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I-Team: Parents attend conference to learn how to advocate for children with developmental disabilities

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Stories investigated and reported by the 8 News NOW I-Team has numerous parents of children with developmental disabilities taking action. Many of them connected at a conference being held in Las Vegas. The Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Conference, which is held at Palace Station Hotel & Casino, just wrapped up its fifth year.

At the conference, families were able to learn more about what they need to know to advocate for their loved ones with developmental disabilities. Some of the parents at the conference said they connected after seeing some of the I-Team stories. 

They realize they are not alone, and they are empowering themselves and each other to try to make sure their children who have special needs get the resources and education they deserve.

“I’m the voice of my child,” said Olivia Espinoza, the founder of AzulBlue.

Espinoza’s son Matthew is 14 years old, autistic, and non-verbal... Read More

Person barricaded in home near Lamb and Washington, police say

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police investigated a barricade situation Monday evening near N. Lamb Boulevard and E. Washington Avenue. According to authorities, around 2:42 p.m., Metro Police received word about a suspect barricaded in a trailer located at 1111 N. Lamb Boulevard.

There’s no word as to why the person is holed up in a home, but SWAT was called to the scene to assist. The northbound lanes of Lamb traffic is stopped at Washington. The southbound lanes of Lamb traffic is stopped at Monroe.

No other details were released. This is a developing story... Read More

Six Mile Cove gets a makeover on National Public Lands Day

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — About 50 volunteers assisted in the cleanup at Six Mile Cove on Lake Mohave on Saturday, taking part in a National Public Lands Day “Leave No Trace” event.

The volunteers removed an estimated 1,000 pounds of glass and 12 cubic yards of trash and debris, according to a National Park Service news release.

“The
clean-up made a visible difference and leaves the area looking better than
ever,” said Samuel Durbin, park ranger Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
“Visitors have been commenting how great the area looks. With a cleaner cove,
the area’s natural beauty can shine.”

The
cove was selected as an official “Hot Spot” by the Leave No Trace Center for
Outdoor Ethics. Hot Spot locations are popular and beautiful outdoor areas
across the country that have experienced heavy recreational use and
visitor-created impacts, including excessive trash, damage to vegetation, trail
erosion, disturbance to wildlife and more... Read More

Bed Bath & Beyond hiring as seasonal jobs start heating up

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Bed Bath & Beyond is looking for seasonal help in e-commerce and fulfillment positions.

A new survey by Monster.com indicates 80% of job-seekers will look for seasonal work, according to a report on techrepublic.com.

More than 60% have begun the seasonal job hunt, a career expert with Monster said.

Bed Bath & Beyond will be recruiting at their commerce center, located at 5835 E. Ann Road. That building is just east of where the northern 215 Beltway connects to Interstate 15. It can also be reached by taking North Sloan Lane from Las Vegas Boulevard... Read More

Fire restrictions lifted at Nevada state parks; only 1 active wildfire

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The only active wildfire in Nevada is barely in Nevada, and the State Division of Forestry has ended fire and travel restrictions in their jurisdiction for the season.

The 10-acre Needle fire is southeast of Great Basin National Park on the Nevada-Utah border.

Forestry Division news releases indicate restrictions have been removed for:

SOUTHERN REGION:

  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
  • Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area
  • Ice Age Fossils State Park (Tule Springs National Monument site)
  • Valley of Fire State Park

WESTERN REGION:... Read More

‘Bootleg marijuana vapes’ are from black market and contain dangerous chemicals

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — To vape or not to vape: That is the question that continues to be up for debate. Health officials say vaping could lead to lung issues, but local marijuana companies say it’s the black market products that are causing those issues.

The vapes are being called ‘bootleg marijuana vapes.’ Several marijuana products have been identified as possible culprits in the mysterious epidemic of serious lung illnesses. More than 800 people who use vaping devices and e-cigarettes to inhale THC or nicotine, or both have gotten sick from vaping. A total of 13 people have died from the serious lung illness.

Ashley Culberg, an expert at Thrive Cannabis Marketplace says people should stay away from bootleg products, and look for certified products... Read More

Golden Knights Express adds southwest valley pick-up

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The RTC is adding a fifth location to its Golden Knights Express routes, allowing fans to use the service from a new location in the southwest valley.

Fans can now catch the bus to T-Mobile Arena on game nights from Sierra Gold at Jones and Sunset.

The five routes offer nonstop service to and from the arena, with fares as low as $2 each way with free parking.

All the routes:... Read More