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Protestors demand justice for Jorge Gomez during fact-finding review

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The mother of Jorge Gomez, who was shot and killed by Metro officers after a protest in Downtown Las Vegas last summer, gathered with members of the community Friday. This came as county officials held an hours-long fact-finding review of evidence in the deadly shooting.

During the hearing, protestors rallied peacefully outside the Clark County Government Center, making sure their chants for justice were heard.

Justice for Jorge Gomez: It's a mission that friends, family and several members of the community are fighting for 10 months later. Protestors firmly believe Gomez did not deserve to be shot by officers 19 times.

They say he was running from police and chanted, "I'm running away -- don't shoot!"

Protestors are pleading for those four officers involved to be held accountable for killing Gomez... Read More

New manufacturing program unveiled at CSN

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Employers in manufacturing are having a tough time finding skilled technicians, but a new program being offered on the College of Southern Nevada's Henderson campus, will change all that.

Governor Steve Sisolak joined members of CSN to show off the new manufacturing program, which includes programs in machine operation, production technicians, robotics and mechatronics.

This is going to be a big pipeline for employers in manufacturing to hire from, as well as providing necessary training for others looking to make a switch in careers.

“Many individuals who may be displaced, now have other venues and sectors to look at for employment and this is the fastest growing sector in Southern Nevada,” said CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza. “This will help diversify the economy and help people reconnect to employment if, in fact, the jobs they were in aren't coming back.”... Read More

RTC wants public input on best ways to improve service to Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- How can buses help you better?

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada wants to know, and your advice is needed as officials look for the best use of federal stimulus funding.

The RTC is putting on virtual and in-person sessions to collect public input on possibilities including "expanding the current service area, extending routes, increasing bus frequency and introducing new routes and a new on-demand transit service," according to an RTC news release.

The community is encouraged to provide their input during the 45-day public comment period from April 15 through May 31... Read More

Gov. Sisolak orders flags to half-staff in honor of Indianapolis shooting victims

CARSON CITY (KLAS) — Governor Steve Sisolak has ordered all U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the Indianapolis shooting victims.

This comes after President Joe Biden made a Presidential Proclamation, ordering all flags to be lowered until sunset on April 20.

Eight people were killed Thursday night after a gunman opened fire at a FedEx Ground Facility near Indianapolis' main airport. Several other people were injured, and the gunman also took his own life.

“Today, the State of Nevada mourns along with the friends and families of the shooting victims in Indianapolis,” said Gov. Sisolak. “We condemn these violent acts and pray for the recovery and comfort of the victims and their families during these trying times. Kathy and I, along with the entire State of Nevada, will hold them and the Indianapolis community close in our hearts and in our prayers.” ... Read More

Nevada discontinues COVID-19 dashboard updates on weekends

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada Health Response on Friday announced a major change in data reporting, discontinuing updates to the COVID-19 dashboard on weekends.

The end of reporting data seven days a week will inflate counts on Mondays and Tuesdays for new cases, deaths and several statistics related to hospitalizations.

“The state’s COVID-19 dashboard will no longer be updated on the weekend. Going forward, the dashboard will be updated Monday through Friday to remain consistent with local health authorities and partners who are discontinuing providing data updates to the state on weekends,” according to a statement from Nevada Health Response... Read More

Several rural Nevada counties want to reopen businesses before June 1

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Several rural Nevada counties told a state coronavirus task force they're ready to relax restrictions and reopen businesses now, well ahead of a June 1 date set by the governor.

Presentations Thursday come amid a recent increase in the state's COVID-19 positivity test rate in some parts of the state.

In Las Vegas, the Clark County Commission chairwoman said Wednesday the region can meet the governor's goal to fully reopen.

But Washoe County postponed presenting its plan to the task force. Its chief health officer pointed to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the Reno-Sparks area but says there's a need to balance safety with economic factors... Read More

Walgreens to expand testing on May 1, with 56 Las Vegas area stores available

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Free COVID-19 diagnostic tests will be available at 56 Las Vegas area Walgreens pharmacies when the program expands on May 1, according to a company news release.

Nationwide, 6,000 Walgreens will provide free testing. That's up from 5,000 sites.

In the Las Vegas area, 56 Walgreens pharmacies will offer drive-thru testing at no cost.

For locations and to schedule appointments, visit www.walgreens.com/covid19testing.

In addition to drive-thru services, the Walgreens offers at-home testing options. Also, beginning this spring, customers will be able to purchase COVID-19 tests over the counter in up to 6,000 Walgreens stores nationwide... Read More