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Hospitality workers want 'Right to Return'; bill would make resorts offer laid off employees their former jobs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As more lights come back on across Nevada and on the Las Vegas Strip, laid off hospitality workers are itching to get back to work.

A piece of legislation being discussed at the Nevada State Legislature, known as the "Right to Return" bill, would guarantee workers the chance to get their jobs back. And while everyone wants to see more Nevadans employed as we begin to come out on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic, not everyone thinks the bill is the best path forward.

"We don't have jobs, we don't have anything," said Norma Flores, a laid off hospitality worker.

For two decades, Flores worked as a server at a local casino-resort in Southern Nevada. She was laid off one year ago, as COVID-19 concerns shut down Las Vegas. And ever since then, it has been tough to make ends meet... Read More

I-Team Only on 8: Downtown Las Vegas Home invasion caught on video

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A Las Vegas homeowner says he was seconds away from taking another man's life after that man busted into his home. The alleged home invasion was caught on video.

The evening of March 22 started off peaceful for Stephen Castile.

"I was watching the Golden Knights, and I look at the clock, it's 10 to eight," he recalled.

But then, Castile heard a boom.

"I mean, it startled me," he said.

While he was inside, his surveillance camera captured what was going on outside.

"I mean, I jumped," he recounted, "I thought a car hit the house."

And then, it happened again.

"When I heard the second boom, I grabbed the gun," the homeowner said. "...I realized, someone's kicking my front door in."

The third time a boom sounded, "That's when he kicked the door in."

Castile says he was then face-to-face with the intruder. ... Read More

Questions remain after 4-year-old dies in North Las Vegas house fire

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There are still more questions than answers regarding a deadly fire in North Las Vegas. That fire took the life of a 4-year-old boy.

The fire happened Tuesday night on Webster Circle near Cheyenne and Civic Center.

Neighbors tell 8 News Now they did not see any adults around when the fire broke out. Neighbors could hear screaming when the fire broke out after 6 p.m.

The people next door ran out of their house calling 911. They noticed the 8-year-old girl outside the home yelling and tried to help the boy, who was still inside.

Adrian Castello lives a few doors down. He says the family is fairly new to the neighborhood.

“They haven't lived there very long; it was a rental to tell you the truth. I don't know which ones were the parents and which ones weren't,” said neighbor Adrian Castello. “The children that were left alone, it is unbelievable, just could not believe they would do that.”... Read More

From incarceration to the kitchen: The Chef Jeff Project highlights students' skills with fancy fundraising dinner

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Famed executive chef Jeff Henderson knows firsthand what it's like to be impacted by the system. He served 10 years in prison on federal drug charges, but it was there where he discovered his passion for cooking.

"I always said to myself, once I make it big in this business, I wanted to open up a kitchen, a safe place in an inner-city community to provide second chances for these young folks," Henderson said.

After making a name for himself with a successful career as a executive chef, he's making good on that promise with The Chef Jeff Project. Launching nine months ago, the nonprofit helps teens who've dealt with jail time, the foster home system or other social problems improve their lives by spending time in the kitchen.

Henderson's students got a chance to show off their skills with a pop-up charity dinner at D'Agostino's Trattoria Italian restaurant on Flamingo and Buffalo Tuesday evening... Read More

State files motion seeking execution warrant for Zane Floyd

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The State of Nevada is seeking an execution warrant for the man responsible for the deaths of four people in a Las Vegas supermarket shooting.

In June of 1999, Zane Floyd opened fire, killing four and wounding another in the mass shooting.

In court documents obtained by 8 News Now, Floyd's attorneys filed a petition against the transfer of the case to a new department within the state... Read More

Report: Woman accused in hit-and-run told police she blacked out, doesn't remember hitting victim

NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The woman accused in a fatal hit-and-run in North Las Vegas told police she blacked out and didn't remember hitting the victim, according to an arrest report obtained by 8 News Now. The incident occurred on April 12 around 1:05 a.m near a bus stop across from the Poker Palace Casino.

North Las Vegas patrol officers were dispatched to the bus stop in response to a man reportedly bleeding from the head. They found the Black male, identified by the Clark County Coroner as Fredrick J. Mason, 49, lying in the dirt area behind the bus stop. ... Read More

Vaccination centers notice more families choosing to get vaccinated together

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As more and more people are choosing to get vaccinated, vaccination centers also noticing more families showing up.

Families saying it is better to do it "all together."

Juan Naranjo is 17 years old. He and his family got their first dose of Pfizer vaccine.

 "I brought my mom and my brother,” Juan Naranjo said. "I felt like I needed to do my part and get the vaccine.”

Juan Naranjo says his family recovered from COVID-19 and wants to make sure they do not get it again.

"It was quite hard all of us were home. We had a place where people can bring us food, we couldn't go out, so we were just home together,” said Juan Naranjo.

Now together, they went to Cashman Center.

"She said let’s all go so you guys won't be afraid,” Juan Naranjo said. "I was quite happy because this experience we always go together so it was quite fun to be with my family.”... Read More