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Remembering Bailey: A first-hand account of the importance of pet insurance

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — 8 News Now got you caught up in the doodle craze, but now, we are focusing on a side that many dog owners tend to ignore — dog health.

Having a dog can be fun, but any owner can tell you having a doodle is a lot of work and it can be expensive.

Pet insurance is highly recommended by any vet.

My family learned that the hard way.

This was the troublemaker that ruled our home:

Bailey was an f1b Goldendoodle. He was healthy, energetic and made his presence known everywhere he went.

“Bailey was super fun and an energetic Goldendoodle,” said owner Moises Kristich. “Bailey was a very healthy dog. He went to his regular vet checkups. He always got five stars at the vet appointments and he didn’t have any health issues that we knew of at the moment.

But in a blink of an eye, everything changed after he woke up from a nap, completely tuned out... Read More

Parents share their excitement as their daughter earns 'National Teacher of the Year' recognition

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After a surprise visit from the first lady, there were more visitors congratulating Juliana Urtubey on her recognition as the National Teacher of the Year — from the governor to the ones closest to her.

It was an emotional day at Kermit R. Booker Elementary School as they celebrated Juliana Urtubey.

8 News Now was able to speak with her parents, who she credits as her backbone through her career in education.

It a first for Nevada, as Urtubey was recognized as the National Teacher of the Year for 2021 and the first Latina finalist for the award since 1992.

"I couldn’t be more proud of Ms. Urtubey for representing her students our state and educators throughout the nation,” said Governor Steve Sisolak.

Urtubey is a special education teacher... Read More

Breaking down what the overturned national eviction moratorium means for Nevadans

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Many people in the state may be confused following a decision to overturn the nationwide eviction moratorium. The judge is allowing the rent suspension to continue while considering an emergency request by the White House.

And as the eviction status of renters across Nevada continues to be unclear, both landlords and their tenants are concerned as the waiting game continues.

Nevadans are still searching for answers, as the deadline for those living rent-free comes to an end on May 31.

Right now, we are in a waiting period," said Susy Vasquez, the executive director of the Nevada State Apartment Association. "It could be two weeks; it could be six months."

The eviction ban, initially put in place last year, provides protection for renters. But there is a difference between the state and nationwide moratoriums. Vasquez explains... Read More

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