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Lawsuit filed against DETR over PUA claimants not being paid

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A large number of Nevadans are still trying to sign up for “Pandemic Unemployment Assistance” — also known as “PUA”. This comes as the state’s unemployment agency “DETR” is facing a lawsuit filed by PUA claimants over not being paid. 

Tens of thousands of new PUA claims are being filed every week, adding even more of a caseload to an agency now facing a lawsuit for non-payment.

Last week, the Department of Labor says 55,834 new PUA claims were filed.  That puts the total number of people who have filed a claim at 279,000.  

While that number was down by over 13,000 claims from the week before, it is more information DETR must sift through, while working through older claims with thousands of dollars owed in back pay. ... Read More

NEW VIDEO: Metro Police released body camera video of officers trying to evacuate people during 2-alarm fire at Siegel Suites

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police released body camera video Thursday showing officers running from door-to-door to evacuate people from the Siegel Suites during a fire last month. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said some officers suffered from smoke inhalation from the 2-alarm blaze that occurred on Las Vegas Boulevard near Bonanza Road. 

DISCLAIMER: It was a dire moment of trying to get people to safety, so explicit language is heard at times. Please do not watch the video in the presence of children.

Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue said the fire started in a third-floor apartment and spread outside, catching a palm tree on fire. Embers from the tree dropped onto the roof of a second building causing another fire.

Szymanski added the officers did a commendable job getting the people evacuated... Read More

NFL policy: Full contact during game, 6 feet apart after

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Okay follow me on this one. The NFL has come up with a new policy for what players can and cannot do after games. They have to stay six feet apart and they cannot trade jerseys. These are the same guys who just finished hugging, holding, grabbing, sweating and sometimes bleeding on each other over the previous 60 minutes.

Game-day protocols were delivered to NFL teams on Wednesday. They follow months of talks between the NFL, the NFLPA and doctors. The protocols are also subject to adaptation and change as the situation evolves.

Other changes on game day include, On-field fan seating would be prohibited; media would be banned from the locker room; and both teams would travel to the stadium via bus... Read More

Nellis AFB reverts to Phase 2 of five-phase reopening plan

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (KLAS) — Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases across the southern portion of Nevada, officials with Nellis Air Force Base have announced the base will be taking a step back when it comes to reopening. Nellis Air Force Base is now reverting back to Phase 2 of its five-phase reopening plan.

The scaling back is effective Thursday, July 9.

Phase 2 permits mission-essential employees to work on base while allowing telework to the maximum extent possible. Face coverings are also now required on base.

While off base, airmen are encouraged to avoid crowds, bars and individuals not following social distancing guidelines.

The Nellis Air Force Base hospital remains open to all eligible beneficiaries.  Access to the main base, where the satellite pharmacy is housed, remains restricted to base personnel and dependents of uniformed members... Read More

Bally’s Las Vegas set to open its doors July 23

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Caesars Entertainment announced Bally’s Las Vegas will reopen its doors July 23 at 10 a.m. CEO Tony Rodio says that reopening this hotel instead of increasing other properties’ occupancy caps will help the company focus on health and safety.

“We continue to see solid customer interest in visiting Las Vegas this summer and, as a result, we are pleased to announce the reopening of Bally’s Las Vegas — gaming, hotel, restaurants and other amenities — on July 23,” said Rodio in a news release.

The following amenities are what will be open to the guests: ... Read More

Lawsuit aims at keeping lawmakers who are public employees from serving in legislature

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Policy Research Institute, a right-wing think tank, has filed a lawsuit claiming that nine lawmakers shouldn’t be allowed to serve in the Nevada Legislature because they are public employees.

The lawsuit names Democratic leaders Speaker Jason Frierson and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro as well as Kasina Douglass-Boone, Heidi Seevers Gansert, Glen Leavitt, Brittney Miller, James Ohrenschall, Melanie Scheible and Selene Torres.

The suit maintains the Nevada Constitution calls for a separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial departments of government.

“NPRI files this Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in the public interest to address the ongoing constitutional violations by Defendants, and each of them, for engaging in dual employment by simultaneously holding elected offices in the Nevada State Legislature and paid positions with Nevada State or local governments.”... Read More

Upcoming forum focuses on improving relationship between police and community

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — This annual upcoming forum couldn’t be more timely because it focuses on the relationship and interaction between police and the community they serve.

The 2020 Youth & Justice Forum will take place on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the William Pearson Community Center located at 1625 W. Carey Avenue and it’s free.

“Conversations between communities and police are always important,” said State Assemblywoman Dina Neal, a lead event organizer along with the Uplift Foundation of Nevada. “Our forum is more relevant than ever given the current national climate surrounding the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police. By bringing community stakeholders together, we aim to improve communication and collaborate on solutions.”... Read More