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Knights coaching staff out for tonight's game with COVID concerns

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - Late this afternoon the Golden Knights announced that their coaching staff will not be on the bench for tonight's game against the St. Louis Blues because of COVID concerns. The announcement was made in a tweet sent out by the team.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the Vegas Golden Knights coaching staff will be self-isolating for Tuesday night's game against the St. Louis Blues due to COVID-19 protocols. Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon will be behind the bench Tuesday along with members of the Henderson Silver Knights coaching staff. We will provide additional updates when appropriate."

The Knights are going for their 5th straight home win in T-Mobile Arena against the St. Louis Blues.

This is the first time in the 2021 season the Knights have had COVID related issues. ... Read More

Visits to Las Vegas may have fueled coronavirus spread, study finds

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A study from smart thermometer company Kinsa Health finds the spread of coronavirus across the Southwest U.S. may be attributed to visits to Las Vegas, the company wrote Tuesday.

“Travel to Las Vegas in recent months and a new coronavirus variant have likely contributed to the rapid, regional spread of cases across southern California, Arizona and Nevada,” the company wrote on its Health Weather website. “The data also shows strong correlations between the sickest counties and higher rates of travel to businesses along the Las Vegas Strip after New Year’s, as well as earlier in December, when the new variant took hold.”

The B.1.1.7 variant, first detected in the United Kingdom, was found in a sample in Nevada last week, researchers announced Monday. The variant is more contagious than the one first discovered in Wuhan, China... Read More

NEW: Nevada reports 59 COVID-19 deaths as test positivity falls below 19%

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada reports 59 COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours, with 56 coming from Clark County, according to data released Tuesday.

Nevada’s 14-day rolling average is now 18 deaths per day.

For the second day in a row, the state reported less than 1,000 new virus infections in the past 24 hours. This is only the fourth time in the past 84 days that less than a thousand cases were reported.

Nevada reports 956 new COVID-19 cases, with 797 from Clark County. Nevada’s total cases are now at 272,853. Clark County has a total of 209,726.

Nevada’s test positivity rate dropped again Monday, falling from 19.4% to 18.9%, continuing more than a week of declines. The record — 22.3% — was reported on Dec. 8, 2020. Clark County’s test positivity rate is 20.3%.

More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in Nevada in 80 of the past 84 days... Read More

Acting DETR director becomes permanent leader, Sisolak announces

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The acting director of Nevada's employment department has been appointed as permanent director.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday in Carson City that Elisa Cafferata is now the director of the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), and he made the appointment effective as of Jan. 19.

“I am pleased to appoint Elisa as the permanent director at DETR. The services rendered by DETR are now more vital than ever and during her time as acting director, Elisa has proven her commitment to progress,” Sisolak said.

Elisa Cafferata, appointed permanent director of DETR.

“Elisa has made significant strides in addressing DETR’s backlog of unemployment claims and I am confident her continued leadership and skillset will improve DETR and continue benefitting the people of our great state,” he said... Read More

McCarran airport in Las Vegas makes top 10 list for TSA catching firearms

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- McCarran International Airport made the top 10 list when it came to where the TSA detected the most handguns in 2020. Las Vegas was in the ninth spot.

According to a TSA news release, officers detected twice as many firearms per million passengers at airport security checkpoints in 2020 compared to 2019.

Nationwide, TSA officers discovered a total of 3,257 firearms on passengers or in their carry-on bags at checkpoints, although total passengers screened in 2020 fell by 500 million versus 2019 due to the pandemic. Of those firearms caught in 2020, about 83% were loaded. In 2019, TSA officers stopped a record 4,432 firearms, of which 87 percent were loaded.

In 2020, the TSA found 72 guns at McCarran International Airport checkpoints. Here is a look at the top 10 airports where TSA found guns in 2020:... Read More

Las Vegas snow is winding down

Wow, look at the snow! There's white frosting all over the rooftops of west valley neighborhoods and plenty of fresh snow in the mountains this morning. Roads are still wintry through the higher elevations and you'll likely need 4-wheel drive or chains. The overnight snow is ending now and low clouds will stick around through the morning with a little sun breaking through this afternoon. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast has more chances for rain and snow later this week... Read More

Live: White House holds briefing before Biden outlines racial equity agenda

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) —  President Joe Biden plans to take executive actions on Tuesday to scale back the use of private prisons and to promote equitable housing policy, the White House confirmed.

Joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden will deliver remarks outlining his racial equity agenda, and sign four executive actions Tuesday. It's part of a broader push by the new administration to roll back policies by former President Donald Trump, promote criminal justice reform and address racial inequity across the United States... Read More