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10-story office building, luxury apartments in works for Downtown Summerlin

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 10-story office building and the second phase of a luxury apartment development are the latest plans for Downtown Summerlin on the west edge of the valley.

The projects -- which will be built simultaneously, with construction expected to begin in the second quarter of 2021 -- are at the forefront as the Howard Hughes Corporation announces "a comprehensive vision for the area's walkable urban center," according to a Thursday news release.

A new master plan for Downtown Summerlin was designed by Hart Howerton, a planning, architecture, and interior design firm... Read More

A nice break before the next storm

Skies are finally clearing from this week's storm and we should have plenty of sunshine today with warmer highs reaching into the mid-60s. This will likely be the nicest day for the next week or so as several storms will head our way from the Pacific Northwest bringing clouds, wind, and chances for rain and snow. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast says get ready for winter to return next week when snowflakes could be flying in valley skies!... Read More

US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic.

The Labor Department's report Thursday underscored that President Joe Biden has inherited an economy that faltered this winter as virus cases spiked, cold weather restricted dining and federal rescue aid expired. The government said that 5.1 million Americans are continuing to receive state jobless benefits, down from 5.2 million in the previous week. That signals that fewer people who are out of work are finding jobs.

New viral infections have begun to slow after months of relentless increases, though they remain high and are averaging about 200,000 a day. The number of deaths in the United States from the pandemic that erupted 10 months ago has surpassed 400,000... Read More

Bellagio Conservatory celebrates Year of the Ox in colorful display

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- There's a new look at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden and it celebrates the Year of the Ox.

The Lunar New Year display features four scenes of floral creations that convey message of love for nature, commitment, tradition, children and travel.

“This beautiful Lunar New Year display is specially designed to honor the Year of the Ox, focus on love and evoke inspiration in the new year,” said designer Ed Libby. “This year, perhaps more than ever, we can all use an added dose of inspiration and love.”

The display is open free to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week and make a great backdrop for photos. The display will be up through March 6... Read More

CSN offers 'weekend college' programs in industries looking for employees

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The College of Southern Nevada kicked off its spring semester this week and for the first time is offering a weekend program

CSN decided to do the weekend program in response to the pandemic and hopes it will make it easier for students who can't attend during the weekdays.

The weekend program offers certificates in industries that are currently hiring employees such as education, engineering, healthcare, IT, welding and air conditioning.

CSN is allowing late registration through the end of this week for people who are interested in signing up. Some of the programs can be completed in a single weekend.

You can get more information at this link.

CSN, like many other colleges around the country, has experienced a drop in enrollment during the pandemic... Read More

Experts: Some of President Biden's executive orders will greatly impact Nevadans

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- President Joe Biden signed more than a dozen executive orders during the first day of his term. But how much of an impact will those decisions have on Nevadans?

One order of particular importance to the Silver State fortifies the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program, which shields certain people who came to the U.S. as children from deportation.

"We have a lot of friends and neighbors here in Nevada who are Dreamers," shared Nikki Levy, staff attorney with ACLU of Nevada.

According to the American Immigration Council, 12,000 Dreamers lived in Nevada as of March 2020. The ACLU of Nevada tells us this executive order also calls on Congress to create a path to citizenship.

"For a Nevada Dreamer, right now this means that there's some sense of security, at least that your situation will not change immediately," Levy explained. ... Read More

Doctors stress need for convalescent plasma donors in Southern Nevada as COVID-19 deaths continue to rise

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As the state faces new cases and a record-high number of daily deaths, doctors are hoping those who recover from the virus step up to help those fighting it. 

Convalescent plasma contains antibodies that can recognize and neutralize the virus, but with the lack of people donating, hospitals and doctors are concerned.  

As the vaccine continues to roll out in Nevada, doctors are turning to the community for help in treating patients using convalescent plasma. It is taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19 and contains antibodies that can fight off the virus.  

"Giving Plasma isn't dangerous. It's as safe as a blood donation,” said Dr. Marc Kahn — Dean of the UNLV School of Medicine. “This is a way you can really help patients and potentially even save someone's life."  ... Read More