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Southern Hills Hospital celebrates Star Wars Day by channeling 'Baby Yoda' to welcome new baby named Marlee

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- May 4 is known as #StarWarsDay, so all day today, you have probably heard people saying "May The 4th Be With You," a play on the famous saying, "May the Force Be with You."

But National Star Wars Day isn't the only thing special about this day. It's also the day a cute little baby Yoda of Vegas' was born at Southern Hills Hospital!

Baby Marlee was born on May 4 at Southern Hills Hospital. The hospital sent 8 News Nows photos of the baby th4ey lovingly call Baby Yoda.

The newest little baby Yoda is named Marlee, and she was born weighing 6-pounds-14 ounces.

Baby Marlee was born on May 4 at Southern Hills Hospital. The hospital sent 8 News Nows photos of the baby th4ey lovingly call Baby Yoda.

Happy birthday, Marlee!... Read More

I-Team: Nevada veteran believes toxic burn pits gave him brain, lung cancer

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- Mathew Whetnall, 41, survived two tours in Afghanistan and an IED blast, but more than a decade after returning to civilian life, he is battling metastatic brain and lung cancer.

He blames burn pits, small trash-fueled fires spewing toxic chemicals, as the cause.

“Your concerns are the needs of the mission and not necessarily those aftereffects,” Whetnall, a husband and father of two young sons, said from his kitchen table. “I missed my first son being born. My time coming home was my first time to actually meet him for the first time.”

Whetnall enlisted at 26, serving eight years in active duty and later joining the Army Reserves. He deployed twice to Afghanistan: first from 2008 to 2009, where he served mainly in an office role as a forward observer, and then again from 2010 to 2011, where he saw combat... Read More

UPDATE: Arrest report in Henderson home invasion reveals attacker's trail

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Henderson police officers who apprehended a suspect in an April 21 home invasion followed a wide trail of his encounters with others leading up to the attack.

Demetrius Walker, 27, who likes to go by the name "Pharoah," is in the Clark County Detention Center. He faces a charge of open murder in the death of 85-year-old Mary Lacella. He also faces a list of about a dozen additional charges including home invasion, burglary and unrelated charges of domestic battery and child abuse.

Lacella died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center a week after the home invasion. She suffered a brain bleed and "extensive" head and facial injuries, according to information in a Henderson Police Department arrest report... Read More

NEW: Nevada reports nearly 500 cases, 5.7% test positivity as local leaders push for vaccinations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate remained at 5.7% for the eighth consecutive day as the state reported nearly 500 new cases, data from the past day shows.

The statewide rate is holding steady as vaccination efforts continue. It climbed above 5% on April 12, and had been steadily rising since April 3.

Nevada reports 476 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (387) in the past 24 hours. Nevada’s total cases are now at 316,715. Clark County has a total of 245,034. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.... Read More

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas receives approval to increase casino capacity to 100%

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas reports it has reached an 80% vaccination rate among its employees and was given state approval to increase its capacity to 100%.

In a news release, the resort said it reached the 80% vaccination rate on Tuesday, May 4 and will fulfill its promise to pay upwards of $1 million in cash bonuses to vaccinated employees. The resort also extended its vaccination deadline from May 1 to May 8, due to an "overwhelming" response from staff.

"We believe the only clear path to normalcy and bringing our entire workforce back is through vaccinations,” said William McBeath, president and ceo of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. "It’s pertinent to not only The Cosmopolitan, but to our entire industry in ensuring travel can safely return to the destination. I could not be more proud of our team for doing their part to protect our city."... Read More

Biden sets new goal of 70% of adults with at least one vaccine shot by July 4, launches online portal

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — President Joe Biden announced new measures to enable and encourage Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 Tuesday, as he set a new goal of 70% of adult Americans getting at least one shot by July 4.

Speaking from the White House Tuesday, Biden announced new ways for Americans to find and get a vaccine, including launching a new portal at vaccines.gov and a text-based service to connect them with vaccination providers.

By texting their zip code to GETVAX (438829), the president said Americans can learn “within minutes” where vaccine doses are currently available near them. He said the government will also call on tens of thousands of pharmacies to begin offering vaccinations on a walk-in basis this week... Read More

Police: Man dies after shooting in east valley Friday night

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A fight between two groups led to a man's death Friday night in the east Las Vegas valley.

Around 11:45 p.m., officers received a call about a shooting at a residence located near Missouri Avenue and Boulder Highway. A few minutes later, Henderson Hospital told police a man suffering from a gunshot wound had been dropped off at their facility.

The victim was transported to UMC Trauma due to his injuries and was later pronounced dead.

Through the investigation, police learned the victim was with two other men when a car pulled up to the residence and multiple men exited.

An argument ensued between the groups, and multiple individuals took out guns and began to fire. All of the men involved left the area prior to the officers arriving. ... Read More