Vegas station’s set construction sparks drama

The Las Vegas NBC affiliate, KSNV-TV, is in the midst of building a new studio and set as it prepares to expand its local news offerings, and the construction has already had its share of drama.

The station is adding an hour of local news at 7 p.m. when contracts with “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” expire in September. Plans also call for the station to drop “Dr. Phil” in favor of local news at 3 p.m. in September 2014, with “Rachael Ray” and “The Doctors” also headed for replacement in 2016.

Construction of the new studio started last month, with some walls being removed.

The construction work did manage to stir up some drama, however. Shortly after construction began, city and OSHA inspectors arrived at the station, apparently in response to a complaint filed by a staffer over safety and permitting, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Air samples were taken and the building was deemed safe, though some employees opted to wear dust masks. The station also says some construction, which did not require permits, was started early, but that all proper permits were obtained when required.