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Lumber shortage continues to plague industries nationwide

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Lumber continues to be hard to come by for so many industries nationwide. It's an issue among home builders locally 8 News Now has reported on in recent weeks.

The added costs for those companies are now being passed on to buyers.

"There's not a lot of industries that can absorb a 60% to 70% increase in demand and not have supply issues," explained Steve Sallah, president and CEO of LBM Advantage.

IN different parts of the country, the cost for lumber has risen two or three times. One reason is the boost in home improvement projects at the start of the pandemic.

Now, there's a construction boom.

Industry experts believe costs will drop in the summer but may not go back to normal until the middle of next year. ... Read More

Family, friends say Las Vegas teen suffered severe reaction to J&J vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A young Las Vegas woman is fighting in the hospital, after her family says she suffered a severe reaction to Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine.

Family and friends have identified the woman as 18-year-old Emma Burkey. She is described as kind, loving and full of faith. She is slowly recovering in the hospital right now, and family and friends hope the power of prayer will help pull her through.

8 News Now talked with Heiden Ratner, senior pastor at WALK Church. Ratner is speaking on behalf of members of the Burkey family, who have been attending WALK Church services for several years now. Emma even babysits for Ratner and his wife sometimes.

"She's a young woman with a bright future ahead of her," Ratner said.

Loved ones say Emma had a serious reaction to the vaccine earlier this month, on or around April 1... Read More

Parents frustrated with CCSD protocol for positive COVID test in sports

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Sierra Vista Mountain Lions should be gearing up for their first baseball game in more than a year, as the Clark County School District (CCSD) allowed spring sports to resume this month.

"It was exciting to get the go-ahead to come back to the baseball field for the boys," said JR Starkus, whose son plays baseball. "It was exciting to drop my son off and say, 'hey, I'll see you in four hours for practice.'"

But due to a positive COVID-19 test last week, the diamond will remain empty.

"He had everything ready," shared mother Tara Gaber, "just to see the sadness ... you know, another let down.

Gaber and Starkus are frustrated with the district. They say the student in question had no symptoms and re-tested negative twice, just days later. ... Read More

Walter Mondale, Carter's vice president, dies at 93

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, a liberal icon who lost the most lopsided presidential election after bluntly telling voters to expect a tax increase if he won, died Monday. He was 93.

The death of the former senator, ambassador and Minnesota attorney general was announced in a statement from his family. No cause was cited.

Mondale followed the trail blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, from Minnesota politics to the U.S. Senate and the vice presidency, serving under Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.

His own try for the White House, in 1984, came at the zenith of Ronald Reagan’s popularity. Mondale’s selection of Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket, but his declaration that he would raise taxes helped define the race... Read More

Mountain lion causes a stir in northwest valley neighborhood

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The City of Las Vegas tweeted over the weekend that another mountain lion was spotted. Just this year, it seems we've had more than one make an appearance in valley neighborhoods.

Many are calling this a local trend, as Ring cameras capture the activity. The most recent big cat was tranquilized in a northwest neighborhood, then returned to its habitat by Animal Control.

Gary Gibson has lived in the valley since 2005 and tells 8 News Now he's never seen a mountain lion roaming around his neighborhood.

"It's just weird to see them; you don't see them every day, that's all," he said.

Gibson became aware of the activity due to police cars and animal control vehicles near his street. He says police asked everyone to stay inside while they captured the animal.

"We couldn't actually talk to each other because police were here, and they wanted us inside," he recounted. ... Read More

Resorts World on Las Vegas Strip announces opening date

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Resorts World Las Vegas will open its doors to the public on June 24 and is now taking reservations for rooms.

"We are filled with gratitude and excitement as we approach our opening this June and hope to play a role in Las Vegas’s rebound after what has been an incredibly challenging year for the destination and greater hospitality industry," said Scott Sibella, President of Resorts World Las Vegas.

The 3,500-room resort, which is affiliated with three Hilton Hotels brands, is the first new resort on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade.

The property displayed the big announcement on its LED screen Monday morning... Read More

Knights win seventh straight, 3-2 over Sharks in shootout

This post will be updated throughout the game

PRE GAME: Robin Lehner in net for Knights.  Patrick Marleau of the Sharks is setting an NHL record (set by Gordie Howe) with 1767 games played tonight.

FIRST PERIOD: Sharks Nikolai Knyzhov (Snap shot). SHARKS 1, KNIGHTS 0 after one. Shots on goal: Sharks 12, Knights 11.

SECOND PERIOD: Sharks Noah Gregor (Wrist shot). SHARKS 2, KNIGHTS 0

Knights goal Mark Stone (16) (Tip-in shot), Assists: Shea Theodore (29) and Max Pacioretty (22). SHARKS 2, KNIGHTS 1 after two. Shots on goal: Knights 25, Sharks 19. ... Read More