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Local kids a bit nervous, but overall excited to get COVID-19 vaccinations with family

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Not only will kids be getting a report card this month, some will also receive a vaccination card.

Local pharmacies, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and UMC are now administering Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to kids 12-15-years-old, the latest age group to become eligible. This comes after U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approval.

8 News Now spoke to some local kids about getting the vaccine, and while some are a bit nervous about the needle, they're excited to get the shot with family members.

According to SNHD, it is important this age group gets vaccinated. While they may not be as likely to get several ill, there is still a risk, and they can spread the virus.

Now that many are back in school. interacting with their friends and playing sports, the vaccine can help protect kids and their families. ... Read More

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

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Wynn Las Vegas and Encore will not require fully vaccinated guests to wear a mask, effective Thursday evening. This comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on the mitigation measure, which Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board said they would follow.

If a guest is not fully vaccinated, they will be required to continue wearing a mask.

"The resort trusts guests to take the appropriate precautions based on their personal vaccination status," Wynn said in a press release.

The resort will communicate this change to guests.

Staff members who have provided vaccination verification will not be required to wear a mask, either. Those who have not verified will continue to wear them while at work. Wynn says that at least 91% of its Las Vegas employees have been vaccinated. ... Read More

Golden Knights focus on long Stanley Cup playoff run

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) - The Golden Knights are ready for the next step in the 2021 season and that’s a Stanley Cup championship.

It's playoff time as the Knights navigated through another strong regular season headlined by its usual stars. Four years and four trips to the playoffs is remarkable in the franchise’s brief history. In the latest edition of ‘Striking Gold’ the playoffs bring another dimension, higher level of play, and versatility to claim hockey’s ‘Holy Grail.’

8 News Now Sports Anchor Ron Futrell has the story... Read More

Man facing sex trafficking charge after allegedly kidnapping child to work as prostitute in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas man has been taken into custody following allegations of child sex trafficking.

According to an arrest report obtained by 8 News Now, Matthew Davis is facing felony charges for allegedly forcing a minor to work as a prostitute under his watch.

Police were originally notified of a minor who was possibly a victim of sex trafficking on May 11. They were told the girl might be staying at the Grand Chateau.

Police were able to locate the girl at the property and transported her to a secure Metro building.

During an interview with police, the girl said she originally met Davis about a year or two ago on the website "Seeking Arrangements." She said they added each other on Snapchat... Read More

Locals, business owners react to new mask guidance from CDC

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Here in Nevada, Governor Steve Sisolak says our state will follow the CDC’s new guidelines about ditching the masks indoors if you are fully vaccinated.

It has been nearly 15 months of having to wear masks wherever we go, but the signs of mask requirements that a lot of businesses have, may disappear soon.

"I am excited to get back to normal,” said Lia Yulianti — owner of Belia Skin and Beauty Spa. “I think it will bring a lot more business.”

At Belia Beauty Spa, the owner says despite the CDC new guidelines, her team will still keep their guard up, because there is no way for them to know who is fully vaccinated.

"I don’t think I have any right to ask people, but we just protect ourselves,” Yulianti said. “But when we are in the room one-on-one with the client, we wear the mask.”

Others say the masks benefit them... Read More

Ice Cube's BIG3 basketball to return to Las Vegas and CBS in July

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - Here we go again, Ice Cube is making his basketball return to Las Vegas. The league began in 2017 and took 2020 off because of Covid fears. Games were broadcast on CBS Sports and 8 News Now locally.

Games for 5 of the first 8 weeks will be played at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas with the final two weeks of playoffs being played at a yet-to-be-determined site. The 2021 season will begin Saturday July 10 at the Orleans Arena.

The 3-on-3 league plans to work with local health and safety officials to determine fan capacity... Read More

I-Team: Amari Nicholson's accused killer faces additional charges for grabbing officer's gun

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The man accused of killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old son is facing additional charges related to his arrest, the I-Team has learned.

Terrell Rhodes, 27, is accused of fighting with police officers and grabbing one's gun while in custody Tuesday.

In addition to a murder charge, Rhodes faces four new charges of resisting a public officer with a firearm and four charges of assault on a protected person with a deadly weapon.

He is due in court Friday morning.

Rhodes was in court Wednesday to be charged in the death of Amari Nicholson... Read More