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Burlesque icon Tempest Storm dies at 93 in Las Vegas home

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The burlesque community has lost one of its darlings. Tempest Storm, born Annie Blanche Banks in 1928, passed away at her Las Vegas home Tuesday evening.

She was 93.

Her longtime manager, Harvey Robbins, confirmed her passing, saying in a news release, "She passed peacefully at her home with loved ones by her side."

She was known widely as "The Queen of Exotic Dangers." The release says she had links to the King of Rock & Roll, Elvis Presley, and President John F. Kennedy.

Tempest will be buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Funds are being raised for it, and you can donate here. They say they're working to have her buried by costar Bettie Page and longtime friend Dixie Evans. ... Read More

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I-Team: Las Vegas criminal defense attorney talks the Chauvin verdict

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The I-Team spoke with one of Nevada's most well-known criminal defense attorneys about the Derek Chauvin verdict and charges. Of note, it is rare for a jury to convict a police officer in America.

Criminal Defense Attorney David Chesnoff points to a strategy used by the prosecution to tell the jury this wasn't prosecution against police. It was prosecution against a man who happened to be a police officer.

Again, jurors are usually sympathetic to law enforcement, but this jury came back with a verdict of guilty on all three counts.

Chesnoff says he believes both the prosecution and defense did a good job in this case. He tells the I-Team he believes there's not much Chauvin's defense attorney could do, especially because of the video of Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck. ... Read More

NEW: Nevada reports nearly 400 COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths as test positivity remains below 6%

NOTE: The state’s COVID-19 dashboard will no longer update on weekends, beginning April 16. Therefore, 8 News Now’s daily coronavirus reports will be available Monday-Friday. “To provide the most accurate data, the Office of Analytics will update the COVID-19 dashboard weekdays, so the Monday and Tuesday updates may be higher than has been seen recently since they will include data from the weekend,” the state noted in a news release on April 16.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada is reporting nearly 400 coronavirus cases and nine additional deaths as the test positivity remains below 6%, according to data released Tuesday... Read More

LIVE: Jury reaches verdict in Derek Chauvin trial, to be read Tuesday afternoon

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A verdict has been reached in the trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in the death of George Floyd.

The verdict will be read Tuesday afternoon, between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. PST.

8 News Now will live stream the coverage in the player above.

Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on the 46-year-old Black man’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S.

The jury deliberated for 10 hours over two days in a city on edge against another outbreak of unrest.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison... Read More

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Sisolak signs directive for May 1 transfer of COVID-19 decisions to local authorities

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed Emergency Directive 044 to transfer powers over COVID-19 mitigation decisions to local authorities. The transfer of power will occur on May 1.

A news release from the Governor's Office in Carson City said the directive will "help achieve the goal of reopening business capacity in all counties by June 1."

"If any provision of a local plan adopted by a county conflicts with a required Statewide Mitigation Measure that provision is void," according to the Governor's Office.

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Among the most significant updates and changes made in Directive 044 are:... Read More

Unemployment at 8.8% in Las Vegas metro area, 10% in North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Unemployment dropped to 8.8% in the Las Vegas metropolitan area in March, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

That compares to 9.3% in February and 9.9% in January.

While the Las Vegas unemployment rate is steadily dropping, it is still above the national figure of 6.2%, and it's keeping the state's unemployment rate at 8.1%. Nevada's two other metro areas reported lower unemployment numbers, with Reno at 4.6% and Carson City at 5.1%, according to DETR.

By county, Clark County still has the highest rate in Nevada at 8.8%. The next-closest is Nye County, at 5.7% unemployment.

Data on cities shows North Las Vegas with the highest unemployment rate:... Read More

Clark County approves reopening plan for May 1 with 80% capacity, reduced social distancing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County leaders approved a reopening plan Tuesday that would increase capacity from 50% to 80% and reduce social distancing from six feet to three feet starting May 1, when the county takes control of mitigation efforts for COVID-19.

County commissioners announced changes Tuesday to its initial proposal for reopening and approved the plan just before noon during the meeting.

As a reminder, Nevada Counties have "Local Control" starting May 1. Boulder City must follow Clark County's Local Mitigation and Enforcement Plan, which now goes to the COVID Task Force for review and recommendations. https://t.co/QhNQQVd9KL... Read More