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#GetVaxxedNV: Encouraging young people to get the COVID-19 vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County Commissioners partnered with The Space Tuesday night to host an informative live-streamed event called “#GetVaxxedNV.” The goal? Encourage those 16 to 25-years-old to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

"I think there is definitely an invisibility issue, but there is also a fact versus fiction issue that we are facing, as well," said Commissioner Michael Naft. "That is why it is important that we have this honest conversation, where we have healthcare experts here to answer questions."

The program lasted for about an hour. It was a roundtable discussion up on stage, where athletes from UNLV and the Las Vegas Raiders spoke about why they felt the need to get vaccinated.

Dr. Fermin Leguen, chief medical officer of the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD), was also in attendance... Read More

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Cinco de Mayo: A list of events and specials around the Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Restaurants and bars are ramping up for Cinco de Mayo celebrations Wednesday and many are forecasting a boom in customers for the day that commemorates the victory of an outnumbered Mexican army against the French forces on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla and no, this is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.

Cinco de Mayo, has become an unofficial holiday that is popularly celebrated in the U.S., even more so, than in Mexico. 8 News Now has gathered some of the events, celebrations and deals being offered around the Las Vegas valley, you can scroll down the list of events and specials here.


Catching up with Star Wars Rebels' Julie Dolan at Rogue Toys

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- May the 4th is considered a holiday for Star Wars fans. Rogue Toys is one place in the Las Vegas valley where fans can get together, find collectibles, and share their Star Wars experience growing up.

You can find your favorite collection of Star Wars memorabilia at any Rogue Toys location around Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, Reporter Roqui Theus up with Star Wars Rebels' Julie Dolan at the store... Read More

Millennium Fandom Bar celebrating May the Fourth in style

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Millennium Fandom Bar has opened once again after being closed during the pandemic. The establishment just off the Las Vegas Strip is celebrating May the Fourth by throwing an opening night party in honor of "Star Wars."

From drinks to artwork, to pop-up photo booths and movies playing in the background, it is sure to be a good time.

Happening #NOW #MayThe4thBeWithYou @FandomBarLV Celebrating Everything Star Wars! From themed drinks to games to movie screenings to cosplay! #8NN pic.twitter.com/KHCp9g4QLr... Read More

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Red Rock Resorts looks to expand in the southwest valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Red Rock Resorts is talking about expanding, possibly in the southwest valley, with a new hotel and casino. This comes on the day the corporation announced the sale of Palms Casino Resort.

Development in the southwest is hard to miss, and Red Rock is noticing that. They want to put their next major project at Durango and the 215 Beltway and break ground early next year.

They told investors Tuesday that they didn't make as much money in the first quarter of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is, however, looking forward to the rest of 2021 because the last few months have been strong.

More people are vaccinated, and more people feel comfortable going out.

CEO Frank Fertitta III said the sale of Palms now allows them to focus on the neighborhood casino locations, including the one in the southwest. ... Read More

UPDATE: Suspect dies after officer-involved shooting near Charleston, Mojave Road

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in the east valley Tuesday night, according to Las Vegas police.

It happened around 8:15 p.m. in the 3000 block of East Charleston Boulevard, near Mojave Road.

Officers were called to reports of a man shooting from his apartment. When police arrived on scene, they say the man fired at least one round and ran back into his unit.

As officers tried to secure the apartment, they say the suspect came out with a gun.

"At this time, officers fired on the suspect striking him. Officers then attempted to render medical aid, however, he succumbed to injuries and as pronounced dead on scene by medical personnel," LVMPD Captain Yasenia Yatomi stated in a video briefing.

This is LVMPD's fourth officer-involved shooting of 2021.

They will release more information and body-cam video within 72 hours... Read More

What to Know: Clark County mask guidelines

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada is rolling back mask use, as more than 47% of Clark County's population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. You no longer have to wear a mask outside, unless you're at a large gathering.

This also aligns with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

"It feels great. I still have it with me, just in case if more people come around, and we start feeling uncomfortable, or they feel uncomfortable," said Jonathan Vontobel, who is vaccinated. "It feels normal, almost what it felt like a year and a half ago."

Indoor mask use is still recommended at places like retail stores, gyms and malls for everyone, including vaccinated people, who have waited two weeks for the full effect.

This is great news for most, while others are still not on board.

Rivka Hershcovicz, who is not vaccinated, tells 8 News Now she doesn't wear her mask outside. ... Read More