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1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

The Labor Department’s report Thursday marked the 20th straight week that at least 1 million people have sought jobless aid. Before the pandemic hit hard in March, the number of Americans seeking unemployment checks had never surpassed 700,000 in a week, not even during the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

The new jobless claims were down by 249,000 from the previous week after rising for two straight weeks... Read More

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Group gathers to grieve teen crash victims, call for community change

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A group gathered east of the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday to honor the lives of two teenagers killed in an alleged DUI crash and call for future change. 

Citlali Mora and Nelly Amaya-Ramirez, both 16-years-old, died Monday evening, when police say Ebonie Whitaker hit them near Maryland Parkway and Katie Avenue. 

Officers reported that Whitaker was driving drunk at the time and failed to control her car, eventually driving onto the sidewalk and hitting the girls.

“It is up to us as Las Vegas residents to say enough is enough.”

The vigil starts with a plea to put an end to drunk driving. @8NewsNow #8NN pic.twitter.com/DeasNqIEkP... Read More

Clark County announces 13 Valley facilities will provide access to distance learning, day camp

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County announced thirteen facilities across the Vally will provide access to distance learning and day camp through a program called “School Daze.”

The initiative caters to children ages 5 to 12-years-old and will include socially-distanced activities. It will run fro 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Activities will vary from fun to educational, including:

  • Educational time
  • Games
  • Arts n’ crafts
  • Sports
  • Themed activities

School Daze launches Aug. 24, and the County says it will last until “kids can return school.”

If you decide to take part in the program, you and your child(ren) will be asked to complete a Daily Wellness Acknowledgement Form. Temperatures will also be checked daily.

The following are the locations: ... Read More

I-Team: Nurses protest, concerned about work conditions

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Southern Nevada hospitals are seeing a surge of COVID-19 patients, and some nurses are trying to send a message to administration.

The I-Team has been receiving information from hospital insiders.

Usually, healthcare workers are hesitant to speak publicly about work conditions for fear of losing their jobs. But today, a group of nurses sounded the alarm.

“We’ve been calling them saints, literal human saints,” said Shaun Singer, son of a COVID-19 patient.

Singer’s father is in the intensive care unit at St. Rose Dominican Hospital. Wednesday morning, nurses at the facility were protesting.

“We want to take care of our patients, but to do that, we want to be safe in doing so,” said Zachary Pritchett, a registered nurse.

Pritchett is a union representative for National Nurses United, which announced this National Day of Action with 200 protests across the country. ... Read More

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Metro arrests man accused of stabbing man to death at pool party

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police has identified and arrested the man accused of stabbing another man to death last month. It happened on July 22 at approximately 10:49 p.m.

According to Metro Police, officers responded to a home located in the 4800 block of West Richmar Avenue near S. Decatur and W. Silverado Ranch boulevards to investigate a report of a stabbing. When officers arrived at the scene, they found around 100 people at a house pool party.

The victim, identified as Eric Tia, was located in the backyard suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was transported to University Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased... Read More

Report: Twitter bans Trump campaign from tweeting over COVID misinformation

Twitter temporarily disabled the account of President Trump’s campaign Wednesday over a post containing misinformation about the coronavirus, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The post in question showed a clip of Trump claiming during a Fox News interview that children are “almost immune” from COVID-19.

A spokeswoman with Twitter, Liz Kelley, told the paper that Twitter hid Team Trump’s video and that @teamtrump wouldn’t be allowed to tweet until it was deleted. After almost 12 hours without any activity, Team Trump tweeted again shortly after 9 p.m. EST.

Facebook deleted the same post from President Trump’s page earlier in the day, saying Wednesday that the “video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.”... Read More

Alcohol suspected in crash that killed 1 in Humboldt County

HUMBOLDT COUNTY, Nev. (KLAS) — NHP says it suspects alcohol was a contributing factor in a crash that killed one in Humboldt County overnight. The incident occurred on Wednesday around 1:38 a.m. on US 95 near Winnemucca.

Zoraida Rios, 37, was pronounced dead on-scene. Rios was driving a white Kia Optima, traveling northbound on the highway.

According to NHP, the preliminary investigation revealed a black and silver Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling southbound when it crossed over the centerline into the northbound travel lane. The truck hit the left front of the Kia and overturned as it drove over the sedan.

The male juvenile driver of the Dodge was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to Humboldt General Hospital.

Police say the Dodge came to a stop on its roof before it was engulfed in flames, blocking all travel lanes of the highway. The Kia stopped on its wheels off the east roadway edge. ... Read More