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Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a significant increase in the number of acute hepatitis A cases in Clark County.

LIVE: Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County. The health district is holding a news conference at 11:15 a.m.

Posted by 8 News Now on Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Between Jan. 1 and May 31, there have been 37 reported acute hepatitis A cases, compared to 17 reported cases in 2018, no reported case in 2017, and six reported cases in 2016 during the same period. People who are at increased risk for infection of hepatitis A include people who use drugs and those experiencing homelessness. ... Read More

City of Las Vegas to launch a reality show about government

LAS VEGAS (AP) – The city of Las Vegas is launching a reality show on streaming services that will tell behind-the-scenes stories about how the government navigates local issues.

Las Vegas officials announced Monday that the show “Inside Vegas” will premiere Thursday and be available on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and the city’s GoVegas app.

The show’s first season includes three episodes detailing a massage parlor suspected of prostitution, a nonprofit in trouble with police and the city’s grappling with party houses and short-term rentals.

The show will be produced by the city’s communications office... Read More

Fourth of July 2019 fireworks and events

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – On July 4, the nation will commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. There will be numerous events around the Las Vegas valley and southern Nevada to celebrate the momentous day.

Everything from parades to extravagant fireworks shows are listed below.

Summerlin Council hosts 25th annual Patriotic Parade ... Read More

NHL Awards coming to Mandalay Bay

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The best hockey players in the world are headed to the valley for Wednesday’s NHL Awards. 

The show is being held at Mandalay Bay. 

Bianca Holman takes a look at the party taking over The Strip. ... Read More

Doctors push for increase in age to buy marijuana

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A group of doctors is urging states that allow legal recreational marijuana to push the minimum age for buyers to 25 or older.

In a recent New York Times editorial, they noted that marijuana can have a “deleterious impact on cognitive development in adolescents, impairing executive function, processing speed, memory, attention span, and concentration.” They cite long-term studies that show substantial negative effects of marijuana use on brain development of teens and young adults.

Retail marijuana was passed by Nevada voters in 2016, and legal sales began at licensed dispensaries in the summer of 2017.  Like alcohol, marijuana buyers in Nevada must provide legal proof that they are 21 or older.  ... Read More

Family believes squatters burned down their home on Stewart St.

Leah Vandenakker reflects on the home she once grew up in.

“All of my memories, baby pictures, prom dresses, everything is just gone,” she said.

This isn’t the first time the abandoned house next door has caught fire.

In January, another fire was reported at the same boarded-up single story home on Stewart St.

“It’s been really difficult because we knew it was coming,” Vandenakker said.

Vandenakker says squatters have been in and out of the abandoned house for years.

“They cooked there in the winter,” she said. “There was a fire in the backyard constantly.”

The City of Las Vegas installed a temporary fence around the property. City officials were planning on demolishing it before another fire broke out last week. 

“They (City officials) told me that my house has burned down. I just burst out into tears,” said Vandenakker... Read More

Business owners rely on ‘hope’ to move forward following massive building fire

It was a look of sadness and devastation from business owners as they glanced at what is left from the massive fire that broke out early Monday morning on Paradise Road near Twain Avenue.  The Park at 3900, also know to business residents of the complex as the ‘Brick Oasis,’ was completely destroyed by the fire.

Business owners say they’re thankful to be alive, and “hope” will help them move on. 

“This was a very beautiful building; it was an old building very old I think 30 maybe 40 years old,” said Rich Gacovino, who lost his business in the fire.  “I just can’t believe the pile that I’m looking at.”

Gacovino has been working in the building for three years. He built his own studio, Gacovino and More, which provides media production services.

“I built everything piece by piece,” Gacovino said. “I brought every piece of wood up there, hammered every nail, and it’s all gone now.”... Read More