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Nevada lawmakers pass bill stripping police officers of some protections

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Legislation that strips some protections for police officers who are the subject of investigations received Nevada Assembly approval on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 2 passed on a 25-17 party line vote, with Democrats in the majority. SB2 repeals part of a 2019 bill that granted protection to police officers under investigation for misconduct.

Senate Bill 2 makes these changes:... Read More

Breaking down CCSD’s “Back to School Family Guide”

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — With school just weeks away, the Clark County School District is offering families more guidance on distance learning. 8 News Now breaks down the 28-page “Back to School Family Guide.”

The document lays out how CCSD will move forward with full-time distance learning. It goes over everything, from access to technology, to meal distribution, to responsibilities of teachers and families.

The district essentially shows how it will accommodate 320,000 students this school year.

The guide touches on different components of distance education, including scheduling. Depending on the grade level, there will be time set for synchronous, or real-time, learning with their teacher.

Teacher and parent Jami Anderson says this helps her plan out her lessons. ... Read More

I-Team: Internal memo reveals surge of COVID-19 patients at local hospital

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Some hospitals in Southern Nevada are dealing with a surge of COVID-19 patients. However, hospitals seem reluctant to share the numbers publicly.

The I-Team has obtained an internal memo for Sunrise Hospital. The facility is dealing with an influx of coronavirus patients, and emergency measures are in place.

This is just one example of what hospitals are dealing with right now in Clark County, as cases and deaths from the virus go up.

The memo points to COVID positive volumes surging over the past several days, with over 160 positive patients on Sunday.

In the letter to medical staff, dated Aug. 4, CEO Todd Sklamberg writes that recent measures taken will continue to Sunday, Aug. 9, including a temporary halt on transfers from other hospitals and adult elective procedures requiring any in-patient stay.

He writes: ... Read More

Hookers for Jesus among recipients of housing grants for sex trafficking victims

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two organizations in Nevada will share in nearly $1 million awarded by the Department of Justice to provide housing to victims of human trafficking.

One of those organizations has a very unusual name: Hookers for Jesus, Inc.

The other organization is Rite of Passage Adolescent Treatment Centers and Schools, Inc.

Each of the organizations will receive just under $500,000 from the DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime to provide “safe, stable housing and appropriate services to victims of human trafficking.”... Read More

Controversial business liability bill advances to the Senate; vote likely this evening

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A controversial proposal advanced to the Senate today. Senate Bill 4 would block a citizen from suing a business, except for hospitals, if they contract the virus.

But not all agree with the liability legislation.

The legislation offers liability protections to businesses, government agencies, including school districts, and nonprofits.

Critics claim it does not go far enough.

“Our frontline workers deserve the same protections as any other business does,” said Karla Perez, regional vice president with Universal Health Services.

The bill excludes certain medical facilities. Some argue that may create unforeseen consequences for many Nevada hospitals. ... Read More

WATCH: LVMPD holds virtual First Tuesday event

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) will live stream a countywide virtual First Tuesday event on at 4 p.m. on Aug. 4. This marks the third month of presenting a digital interactive format to replace in-person meetings.

The August First Tuesday will be hosted by Captain Nichole Splinter of the Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing (IOCP) bureau.

Captain Splinter’s office performs a critical role in overseeing the continual review process for all issues surrounding the use of deadly force by police officers.

The single Facebook Live event replaces the in-person First Tuesday open-house meetings normally held at area commands throughout the valley. Citizens are invited to connect and interact by asking questions through the Facebook forum. ... Read More

Wynn Resorts reports $637M loss, working as ‘super-regional’ casino

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Wynn Resorts reported a second quarter loss of $637.6 million on revenue of $85.7 million, or $5.97 per share.

That compares to earnings of $94.6 million in the second quarter of 2019, or $0.88 per share.

Wynn CEO Matt Maddox said without convention and show business, “We’re effectively a super-regional casino right now.” The company has been promoting visitation from California and Arizona to draw more customers as COVID-19 continues to prevent convention and show bookings.

Pricing is reviewed daily to make the most of tourism demand, Maddox said. Wynn hotels are currently seeing about 50% occupancy on weekends, and 30% midweek, and have found ways to maintain profitability with reduced operating expenses... Read More