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Vaccine mandate takes effect for health care workers in Nevada, nationwide

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A vaccine mandate is now in effect for thousands of health care workers here in Nevada.

They must get their first dose, or risk losing their job.

It's happening when facilities are already dealing with severe staff shortages.

The fear is that the mandate will put more pressure on an already strained workforce.

At University Medical Center, a vaccine mandate was put in place last year. The hospital says it led to a 97% vaccination rate.

“Our employees understand the importance of promoting the safest possible clinical environment for our patients and team members. When we announced the policy last year, a majority of our employees had already received the vaccine,” according to a UMC statement.

The federal mandate applies to all health care facilities that receive federal funding: Medicare and Medicaid dollars: hospitals, nursing homes, health centers and the VA system are all affected... Read More

'Tiger King' Joe Exotic's sentence reduced

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY, Okla. (KFOR) – The "Tiger King" received fewer years behind bars Friday during a resentencing hearing, but he will still spend more than two decades in prison.

Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was convicted in a murder-for-hire case involving animal welfare activist Carole Baskin, who, along with Maldonado-Passage, was featured in Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”

Maldonado-Passage's original sentence of 264 months, or 22 years, was reduced to 252 months, or 21 years.

In 2018, Maldonado-Passage, former owner of the Greater Wynnewood Animal Park, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of murder-for-hire... Read More

Bennett, Barkov lift Panthers over Golden Knights 4-1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)Sam Bennett scored two goals to lift the Florida Panthers over the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 on Thursday night.

Aleksander Barkov scored his 200th NHL goal and 500th NHL point, and had an assist, and Mason Marchment had an empty-net goal. Spencer Knight made 24 saves for the Panthers, who improved to 22-3-0 at home.

”Those are the milestones you’re going to think about after the season, after the career,” Barkov said. ”I’m happy to get it out of the way. We (held) our game together and played a really tight game. If we gave them anything, (Knight) was there.”

Zach Whitecloud had the lone goal for Vegas, which had a three-game point streak come to an end. Robin Lehner stopped 28 shots.

”I thought we did a good job of generating opportunities,” Whitecloud said. ”They do a good job of having you in your own end and making you defend. We had some good looks, they just didn’t go in.”... Read More

I-15 southbound exit to Speedway Boulevard will have overnight closures starting Sunday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The southbound Interstate 15 offramp to Speedway Boulevard in North Las Vegas will be closed for three nights next week as crews work on a storm drain project.

Motorists will not be able to exit to Speedway Boulevard from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Sunday, Jan. 30, and ending the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 2, according to a Friday news release from the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). Drivers are advised to take Exit 58 to Las Vegas Boulevard to get to the area for these three nights.

The closure is needed while the City of North Las Vegas installs a new 78-inch storm drain. Paving repairs will follow the construction of the drain.

Follow @nevadadotvegas on Twitter for traffic and project updates in Southern Nevada, and @nevadadot on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates from across the state... Read More

Nevada man charged with making threatening phone calls to state election worker

(The Hill) - A Nevada man has been arrested and charged with making threatening phone calls to a state election worker.

According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release, the FBI arrested Gjergi Luke Juncaj of Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday after he allegedly made four threatening phone calls to an employee in the Elections Division of the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office on Jan. 7.

“I want to thank you for such a great job you all did on stealing the election,” Juncaj said in the calls, the employee told authorities... Read More

Healthy Habits for 2022: Moving your body, even slightly, can add years to your life

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Whether you want to be functional or extra fit, Aaron Alexander who is a movement coach encourages many to move around to keep their bodies and minds in shape. He adds that even the smallest actions can make a big difference.

"The term for small movements throughout the day is a fancy term. It's called neat non-exercise activity thermogenesis and very fancy. And what that is is all the little fidgets and kind of wiggles and twists and turns, and you get up and walk and get some coffee and, you know, take a walk on your cell phone as you're talking to somebody," Alexander said.

Alexander also says the more N.E.A.T. or small movements one makes throughout the day, the more calories can be burned while giving the body and joints an easy workout. However, for avid exercisers who often max out moves, he says it's important to set boundaries for pain. ... Read More

Clouds move in to start the weekend

Great sunshine to start our last Friday of January, but there are some high cirrus clouds off to the south, ready to slide our way as the day goes on. Those are just the leading edge of a system off the coast of So Cal that will keep bringing more clouds tonight into Saturday. But the temps will be on the mild side to finish the month before chilly north winds arrive to welcome February next week. It's all in Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast... Read More