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Lifeguard Arena in Henderson slated to open Oct. 1

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Lifeguard Arena, the Henderson community ice rink that will become the practice arena for the Golden Knights American Hockey League Team, is expected to open October 1, 2020.

The Henderson City Council approved a funding agreement Tuesday between the city and Henderson’s Redevelopment Agency for as much as $2.5 million to fund a portion of the arena which is currently under construction. The $3.2 million ice hockey arena will be located in the Water Street District.

Plans for the arena were also modified to include increased space for locker rooms, a treatment room, a weight room, laundry room, equipment storage and facilities to accommodate the team’s officers and training.

The arena will also be used for recreational hockey tournaments, collegiate-level hockey tournaments and club play. A plaza outside the arena will have a large screen to allow games or practices to be viewed in a courtyard area... Read More

Southwest Medical keeps newborns safe from a distance with mobile medical clinic

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Southwest Medical is using their mobile medical clinic to provide a safe space for parents and newborn babies as COVID-19 continues to spread.

Its Medicine on the Move mobile is used exclusively for newborn pediatric appointments.

Southwest Medical’s goal of utilizing the mobile clinic is to minimize exposure to COVID-19 for babies one month old and under. 

The healthcare provider says newborns need to be monitored during the first few weeks of life beginning just days after birth, which is why keeping up with pediatric appointments is important.

The size of the mobile unit allows for quick and efficient cleaning and disinfecting protocol to take place with adequate spacing between appointments, Southwest Medical says.

Medicine on the Move appointment info:... Read More

LOCAL WILDLIFE: Great Blue Heron resting on Las Vegas rooftop

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Although Great Blue Herons are known to be in Southern Nevada, it’s not everyday that you see one.

Chief photojournalist Matt Adams took video of one of the large birds resting on a Las Vegas rooftop.

The birds like to be around open water and in wetlands and can be found over most of North America. They can also be spotted in lake areas in the Las Vegas valley such as Lorenzi Park, Sunset Park or the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve... Read More

Diabetes, hypertension dangerous factors for some Southern Nevada COVID-19 patients

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Figures released Tuesday show that about 20% of the patients being treated for COVID-19 in Southern Nevada hospitals have underlying medical conditions. Nearly half of those patients have diabetes.

Hypertension — high blood pressure — is the most common underlying medical condition, affecting nearly 70 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. 

Both diabetes and hypertension also were present in many of the patients who died while hospitalized in Southern Nevada during the coronavirus pandemic. Hypertension affected 36%, while diabetes affected almost 29%.

Doctors say diabetes is dangerous because high blood sugar can fuel an infection, and diabetics face an increased risk of contracting the virus. Diabetes can also cause problems with the body’s immune response... Read More

US coronavirus death toll tops 11,000

With its biggest one-day jump yet, New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus officially eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

At least 3,202 people have died in New York from COVID-19, according to the count released Tuesday by the city. Across the U.S., the death toll reached about 11,000, with around 370,000 confirmed infections.

In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in intensive care with the virus, while Japan’s leader declared a monthlong state of emergency for Tokyo and six other regions to keep the virus from ravaging the world’s oldest population.

Here are some of AP’s top stories Tuesday on the world’s coronavirus pandemic.

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EASTER LIST: Virtual egg hunts, online church services, special food offers and more

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Easter is right around the corner, but we know celebrations will be a little different this year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Easter is on Sunday, April 12.

Many local businesses and restaurants are doing what they can to help Las Vegas valley families celebrate the holiday and have some fun. Here is a list:... Read More

Trump removes inspector general elected to oversee $2.2 trillion virus rescue spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has sidelined the inspector general who was tapped to chair a special oversight board of the $2.2 trillion economic package intended to help businesses and individuals affected by the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday.

Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general and a veteran watchdog, had been selected by peers last month for the oversight position.

But Trump has instead nominated a replacement inspector general at the Pentagon and appointed an acting one to serve in Fine’s place, according to an email from a Defense Department official obtained by The Associated Press.

That means Fine will no longer serve on the oversight board, which was created by Congress to be the nexus of oversight for coronavirus funding. He will instead revert to the position of principle deputy inspector general... Read More