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Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino temporarily close table games due to rise in COVID-19 cases

LAUGHLIN, Nev. (KLAS) — Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino will temporarily close its table games early Tuesday morning. Due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers in the state, Don Laughlin’s table games are closing because the owners want to make sure the tables are deep cleaned and sanitized.

The following message was posted on the resort’s Facebook page.

“Dear Valued Table Game Patrons,
Due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community, the Riverside Resort will be temporarily closing our Table Games operations (Pit and Poker) at 12:01 a.m. on 7/7/2020. This period of temporary closure will allow us to deep clean and sanitize our Table Games areas and equipment beyond the measures already in place for the safety of our employees and guests.”

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CCSD Board of Trustees discusses reopening plan, uncertainty as vote looms

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Major questions are still unanswered as the Clark County School District tries to move forward with its reopening plan.

The CCSD Board of Trustees had a special meeting Monday night to flesh out what this upcoming school year will look like amid the coronavirus.

But despite the district providing some additional details during Monday night’s four and a half hour meeting, there are still more questions than answers.

“We’re not really looking at the things that matter,” said board member Danielle Ford.

Frustration mounts as CCSD inches closer to reopening. Trustees are uncomfortable with the uncertainly, especially with a vote on the proposed plan just days away.

“If we don’t have answers to these complex problems and real-life puzzles of what it’s going to look like when schools open, we can’t make a decision like this,” Ford said... Read More

Pentagon drafting policy that would ban Confederate flag displays at military bases

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Military leaders at the highest level are working on a plan that would ban the confederate flag from being displayed at military bases. According to a defense official who know about the document, right now, the plan is just a draft, but it’s been circulating for the last week.

Military leaders have argued that the flag is divisive and gets in the way of fighting units coming together as a team. But the move could end up pitting the joint chiefs of staff and senior military leaders against President Donald Trump, who has been defending Confederate symbols.

Military legal personnel is still working on ways to make sure the ban could be enforced.

So the draft hasn’t been formally approved yet, but it might not be long before there’s a decision on it... Read More

Army identifies buried remains as missing Texas soldier

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An Army commander confirmed Monday that dismembered remains found last week buried near Fort Hood belonged to a 20-year-old soldier who vanished more than two months ago from the Texas base.

Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt, Fort Hood’s senior commander, said during a news conference that the armed forces forensic examiner determined through DNA analysis that the remains belonged to Spc. Vanessa Guillén. A day earlier, an attorney for Guillén’s family had said Army officials told the family at their Houston home that the remains were hers.

“We’re now confronted with the aftermath of one of the most heinous acts I can imagine,” Efflandt said... Read More

Caesars Entertainment: Not wearing a mask grounds for “termination”

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Caesars Entertainment CEO Tony Rodio told employees not wearing a mask is “grounds for termination” in an internal memo. The excerpt reads as follows:

“Recently, we required all guests as well as team members to wear masks while at our properties. We made this policy change because COVID-19 continues to spread in the U.S., including in areas that previously did not have many cases.

Masks and social distancing have been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19. Our team members are doing an excellent job complying with the policy, and we’ve been impressed that our guests are quickly adjusting to the new rule.

We are working to achieve 100% compliance with guests, but we must take strong action if team members violate the rule to always wear their masks at work except when eating or drinking. ... Read More

Gov. Sisolak releases Nevada’s COVID-19 fiscal report and 2021 fiscal year budget summary ahead of special session

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Governor Steve Sisolak released the Nevada COVID-19 Fiscal Report Monday, and details about the Fiscal Year 2021 budget ahead of the Nevada Legislative Special Session, which is planned for Wednesday, July 8. 

According to the Governor’s offie, on June 29, the Nevada Department of Taxation released revenue statistics for April 2020, and based on this information — consensus revenue projections developed jointly by the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s Fiscal Analysis Division and the Governor’s Finance Office were updated to reflect a total estimated General Fund shortfall of approximately $1.2 billion in Fiscal Year 2020-21.   

Governor Sisolak sent a letter to the Nevada State Legislature that says in part:... Read More

Delays in COVID-19 test results as demand increases

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Coronavirus numbers are on the rise, and testing is one of the keys to tracking the virus. But today, state officials say there have been delays in how long it is taking to get results.

At UNLV’s Thomas and Mack testing location, things have been running smoothly. They’re usually closed on Mondays, but due to the Fourth of July, decided to open up an extra day.

Many say the demand is so high that it could be slowing test results.

“We have been seeing a lot of people,” said Fire Capt. Adam Weiss of the Clark County Fire Department. “The demand is high.”

Weiss says they have been seeing around 1,300-1,600 people a day get tested outside the Thomas and Mack Center over the last couple of weeks.

Numbers keep rising.

“The process is really simple,” said Weiss. “I believe you can go through UMC, and you can set up an online appointment.” ... Read More