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I-Team: Clark County settlement in child abuse case could be approved Tuesday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Taxpayers may be on the hook after a case of abuse fell through the cracks, leaving a child with permanent injuries.

"They took half of his brain. That's what they did," said Tracy Leahy, the child's grandmother.

The I-Team interviewed Leahy in 2016 after doctors said her infant grandson suffered from Shaken Baby Syndrome allegedly at the hands of her daughter, Katie Maynard, and son in law, Robert Aufdenberg. They're the child's biological parents.

It's a story the 8 News NOW I-Team has been following since 2016, and now I-Team Reporter Vanessa Murphy has an update.

The baby boy wasn't expected to survive, but four years later, he's still alive but still dealing with abuse issues. According to attorneys for the boy and his adoptive parents, he is blind, mostly deaf, and unable to communicate or walk... Read More

I-Team: State data shows rising rate of coronavirus transmission, hospitalizations; experts seeing 'COVID fatigue'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A closer look at new data from the state of Nevada shows a rising rate of transmission in COVID-19 cases. There's also a new peak for the number of COVID patients who are in the hospital.

The new data draws the question: Are we in the middle of a third wave of the coronavirus? Experts say it's too early to tell, but state health leaders are warning of so-called "COVID fatigue." According to officials, COVID Fatigue sets in as we get more comfortable seeing people again.

An example of COVID fatigue is not wearing masks as much as we should, and that is adding to the current increase.

The I-Team's David Charns examines the current rise in cases and hospitalizations... Read More

New Hawaiian-style restaurant to open in the northwest valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A new Hawaiian-style restaurant will open its doors this weekend in the northwest part of the valley.

"Island Fin Poke," which brings healthy poke bowls to the area, will open at I-215 and North Decatur, right by the Las Vegas Athletic Club.

The restaurant offers guests options to mix in their choice of protein, sauce and rice with different toppings.

Island Fin Poke says face coverings and social distancing will be required.

They were originally scheduled to open back in February, but then businesses were closed due to the pandemic.

"We've been planning to open for almost a year now, but obviously with the pandemic and everything going on, it's been a little bit hard, but we finally have the opportunity to open so I'm excited to open this weekend," Island Fin Poke co-owner, Genevieve Vasso told 8 News Now... Read More

Debate commission adopts new rules to mute mics during Thursday's presidential debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will have their microphones cut off in Thursday’s debate while their rival delivers their opening two-minute answer to each of the debate topics.

The 90-minute debate is divided into six 15-minute segments, with each candidate granted two minutes to deliver uninterrupted remarks before proceeding to an open debate. The open discussion portion of the debate will not feature a mute button, but interruptions by either candidate will count toward their time in the second and final debate Thursday.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced the rule changes Monday, three weeks after a chaotic opening faceoff between the two presidential contenders that featured frequent interruptions — most by Trump... Read More

Limited inpatient visitation resumes at Valley Health System hospitals

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The six local hospitals of the Valley Health System (VHS) resumed limited inpatient visitation on Monday, Oct. 19.

Inpatient visitation is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily at Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, Henderson, Spring Valley, Summerlin and Valley hospitals.

One visitor at a time is allowed in the patient’s room and must remain in the patient’s room during the entire visit, according to the VHS. 

VHS released the following visitation rules:... Read More

Clark County: More than 50K voters cast ballots during first weekend of early voting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Early voting is underway in Nevada and voters can now cast their votes at dozens of in-person sites across the valley.

In the first two days of early voting, more than 50,000 voters turned out in Clark County.

There are now 12 days of early voting left. According to Clark County, 48 locations will be open at various times through Oct. 30.

After that, there will be 125 voting centers open on Election Day, Nov. 3.

Voters can only vote once, either by mail or in person. Ballots were mailed to all 1.2 million Clark County registered voters this year... Read More

LVMPD: 110 arrests, 600 stops made over weekend as 'Operation Persistent Pressure' continues

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Local agencies made 110 arrests and conducted 600 stops between Friday and Saturday, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).

The arrests and stops this weekend are part of an effort to combat crime on the Las Vegas Strip. LVMPD says “Operation Persistent Pressure” is an initiative that focuses on fighting the recent rise in violent crimes in the resort corridor. It's been operating for over a month.

The following statistics (combined between LVMPD and NHP) from Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17 were released Monday: ... Read More