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Report shows child welfare services had previously investigated alleged neglect of Amari Nicholson in June of last year

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As first reported by 8 News Now I-Team and now confirmed by Clark County Department of Family Services (CCDFS), there were concerns for 2-year-old Amari Nicholson’s safety leading up to his death. 

CCDFS reported Friday released a public disclosure report on the death of 2-year-old Amari Nicholson, confirming that investigators from the Child Welfare Division had responded to a report of alleged child neglect in June of last year.  It does not show who made the initial report  but concluded that allegations were found “unsubstantiated”, and the case was later closed in July 2020.

Amari Nicholson

The CCDFS public disclosure report further notes that a second investigation was opened May 11 after the department learned that Terrell Rhodes had confessed to ‘harming the child’ and that he had been arrested and charged with the toddler’s death.   ... Read More

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will not require fully vaccinated guests to wear a mask

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will not require fully vaccinated guests to wear a mask. Their decision went into effect Thursday night, which was right after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on the mitigation measure.

Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board said they would follow the recommendations as well.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas sent the following statement:

"In alignment with the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s guidance, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will no longer require fully vaccinated guests and employees to wear masks on [the] property, effective as of Thursday, May 13. Those not considered to be fully vaccinated by CDC standards remain required to wear face coverings until further notice. Additional information on resort health and safety guidelines can be found here."... Read More

CCSD staff and students to continue wearing masks 'out of an abundance of caution'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Although Governor Sisolak says Nevada will follow the latest recommendations on wearing masks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Clark County School District has other plans centered around precaution.

CCSD says "out of an abundance of caution," they want masks to continue to be worn to protect students and staff.

CCSD released the following statement:

"We understand that there are some changes in the guidance being provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding mask-wearing for vaccinated individuals.

At this time, out of an abundance of caution, we must ensure that masks continue to be worn to protect our students and staff.

Therefore, we will continue to require masks to be worn at all schools and work locations."

CCSD says it will also provide additional information and direction next week based on local mitigation and guidance updates... Read More

NEW: Nevada's COVID-19 cases lower, test positivity dropping going into weekend

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate dropped to 5.3% as the state reports 389 new cases and seven deaths, data released Friday shows.

The state reports that 30% of Nevada’s population is now fully vaccinated, and more than 47% of the people eligible have initiated vaccinations.

The test positivity rate dropped to 5.3%, down from 5.4%, continuing a trend of slight drops. It started climbing on April 3, and passed 5% on April 12. It reached 5.9% but it leveled off in late April and has fallen since.

Clark County’s test positivity rate matches the state, at 5.3% in data released Friday... Read More

I-Team Interview: Amari Nicholson's mother talks publicly for first time about son's death

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Tayler Nicholson, the mother of 2-year-old Amari Nicholson who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, spoke candidly with I-Team reporter Vanessa Murphy as she left court Friday morning.

An emotional Nicholson talked about her grief and the outrage and suspicion she has experienced from some people who believe she had something to do with the crime.

Nicholson was accompanied by a family friend identified as Jacques Nalls, who told the I-Team he was a second father to Amari.

Picture of 2-year-old Amari Nicholson.

Nicholson was at court to attend boyfriend Terrell Rhodes court appearance on new charges that were filed against him related to his arrest for murder. However, Rhodes, 27, was not brought into the courtroom and another court date was set.

"He took a precious child away from many people, Nicholson said outside the courthouse... Read More

MGM Resorts removes mask policy for guests but not employees

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- MGM Resorts International announced Friday it will no longer require its fully vaccinated guests to wear face masks at its Las Vegas properties following the new public health guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control yesterday.

The new guidelines say that people who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

According to the MGM Resorts news release, "At this time, employees are still required to wear masks while on property, even if they are fully vaccinated. We hope to announce updates to this policy soon."... Read More

What's Trending: Chick-Fil-A, David Beckham, Gerber babies and baby mashups

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It's Friday, and we have a look at what's trending. Hot topics on social media today include Chick-Fil-A's "shortage" warnings, David Beckham in Hawaiian shirts and the search for the next Gerber baby.

And we've also got a fun look at baby mashups ... can you imagine what the baby would look like if John Langeler and Britney Spears got together? That and so much more in today's video.

Mercedes Martinez of Mix 94.1 tells us about these stories and more on what’s trending Friday... Read More