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NEW: Nevada’s hospitalizations on the rise as state conducts highest number of tests in last 24 hours

*NOTE: Daily lab data on the DHHS Dashboard and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After seeing a decrease in hospitalizations on Sunday, Nevada has consecutively recorded its highest increase in hospitalization cases in the past two days, according to data released by the state Wednesday.

The state is also breaking records with COVID-19 testing. Nevada reported its highest number of tests conducted in one day with 12,776 performed on Tuesday.

Nevada’s cumulative test positivity rate is down for the first day after seeing 20 days of increases, at 7.5 percent... Read More

Las Vegas City Council names Stavros Anthony as new mayor pro tem, replaces Michele Fiore

(CORRECTION: 8 News Now incorrectly initially identified Mayor Pro Tem Stavros Anthony as Anthony Stavros in the story headline.)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas City Council elected Councilman Stavros Anthony as mayor pro tem Wednesday morning with a unanimous vote.

Councilwoman Michele Fiore formally held the position but stepped down from that post after allegedly making  racially charged comments.

The leadership shake-up started when Councilman Cedric Crear asked Mayor Carolyn Goodman to investigate Fiore’s comments. Fiore then held a news conference and announced she would step down from her position as mayor pro tem.

Fiore, who is still a councilwoman, has been under fire for allegedly making racist comments at Clark County’s Republican Convention last month. The county’s Republican party called her remarks, “irresponsible, insensitive, and inaccurate,” and they wanted her to apologize... Read More

Wynn Las Vegas named ‘Best Hotel in Las Vegas’ by travel magazine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Wynn Las Vegas is the number one hotel in Las Vegas, according to Travel + Leisure magazine.

The magazine publishes a “World’s Best Awards” list every year honoring the top hotels, travel destinations and companies worldwide, as rated by its readers.

This year, in the Award’s 25th year, Las Vegas received its own city-specific list for the first time, according to Wynn.

The magazine listed the top 10 hotels in Las Vegas, the following are the top five:... Read More

A typically hot July day before the big weekend heat

Another sunny and breezy day with typically hot July temps back up near 105 by the afternoon. Southerly breezes will pick up again this afternoon to about 20 mph, so not quite as windy as yesterday. The temps will be just as hot as yesterday, but not as hot as it will be this weekend. Sherry’s most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast will be sizzling by the weekend and early next week!
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Meet Ivan: Nellis Air Force Base introduces new K9

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nellis Air Force Base introduced the newest member of their K9 crew in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Ivan, a 5-year-old Labrador retriever is the base’s only lab. According to NAFB, Labradors are not very common dogs in the Air Force.

Meet Ivan– Nellis Air Force Base’s newest K9 member. Photo Courtesy: Nellis Air Force Base, Facebook page

Ivan transferred over to Nellis from the U.S. Marine Corps. Air Force members say they are “very lucky to have his bright, smiling face!”

NAFB also shared a fun fact about Ivan in the social media post, stating that Ivan is the only K9 at Nellis whose reward is a tennis ball.

Welcome, Ivan, and thank you for your service!... Read More

Supreme Court sides with Trump in birth control opt-out case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with the Trump administration in its effort to allow employers who cite religious or moral objections to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women as required by the Affordable Care Act.

The high court on Wednesday said 7-2 the administration acted properly when it made the change, which lower courts had blocked.

“We hold today that the Departments had the statutory authority to craft that exemption, as well as the contemporaneously issued moral exemption. We further hold that the rules promulgating these exemptions are free from procedural defects,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for a majority of the court.

The government had estimated that the rule changes would cause about 70,000 women, and at most 126,000 women, to lose contraception coverage in one year.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited those numbers in dissenting... Read More

Bracing for the Storm: Avoiding flash flood danger

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — During monsoon season, it only takes one big thunderstorm dropping heavy rain to overwhelm Las Vegas valley roads and fill washes.

Over the years, people have become caught in those high waters and had to call for help. Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said that most of those situations are avoidable.

SPECIAL SECTION: Prepping for the Monsoon stories

“You just get one big super cell that comes in over the west side of the city and it only covers about 10, 12, 15 blocks, but you can get one to two inches and less than 15 minutes and that is millions and millions of gallons of water,” he said. “It inundates the streets and while you’re sitting there at a traffic light all of a sudden you got one or two inches and you can actually see the water rising as you’re sitting there. My advice to people is get off the road as quickly as you can.”... Read More