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Remembering Bailey: A first-hand account of the importance of pet insurance

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — 8 News Now got you caught up in the doodle craze, but now, we are focusing on a side that many dog owners tend to ignore — dog health.

Having a dog can be fun, but any owner can tell you having a doodle is a lot of work and it can be expensive.

Pet insurance is highly recommended by any vet.

My family learned that the hard way.

This was the troublemaker that ruled our home:

Bailey was an f1b Goldendoodle. He was healthy, energetic and made his presence known everywhere he went.

“Bailey was super fun and an energetic Goldendoodle,” said owner Moises Kristich. “Bailey was a very healthy dog. He went to his regular vet checkups. He always got five stars at the vet appointments and he didn’t have any health issues that we knew of at the moment.

But in a blink of an eye, everything changed after he woke up from a nap, completely tuned out... Read More

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Parents share their excitement as their daughter earns 'National Teacher of the Year' recognition

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After a surprise visit from the first lady, there were more visitors congratulating Juliana Urtubey on her recognition as the National Teacher of the Year — from the governor to the ones closest to her.

It was an emotional day at Kermit R. Booker Elementary School as they celebrated Juliana Urtubey.

8 News Now was able to speak with her parents, who she credits as her backbone through her career in education.

It a first for Nevada, as Urtubey was recognized as the National Teacher of the Year for 2021 and the first Latina finalist for the award since 1992.

"I couldn’t be more proud of Ms. Urtubey for representing her students our state and educators throughout the nation,” said Governor Steve Sisolak.

Urtubey is a special education teacher... Read More

Breaking down what the overturned national eviction moratorium means for Nevadans

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Many people in the state may be confused following a decision to overturn the nationwide eviction moratorium. The judge is allowing the rent suspension to continue while considering an emergency request by the White House.

And as the eviction status of renters across Nevada continues to be unclear, both landlords and their tenants are concerned as the waiting game continues.

Nevadans are still searching for answers, as the deadline for those living rent-free comes to an end on May 31.

Right now, we are in a waiting period," said Susy Vasquez, the executive director of the Nevada State Apartment Association. "It could be two weeks; it could be six months."

The eviction ban, initially put in place last year, provides protection for renters. But there is a difference between the state and nationwide moratoriums. Vasquez explains... Read More

NSHE plans to require COVID-19 vaccine for students to return to campus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In a release sent out Thursday, the Nevada System of Higher Education announced it is drafting plans to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for students who are returning to campus in the fall.

NSHE says there are some limited exceptions with the plan.

The plan is in alignment with the University of California system of higher education, as "any COVID-19 vaccine mandated by NSHE is contingent upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first lifting the current Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) designation for available COVID-19 vaccines and requires approval from the Board of Regents and the State Board of Health."

If that EUA designation is removed, NSHE plans to work with local health authorities to recommend the Board of Regents to approve a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

The NSHE is asking all students and parents to be prepared for this possibility in the fall. ... Read More

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‘Flag Guy’ keeps flying at VGK games

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) - It's no secret the Golden Knights have one of the most rabid fan bases in the National Hockey League.

Since the Knights berth into the league, the Las Vegas fanbase have reached new levels with the sustained, continued success on the ice and player popularity around the valley. In the latest edition of ‘Striking Gold’ one local fan continues waving the flag for the super fans.  

8 News Now Sports Anchor Ron Futrell has the story... Read More

I-Team: Questions surround plan for first execution in Nevada since 2006

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The State of Nevada is planning to execute a man, but his lawyers and even a federal judge are questioning a lack of transparency.

Zane Floyd killed four people more than 20 years ago.   

On Thursday, he appeared virtually from prison in a federal courtroom.

No cameras were allowed inside, but the I-Team was there.

Floyd gunned down four employees and injured another at a Las Vegas Albertson’s in 1999. More than 20 years later, the State of Nevada is trying to carry out his death sentence.

“I don't know if there's anything I can say to the families,” Floyd said more than 20 years ago.

Now, while Nevada lawmakers are considering abolishing the death penalty, the state is trying to move forward with plans to execute Floyd.

It is not yet final, but a date could be set for early June.

The Nevada Department of Corrections has released no details... Read More

Expert shares emergency preparedness tips for families

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Have you and your family sat down and discussed what your emergency plan is in the event of an earthquake, fire or natural disaster?

8 News Now caught up with Katie Belfi — the lead attorney for FEMA during Hurricane Sandy.

“The way I like to teach emergency preparedness and readiness and resilience is you're never going to be prepared for every specific emergency,” Belfi said. “What matters is you have a strong foundation and understanding of the basics.”

Belfi owns a consulting business. She works with companies, colleges and cities on preparedness and how to respond to emergencies.

After working with them, she realized without resilient individuals, these organizations did not stand a chance, and she has expanded her efforts to individuals and families... Read More