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HEALTH WATCH: Free day of dental care for Southern Nevadans facing financial hardship

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The annual Southern Nevada Dental Society Day of Dental Service (SNDS) is coming up on November 7.

Members of SNDS, are dentists and oral surgeons who have volunteered their staff and office time to provide one free filling or extraction for members of the Southern Nevada community facing financial hardship.

Those interested can call to schedule an appointment, before November 3, with the participating offices listed on the SNDS website... Read More

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Marijuana, cannabis products generate $1B in taxable sales, bring $159M to Nevada schools

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Marijuana and cannabis products generated more than a billion dollars in taxable sales in Nevada from July 1, 2020, to June 30 of this year, according to state agencies.

The state collects 10% of taxable retail sales of cannabis products and 15% of wholesale cannabis sales.

That produced a combined $159 million for the Distributive School Account (DSA), according to a report from the Nevada Department of Taxation and the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board.

Taxable sales grew by 46% over the previous fiscal year.

Clark County produced $791 million in taxable sales, contributing to a total state figure of $1,003,467,665.

(Nevada Department of Taxation and the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board)

In 2019, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed SB545, directing all revenue from the 10-percent retail cannabis excise tax into the DSA... Read More

Mike Mayock: ‘We are accountable for our actions’, looks ahead with Bisaccia and team

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – During a press conference on Wednesday, Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock focused on diversity, support for Mark Davis, interim new coach Rich Bisaccia and the team.

The team has had a difficult week after racists comments made by Jon Gruden surfaced on Friday.   The situation continued to escalate on Monday when the NY Times published a report that revealed many more emails and derogatory comments misogynistic and homophobic in nature. The report led to Gruden resigning as the team’s head coach on Monday.  

“Since the day I took this job three years ago, what Mr. Davis has preached has been three things, it’s been diversity, social justice and domestic violence…,” said Mike Mayock in the morning press conference and added that they turn away players who do not honor the values of the team.  ... Read More

Boring Company to submit Vegas Loop plans to county; underground system would have numerous stops on Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County Commissioners will consider approving a franchise agreement with The Boring Company next week to build an underground transportation network that extends through the Las Vegas resort corridor.

The Vegas Loop would run from downtown along Las Vegas Boulevard to Allegiant Stadium and UNLV with plans to eventually go to McCarran International Airport.

Map of proposed Vegas Loop.

The commission will hold a public hearing at its Oct. 19, Tuesday meeting.

Elon Musk's Boring Company has submitted a 61-page franchise agreement that details the construction, operation, and maintenance of the underground transportation system. It also establishes fees and how the county would be paid.

According to the franchise agreement, the franchise fee to the county would be paid on a quarterly basis and will be paid based on the following formula for rides that originate in the county... Read More

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NEW: COVID-19 cases plunge in Nevada, test positivity decline continues

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Oct. 12.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada's daily count of COVID-19 cases plunged to levels last seen in early July, and the state's test positivity rate continued to drop in data released today.

With 621 new cases reported -- 452 in Clark County -- cases were more in line with levels before the summer spike, when counts were frequently double that number, and sometimes even higher.

Nevada's test positivity rate dropped from 8.2% to 8.1%, a slight drop but a continuing improvement that's worth noting. Clark County's test positivity increased late last week and has been at 7.0% so far this week.

Clark County's share of the total case count was higher: 72%. That's more in line with historic averages over the pandemic.

Of the state's 22 deaths, 20 came from Clark County... Read More

Cashless gambling comes to table games at Boyd's Aliante casino

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Table game players are getting a look at cashless gambling as Boyd Gaming tests out its new Boyd Pay Wallet at its Aliante casino.

Aristocrat Gaming and Boyd have launched a field test at Aliante Casino Hotel and Spa in partnership with Genesis Gaming. Blackjack, roulette, pai gow, Texas Hold ‘Em and High Card Flush are all part of the field test. Craps is not included in the test at this point.

The table games trial follows the previous introduction of cashless technology for slot players at Boyd Gaming properties in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio.

Boyd Pay Wallet can also be used for slot machines, as well as select restaurants at Aliante, according to a company spokesman.

Boyd Pay Wallet will be integrated into Boyd Gaming’s B Connected app, allowing players to use their mobile device to fund table game wagers without withdrawing cash from an ATM or redeeming tickets and chips at the cage... Read More

Remains found near Black Mountain identified as missing local woman

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Skeletal remains found near Black Mountain have been positively identified as a 26-year-old Las Vegas valley woman who had been reported missing in December 2020.

Jawaher Hejji was reported missing on Dec. 25, 2020 after family members had not seen or heard from her in three days.

Henderson police found her vehicle near a construction site on Shaded Canyon Drive, south of Horizon Ridge Parkway. Surveillance video from the area showed her walking alone on the Amargosa Trail near the base of Black Mountain on Dec. 23.

Her family spoke with the 8 News Now I-Team in March desperate to find out what happened to her. They held out hope she would return home alive.

Her remains were found on Sept. 6.

Metro police said its missing person's investigation is closed. Henderson police said its investigation is ongoing. Police had no other information to provide... Read More