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Valley residents, faith leaders question when places of worship should reopen

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As Nevada continues it’s phased reopening after months of COVID-19 closures, a big question for many in the valley is when houses of worship can open their doors again. While President Trump is encouraging governors to take action, local faith leaders are keeping cautious.

Rabbi Felipe Goodman with Temple Beth Sholom is eager to welcome back worshipers but says he understands these doors need to remain closed, for now.

“We cannot open until we are sure that we’re not going to put our congregants at risk,”said Rabbi Goodman. “I think that we have to be open when the science says it’s okay for us to be open, when we know that the curve really is going down. We cannot open until the governor tells us it’s okay.”

While it’s unclear when exactly that will happen, Rabbi Goodman is making major changes to combat COVID-19, such as requiring masks, setting up several sanitizing stations and checking everyone’s temperature... Read More

Annual Memorial Day service cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic, will be held virtually

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An annual Memorial Day service has been canceled for in-person attendance, but you can still attend virtually. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s Memorial Day Service at Woodlawn Cemetery and Bunkers Memory Gardens Cemetery has been canceled.

Bunkers Mortuaries and Cemeteries has put together a virtual Memorial Day Service, which can be viewed online all day Monday, May 25th. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Senator Jacky Rosen, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Congressman Steven Horsford, Congresswoman Susie Lee, Mayor Carolyn Goodman and City Council members are expected to speak at the event... Read More

White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days.

It’s not going to happen.

A review by The Associated Press found that at least half of the states are not going to meet White House’s deadline and some aren’t even bothering to try. 

Only a handful of states, including West Virginia and Rhode Island, have said they’ve already tested every nursing home resident. 

Many states said the logistics, costs and manpower needs are too great to test all residents and staff in a two-week window. Some say they need another week or so, while others say they need much more time. California, the most populous state, said it is still working to release a plan that would ensure testing capacity for all residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities statewide... Read More

Governor Sisolak expected to make announcement on Phase 2 start date this week

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We are now more than two weeks into Phase 1 of Nevada’s reopening plan, following months of COVID-19 closures. Many are wondering when Phase 2 will begin and when casinos can reopen.

Governor Sisolak is expected to make an announcement about Phase 2 on Tuesday. He has set a target date of June 4th for the reopening of Nevada’s gaming industry, which includes casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.

Gaming properties are required to submit reopening plans to the Nevada Gaming Control Board for approval seven days before reopening.

The board will be meeting with state and local health and safety officers on Tuesday to give an update on COVID-19 response measures at resort hotels. The results of that meeting, as well as the latest trends in Nevada’s COVID-19 cases and deaths, will determine if the June 4th reopening date can be met... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Republican Congressional candidate Dan Rodimer

Politics Now host John Langeler interviews Republican congressional candidate Dan Rodimer. Rodimer is running for the CD-3 seat currently held by Democrat Congresswoman Susie Lee. His competition in the republican primary includes former Nevada State Treasurer Dan Schwartz and actress and online personality Mindy Robinson. Rodimer has picked up several big endorsements, including from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. John Langeler asks him why he thinks he is the best candidate, about the mail in primary election and how he would handle reopening Nevada... Read More

Alligator rumored to have been Hitler’s dies in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) — An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo.

The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when he died on Friday.

According to the zoo, Saturn was born in the United States and later sent to the Berlin Zoo, from which he escaped when the zoo was bombed in 1943. His whereabouts were unknown until 1946, when British soldiers found him and gave him to the Soviet Union, the zoo said.

“Almost immediately, the myth was born that he was allegedly in the collection of Hitler and not in the Berlin Zoo,” the zoo said in a statement. 

But, it noted, “animals are not involved in war and politics and it is absurd to blame them for human sins.”... Read More

UNLV construction and engineering students talk to industry experts about job outlook, impact amid pandemic in virtual panel

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — While Nevada eases back into business amid the COVID-19 crisis, construction, while an essential business, has not escaped the impact of the pandemic.

Recent graduates and UNLV students interested in the construction industry have to navigate a new career market that is very different from what they expected.

The Nevada State Contractors Board hosted a virtual panel as an opportunity for UNLV students to ask questions, and get advice from experts as the pandemic continues to shape the industry.

Panelists also shared how OSHA, the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, enforces safe guidelines and ensures proper disinfection and wear of PPEs... Read More