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I-Team: Questions surround plan for first execution in Nevada since 2006

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The State of Nevada is planning to execute a man, but his lawyers and even a federal judge are questioning a lack of transparency.

Zane Floyd killed four people more than 20 years ago.   

On Thursday, he appeared virtually from prison in a federal courtroom.

No cameras were allowed inside, but the I-Team was there.

Floyd gunned down four employees and injured another at a Las Vegas Albertson’s in 1999. More than 20 years later, the State of Nevada is trying to carry out his death sentence.

“I don't know if there's anything I can say to the families,” Floyd said more than 20 years ago.

Now, while Nevada lawmakers are considering abolishing the death penalty, the state is trying to move forward with plans to execute Floyd.

It is not yet final, but a date could be set for early June.

The Nevada Department of Corrections has released no details... Read More

Las Vegas masseuse accused of sexual assault reportedly told victim he could heal her, help her get pregnant

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A holistic masseuse who police said sexually assaulted at least one client told one woman he could “heal her,” court documents said.

Francisco Tovar-Lugo, 58, faces three counts of sexual assault and one count of open and gross lewdness, according to court records. Metro police arrested him on April 29. On Monday, police said they believe there could be more victims.

A woman told police Tovar-Lugo was massaging her at her apartment when he inserted his fingers into her private area, an arrest report said. The report also said Tovar-Lugo put his mouth on the woman’s breast.

“Francisco tried to tell [redacted] that he needed to do this so she could get pregnant,” the police report said. Tovar-Lugo told the woman he “something has to do things that are uncomfortable to him in order to heal people,” according to the report... Read More

WATCH: Las Vegas resort marquees feature Juliana Urtubey, a CCSD teacher named National Teacher of the Year

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The marquee signs at numerous Las Vegas resort properties lit up Thursday with the face of Juliana Urtubey; she's been named the National Teacher of the Year.

She was one of four finalists, and during an interview with CBS News This Morning, she was surprised with the announcement that she won. The surprise continued when First Lady Dr. Jill Biden appeared in her classroom with flowers.

"I was so elated, so proud, so overwhelmed with joy," Urtubey said of the award.

On Thursday evening, those driving on the Strip saw Urtubey's smiling face on display from 4 p.m. -4:15 p.m. at the following properties:... Read More

Nearly half of Nevada's inmates have received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Almost half of the state's prison population has been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.

A news release from NDOC's Carson City office says 5,063 offenders signed up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this year. As of Tuesday 5,187 offenders have received at least the first dose.

More than 10 vaccine clinics are scheduled in the next two weeks at facilities around the state, including High Desert State Prison on Monday.

“We are pleased so many offenders have prioritized their health and the health of others around them,” said Charles Daniels, Director of the Nevada Department of Corrections. “We are proud of our staff and grateful to our community partners for successfully vaccinating such a large group in a relatively short time.”

As the vaccine rates increase, restrictions will decrease regarding visitation. Limited visitation resumed May 1... Read More

Dates announced for Justin Bieber's Justice World Tour 2022

LAS VEGAS (May 6, 2022) – Justin Bieber just announced his rescheduled world tour dates. The Justice World Tour was supposed to kick off this summer, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the tour was moved to 2022. The Justice World Tour 2022 is adding seven new arena shows totaling 52-dates, including one in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena in February.

Justin returns to the road on the heels of his album Justice. Justice is the Bieb's eighth album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. Bieber made history as the first male solo artist to debut at #1 on both the Billboard 200 album chart and Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with his certified-platinum smash hit “Peaches.” ... Read More

Family who says Las Vegas teen suffered reaction to J & J vaccine gives update on her condition

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The father of a teen who has been hospitalized for several weeks say the 18-year-old is now showing some positive signs in her road to recovery.

The family says Emma Burkey suffered a severe reaction about 10 days after receiving a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on March 20. Her symptoms included brain clots and seizures, a family friend told 8 News Now.

Burkey was transferred from a Las Vegas hospital to a California hospital where she has undergone three brain surgeries.

Her father, Bret Burkey posted an update on his daughter's condition on her GoFundMe page Wednesday night... Read More

NEW: Nevada's test positivity drops slightly, with only 3 deaths reported

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada's COVID-19 test positivity rate fell slightly to 5.6% after nine days at 5.7%, according to data released Thursday.

The state's test positivity started climbing on April 3, passing 5% on April 12. But it leveled off in late April and has been steady since.

Clark County's test positivity was also at 5.6%.

Data shows 27.55% of Nevada’s population has been fully vaccinated.

Nevada reports 394 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (335) in the past 24 hours. Nevada’s total cases are now at 317,482. Clark County has a total of 245,693. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.... Read More