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Air quality dust alert issued for Friday

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County has issued a dust alert for Friday, May 20, due to high levels of dust for people who have breathing sensitivities.

Airborne dust is a form of inhalable air pollution called particulate matter and it can aggravate respiratory diseases.

Here are some tips to limit exposure to dust:... Read More

  • Limit outdoor exertion on windy days when dust is in the air. Exercise, for example, makes you breathe heavier and increases the amount of particulates you are likely to inhale.
  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Run your air conditioner inside your house and car to filter out particulates.
  • Consider changing your indoor air filters if they are dirty.
  • To keep dust down, drive slowly on unpaved roads.
  • Don’t take short cuts across vacant lots.
  • Ride off-road vehicles in approved areas outside the urban Las Vegas Valley.

Economy having impact on pet adoptions

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Friday is National Pet Rescue Day which is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the high number of animals in shelters across the nation. Sadly, many animal rescue centers are feeling the effects of inflation.

One local pet rescue says there have been a few challenges for them and other animal organizations to find pets a forever home.

Sherri Mizrachi is the animal coordinator at Help Save Pets. Her organization is no different when it comes to experiencing inflation problems. Despite their small staff, they connect with the community and other nonprofits to try to readopt animals through their animal hotline.

She said inflation is causing some pet owners to work longer hours, and to return pets due to financial reasons or inability to provide care, such as veterinary visits... Read More

Cooler winds and much cooler temperatures

Hazy skies to start our Friday after strong southwest winds brought in a lot of dust to the valley last night. But winds are turning out of the northwest today as a cold front pushes through southern Nevada and that will help push that dust back to the south and clear out our skies by the afternoon. The north winds will also dramatically cool down our temperatures after hitting our first 100s of the year on Thursday. Highs will just make it to the low 80s today! Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast has a pleasant spring weekend ahead with more heat again next week... Read More

What's Cool At School? - A tour of 8NewsNow by students already used to being in front of the camera

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) - Middle school kids showed poise, grace, and curiosity during a recent tour of 8NewsNow.

Before we said goodbye to the students as they wrapped up their visit, news Anchor Heather Mills marveled about the eager students learning all about what it takes to do media work.

Their teacher, David Wright, told us that while the bells and whistles in our building are cool (“I love going into the spaceship in the back, the control room,” he said), being in front of a camera is nothing new for them.

“On a daily basis, these students come to school an hour early to help film our 'Faissflix Daily,' our daily news production. They're 6th 7th and 8th-grade students,” he said.

To see how they did when we gave them a chance to be junior weather buddies, check out the video of this story!

Thanks again to the kids, their teacher Mr. Wright, and to Jen Rochford here at the station for showing them around... Read More

Power outage in northeast Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A power outage is reported in the northeast Las Vegas valley that is impacting more than 2,200 customers, according to NV Energy's website.

The outage is in the area of Sunrise Manor near Nellis Boulevard and Washington Ave.

The outage started around 5:10 a.m. and the cause is under investigation. NV Energy is estimating the power will be restored around 7:45 a.m. ... Read More

I-Team: 'Everybody's tired,' CCSD teacher burnout leading to pattern of staff absences

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County School District teachers and staff are burnt out, leading to a high number of absences on Fridays and, with the lack of substitutes, causing other staff to pick up the pieces, a review by the 8 News Now I-Team found.

The I-Team looked at staff absences starting after the 5-day pause in January. The school closures were meant to combat both coronavirus and fatigue. As part of their union contract, teachers earn 15 sick days a school year. The days can roll over into the next year and beyond.

8 News Now previously spoke to a teacher who retired after 31 years and had earned more than 300 unused sick days, but according to the negotiated agreement by the school district and the union, only 100 of those days were paid out. Teachers said the district is offering $5 per unused day at retirement... Read More

‘She would give you the shirt off her back,’ Daughter of murdered Dotty’s manager speaks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Alicia Gibellina is remembered as an animal lover and a selfless person. 

"She would give you the shirt off her back," said Diana Gibellina, Alicia's daughter. 

Diana sat down with 8 News Now and reflected on the night of May 11. 

"I was trying to text and call my mom, and I thought she was busy at work," Diana said. "On my way home, I have to pass by the store, and that is how I found out."

Alicia Gibellina shown here was killed following a robbery on May 11 at a Dotty's near Flamingo and Jones. (Diana Gibellina)

Police said Samuel Schmid, 28, went inside Dotty's near Flamingo and Jones and stole a woman's purse.

Gibellina, the manager, then went outside to confront Schmid in the parking lot. 

Police said that during this confrontation, Schmid, who was driving a stolen vehicle, ran Gibellina over before he drove away.

Gibellina was taken to the hospital, where she later died. ... Read More