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Public Charge rule makes it harder for immigrants to become US citizens; impacts valley’s Asian community

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — President Donald Trump has moved ahead with a rule change that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become permanent residents or U.S. citizens. The administration announced it is expanding the definition of the Public Charge rule to make it harder for legal immigrants to become permanent residents if they are likely to use government assistance such as Medicaid, food stamps, and subsidized housing.

“You know it’s about America first. I don’t think it’s fair to have the American taxpayer paying to have people come into the United States,” President Trump said.

“This is a rule that is going to impact, primarily, low and moderate working families,” said Marielena Hincapie, the executive director for the National Immigration Law Center... Read More

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HOV lanes: Are drivers following the rules of the road?

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Department of Transportation celebrated the end of Project Neon last week, but that doesn’t mean the orange cones, which some people jokingly call Nevada’s other state symbol, are going away.

There’s still a number of lane closures and final touches to finish before they can say the project is 100 percent complete. This means the morning and afternoon gridlock, especially through the Spaghetti Bowl, will continue to annoy drivers a little while longer.

However, usage of the HOV lanes has eased some of the traffic woes. Ever since they debuted a few months ago, HOV lanes have been a hot button issue among drivers.

But whether you love them or hate them — they’re here to stay. But are drivers following the rules of the HOV road?

“I drive the 15 every single day to work, [I] see a lot of people still, just one person in the car using the carpool lane,” said Kelly Bieterman, commuter... Read More

Las Vegas man who died in July crash on US95 identified

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A July 14 crash on U.S. 95 between Tonopah and Hawthorne killed a Las Vegas man, the Nevada Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Las Vegas resident Jose R. Rodriguez Jr., 65, died in the crash, NHP public information officer Hannah DeGoey said.

Rodriguez was traveling southbound toward Las Vegas when a northbound 2006 Subaru Tribeca tried to pass a commercial vehicle. The Subaru collided head-on with the 2012 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Rodriguez... Read More

Rebel Hockey, tryouts for potential new stars on campus

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – It’s already time to talk hockey with players circling their calendars for the start of training camp.

The Golden Knights will be kicking off their third season of existence with camp opening soon, but Tuesday morning the UNLV Hockey Club held open tryouts. Rebel Hockey coaches are searching for diamonds in the rough to continue the growth of the young program.

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Las Vegas groups on front lines in human trafficking fight

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in the world, experts say. As the problem gets bigger, so do the efforts to stop it.

The Salvation Army says it’s been fighting against human trafficking for years.

A recent report highlights dozens of anti-trafficking programs across the nation, including in the Las Vegas valley.

Leslee Rogers, public relations director for the Salvation Army, said, “We probably see 100 to 130 or 140 clients.”

“They don’t get to choose for themselves what they’re going to do,” Rogers said. “Someone is telling them that.”

The organization has a program called Seeds of Hope, which provides food, clothing and shelter to victims of human trafficking. But most stay for the long-term assistance.

“We work with them in the areas of counseling and emotional support, legal support, legal aid, those kinds of things,” Rogers said... Read More

I-Team: Scott Gragson faces 3 new lawsuits in crash that killed woman, hurt 3 others

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Three new lawsuits have been filed against Scott Gragson, the Las Vegas real estate executive accused of driving drunk in a crash that killed a mother of three and injured three other passengers.

One of the lawsuits filed today is from the estate of Melissa Newton and her daughters. An attorney said Newton leaves behind three girls, age 16, 13 and 11.

Gragson now faces a total of four lawsuits.

A lawsuit filed in early June by passenger Christopher Bentley claims, “In a fit of alcohol-fueled rage,” Gragson accelerated his car through the open gate moving more than three-times the maximum speed limit in the neighborhood before careening off the road and crashing into a tree. Bentley was thrown from Gragson’s Range Rover and suffered head injuries.

Today, attorney Robert Eglet filed the three new lawsuits. He talked about the suit on behalf of Newton’s daughters... Read More

Web Extra: Jon Gruden news conference at Raiders Training Camp

NAPA, CA (KLAS) – Raiders Coach Jon Gruden addresses the media at Training Camp in Napa, CA. August 13, 2019. Gruden talks about the Antonio Brown helmet issue and the recent foot problems with his star wide receiver.

Gruden also talks about Thursday’s pre-season game at Arizona. He expects some of the starters, including quarterback Derek Carr to play in that game against the Cardinals. Thursday’s game will start at 5:00pm PT.

The Raiders are 1-0 in the pre-season after beating the Los Angeles Rams Saturday in Oakland. ... Read More