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Beyond the Wall: Raiders' Darren Waller hosts charity event for kids of southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- One of our Las Vegas' very own Raiders is raising money for the kids of southern Nevada. Raiders tight end Darren Waller held a gala at the Dragon Ridge Country Club Monday.

Waller has been through the valleys of addiction, and now he's sittin' on the summitt of success by overcoming those demons so he's sharing his story and a message while raising money through his "Beyond The Wall" event.

"Back up and live a life that you respect; that love you and love having you around, and they respect, so it's never over for you, Waller said. "Your story is never over; you can always change it. You can always live better."

Waller raised thousands of dollars Monday night through donations and a silent auction, but now his attention is moving toward Sunday's home game with the Buffalo Bills.

8 News NOW Sports Director Chris Maathuis has more... Read More

Local coaches, players hope Gov. Sisolak will relax COVID-19 restrictions on youth sports

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Changes could be coming this week for COVID-19 standards in Nevada, including the possible return of youth sports.

However, the big question remains: What exactly is going to happen?

Governor Steve Sisolak says he plans to lift certain restrictions on youth sports soon. He is expected to announce the update this week, according to his office, but no other details were released.

Coaches around town say they are ready to get their players off the bench and back onto the field.

The COVID-19 pandemic put the pause on the plays, but Kevin McIntosh, a U9 girls' soccer coach for the Southern Nevada Soccer Association, hopes Gov. Sisolak gets the ball rolling on relaxing the rules... Read More

Hispanic Heritage Month: Lorena Garcia is first Latina chef to open restaurant on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- 8 News Now is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing stories of notable people in southern Nevada. Lorena Garcia is the first Latina chef to open up a restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip. It's called 'Chica', and it's at the Venetian.

Originally born in Caracas, Venezuela, Garcia, who also owns several other restaurants in the United States, has authored a cookbook, and she has a line of kitchenware.

"I am a passionate Latina," Garcia said.

As a child, she says cooking was always fascinating to her.

"One day I said ok this is time for me to do all these efforts for a business that I want to create that actually speaks to the Latin community in the United States," said Garcia.

As a businesswoman and entrepreneur, Garcia says it was time to give back to the country that has given her so much... Read More

New Children of the 58 Scholarship Fund named in honor of 1 October victim Neysa Tonks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Public Education Foundation, also known as the Foundation, announced Monday a new "Children of the 58 Scholarship Fund" created in partnership with the family of Neysa Tonks, who tragically lost her life on 1 October.

Neysa Tonks, 1 October victim

Neysa's parents, Chris and Debbie Davis, and sister, Mynda Smith, received support from around the country to establish the scholarship for dependents of the 58 people who died on October 1, 2017.

Neysa did not attend college herself, but she was passionate about ensuring her children studied hard, earned good grades, and put college in their plans. The family of Neysa Tonks issued the following statement regarding the new scholarship:... Read More

Kicking off the fall harvest at Gilcrease Orchard

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Las Vegas valley has enjoyed the Gilcrease Orchard for decades, and even with everything happening, 2020 is no exception.

Las Vegas Now Reporter has more from Gilcrease Orchard on how it's keeping the fall spirit alive with its pumpkin patch, apple cider, kettle corn, and its famous apple cider donuts... Read More

TPS holders fight to keep families together, hold demonstration Monday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Thousands of immigrants living across the Las Vegas valley who are under Temporary Protected Status could now face deportation as soon as next year after a federal appeals court panel ruled earlier this month that the Trump Administration could end humanitarian protections for over 300,000 immigrants who are living in the United States.

On Monday, families and supporters called for legislative intervention to prevent the separation of families. The demonstration was a part of the "On The Road To Justice" nationwide bus tour led by TPS holders.

"Many of these TPS holders and immigrants have been in the U.S. for many years," said Emily Hernandez, her father is a TPS holder. "They pay taxes, they have a family, they have businesses, they should be able to stay in this country."

Should the Trump Administration end humanitarian protections, the people from the following countries will be affected:... Read More

CEO of UMC says COVID-19 hospitalizations are down; reopening of Nevada encouraged

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- While the statewide COVID-19 response director says numbers appear to be leveling out, the head of University Medical Center weighs in on Nevada's economy. UMC's CEO says he supports the continued reopening of Nevada.

Mason Van Houweling says COVID-19 hospital numbers are down, and hospitals have the room and resources to care for more COVID-19 patients.

Van Houweling says the highest peak was in July when UMC had about 121 COVID-19 patients. As of today, the hospital is treating 33 COVID-19 patients.

Another comparison Van Houweling is also paying attention to ER visits. During the peak of COVID-19, about 80 patients came into the ER every day with COVID-19 related symptoms, Van Hoeweling said... Read More