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UPDATE: Southbound I-15 shut down between Charleston, Flamingo; suspect dead, trooper in critical condition at UMC

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Southbound lanes of Interstate 15 remained shut down Tuesday night after a Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) trooper was injured in a car chase involving a carjacker, police said just after 12:30 p.m. The female suspect is dead, according to a union official.

Northbound I-15 reopened just before 5 p.m. after being closed for hours between Spring Mountain Road and Charleston Boulevard, but southbound lanes are expected to be closed for several hours more, according to Metro police.

The trooper was laying down spike strips to help stop a car that was being pursued by the Department of Parole and Probation. The car, driven by a female suspect, hit the trooper, and he went through the car's windshield, according to information provided by Rick McCann, the executive director of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers... Read More

New Nevada indoor mask policy goes into effect Friday, no matter vaccination status

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada will adopt the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) updated mask guidelines on Friday, health leaders said Tuesday.

The CDC reversed course Tuesday, saying fully vaccinated Americans in areas with “substantial and high” transmission should wear masks indoors when in public as COVID-19 cases rise. Most of Nevada falls into those two risk categories.

Nevada’s new mask guideline will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday. This overrides Clark County's employee mask mandate, which went into effect nearly two weeks ago.

The Nevada Gaming Control board added issued guidance Tuesday afternoon, saying resorts must make sure “all employees, patrons, and guests properly utilize face coverings” indoors. Casinos must also put up signage indicating masks are required, the notice said... Read More

Las Vegas businesses, local leaders concerned about conventions as COVID cases rise

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Some Las Vegas locals are concerned about the future of conventions, as COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Southern Nevada.

Disney has announced it will not be sending executives or stars to the city next month for CinemaCon, citing an increase in COVID-19 cases in the area. Now, there is already some concern about major conventions canceling trips to Las Vegas altogether.

As of right now, no major conventions or trade shows have officially canceled trips here. But local leaders and businesses are worried that could happen if our COVID numbers do not get better.

Frank Friedlander, owner and co-founder of TuffSkin Surface Protection, is holding on to hope. The hospitality trade show where he is supposed to be an exhibitor is still scheduled for August on the Las Vegas Strip.

If it did not happen, he would be worried.

"Would it hurt us? Definitely," Friedlander told 8 News Now... Read More

Flooded roads, damages reported in Nye County following overnight storms

NYE COUNTY, Nev. (KLAS) -- Nye County officials are asking residents to allow extra time for travel on Monday as they wake up to flooded roads and damaged items.

Nye County says deputies were busy throughout the night handling the aftermath of the thunderstorms that hit the area.

"Many of you are going to find trees down or damage to your vehicles and homes. You do not need to call dispatch to report these. Contact your insurance company," the sheriff's office noted in an alert.

If you find obstruction on a road, the county says you should call the non-emergency dispatch number at (775) 751-7000 option 5.  ... Read More

Update: Power outage impacts 1,100 NV Energy customers in Spring Valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A power outage in the area of Flamingo Road, west of Decatur Boulevard, is impacting, 1,100 customers as of 8 a.m., according to NV Energy's website.

The outage was reported around 3:17 a.m. and was caused by a vehicle crash near Spring Mountain and Decatur. Initially, 2,200 customers were without power. Power was restored to about half of them around 7:15 a.m.

NV Energy reports the power should be fully restored by 9:30 a.m... Read More

Faith Lutheran grad wins US Olympic swimming gold in 4x100-meter freestyle relay

TOKYO (AP) — For being right in the middle of the desert, Las Vegas knows how to churn out great swimmers. Now, one of those great talents has claimed an Olympic gold medal.

Bowe Becker, a graduate of Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas, helped the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay bring home the win on Monday.

Becker swam the third leg of the race, putting up a time of 47.44. He was joined by Caeleb Dressel, Blake Pieroni and Zach Apple on the podium, as the team finished 1.14 seconds ahead of Italy, who took the silver... Read More

Data shows CCSD students had increase in failing grades last school year

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In just over two weeks, Clark County School District students will head back to class. But will they be ready?

Data obtained by 8 News Now shows just how much the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning impacted students' grades.

Student engagement, access to technology and mental health are just a few of the big issues students and teachers dealt with throughout the pandemic. This all had an impact on retention and grades.

"My son has always been a straight-A, sometimes B student,” said Lorena Llamas. “Often receives many recognitions, many awards. I've always been a very proud mom."

Llamas is busy preparing her son Hector for the upcoming school year. Like many others, Hector struggled with distance learning... Read More