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CCSD teacher named 'National Teacher of the Year'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County School District teacher Juliana Urtubey was named National Teacher of the Year. Urtubey is the first Nevada teacher to receive the honor.

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... Read More

Locals celebrate special occasions with the COVID-19 vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada is seeing progress with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but there is still a lot of work left to do.

According to the state's vaccination playbook, around 34% of all Nevadans 16 and older are now fully vaccinated. Many come to the Las Vegas Convention Center for their shot, but special vaccination events are hoping to increase access.

On Cinco de Mayo, there was plenty of music and movement at the East Las Vegas Community Center. A free festival included food, fun and something special: the COVID-19 vaccine. It was hosted by local leaders, part of an overall push to get more Nevadans vaccinated.

The community came out in full force.

"I feel a little bit safe," said Benjamin Moraleda, who received the vaccine. "I'm very grateful that they had this. I was so excited. I came all the way from the west side, all the way here, just to get the vaccine."... Read More

Neighbors push back against bill to change short-term rental regulations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- As a bill to regulate short-term rentals makes its way through the Nevada Legislature, some in the central valley worry it could make unwanted changes to their neighborhood. 

"We're hurt and frustrated," Laura McSwain said. "We're really nervous about what the impact is going to be in our neighborhood."

McSwain lives in McNeil Estates, near Rancho and Oakey. She told 8 News Now the area is safe and quiet. 

However, she worries AB 363 could lead to changes she and other neighbors don't want to see. 

The proposal, which was sponsored by Nevada Assemblywoman Rochelle Nguyen, would establish state rules, enforcement guidelines and taxes for short-term rentals, such as Airbnb or Vrbo. 

"It puts a different level of compliance on what they've got," Pam Knudsen, senior director of Compliance at Avalara MyLodgeTax, said of the bill. ... Read More

Metro warns of phone scam as callers try to trick residents into paying

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police are warning the public about a telephone scam using phone numbers that spoof official police numbers.

Scammers are calling and trying to solicit money to avoid an investigation.

Metro reminds residents that police will not contact anyone for these reasons:... Read More

NEW: State data shows Nevada's vaccination rate declining

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Local leaders continue to push for Nevadans to get their COVID-19 vaccine as the state's test positivity rate holds steady.

A graph on the state's health department shows that the rate of vaccinations have declined in the last month. More than 36,000 doses were administered on April 7, the highest day of inoculation. Nearly a month later, less than half -- 13,339 doses -- were administered on May 4.

Data shows 27.13% of Nevada’s population has been fully vaccinated.

The statewide test positivity rate remained at 5.7% for the ninth consecutive day. It climbed above 5% on April 12, and had been steadily rising since April 3... Read More

Biden touts $28.6B restaurant relief program

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — President Joe Biden delivered remarks on his $28.6B restaurant relief program which is part of his recently passed American Rescue Plan.

The White House said that 186,200 restaurants, bars and other eligible businesses had applied for the program over its first two days of accepting applications. More than half of the applicants are owned by women, veterans or people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. ... Read More

Man arrested on morning of his own wedding, charged with sexual assault

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A man was arrested on his wedding day and charged with three counts of sexual assault.

Omar Delaney is accused of raping a woman who traveled to Las Vegas with the wedding party. The assault occurred in the early morning hours of April 20, the same day he was to marry another woman.

Details in a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrest report include statements from the victim and two members of the wedding party. Delaney refused to speak to police.

Delaney, who is from the Fircrest area of Tacoma, Washington, is accused of taking the room key of a woman who had too much to drink -- three shots of vodka -- as the group celebrated the night before the wedding... Read More