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Summer travel tips as COVID restrictions ease

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Although some COVID restrictions have changed, it can be hard to know what the rules are when it comes to traveling.

8 News Now connected with an expert for a quick roundup of where things stand, and how to plan ahead.

Masks are not required on domestic flights, but some airports are still requiring them.

For those who prefer to wear a mask, passengers are still welcome to do so.

Lousson Smith is a specialist with Scott's Cheap Flights and says his team members observed a third to half of the passengers masked on flights during the past week.

"If you are going to JFK, La Guardia, or LAX, they are still upholding those mandates," Smith said.

For international flights, masks may be required, depending on the rules of the destination.

The best way to get clarity, check the website of the airports you're traveling through and contact the airline if you're not sure. ... Read More

LIVE: 51 fallen officers honored at southern Nevada law enforcement memorial service

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- In recognition of National Police Week, several law enforcement agencies gathered to pay tribute to local officers who have died in the line of duty Thursday.

51 officers were honored at the Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony at Las Vegas City Hall.

Officers being honored come from agencies such as the FBI, Henderson Police Department, North Las Vegas Police Department, Union Pacific Railroad, Nye County Sheriff's Office, and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

This year, four new names were added to the memorial wall, including Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Micah David May, who died on July 29, 2021.

The other named added to the wall are:... Read More

  • Gerald Bear Smith, Pahrump Justice Court Baliff, who died on January 18, 2021.
  • LVMPD Officer Jason Swanger, who died on June 24, 2021.
  • LVMPD Lieutenant Erik Lloyd, who died on July 29, 2020.

Nye County Sheriff asks for help locating man wanted for homicide investigation questioning

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Nye County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a man wanted for questioning in connection with a homicide investigation.

Jeremy Darrel O'Brien was last reported to be wearing jeans with a blue shirt. He's described as 6 feet, 4 inches tall, weighting 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact NCSO at 775-751-7000 extension 5 or by email at sheriff@co.nye.nv.us. You can remain anonymous... Read More

Nevada Gov. Sisolak formally ends COVID-19 state of emergency Friday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a formal proclamation Thursday, ending the state's COVID-19 state of emergency effective Friday.

The emergency declaration, in place since March 2020, allowed the state to move resources during the pandemic.

“Today, we are turning the page on the State of Emergency caused by COVID-19 and are laser focused on ensuring our recovery from the public health, fiscal and economy crisis serves the needs of Nevada’s families,” the governor said in a statement. "I am proud of the way we came together as the Battle Born State to respond to this virus and to protect lives and livelihoods. COVID-19 is still with us, and we can all still take steps to protect ourselves from the virus, but now is the time to end this State of Emergency.”... Read More

How to report water waste in the Las Vegas valley: Hotlines and laws for cities and Clark County

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- You see it every day. Sprinklers watering streets, gutters flowing with runoff and people who just can't seem to get with the watering schedule if their life depended on it. What can you do about it?

Report it.

If the water cops don't know about waste, they won't be fighting it.

Here are the hotlines for each city:... Read More

SNHD data shows uptick in COVID-19 cases ahead of summer breaks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The latest data shows that COVID-19 cases are on the rise, and even testing sites are noticing more tests are coming back positive.

Health experts are keeping an eye on the recent increase in cases, and have said that it's much worse than expected.

As much as we want it to be over, COVID-19 still exists.

"This week we've seen a big uptick," said Isaac Farrell with IC Labs in Henderson. "We've started to see it last week, and as of this week we're at about a 20% positive rate, to me that's high."

Farrell said the testing site is seeing more positive test results.

"To me, this uptick is like wow, we really need to get the word out," Farrell said.

The latest Southern Nevada Health District Data showed the 7-day moving average is up to 286 cases a day as of May 15, which is up from a few months ago when we were seeing 78... Read More

Esports Awards to be hosted at Resorts World Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The world of Esports will be centered on Las Vegas in the coming months as the Esports Awards celebrate its seventh year.

On December 13, the awards ceremony will be held at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Michael Ashford the CEO of Esports Awards described the excitement as preparations for the awards ceremony begin in Las Vegas.

"We could not be more excited to start building a legacy with Resorts World Las Vegas. We recognize the awards are a deserved end-of-year celebration and want to build something that caters to delivering a best-in-class experience. Resorts World Las Vegas as a venue has been very forward-thinking in attracting top-tier events and to see the support for esports is hugely encouraging," Ashford said. ... Read More