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How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our behaviors

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to make changes. But what changes in our behavior will stick around once we come out on the other side?

Psychologists say it takes on average 66 days to form a habit, and now, we're more than six months into this pandemic. Consumer experts say it will forever impact many of our behaviors.

"We've become a nation of home cooks and do-it-your selfers," said Stacy Debroff, CEO and founder of "Influence Central."

She works with brands on social media and marketing campaigns, conducting in-depth trend spotting and research. Her panel reached out to nearly 800 consumers in March, and again last week, to see what behaviors are here to stay.

"One thing is e-commerce. Groceries ordered online, curbside pickup with restaurants, contactless delivery, where people are much more comfortable asking others to leave things on the front door," revealed Debroff. ... Read More

NDOT awards nearly $26M for Nellis Boulevard Improvement Project in Clark County

CLARK COUNTY, NEV. – The Nevada Department of Transportation awarded a $25.8 million construction contract to Las Vegas Paving Corporation to rehabilitate an aging 10-mile section of north and southbound Nellis Boulevard, also known as State Route 612, between Tropicana Avenue and Craig Road in Clark County. The project will remove and replace the existing pavement, with 103,000 tons of new blacktop or enough asphalt to pave over 9,000 average-sized driveways.

“These enhancements will rejuvenate a heavily traveled urban arterial with three school zones, creating a safer and more pedestrian-friendly corridor,” said NDOT spokesman Tony Illia. “This project will also generate 335 high-paying locally sourced direct, indirect, and induced jobs.”... Read More

Aggressive driving becoming disturbing trend in the Valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Aggressive driving and road rage are becoming a disturbing trend in the Valley. Many of you have reached out to 8 News Now about the problem.

Experts tell us the pandemic has caused a lot of stress, and that's often leading to aggression on the roads.

"I think what I've seen is an increase of varying kinds of drivers," said Erin Breen of UNLV's Transportation Research Center.

She says driving over the speed limit and out of lanes, mixed with people in a hurry, is when issues arise.

"It's a particularly stressful time in a lot of people's lives, and if you're the type of person that has aggression issues behind the wheel, it's a place where you will absolutely see that come out," Breen explained.

We have seen it come out with recent incidents like road rage brawls circulating on social media, as well as the deadly road rage shooting on I-15. ... Read More

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Mammovan to visit Southern Nevada to offer early screenings

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer, so access to
screenings is critically important. This work is continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

Feel free to call 877-581-6266 to make an appointment.

To accommodate women who are due for a mammography screening, the Nevada Health Centers’ (NVHC) Mammovan is making screenings possible by parking at various southern Nevada locations in the next two weeks.

Pre-screening for any COVID-19 related symptoms will occur inside the clinic prior to entering the Mammovan.

Mammography screenings are primarily for women age 40 and older; however, screenings will be provided to those younger than 40 that have a screening referral from a provider.

Complete schedule details below:... Read More

Layoffs continue on the Strip as two resort restaurants make cuts

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Layoffs on the Strip continue, with Emeril's New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand and Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian making cuts. The former will let go 63 employees, and the latter, 73.

The layoffs were attributed to several factors, including, "unforeseen business circumstances caused by the spread of COVID-19." They also mentioned Gov. Steve Sisolak's emergency declaration and CDC recommendations and orders.

Additional layoffs were noted in the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation's WARN list for September. These include, among others: ... Read More

WATCH LIVE: President Trump delivers remarks at ‘Great American Comeback’ event

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- President Trump delivers remarks at the ‘Great American Comeback’ event in the Atlantic Aviation airplane hangar at the Pittsburgh airport.

On my way to Pennsylvania, see everyone soon! #MAGA pic.twitter.com/V7BRtYmTFz

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2020... Read More

Red Rock Canyon entry fee waived Saturday for National Public Lands Day

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Saturday, Sept. 26 is National Public Lands Day which means entry fees at Red Rock Canyon will be waived.

The National Conservation Area says it is expecting to very packed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., so those planning on going should head out early.

Camping and group fees are still in effect.

National Public Lands Day is also the country's largest single day volunteer event, where many go out to clean up parks, monuments and forests... Read More