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I-Team: Fentanyl kills record number in Las Vegas valley, including children

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas valley saw a record number of people who died from a fentanyl overdose in 2021 as dealers sell poisonous pills to unsuspecting customers, including children under the age of 18.

Drug cartels are manufacturing illicit fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50-to-100 times more potent than morphine, and combining it with other drugs. Just a few grains are deadly.

Last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration launched its “One pill can kill” campaign as a warning. The pills are often blue and have “M” and “30” stamped on them.

More people in southern Nevada died last year from fentanyl overdoses than ever before fueled by unsuspecting buyers ingesting a dose of death in pill form. (KLAS)

In 2021, 226 people died from a fentanyl overdose in Clark County, according to data from the Southern Nevada Health District. Six of those deaths were children under the age of 18... Read More

Romance scams steal $15 million from Nevadans in 2021

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Romance scams in 2021 victimized people in Nevada more than any state in the U.S. except North Dakota, according to data released by the FBI and the FTC.

Nationwide, the scams collected $547 million from Americans in 2021.

In Nevada, 352 victims reported losses of $15,095,654. That amounted to $486,233 for every 100,000 people in the state. Only North Dakota was higher, at $1,558,064 per 100,000 population.

The Top 5 states were rounded out by Alaska ($481,601), California ($465,191) and Colorado ($424,214).

Nationwide, the total stolen in 2021 was up nearly 80% from 2020, when $304 million was stolen... Read More

Website launches to help families find baby formula

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The government has launched a website to help parents find baby formula during the nationwide shortage.

The shortage stems from supply disruptions and a safety recall. It's estimated 40% of America's popular baby formulas are out of stock.

After speaking with manufacturers Thursday, President Joe Biden said his administration would step up to cut red tape to make it easier for formula companies to produce formula faster. He also said the FDA will announce specific steps to increase imports of formula from abroad.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a website page with resources to help families who are unable to find formula. The site also has some phone hotline numbers and community resources listed.

Parents are advised to not water down the formula, make homemade formula, or use toddler formula for infants... Read More

First all-Black expedition reaches the top of Everest

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It was a history-making moment for seven members of the first all-Black expedition when they reached the summit of Mount Everest.

The team, Full Circle Everest, reached the top of the world's tallest mountain on Thursday.

Since the first person climbed Everest in 1953, there have been 6,000 successful summits. Of those summits, only 10 Black climbers have reached the top.

Since the first climb of Everest in 1953, there have been more than 6000 successful summits. Of those summits, only 10 Black climbers have reached the top.

The team spent years planning the expedition and months raising money for it... Read More

Students celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada Rise Academy students were celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Month Friday at their annual Hawaiian festival.

Executive Director Justin Brecht said the charter school has a diverse student population and they hold many festivals during the school year to celebrate different cultures and to bring the community together... Read More

Planned Parenthood to host abortion rights rally, community fair in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada and other abortion rights advocates will hold a rally and community fair on Saturday.

The rally is meant to call on federal lawmakers and the Biden Administration to act with urgency to protect the right to obtain an abortion.

The rally and fair are scheduled following a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signed by five justices detailing a decision that indicates the court intends to overturn both Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

"The implications of the Supreme Court’s intent to overturn Roe will have dire and far-reaching implications for abortion access in the United States and would put over 36 million women, trans, and nonbinary people in a situation where they would either have to travel for access to abortion care or be forced to go without care entirely," a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada said. ... Read More

Kendrick Lamar to stop in Las Vegas for new album tour

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Rapper Kendrick Lamar will be making a stop in Las Vegas for his new 2022 "The Big Steppers" tour on Friday, Sept. 9 at T-Mobile Arena.

The tour was announced the same day that his latest album, "Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers," released on Friday.

Lamar will be joined by rapper Baby Keem on all tour dates, along with Tanna Leone on select dates.

Kendrick Lamar will be stopping in Las Vegas for his newly announced "The Big Steppers Tour." (KLAS)

Tickets will go on sale May 20 at noon. You can purchase tickets through this link.

Beginning May 19 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Cash App Cash Card holders can also unlock a special presale and purchase tickets by using the first nine numbers of their Cash Card on Ticketmaster... Read More