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Special session set for July 8 to address state budget shortfall

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A special session of the Nevada Legislature is now scheduled for a week from today.

The July 8 special session will address the state’s budget shortfall, which occurred when businesses were closed as COVID-19 cases began to affect Nevada.

The date was determined after coordinating with legislative leadership. With Phase 2 social distancing guidelines still in place, changes were necessary on the floor of the Legislature to accommodate lawmakers.

“I look forward to joining Nevada’s lawmakers to undertake this difficult budget process and finalize necessary reductions while prioritizing the resources necessary to protect the health and safety of Nevada’s residents,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak.

The formal proclamation to convene a special session of the Nevada State Legislature will be issued by the Governor’s Office at a later date, according to a news release from Sisolak’s office... Read More

Apple to reclose stores in Las Vegas, other cities as coronavirus cases rapidly rise

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)Apple is planning to close 30 additional stores in the United States this week as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, according to a report by CNBC.

This includes the four stores in Las Vegas located at Fashion Show, The Forum Shops, Town Square and Summerlin.

Apple stores in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Utah are closed as of Wednesday, CNBC reports. Stores in Nevada, Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana and Oklahoma will close on Thursday, July 2.

Of Apple’s 271 stores across the U.S., 77 will be closed by Thursday. ... Read More

Gaming regulators: 111 cases for violations since June 4 casino reopenings

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Gaming regulators have 111 cases of violations to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s emergency directive, according to a Wednesday news release.

Whether casinos are in danger of having their gaming licenses suspended or revoked is unclear. The Gaming Control Board has not specified where the violations took place — only that they have 111 open cases that followed extensive checks since the Declaration of Emergency Directive was put in place before casinos reopened on June 4.

Among the violations that fall under the directive: face coverings for employees, and several rules that apply to sanitation practices and social distancing. The governor’s order requiring more widespread use of face masks came on June 24... Read More

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome related to COVID-19 reported in 2 more Clark County children

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two more children have tested positive for COVID-19 and been diagnosed with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

Both children were hospitalized and have been discharged.

The first case of this syndrome was reported in a child in Clark County on June 12.

According to the SNHD news release:

“MIS-C is rare and is still being studied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/ to learn more about it and its impact on children. While there isn’t a known cause, many children with MIS-C had the virus the causes COVID-19 or contact with someone who did.”

MIS-C can affect different body parts causing them to become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, gastrointestinal organs, skin and eyes... Read More

NEW: Nevada, Clark County hospitalizations on upward trend; third-largest increase in statewide COVID-19 testing recorded

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada and Clark County’s COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and testing are seeing an upward trend. Both the state and county recorded their fourth-highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases Tuesday as Clark County reported a higher rise in hospitalizations. Nevada also saw its third-largest single-day increase in testing.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reporting 645 new COVID-19 cases and four new COVID-19-related deaths across the state in the last 24 hours. This is the fourth-highest, single-day increase in cases for Nevada, according to DHHS data.

There are now 19,101 confirmed cases and 511 deaths in the state... Read More

LVCVA reports 95% drop in May tourism from from 2019

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a massive loss of tourism last month.

According to a report out of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), a little more than 151,000 people visited Las Vegas in May.

This is down 95% year-over-year. Last year, there were 3.6 million tourists here.

Laughlin and Mesquite also saw 95% drops for the month of May.

McCarran International Airport also saw a massive decrease in passengers arriving and departing this past month. Only 391,712 were recorded, down from 4,584,506 at this time last year. ... Read More

Metro working to identify suspect in armed robbery of southwest Valley business

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are seeking help identifying the suspect in the Feb. 24 armed robbery of a southwest Valley business. The incident occurred in the 6800 block of West Tropicana around 4:50 a.m.

Police say the suspect left the business with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as follows:

  • Hispanic male in his 20s
  • 6’0″, weighing 180-200 pounds
  • Brown eyes and a black mustache
  • He was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket, dark jeans and black and white shoes

If you have information, please call Metro’s Commercial Robbery Section at 702-828-3591. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or on their website. ... Read More