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Will movie theaters bounce back? Industry expert shares outlook as local cinemas stay closed

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As Las Vegas starts its reopening process after COVID-19 closures, some believe movie theaters might take some extra time to bounce back. 

Las Vegans who spoke to 8 News Now about their desire for the theater gave a mixed reaction. 

“It’s an American pastime,” resident Sarah said. 

“I would avoid it,” Peter Servano countered. 

Though Gov. Steve Sisolak gave many places, including bars, casinos and gyms, the okay to welcome guests back during Phase 2, many theaters in the Valley are holding off. 

“I think at first, people will be reticent to go back,” Comscore Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian said, “and that’s normal.”

We reached out to multiple local theaters, and many said they don’t yet have set dates to reopen. 

Eclipse Theaters downtown sent this statement regarding its plans: ... Read More

Protest in downtown Columbus broken up after demonstrators breach Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Crowds gathered across Columbus Thursday evening to protest police brutality after the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody on Monday.

Floyd was restrained by officer Derek Chauvin, who dug his knee into Floyd’s neck.

Peaceful protests in Columbus turned violent when some involved began throwing objects at police officers. Police responded by using tear gas to push the crowd back. The crowd let up, but an hour later the protest escalated when demonstrators smashed windows at the Ohio Statehouse while some went inside the building.

SWAT arrived on the scene soon after the Statehouse break-in. Officers used a loudspeaker to announce an emergency was declared in the area, meaning any protesters who refused to leave would be arrested.

As of 12:45 a.m., some of the crowd remains. ... Read More

George Floyd protesters set Minneapolis police station afire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cheering protesters broke into a Minneapolis police precinct station on Thursday after the department abandoned it, setting it ablaze and setting off fireworks as three days of violent protests spread to nearby St. Paul and angry demonstrations flared across the U.S over the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man.

A police spokesman confirmed late Thursday that staff had evacuated the 3rd precinct station, the focus of many of the protests, “in the interest of the safety of our personnel” shortly after 10 p.m. Livestream video showed the protesters entering the building, where fire alarms blared and sprinklers ran as blazes were set.

Protesters could be seen setting fire to a Minneapolis Police Department jacket and cheering... Read More

Wynn Resorts to temporarily furlough some employees

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Wynn Resorts will temporarily furlough employees who work in outlets not yet allowed to reopen. These include Le Reve, Poker Room and nightclubs.

“Outlets which are closed and not permitted to reopen on June 4 and for which a reopening date is uncertain, will have employees placed on temporary furlough, with full benefits,” a spokeswoman confirmed to 8 News Now.

Wynn began reopening some of its offerings on May 18, beginning with the golf club. The company announced the reopening of its hotel towers, casino and all restaurants on June 4.

Gov. Steve Sisolak said gaming properties would be allowed to welcome back guests on June 4 as part of Phase 2 in Nevada’s “Roadmap to Recovery.”... Read More

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods to reopen most stores by end of June

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – As states begin to loosen business restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses are starting to reopen and resume in-store shopping.

TJX Companies, the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods announced this week that it expects most of its stores to be reopened by the end of June.

According to the company’s most recent fiscal report, more than 1,600 stores have already reopened around the world.

Officials said they are taking precautions with store reopenings, enacting guidelines such as mandatory face masks, health screenings, and temperature checks. ... Read More

I-Team: Casino floors to have new social distancing look once reopened; local gaming company’s in high demand

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Many casinos in Nevada will reopen on June 4, and due to COVID-19, there will be a lot of changes on casino floors. So there is one local company whose services are in high demand.

The days of a packed casino floor have come to a halt.

“When the COVID virus hit, it was very unexpected to be this dramatic,” said John Connelly, Interblock Luxury Gaming Products.

Connelly is the CEO of Interblock, a Las Vegas based global gaming company which sells products like gaming machines.  He says business slowed as the pandemic began.

 “Globally we experienced this from Asia, obviously was the first indication and then all the way obviously from Europe to Latin America and North America,” Connelly said... Read More

I-Team: Trump administration considering new nuclear test according to defense official

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (KLAS) — The United States has not tested an armed nuclear weapon since 1992. According to several reports published over the last week, the current administration has inquired about restarting a nuclear testing program.

On Tuesday, a top defense department nuclear official said a live nuclear test could be arranged within “months” if requested by the president. This is according to an article on defensenews.com.

This official was Drew Walter, deputy assistant secretary of defense for nuclear matters. He said while it has been asked, there “has been no policy change” when it comes to avoiding live nuclear testing... Read More