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Student, teacher absences both down after 5-day pause by CCSD

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Ten days after the end of the school district's five-day "Stop the Spread" pause, attendance numbers have improved for both students and teachers.

An update from the Clark County School District provided on Friday shows that more students returned to classes, and staff absences were also down.

Figures provided by the district:... Read More

Vegas Golden Knights to celebrate Lunar New Year with special jerseys

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)--  The Vegas Golden Knights will be marking the Lunar New Year by wearing specialty jerseys during the Buffalo Sabres game warmup on Tuesday, Feb 1.

The specialty jerseys will be featuring players' last names in Mandarin. They will also be signed and available for auction starting at 5:45 p.m. and concluding at the 10:00 minute mark of the third period.

Fans can visit by clicking here or texting "LunarNewYear" to 76278 to sign up and bid."

Warmup puck" will also be for sale inside the arena after the game begins, with a limited number available for purchase outside Section 11.

The Golden Knights and Sabres are scheduled to play at 7 p.m.

2022 officially marks the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar... Read More

UMC using travel nurses to fill gaps through staffing shortages

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The shortage of nurses in Las Vegas and around the country continues to rise. And with the lack of staff, hospitals are calling on travel nurses to help.

UMC's chief nursing officer told us the hospital continues to contract travel nurses in hopes that they decide to stay in the end.

Patrick Kelly of the Nevada Hospital Association talked about the problem during the state COVID update this week.

“This whole phenomenon of traveling nurses has really had an impact on a lot of communities because the rates that are being paid are skyrocketing and we have situations where nurses are making more money than doctors,” Kelly said.

He discussed how travel nursing has become an attractive option. Many staff nurses have decided to pick up and leave to help other hospitals in need.

At UMC, it's vital they have a good amount of traveling nurses on hand, according to Debra Fox, the chief nursing officer... Read More

Price increases send shoppers seeking ways to save

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Rising food prices are forcing many shoppers to seek out bargains to fill their carts. From meat and chicken to eggs and vegetables, valley residents are doing what they can to save a buck.

Consumers in the valley like Robert Gonzales and his family are facing some harsh realities. The Gonzales family is on a fixed income, and high food costs are forcing them to scale back.

"We are having to cut down on some items. What we are doing is just eating smaller portions," Gonzales told 8 News Now.

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, fish, chicken, and meat prices are spiking 12.5% from last year.

Financial planner Mel O said consumers shouldn't expect relief anytime soon... Read More

New Smith’s Marketplace opening Saturday in Henderson

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Smith's Marketplace is gearing up to open its door this weekend. This is the second Smith's opening in Henderson catering to the Cadence community.

"It seemed to be the missing link was the retail row and now it's happening," John Carpenter said. "It was always promised when we first got out here and now you're waiting for it to happen and now it is so it's great."

Smith Marketplace to open second location in Henderson

The store, located at Cadence Village Center in Henderson, will open its doors to the public on Jan. 29. It is located at 845 E. Lake Mead Parkway near Warns Spring Road... Read More

Raiders or Knights? Your loyalty is showing, Nevada drivers

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Raiders fans, you have a ways to go to catch up with Vegas Golden Knights fans.

A look at Nevada DMV records shows there are currently about 31,500 more VGK license plates on the road than Raiders plates.

Both groups of fans are growing, if the plate statistics are any indication. The number of Raider plates in 2019 -- 11,616 -- had grown to 17,067 in 2020, and to 27,716 in 2021. By comparison, VGK fans had already put on 42,108 plates by 2019. That's gone up the past two years, to 47,712 in 2020, and up to 59,527 in 2021.

So do the Knights rule? Not so fast... Read More

Human Trafficking Awareness Month webinar for Southern Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- St. Jude's Ranch for Children will be hosting a one-hour webinar to raise awareness about child sex trafficking in Southern Nevada in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month on Jan. 31 from 10 to 11 a.m.

The webinar, entitled "Courageous Conversation with Christina -- Child Sex Trafficking," will discuss factual evidence about trafficking and educate attendees about the realities of sex trafficking while demonstrating how everyone can join in the fight against it.

Host Dr. Christina Vela, CEO of St. Jude's Ranch for Children, will be joined by special guests Jessica Kay, a sex trafficking survivor, and Tonya Turner, a human trafficking expert.

The webinar is free to attend on Zoom, and those interested in attending can register online through this link. ... Read More