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NEW: Nearly 30% of Nevadans fully vaccinated as state reports 436 cases, 8 deaths

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate remains at 5.4% as the state reports 436 new cases and eight deaths, data released Thursday shows.

The state reports that nearly 30% of Nevada’s population is now fully vaccinated, and more than 47% of the people eligible have initiated vaccinations.

The rate stayed at 5.4% for a second day after it was at 5.5% for two days. It started climbing on April 3, and passed 5% on April 12. It reached 5.9% but it leveled off in late April and has fallen since.

Clark County’s test positivity rate matches the state, at 5.4% in data released Thursday... Read More

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CCSD teacher accused of sexual relationship with student

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A high school teacher at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts has been arrested on a sex charge involving a student, according to Clark County School District Police.

Lawrence Artl, 37, is facing one count of an employee engaging in a sexual relationship with a pupil over the age of 16 and two counts of preventing/dissuading a person from testifying.

According to CCSD police, the investigation was started at Las Vegas Academy in Feb. 2020 and at that time Artl was assigned to his home. He has been a teacher since 2007.

He turned himself in to police on Wednesday, May 12 and was booked into the Clark County Detention Center... Read More

I-Team: Hip-hop producer Mally Mall sentenced to 33 months in prison

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Hip-hop producer and rapper Mally Mall -- whose real name is Jamal Rashid -- was sentenced Thursday in Las Vegas to two years and nine months in prison -- a total of 33 months, which was the maximum he could get under a plea deal.

He previously admitted between 2002 and 2014 his escort services in Clark County were actually fronts for prostitution. Rashid had agreed to a plea deal in federal court with a sentence specified at one to 33 months in prison.

#BREAKING: Jamal Rashid aka “Mally Mall” is sentenced to 33 months in prison.

Prosecutors: he was pimp for 100s of women for at least 12 years in Vegas, he manipulated victims, imposed rules.

Victims discussed “threats of surveillance, verbal abuse & actual violence.” @8NewsNow... Read More

Boyd Gaming returns to 100% capacity on gaming floors at all properties

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The nine Nevada Boyd Gaming properties have returned to 100% capacity on their gaming floors after receiving approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board on May 11.

According to Boyd Gaming, "Masks are still required inside our properties, and all non-gaming areas remain at 80% capacity, in compliance with current government directives."

Their properties are: The Orleans, Gold Coast, Suncoast, Aliante, Sam’s Town, Cannery, the California, Fremont and Jokers Wild.

Boyd Gaming said it was commended by the control board for its efforts to assist employees and their families in the vaccination process which included on-site vaccination centers and the award of paid vacation time to employees who completed their vaccine dosage... Read More

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I-Team: Boyfriend killed 2-year-old Amari Nicholson after child soiled himself

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The man accused of killing a 2-year-old hit the child several times after the toddler urinated on himself, according to his arrest report first obtained by the I-Team.

Terrell Rhodes, 27, is accused of killing Amari Nicholson, 2. Rhodes then tried to hide the boy's body, police said. According to police, Amari was left in Rhodes' care while his mother was out of town last week.

According to the report, Rhodes hit Amari three or four times with his fist early in the morning on May 5 inside an apartment at the Emerald Suits. The child's face then turned blue and he stopped breathing, according to the report. Rhodes attempted CPR, but Amari died.

Amari's body was located Wednesday near the 400 block of East Twain Avenue, just south of the long-term stay complex where he last seen... Read More

CDC: Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks indoors or outdoors in many instances

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer need to wear masked or physically distance indoors or outdoors, in most cases.

There are some places that face masks will still be required including in crowded indoor settings such as planes, buses, homeless shelters, prisons and hospitals.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, says the long-awaited change is thanks to millions of people getting vaccinated -- and based on the latest science about how well those shots are working... Read More

Southwest now offers more flights to Hawaii, including direct flights

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Southwest Airlines is adding more flights to Hawaii starting in June and those flights will be non-stop.

The additional flights will leave from Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix and go to multiple airports in the Hawaiian Islands. You can start booking the new flights as soon as June 6.

There will be two non-stop flights a day between Las Vegas and Honolulu starting June 6; two a day to Maui starting June 27; one a day to the Island of Hawaii staring Sept. 7, and one a day (four days a week) to Kauai starting Sept. 8.

A direct ticket between Las Vegas and Hawaii will cost $159 one-way... Read More