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Buddhists considering religious discrimination lawsuit in wake of monorail decision

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A Buddhist group is considering a religious discrimination lawsuit in the aftermath of a judge's ruling that approved the $22 million sale of the Las Vegas Monorail to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

Another lawsuit previously filed by the World Buddhism Association Headquarters (WBAH) failed to stop the sale.

Weiya Noble, a member of the WBAH board of directors, said Monday, "This is definitely not the end to it."

Noble said the Buddhist group cannot understand why their property rights have been ignored by the court, and described the decision to allow others to sell parts of their property as bullying.

"It's really a huge insult to us -- to the organization," she said... Read More

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I-Team: 'He's not answering the door,' radio calls provide insight into fire that killed Tony Hsieh

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Radio transmissions between dispatchers and firefighters are providing a better picture of what happened the morning former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh was injured in a fire that later killed him.

Hsieh died in Connecticut on Friday, Nov. 27 after being rescued from the fire on Nov. 18. He was 46.

Recordings of the incident began around 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 18. Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at 500 Pequot Ave. in New London, Connecticut.

“500 Pequot for a fire inside of a house,” a dispatcher is heard saying. “One person barricaded inside of a room.”

The three-story waterfront home contains guest quarters on the basement level. That level opens up to a pool area behind the house, records obtained by the I-Team show. A storage area, which looks like a shed, is attached to the back of the building on that level... Read More

Miller's 10-vote margin didn't 'prevent' election, judge rules in denying injunction

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A judge on Monday ruled against an effort to force a new election in the Clark County Commission District C race between Democrat Ross Miller and Republican Stavros Anthony.

A request for a preliminary injunction would have ended a temporary restraining order in the case. Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez denied the request, saying that conditions were not met for "preventing" an election.

"There is a discrepancy of 139 (votes) -- that does not mean that there was any election that was prevented," Gonzalez said.

Miller won the election by a mere 10 votes, and the case still has more steps to go before it is decided.

Another decision could come as early as Friday. Motions for Miller and Anthony are expected then.

But for now, the request for a new election is not producing the results that Republicans expected when the race went down to the wire... Read More

Coroner: Tony Hsieh's death caused by complications of smoke inhalation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Former Zappos CEO and visionary Tony Hsieh died from complications of smoke inhalation, according to the Connecticut Office of the Medical Examiner. 8 News Now has learned that his death was ruled an accident.

Hsieh passed away Friday after being rescued from a house fire in New London, Connecticut on Nov. 18. He was 46.

Hsieh led retail giant Zappos for 20 years and retired as CEO back in August. He played a pivotal role in the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas.

Tributes for Hsieh poured in all weekend long as people and businesses around the Las Vegas valley paid their respects to his work and devotion to the area... Read More

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NEW: Nevada sees 7th consecutive day of record-breaking hospitalizations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — For the seventh consecutive day, Nevada broke its hospitalization case record — reporting 1,545 confirmed/suspected hospitalized patients on Sunday. The previous record — 1,517 — was reported just a day before.

Nevada is reporting an additional 1,642 positive tests and eight deaths in the past 24 hours. More than 70 percent of the COVID-19 cases reported Sunday — 1,156 — and half of the deaths are from Clark County.

Nevada’s single-day COVID-19 case record was set on Nov. 24, with 3,159 positive tests reported.

There is now a total of 152,169 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide, with 116,346 in Clark County.

More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in Nevada in 26 of the past 27 days.

The state’s test positivity rate has grown to 17.3 percent. Nevada has continued an upward trend that has seen the rate climb sharply since the end of October... Read More

World AIDS Day to be recognized by several Las Vegas properties

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Several Las Vegas properties will go red Tuesday night in honor of World AIDS Day -- a day set aside to honor those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The global health day was first observed in 1988 as a way to bring attention to the HIV epidemic.

“Though great advances in treatment options have prolonged and improved people’s lives, every day at least one person is diagnosed with HIV in Southern Nevada. World AIDS Day is not only a day of commemorating the work we have accomplished in the last several decades but also a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done," said AFAN Executive Director Antioco Carrillo.

The following Las Vegas properties will show their support by lighting their marquees or buildings starting at 8 p.m.:... Read More

LIST: Need is greater than ever for Giving Tuesday 2020, help a local charity

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Giving Tuesday 2020 will be unlike any other year. With thousands of unemployed Nevadans, the need is greater than ever.

Giving Tuesday, which was established in 2012, is an opportunity for people to give back to their community.

According to the Giving Tuesday website:

"People around the globe will come together in unity and showing kindness and generosity in all its forms by giving their voice, time, money, goods, and advocacy to support communities and causes." 

Giving Tuesday website

The website offers ideas on how people can do some simple things to help others within their community. The suggestions include writing a thank you card to doctors and nurses, grocery shopping for a neighbor or creating blessing bags for the homeless. ... Read More