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Federal investigators join probe of fire that wiped out Las Vegas apartment complex

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Federal authorities have joined the investigation of Monday night's fire that raced through a 206-unit apartment complex under construction near Fort Apache Road and Tropicana Avenue.

"ATF is currently assisting the local authorities with the fire investigation into the fire that occurred. It is currently an ongoing investigation," said Alexandria Corneiro, Public Information Officer for the San Francisco Field Division Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Warren Whitney said the fire caused $25 million to $30 million in damage, and the complex was described as a total loss.

High winds fueled the fire in the nearly finished complex, Ely at Fort Apache, which was planning to start pre-leasing the luxury apartment homes in February.

Calida Group is the developer of the project... Read More

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What's Cool at School: Virtual talent show features everything from Mozart to Metallica

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A virtual talent show at one Las Vegas valley school is bringing students together

From Mozart to Metallica, it's was a talent show not short on range.

"Oh my gosh. It just really made me feel really glad that we decided to put in all the work to do the talent show because I'm like look at what we have. This is why it's called Escobedo's Got Talent," said Victoria Turner, assistant principal for Escobedo Middle School.

The virtual talent show featured 13 student finalists performing everything from piano to poetry to a mini-metallica.

"I loved how many different people were doing it," said seventh grader Calais Turner. "There were so many guitars playing, and poetry, and singers, and it was just an awesome variety."

The collective goal was to uplift their school community.

"Even though we're not physically together, I at least wanted to have a way for us to virtually be together," Turner said... Read More

Austin wins Senate confirmation as 1st Black secretary of defense in 93-2 vote

WASHINGTON — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army's elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation's first Black secretary of defense.

The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his second Cabinet member; Avril Haines was confirmed on Wednesday as the first woman to serve as director of national intelligence. Biden is expected to win approval for others on his national security team in coming days, including Antony Blinken as secretary of state... Read More

Third stimulus check: GOP lawmaker wants $1,400 payment reserved for people who get COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Now that he's assumed office, President Joe Biden is expected to get his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan passed as quickly as possible. The measure includes a $1,400 stimulus checks for most Americans.

With Democrats in control of both the presidency and Congress, the overall plan has a good chance of passage. However, one Republican congressman is throwing up a roadblock of sorts.

Rep. Steve Stivers, a Republican from Ohio, suggested checks go to people who've received the coronavirus vaccine.

“I hope the administration will look at that option because we actually buy something with our $1,400 — and that’s herd immunity,” Stivers said in an interview with Yahoo Finance.

He suggested the quickest way to get the economy going is to get people vaccinated and back to work or school... Read More

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President Biden ordering economic help as talks start on $1.9 trillion relief package

WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) —  President Joe Biden plans to take executive action Friday to provide financial relief measures to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The executive orders that the president is expected to sign include: increasing food aid, protecting job seekers on unemployment and clearing a path for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 hourly minimum wage.Weekly unemployment dips to a still-high 900,000 ... Read More

Schedule released: Silver Knights to begin season February 6

Home games to be played at Orleans Arena

HENDERSON (January 22, 2021) – The American Hockey League announced today, January 22, full start times for the Silver Knights schedule during the 2020-21 regular season. The full schedule can be found below. The Silver Knights 40-game schedule will feature division only opponents during the regular season.

TELEVISION BROADCAST – My LV TV

Information regarding the Henderson Silver Knights local television broadcast schedule for games on My LV TV (Sinclair Broadcast Group) will be announced at a later time.

RADIO BROADCAST – 1230 The Game... Read More

CCSD staff told UNLV, CSN Henderson sites will only vaccinate medical professionals

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- School district employees are being told that only staff medical professionals will receive COVID-19 vaccines at UNLV and CSN Henderson vaccination sites at this time.

A statement from the Clark County School District (CCSD) indicates all others will be turned away, even if they have an appointment to be vaccinated.

"Appointments scheduled at other locations will not be impacted," according to the CCSD statement.

"We have been working with UNLV this week to determine the next steps in offering vaccinations to our CCSD community. At this time, the work to set up the scheduling website and process is still ongoing. As a result, a specific date is not yet available for CCSD staff utilizing the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) pods," the statement said.

CCSD said it will continue to communicate with staff as additional information comes in, and directs questions to health-check@nv.ccsd.net... Read More