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US lawmakers concerned about negative impact Instagram has on teens' mental health

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) -- Some U.S. lawmakers are concerned about the negative impact Instagram is having on teens' mental health.

"Leaders of Facebook knew that Instagram was adversely affecting the mental health of young users, especially our young girls," Rep. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.).

According to a Wall Street Journal report, researchers found that 32% of teen girls who felt bad about their bodies said Instagram made them feel worse. This data was posted to Facebook's internal message boards.

"I think that they should be focusing 100% on making their service safe for the 10s of millions of young users who are already on them," Trahan said... Read More

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Nevada posts 7.7% unemployment in August -- highest in the nation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada's unemployment rate remained at 7.7% in August -- the highest in the nation -- according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

Three states -- New York, New Mexico and California -- had 7.6% unemployment.

Nevada's jobless rate was unchanged from July. Last year, unemployment in August was at 14.5%.

(Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation/U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Job growth in Nevada came in third-highest in the nation as the leisure and hospitality industry added the most jobs over the month, adding 3,900 jobs since July.

DETR Chief Economist David Schmidt noted that this is the first look at jobs data since the Delta variant emerged, causing a statewide mask mandate that was followed by efforts by employers to require vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests for workers... Read More

I-Team: Therapist accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old student with autism; detectives seek possible victims

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A behavioral therapist at the Las Vegas Crescent Academy is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy who has autism, North Las Vegas police told the I-Team.

Police issued a news release on Thursday, saying officers had arrested Amy Gabriela Villarreal, 29.

Crescent Academy describes itself online as a community-based behavioral treatment program for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Detectives said Villarreal worked at two other centers for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including the Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) in Las Vegas and the Hamilton Center Mental Health Clinic in Henderson.

Investigators said they believe there may be other victims due to the circumstances of working with a vulnerable population, they said.

As of Friday, Villarreal was charged with two counts of sexual assault, one count of lewdness with a minor, and one count of child abuse... Read More

Motorcyclist who was killed in Monday crash near Jean identified

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A motorcyclist killed in a Monday crash near Jean, southwest of Las Vegas along Interstate 15, has been identified as 62-year-old Steven Robert Boyung.

The Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) investigated the crash, which happened just after 4 p.m. on Monday.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the motorcycle collided with a red Mazda SUV that was eastbound on SR-16 approaching the Goodsprings Bypass.

NHP said the Mazda failed to yield the right of way.

The motorcycle overturned in the collision and Boyung, who is a Jean resident, was ejected. Boyung died at the scene, NHP said.

This marks the Nevada Highway Patrol – Southern Command’s 55th fatal crash resulting in 64 fatalities for 2021... Read More

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NEW: Cases above 1,300, but many COVID-19 indicators below levels before Labor Day

Below is the full COVID-19 report for Thursday, Sept. 16

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada reports more than 1,300 new COVID-19 cases and 24 deaths in data released today.

Many of the measurements used by the state are near -- or lower -- than where they were two weeks ago, before the Labor Day weekend. The most recent spike in infections followed the July 4 holiday weekend.

With 1,371 new cases -- 681 in Clark County -- the case counts remain above 1,000 statewide, which has been a trend with few exceptions since the middle of July..

Of the state's 24 deaths, 17 were in Clark County.

Test positivity was down slightly statewide at 11.3% after yesterday's report of 11.4%. Clark County's test positivity rate was unchanged at 8.8%... Read More

UPDATE: FDA advisory panel backs COVID-19 booster shots for elderly only

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential federal advisory panel has soundly rejected a plan to offer Pfizer booster shots against COVID-19 to most Americans but it approved the extra shots for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease.

The vote Friday, 16-2, was a blow to the Biden administration’s effort to shore up people’s protection against the virus amid the highly contagious delta variant.

Over several hours of discussion, members of the Food and Drug Administration panel of outside experts voiced frustration that Pfizer had provided little data on safety of extra doses.

And they complained that data provided by Israeli researchers about their booster campaign might not be suitable for predicting the U.S. experience... Read More

Police officer killed in early morning crash, 2nd officer charged with DUI

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A New Haven, Connecticut, police officer was killed in a car crash in Las Vegas on Friday morning, officials said, and the driver, his colleague, was taken to jail.

The deceased officer, identified as Joshua Castellano, 25, is a 7-year veteran of the police department and was assigned to the Shooting Task Force.

The department said Castellano was the passenger of the car, along with several other New Haven police officers.

The driver, Officer Robert Ferraro, 34, was charged Friday with DUI and reckless driving, court records showed.

Police said Castellano, Ferraro, and four other passengers were driving westbound on Spring Mountain Road at Decatur boulevard when the car, a Rolls Royce, lost control. The Rolls Royce then collided with a car that was waiting in a private driveway to enter the road. The Rolls Royce then collided with several utility roles, trees, and a fire hydrant, police said... Read More