [have] been getting more guests."

Despite the increase in capacity, the restaurant industry is still dealing with challenges... Read More