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CCSD Board of Trustees passes reopening plan with unanimous vote

CORRECTION:  8 News Now initially incorrectly reported that the board had denied the proposed reopening plan in a 2-5 vote, when in fact it was Trustee Ford’s alternate plan that was denied by the board in a 2-5 vote.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District Board of Trustees has passed the District’s reopening plan with a unanimous 7-0 vote. The board said the vote should be considered provisional, as members will continue to review research and discuss plans.

The plan, which was first presented last month, gives parents the option to choose between a blend of in-person and at-home learning or strictly digital instruction.

Reactions to it are certainly mixed. Some families are good with it, while others have concerns.

Some say special needs students are not taken into consideration while others worry about the safety of high-risk teachers... Read More

Lawmakers weigh drastic budget cuts due to COVID-19 shutdown

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Every state department will be hit hard by proposed budget cuts — all meant to fix the Nevada’s $1.2 billion budget shortfall. This historic crisis is the result of coronavirus closures.

As lawmakers are searching for solutions, Governor Sisolak has ordered bars to close, again.

“We know that additional business closures will further affect our economy and impede our economic recovery,” Governor Sisolak said.

The statewide COVID-19 shutdown is why the Nevada legislature has convened for a special session.

Governor Sisolak’s budget proposal would slash K-12 education funding by more than $150 million. Nevada senators questioned state education leaders Thursday about the specific numbers.

One recommendation many are concerned with is a potential $31 million cut to the “Read by Three” program... Read More

Metro seeks to identify suspects in series of robberies in northwest Valley, NLV

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police need the public’s help identifying three suspects in a series of robberies throughout the Valley. The incidents occurred in the Northwest Valley and North Las Vegas.

Police say the suspects attacked victims walking in parking garages. The suspects then robbed them and stole their vehicles.

The suspect descriptions are as follows: ... Read More

Local bar owner reacts to Sisolak’s latest COVID-19 directive

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As Governor Steve Sisolak announced a rollback of certain COVID-19 restrictions to slow the virus spread across our state, one local bar owner said the second closure will be tough on his employees and his family. 

“I wasn’t surprised this was going to happen,” Brian Slipock, owner of Jackson’s Bar & Grill said. “I am shocked by the timing of it.”

Slipock shared his initial reaction with 8 News Now, stating that his business followed all rules related to social distancing and mask mandates after reopening. 

“Smaller guys like us, we followed the rules,” he said. “Because this is our business, this is how we support our families.”

After an initial months long closure in March, his business has to shut down again by Friday at 11:59 p.m., as Governor Sisolak announced a rollback to phase one of COVID-19 closures to mitigate the spread of the virus. ... Read More

Jehovah’s Witnesses cancel in-person conventions globally, first time in religion’s history

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — For the first time in the history of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization, they will be holding their worldwide annual conventions virtually.

Last year, more than 14 million people attended these conventions. In the US alone, Jehovah’s Witnesses typically hold 800 conventions with an attendance of nearly 2 million.

Global attendance spans 240 lands, making it the largest convention organization in the world. 

However, this year, they are canceling their conventions around the world out of concern for the health and safety of local communities, and moving all events online to a streaming platform... Read More

NLV Police searching for missing elderly man

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — North Las Vegas Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing, elderly man. Police say 78-year-old Jose Ramirez was reported missing at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in North Las Vegas.

Police say Ramirez, also known as “Don Toy,” was reported missing by his son. He was last seen near his home in the 3000 block of Brazil Street on Tuesday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m.

Ramirez is a Hispanic male who only speaks Spanish. He is about 5’6″ and 280 pounds.

Ramirez was last seen wearing a yellow polo.

If you have any information about Ramirez’s disappearance, call NLVPD at (702) 633-9111... Read More

Rally held to demand justice in animal cruelty case

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There is a call for justice following the death of two dogs by dehydration and starvation.

Police say 21-year-old Blanca Perez and 22-year-old Esmeralda Martinez left their two 8-month old pit bulls in a kennel without enough food and water supply while they went to Florida. There were gone for nearly three weeks.

A local animal welfare group is urging the district attorney to prosecute and sentence the two women. Officials say they did not make any attempts to arrange care for their puppies while being out of state.

“There were so many choices and they deliberately denied these dogs any help,” said Stacia Newman of Nevada Political Action for Animals. “This is one that should actually have the maximum penalty.”

Newman says the maximum sentence is four years in prison. ... Read More