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Nevada lawmakers examine Sisolak’s budget cut proposals during Special Session

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — The COVID-19 pandemic has hd a major impact on Nevada’s budget. Now, a Special Session is underway to fix next year’s historic $1.2 billion budget shortfall.

Major cuts are on the table, so it’s very likely that every state agency and department will be impacted. Lawmakers are going over the numbers to figure out what exactly to do.

The Nevada Senate and Nevada Assembly officially kicked off Day One of the session today. They heard from the Governor’s Finance Office about the details of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s proposals to balance the budget.

Some ideas include slashing Medicaid funding by a couple hundred million dollars, holding around 700 state employee vacancies and having each state agency reduce their budget by up to 14%.

That last proposal would funnel back more than $500 million into the general fund.

Another possible course of action is to raise taxes... Read More

‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera missing, presumed dead after 4-year-old son found adrift on boat in Lake Piru

Actress Naya Rivera was missing and presumed to be dead after her 4-year-old son was found adrift on a boat in Lake Piru in Ventura County Wednesday, officials said.

Deputies received a call of a child found alone on a boat in the lake around 6 p.m., said Cpt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The boy was adrift for about three hours until someone on another boat found him and notified authorities, officials at the scene said.

A search and rescue dive team searched the lake as they were unable to locate the child’s parents, officials said. The department tweeted that they were searching for a possible drowning victim.

Sheriff’s officials later said the missing person is “Glee” actress Naya Rivera, 33, and she is presumed to be dead.

It was not yet clear how the child ended up alone or what happened to Rivera.

The boy was wearing a life jacket when he was found, the department said... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Gov. Steve Sisolak discusses Special Session, proposed budget cuts

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — 8 News Now’s Orko Manna spoke with Gov. Steve Sisolak one-on-one while the Nevada Special Session began in Carson City.

He told us all proposed budget reductions statewide are necessary.

Some ideas include possibly raising taxes, slashing Medicaid funding by a couple hundred million dollars and keeping around 700 state employee spots vacant.

Watch the full interview in the video above. ... Read More

Metro working to identify suspect in Downtown Las Vegas stabbing, robbery

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro is seeking the public’s help identifying the suspect in a Downtown Las Vegas stabbing and robbery. The incident occurred near 10th Street and Fremont around 2:48 a.m. on June 16.

Police say the victim was sleeping on the sidewalk when he was awoken. The unidentified suspect kicked and stabbed him before grabbing his backpack and fleeing in a black SUV.

The suspect description is as follows:

  • Black male adult
  • Bald head
  • 6’3″, weighing around 230 pounds
  • Last seen wearing a black shirt with large white print and black shorts

If you have information regarding this incident, contact Metro’s Downtown Area Command Investigative Section at 702-828-4809. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or on their website. ... Read More

Parents, teachers and students sound off ahead of final vote on CCSD reopening plan

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County School District parents, teachers and students are sounding off ahead of a final vote on proposed school reopening plans, which is scheduled for Thursday. 

Some told 8 News Now they are pleased with the proposal, first presented by Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara in June. Others believe at this point, it’s set up to fail parents, students and staff alike. 

“I’m pulling my son out of CCSD,” teacher and parent Colleen Vosicky said, sharing her plans for the fall semester. 

“I feel like it’s a win-win honestly,” district parent Patricia Shearin conversely stated, satisfied with the options offered. 

“I think the plan that they have is ridiculous,” Coronado High School student Abigial Ostria said. “And I don’t think I am going to go through with it.”

However, regardless of stance, parents, teachers and students are eager to make their voices heard. ... Read More

Quick tips for educating your child at home

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A survey done by “E-Marketer” found many parents are struggling with educating their children from home for many reasons. 31 percent say their biggest concern is trying to work from home, while also taking care of their kids.

Another challenge is managing your child’s learning from home. Some other concerns were financial strain, health concerns, and dealing with anxiety.           

Keeping your child engaged from home can be frustrating. Johns Hopkins School of Education has some great tips and there are wonderful volunteers to assist, in our community.  ... Read More

Be careful on valley roads, avoid washes during monsoon season

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — During monsoon season, it only takes one big thunderstorm dropping heavy rain to overwhelm valley roads and fill washes. Oftentimes, people get caught in those high waters and call for help. 

Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue says most of those situations are avoidable.

 “You just get one big super cell that comes in over the west side of the city, and it only covers about 10, 12, 15 blocks, but you can get one to two inches in less than 15 minutes and that is millions and millions of gallons of water,” Szymanski said. “It inundates the streets and while you’re sitting there at a traffic light. All of a sudden you got one or two inches and you can actually see the water rising as you’re sitting there. 

Szymanski has worked through 25 years of flooding in the valley. He says while flood protection has greatly improved, the dangers still show up in the usual places... Read More