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Governor Sisolak promotes flu shots for Nevada residents

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Gov. Steve Sisolak promoted flu shots for Nevada residents by getting his annual flu shot Thursday in Las Vegas.

“It’s officially flu season and right now is the time to get vaccinated against flu,” said Governor Sisolak. “Get your vaccine before the risk of exposure is high and there are cases of flu in your workplace, at your school, or in your friend group.” 

The governor got his shot at the Smith's Food and Drug Store in East Las Vegas. ... Read More

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Realtor accused of burning houses down in small town south of Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 48-year-old Realtor is being held on $20,000 bond on a first-degree arson charge, accused of burning down his own house and his brother's house on Saturday, according to a Metro police arrest report.

Julian Werly was arrested at his home just west of Nelson off SR 165. Nelson is west of U.S. Highway 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight.

Werly's brother, Gabriel, called police Saturday at about 2:30 p.m. after Werly told him he had set his house on fire. Julian Werly was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time, according to his brother.

Julian Werly also made statements threatening to shoot at police so they would shoot at him, his brother said.

Police searched for him at his home, but couldn't find him... Read More

Name of officer who shot, killed kidnapping suspect released

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The name of the police officer who shot and killed a suspect accused of kidnapping and holding his former girlfriend hostage was released by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Thursday.

Officer Ramon Hiestand, 35, who has been with the department since 2014 shot 43-year-old Mario Lawrence Martinez on Tuesday near E. Charleston Avenue and Sloan Lane.

Martinez kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and held her at gunpoint, police said. During the incident, he also pointed his weapon at officers and fired several rounds.

Officer Hiestand returned fire with a rifle shooting Martinez. The woman was not injured.

Hiestand, who works out of the Southeast Area Command, has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of the shooting... Read More

Construction set to begin on Majestic Las Vegas hotel in early 2022

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The groundbreaking for the new Majestic hotel, which was already supposed to be under construction, will take place in early 2022, according to the hotel's website.

The $850 million off-Strip property will be on Convention Center Drive, across from the newly expanded convention center. Developer Lorenzo Doumani bought the Clarion Hotel back in 2014 and tore it down nin months later. He had planned to begin construction on the Majestic in the summer of 2021.

Even with a later construction start date, the hotel's website says it plans to have the project completed by the end of 2024.

The 720-room hotel will be non-gaming and non-smoking and will have a medical wellness spa. It will also offer 35 corporate suites on the tower's top 10 floors. The suites will be offered for sale starting at $10 million... Read More

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FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster

(AP) - A panel of U.S. health advisers has endorsed booster shots for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine. The advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted Thursday to recommend a lower-dose booster shot for seniors and other high-risk groups.

Already millions who got their initial Pfizer shots at least six months ago are getting a booster of that brand. The FDA panel will discuss booster shots of Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Friday. Final decisions are expected next week. U.S. officials stress that the priority is to get shots to the 66 million unvaccinated Americans who are eligible... Read More

Marriott scraps plans for former Fontainebleau on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The former Fontainebleau, which has sat empty on the Las Vegas Strip for more than a decade, will no longer become a Marriott-operated property, 8 News Now has learned.

In July, Marriott announced plans to finally open the towering blue building in 2023 as a JW Marriott. A website dedicated to the future hotel has since disappeared. Marriott had said it would operate the 3,700-room property as “the first JW Marriott on the Las Vegas Strip.”

“Marriott recently reached an amicable settlement with the hotel’s owner that has resulted in Marriott exiting the project,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to 8 News Now... Read More

NEW: 45 deaths in Nevada, but COVID-19 cases and test positivity continue to fall

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Oct. 13.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada reports 45 deaths, pushing the total over the seven days to more than 160 people, according to data released today. Clark County reported 29 deaths today.

COVID-19 cases were down slightly statewide, with 625 reported statewide and 411 in Clark County.

And test positivity dropped, falling from 8.1% to 7.9% statewide, and from 7.0% to 6.9% in Clark County.

Cases have shifted away from Clark County over the past month of the current COVID-19 spike, but the mask mandate has remained in place statewide. The state is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on the mask rule. The mandate will remain in place in each county until the following conditions are met:... Read More