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Crash closes westbound Tropicana at Decatur

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Police have closed the westbound lanes of Tropicana Avenue at Decatur Boulevard due to a crash. Traffic is being diverted in the area.

There is no word on any injuries... Read More

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Nevada Supreme Court rejects Democrats' arguments, axes $107 million in payroll taxes

CARSON CITY — The Nevada Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Democratic state lawmakers were wrong to continue a payroll tax without a two-thirds majority approval.

The controversy over the Modified Business Tax has lingered for two years since Republicans challenged a move by Democrats to continue the tax, which should have expired in 2019. Instead of sunsetting the tax, Democrats continued it, arguing the money was needed for education.

The ruling means $107 million in payroll taxes will have to be refunded to employers.

The state Supreme Court cited “plain language of the supermajority provision” in the law, ruling on the side of Republican James A. Settelmeyer and seven other members of the Nevada Senate, along with a dozen companies and corporations listed as plaintiffs.

The unanimous ruling rejected arguments by Democrats... Read More

Gov. Sisolak says Nevada will follow latest recommendations from CDC on mask-wearing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Governor Sisolak says Nevada will follow the latest recommendations on masking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Earlier today, in a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the CDC eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

"I strongly urge all Nevadans who have not yet taken advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible," said Gov. Sisolak in a Twitter post on social media... Read More

CDC announces fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step toward returning to pre-pandemic life, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people on Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.

“Today is a great day for America,” President Joe Biden said during a Rose Garden address heralding the new guidance.

The new guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters, but will help clear the way for reopening workplaces, schools, and other venues — even removing the need for masks or social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.

“We have all longed for this moment -- when we can get back to some sense of normalcy,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC... Read More

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Police, firefighters urge people to be aware of leaving children, pets alone in cars

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responds to more than 300 lock in calls a year. That means either a person or animal is locked in a vehicle which can be a dangerous situation especially as temperatures get warmed.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Las Vegas Fire & Rescue held a news conference Thursday to get the message out that Las Vegas is one of the hottest places in the country and people new to the community may not realize how fast the interior of a car can heat up.

"It can become lethal in less than 10 minutes," said Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.

He said tests done at the fire department showed the inside of a vehicle heating up to 135 degrees in four-and-a-half minutes.

He urges people who see a child or animal left in a car unattended to immediately call 9-1-1 because it's considered a medical emergency.

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Former MGM exec named Pac-12 commissioner

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference announced today that, following a comprehensive global search led by its governing executive committee and TurnkeyZRG, accomplished sports business executive George Kliavkoff has been appointed Pac-12 Commissioner.

Kliavkoff (Klēē-ãv-cough), 54, brings unparalleled expertise and leadership in live sports and entertainment, fan experience, content creation and distribution, and navigating complicated environments. He comes to the Pac-12 Conference from MGM Resorts International, where he was president of entertainment and sports.

Kliavkoff’s appointment was supported by a unanimous vote of all Pac-12 presidents and chancellors. His five-year contract begins July 1... Read More

UNLV begins series of in-person graduation ceremonies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It was a special day for thousands of UNLV graduates. The university held it's first in-person ceremony since the pandemic.

"I am super stoked. I am so excited. I’ve been waiting for this day. It’s been three years coming. I’m just really excited," said graduating student Rhiannon Brusch.

UNLV will hold a series of commencements over the next two days at the Sam Boyd Stadium... Read More