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Travel influencers use their magic to help bring tourism to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Social media is a great place for us to connect and inspire. How many times have you seen a beautiful beach or a gorgeous hotel and wondered, "where is that?"

Well, whether it's the fountains of Bellagio, the volcanoes at The Mirage or the Paris Eiffel Tower, Las Vegas is picture perfect, and our landmarks sell.

"Vegas is one of my favorite places to visit," shared influencer Ana Linares. "...There's so many amazing places just an hour away."

The Las Vegas Strip.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this day and time, it's worth thousands of followers.

"With Circa, with Stadium Swim, the visuals are just incredible," said Fletch Brunelle, vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The new tool for selling Vegas? Travel influencers. ... Read More

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Gas prices spike across US, Nevada in top three nationwide

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Expect to be sticker shocked next time you fill up. Gas prices continue to climb in Nevada and across the country.

The average price in the state is $3.55, putting us in third place on a national level.

Some are worried that the hike could impact their summer plans, which for many starts this Memorial Day weekend.

Our crew stopped by a gas station near Las Vegas Boulevard and Russell Road Wednesday. It is one of the busiest gas stations in Las Vegas, and according to some, one of the most expensive too.

$3.69 was their price for regular. That is 14 cents over the state average of according to AAA.

Some we talked to say local prices are still affordable and they stopped by to fill up because of convenience over the cost.

One local driver says she tries to save a buck since she is constantly behind the wheel at work... Read More

I-Team: Sources indicate there may have been warning signs toddler was in danger

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The I-Team has learned there were concerns about 2-year-old Amari Nicholson's safety, leading up to his death.

Sources tell us within the past year, there was at least one report made to Child Protective Services (CPS), alleging abuse. The agency looked into the allegation but closed the case without taking further action.

We reached out to CPS, but a spokesman says state law prohibits them from discussing specific individuals.

Now, Terrell Rhodes is accused of killing the toddler.

Carrie Howard, Amari's maternal grandmother, told the I-Team Monday loved ones had been concerned about the safety of the child since his mother started dating Rhodes last year.

Vanessa Murphy: "Do you think if CPS had investigated more after these calls you're saying the family made, do you think Amari would be safe right now?" ... Read More

Community comes together for vigil in honor of Amari Nicholson

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A memorial continues to grow tonight outside the Emerald Suites.

All day long, people have been leaving messages for a life lost far too soon, 2-year-old Amari Nicholson.

A vigil is planned tonight at 6 p.m.

Remembering Amari Nicholson.

The community is coming together tonight, to honor the toddler’s life.

He was originally reported missing last week. His mother’s boyfriend, Terrell Rhodes, is facing charges for his murder. @8NewsNow pic.twitter.com/m7SN020wIR

— Sasha Loftis (@SashaLoftis) May 13, 2021

Amari's father is expected to be at the vigil

Throughout the day, flowers and candles have been added to the memorial... Read More

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Caesars Entertainment returning to full capacity on all Las Vegas resort gaming floors

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Following approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Caesars Entertainment has announced they are returning to 100% capacity on the casino floors of all nine of the company's Las Vegas properties.

There will also be no social distancing requirements on the gaming floors.

The following properties with be impacted:

  • Bally's Las Vegas
  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas
  • The Cromwell
  • Flamingo Las Vegas
  • Harrah's Las Vegas
  • The LINQ Hotel + Experience
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
  • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino

The mask mandate will still remain in effect on the gaming floors... Read More

Report: McCarran International Airport ranks 10th best in nation for cheap domestic flights

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas made the top ten list of airports offering cheap domestic flights.

Los Angeles, Chicago and Minneapolis make up the top three. Las Vegas just made the list at number ten, with 93 cheap domestic flights from McCarran International Airport in just the past six months alone.

These are on full-service airlines — not the budget airlines — with good flights and decent connections. These are also markets with at least 1 million people or more.

This list is compiled by Scott Keyes, who is the founder of "Scott's Cheap Flights," and he has made it his business to research airfare.

He sends out all the deals he finds to those with a premium membership, but you can also sign up for free and receive a limited number of flight alerts... Read More

Amari Nicholson's body found near where he was reported missing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The body of 2-year-old Amari Nicholson was found Wednesday afternoon not far from the area where he was reported missing.

According to Metro Police, his body was located near the 400 block of East Twain Avenue, less than a mile south of Emerald Suites where he last seen on May 5.

Terrell Rhodes, the boyfriend of the toddler's mother, is facing a murder charge for the death of Amari. According to police, the child was left in his care while his mother was out of town in Colorado last week... Read More