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Some parents for, others apprehensive about COVID vaccinations for kids

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 12-15 could be ready to go as soon as next week, but the news comes with mixed reactions.

"When younger kids get a COVID infection, the mortality is lower; the morbidity is lower," shared Dr. Marc J. Kahn, dean of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV.

He says our youth can transmit the disease, so vaccinating them will protect others.

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2021, file photo, a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is shown at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Pfizer announced Wednesday, March 31, 2021 that its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and strongly protective in kids as young as 12, a step toward possibly beginning shots in this age group before they head back to school in the fall. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Some parents agree, but others do not. ... Read More

Southern Hills Hospital celebrates Star Wars Day by channeling 'Baby Yoda' to welcome new baby named Marlee

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- May 4 is known as #StarWarsDay, so all day today, you have probably heard people saying "May The 4th Be With You," a play on the famous saying, "May the Force Be with You."

But National Star Wars Day isn't the only thing special about this day. It's also the day a cute little baby Yoda of Vegas' was born at Southern Hills Hospital!

Baby Marlee was born on May 4 at Southern Hills Hospital. The hospital sent 8 News Nows photos of the baby th4ey lovingly call Baby Yoda.

The newest little baby Yoda is named Marlee, and she was born weighing 6-pounds-14 ounces.

Baby Marlee was born on May 4 at Southern Hills Hospital. The hospital sent 8 News Nows photos of the baby th4ey lovingly call Baby Yoda.

Happy birthday, Marlee!... Read More

I-Team: Nevada veteran believes toxic burn pits gave him brain, lung cancer

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- Mathew Whetnall, 41, survived two tours in Afghanistan and an IED blast, but more than a decade after returning to civilian life, he is battling metastatic brain and lung cancer.

He blames burn pits, small trash-fueled fires spewing toxic chemicals, as the cause.

“Your concerns are the needs of the mission and not necessarily those aftereffects,” Whetnall, a husband and father of two young sons, said from his kitchen table. “I missed my first son being born. My time coming home was my first time to actually meet him for the first time.”

Whetnall enlisted at 26, serving eight years in active duty and later joining the Army Reserves. He deployed twice to Afghanistan: first from 2008 to 2009, where he served mainly in an office role as a forward observer, and then again from 2010 to 2011, where he saw combat... Read More

UPDATE: Arrest report in Henderson home invasion reveals attacker's trail

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Henderson police officers who apprehended a suspect in an April 21 home invasion followed a wide trail of his encounters with others leading up to the attack.

Demetrius Walker, 27, who likes to go by the name "Pharoah," is in the Clark County Detention Center. He faces a charge of open murder in the death of 85-year-old Mary Lacella. He also faces a list of about a dozen additional charges including home invasion, burglary and unrelated charges of domestic battery and child abuse.

Lacella died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center a week after the home invasion. She suffered a brain bleed and "extensive" head and facial injuries, according to information in a Henderson Police Department arrest report... Read More

Lawyers issue statement calling for justice in Byron Williams' 2019 death in police custody

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A Chicago law firm released a statement Tuesday asking for accountability from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and justice in the Sept. 5, 2019, death of a man in police custody.

Byron Williams was heard saying "I can't breathe" as police subdued him near Martin L. King Boulevard and Bonanza Road, a cry that resonated through the nation in the aftermath of George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Lawyers for Williams' family said he told police "I can't breathe" 21 times.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC released the statement on behalf of the family of Byron Williams "in reaction to the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case and on the ongoing quest for justice for Byron’s death by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police."

"Byron Williams should be alive today," the statement said... Read More

I-15 repaving will reduce southbound travel to one lane starting May 24

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A repaving project on southbound Interstate 15 will reduce travel to one lane from Jean to Primm beginning on May 24.

The travel restriction runs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly, Monday nights through Friday mornings.

The project will last until Sept. 2, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).

The paving is part of a $10.8 million, 16-mile-long project. Motorists should expect up to 10-minute travel delays during the 100-working-day project, which is expected to finish by year’s end.

Las Vegas Paving Corp., the contractor on the project, will be working in a 2-mile-long moving operation starting in Jean and moving southbound toward Primm... Read More

NEW: Nevada reports nearly 500 cases, 5.7% test positivity as local leaders push for vaccinations

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate remained at 5.7% for the eighth consecutive day as the state reported nearly 500 new cases, data from the past day shows.

The statewide rate is holding steady as vaccination efforts continue. It climbed above 5% on April 12, and had been steadily rising since April 3.

Nevada reports 476 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (387) in the past 24 hours. Nevada’s total cases are now at 316,715. Clark County has a total of 245,034. 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