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House passes Democrats' $1.9T virus relief bill, setting stage for Senate fight over Biden vision for battling pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday, 219-212, that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses.

Republicans are overwhelmingly against the bill, raising concerns that the spending is vastly more than necessary and designed to advance policy priorities that go beyond helping Americans get through the pandemic. Democrats and President Joe Biden counter that a robust aid package is necessary to prevent a long and painful recovery from the pandemic.

The Democrats' goal is to have COVID-19 relief approved by mid-March, when extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid expires. The Senate, which Democrats control with a tie-breaking vote from the vice president, will consider the bill next.

A look at some highlights of the legislation:... Read More

Expert addresses concerns over COVID vaccination side effects, encourages community to get immunized

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As many report concerns over COVID-19 vaccination side effects, 8 News Now spoke to a medical expert to break down what everyone can expect. 

Ginger Allen is officially immunized against COVID-19. She spoke with 8 News Now Friday after receiving her second dose of the Moderna vaccine. 

"I'm happy to say I had almost no side effects," Allen said. "I had a little bit of a headache and took some Tylenol."

Ginger and Claire Allen

She was nervous leading up to her second shot but said the peace of mind and protection made it all worth it.

UNLV School of Medicine Dean and Vice President of Health Affairs Dr. Marc J. Kahn said Allen is one of many who shared initial fears over vaccine side effects, so it's important to know why they're happening. 

"Not only is it a safe vaccine," Dr. Kahn said. "But it is also a very effective vaccine."... Read More

Some CCSD students prepare for return to classroom, others still wait

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The big day is almost here for some Clark County School District (CCSD) students: the return to in-person learning.

After nearly one year of distance education, some of the youngest CCSD students are heading back to the classroom next week. Hybrid learning for Pre-K through third grade students begins March 1. 

Middle and high school students will not start their transition until late March and early April. For some, that is not fast enough.

"It's been very hard for us," said Joseph Hardy, a CCSD high school senior.

It has been a whirlwind of a year for CCSD students. They have dealt with a lot -- from distance learning challenges to mental health struggles. 

But now, there is a light at the end of the tunnel... Read More

Food trucks bring variety to Henderson neighborhood

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — A really neat thing is happening in Henderson, and it has to do with food trucks. 

“Cadence” in Henderson, a 2,200-acre master-planned community, is inviting anyone with a food truck to come and serve its residents. 

The idea is not only to offer something new to the some 3,000 families who live there, but to step up and help support those who own the trucks. 

"It's a win, win,” said Cheryl Gowan of Cadence in Henderson. “We get the trucks out here, and we rotate them, so we don't have competing trucks.  We don't have two burger trucks, two pizza trucks.  We want the trucks to be successful as well." 

It's also a great way to let people who may be passing through and grabbing lunch to learn more about the Cadence community, as well.  ... Read More

Golden Knights excited to play in front of fans again at The Fortress

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- This season is testing the Golden Knights' ability to adapt. After Thursday's game at San Jose was postponed, Vegas moved on to Anaheim.

The Knights will play a road game in Anaheim Saturday, but the Disneyland anticipation will come next week. Beginning Monday, there will be authentic human noise in the fortress, and it will be music to the players' ears.

Just like the Magic Kingdom, fans will be running through the turnstyles on March 1, and the players will be eager, and perhaps nervous, to perform for them.

Despite another postponed game at San Jose, Vegas remains the first placed team in the NHL West. Come Monday, 2,600 people will get to see them live, and while it won't be the full house of old, it will feel like home sweet home... Read More

COVID-19 'vaccine hunters' jump onto 'waste lists'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- In an effort to get the COVID-19 vaccine immediately, 8 News Now has learned many are searching for locations with leftover vaccines. From what we've seen, so-called "vaccine hunters" are having much success with "waste lists."

Waste lists are derived from vaccines leftover from no-shows, happening at Cashman Center and pharmacies around town.

We're told people will show up at 8 a.m. at Cashman and ask to be put on the list to potentially get the vaccine later in the day. Then, they come back around 3 p.m. and see what's left. They do go down the priority list of those waiting, starting with older people.

There are Facebook groups, and people are posting success stories.

Kristy Cramer says she heard about the waste lists through a Facebook group. She showed up Thursday morning and got lucky. ... Read More

Lady Gaga's dogs recovered safely

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga's two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who shot and wounded the dog walker, were recovered unharmed Friday, Los Angeles police said.

A woman brought the dogs to the LAPD's Olympic Community Police Station, just northwest of downtown, around 6 p.m, said Capt. Jonathan Tippett, commanding officer of the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

Lady Gaga’s representative and detectives went to the station and confirmed that they were the dogs.

The singer is currently in Rome to film a movie.

The woman who dropped off the dogs appears to be 'uninvolved and unassociated" with Wednesday night's attack, Tippett said.

It wasn't immediately clear how she obtained the dogs... Read More