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LIVE: Biden to put forth new virus strategy exactly a year after 1st confirmed case in US

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — As the U.S. enters what Joe Biden has warned may be the "toughest and deadliest period of the virus," the president is set to introduce a new national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations, reopen schools and businesses and increase mask-wearing.

Biden will introduce the strategy as he signs 10 pandemic-related executive orders Thursday afternoon, his second day in office.

Biden acknowledged the urgency of the mission in his inaugural address. ... Read More

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Health district launches mobile unit to reach those in danger of drug overdoses

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- In Clark County, 166 people died as a result of fentanyl overdose in 2020, that compares to 2019 when 64 people died. It's a huge increase with most of the deaths linked to illicitly manufactured fentanyl.

The Southern Nevada Health District launched its Linkage to Action (L2A) mobile outreach unit Thursday. The unit will be able to reach people in homeless encampments, tunnels and in rural areas.

The mobile unit, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control, will work with community providers to help link people struggling with drug use to necessary services such as sterile needles, wound care and recovery treatment. It will also help connect people to housing and other vital services.

The unit will also provide education on the use of Naloxone to people most at risk for an overdose. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse an opioid overdose... Read More

CCSD discusses framework to address teacher shortage

WATCH VIRTUAL MEETING BELOW:

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Clark County School District (CCSD) Teacher Recruitment and Retention Commission is holding a virtual press conference to discuss its report on areas of improvement needed to make sure all students in CCSD are provided a high-quality teacher to begin each school year.

During the virtual press conference, Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara and members of the commission will highlight areas where improvement is needed, in both recruitment and retention..

Meeting attendees include:... Read More

Cashman Center vaccination site closing to make improvements

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Cashman Center vaccination site will be closing starting Friday, Jan.22 for three days while efforts are made to make the site more efficient.

According to Clark County and the Southern Nevada Health District, the site will be closed Friday through Sunday and will begin accepting online appointments again next week with more dates and times for appointments.

The vaccine site which opened on Jan. 14 will be closed to provide training and get a new system in place to operate more smoothly. The online appointment system has been criticized for not showing more available slots for vaccines. In addition, people who have shown up without appointments, were given the vaccine... Read More

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Man accused in bicyclists' deaths set for Feb. 4 preliminary hearing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A preliminary hearing for Jordan Barson, the box truck driver accused of hitting and killing five bicyclists in December, has been reset for Feb. 4.

He will appear before Judge Suzan Baucum in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Barson, 45, was ordered held without bail on Jan. 4 after he was transferred from Mohave County, Ariz., to face charges in the case. Court hearings have been delayed while Barson was under quarantine in standard COVID-19 protocols at the Clark County Detention Center.

He is facing 14 felony charges for a DUI crash that killed five bicyclists on Dec. 10.

The bicyclists were part of a group that was riding from Las Vegas to Nipton. The crash happened on U.S. 95 south of Boulder City.

According to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson, methamphetamine was found in Barson’s system... Read More

Man arrested in Jan. 10 shooting death in North Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- North Las Vegas Police have made an arrest in a Jan. 10 shooting that left a woman dead and a man in critical condition.

Rico Lagasca, 31, was taken into custody without incident, according to the North Las Vegas Police Department.

He faces an open murder with a deadly weapon charge, as well as other felony charges:

  • Attempt murder with deadly weapon
  • Battery with use of deadly weapon
  • Kidnapping 2nd degree with deadly weapon
  • Assault with deadly weapon (Three counts)
  • Carry concealed weapon without a permit

The shooting occurred at about 3:30 a.m. in the 3100 block of North Pecos Road, near Cheyenne Avenue.

Both victims were transported to University Medical Center, but the woman died. A condition update on the man was not provided... Read More

Senators announce $177M in funds for COVID-19 work in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- More than $177 million has been awarded to Nevada agencies to support COVID-19 monitoring, investigation and tracing of outbreaks in the state, according to a Thursday news release from the offices of U.S. senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen.

The senators announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $177,412,608 to fund COVID-19 efforts:... Read More