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Kamala Harris: Who is Joe Biden’s running mate?

WASHINGTON (WFLA) — Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday. But who is Harris, exactly?

Here’s what you need to know about the VP nominee:

Former presidential candidate

Before she was selected as Biden’s running mate, Harris was in the running to become president herself.

Harris launched her bid to become president in January 2019 but eventually dropped out of the race in December 2019.

She endorsed her former rival, Joe Biden, in March 2020. Months later, after Sen. Bernie Sanders had dropped out of the race, Harris was named as a potential VP pick for Biden.

US senator serving California

Kamala Harris was sworn into the U.S. Senate in 2017, representing her home state of California. According to her Senate bio, Harris is just the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American in Senate history... Read More

Fraud expert talks steps to take in cases of unemployment fraud

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More and more of you are reaching out to 8 News Now about falling victim to unemployment fraud. This week, we’ve shared concerns many are having about filing a complaint and not getting confirmation.

We spoke to a fraud expert and someone who recently got a hold of a Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) employee about this issue.

“I am more concerned with how rampant this is or could be,” said Michael Burton, who filed a fraud complaint with DETR.

Burton is a business owner and lawyer. Someone filed for unemployment using his name. He was worried and tried to call DETR after receiving a letter from them.

“First, I was shocked I was able to get through,” Burton recalled. “I have heard all the same stories.”

He explained what happened and says an employee told him what to do. ... Read More

Las Vegas Lights FC game postponed after person in the organization tests positive for COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Lights FC announced Tuesday that it has postponed tomorrow’s game after a covered person in the organization tested positive for COVID-19.

The organization learned that the person tested positive for the coronavirus on Aug. 8. The Lights said the person was immediately isolated at home and remains in good spirits under the care of physicians.

The match that was supposed to be against the Tacoma Defiance has been rescheduled for Aug. 19.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT. Read the team’s statement for details... Read More

Smith’s recalls cheese dips due to possible health risk

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Smith’s is recalling cheese dips sold at their stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis.

No customer illnesses have been confirmed to date.

On July 31, the company was notified by supplier Onions 52 that it had received red, yellow, and white onions from Thomson International, Inc., which had been implicated in the salmonella-related outbreak... Read More

I-Team: Controversial price for drug used to treat COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Remdesivir is a drug used to treat severe COVID-19 patients with breathing issues. One of its downsides? It’s expensive.

There are also challenges both locally and nationally in getting a hold of it.

Shaun Singer’s 72-year-old dad was diagnosed with COVID-19 last month and ended up at St. Rose Dominican Hospital. He says his family was informed his dad needed Remdesivir.

“We were told by the nurses that that’s what he was prescribed and that they just didn’t have it in stock,” Singer recalled.

He started researching and found the I-Team’s story from July 21.

Despite the short supply, the Nevada Pharmacy Board’s executive secretary said any patient who needs the drug would receive it. ... Read More

Black man’s death in police custody prompts lawsuit, civil rights investigation in Colorado

DENVER — The parents of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died last year after officers in suburban Denver put him in a chokehold and paramedics injected him with a sedative, sued police and medical officials Tuesday, while the Colorado attorney general announced a civil rights investigation into the law enforcement agency.

The investigation into the Aurora Police Department is the first under a new police reform law passed after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis set off global protests. The office of Attorney General Phil Weiser said it’s been looking into whether officers have been depriving people of their constitutional rights for several weeks and it’s separate from the probe into McClain’s death, which Gov. Jared Polis ordered in June... Read More

CCSD Board of Trustees to discuss purchasing $6.6M in internet services at Thursday meeting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County School District’s Board of Trustees will meet Thursday to discuss purchasing millions of dollars in internet services for students.

According to the consent agenda item for Thursday, the CCSD is proposing to purchase in-home internet connectivity services from Cox Communications for $4.8 million. The purchase would serve up to 20,000 connections for qualifying students in CCSD households, and would last a full year.

The district is also looking at purchasing hotspot internet connectivity services from Kajeet for $1.8 million. It would serve up to 5,000 mobile hotspots for qualifying students in CCSD households and would also last a year... Read More