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I-Team: Police and diversity, does racial bias play a role?

Numbers suggest that African-American men are more likely than their white counterparts to be killed by police gunfire. But how great is the disparity? That's the question on a lot of people's minds.

The 8 News NOW I-Team spoke to a local expert on police tactics and training and asked him that very question.

John Peters runs the institute for the prevention of in-custody deaths in Henderson. Peters says the available data indicates African-American men are disproportionately more likely than white men to be killed by police.

Peters says it's hard to determine how much of a role racial bias plays -- even in the most recent incident in Chicago.

"Whether this was a racially motivated incident -- only the officer would truly know that, but it certainly didn't do anyone justice the way this took place, and it certainly would add fuel to that argument that this is white-on-black -- no doubt about it," Peters said... Read More

Nevada unemployment rate falls to new 7-year low

Nevada's unemployment rate has fallen to a new seven-year low.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Wednesday that the jobless rate in October was 6.6 percent, which is the lowest it's been since June 2008.

October marked the 56th straight month that the unemployment rate has declined year-over-year. Nevada added a seasonally adjusted 6,200 jobs in October, and the number of jobs is up more than 42,000 compared with the same time a year ago.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said 2015 has been a solid year for Nevada's job market, and he said he was committed to helping further diversify the state's economy... Read More

Nevada unemployment rate falls to new 7-year low

Nevada's unemployment rate has fallen to a new seven-year low.

The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Wednesday that the jobless rate in October was 6.6 percent, which is the lowest it's been since June 2008.

October marked the 56th straight month that the unemployment rate has declined year-over-year. Nevada added a seasonally adjusted 6,200 jobs in October, and the number of jobs is up more than 42,000 compared with the same time a year ago.

Gov. Brian Sandoval said 2015 has been a solid year for Nevada's job market, and he said he was committed to helping further diversify the state's economy... Read More

Wind advisory for southern Nevada until 10 p.m. Monday

The National Weather Service is warning of strong crosswinds affecting driving conditions in southern Nevada.

The wind advisory was issued early Monday in effect until 10 p.m. in Clark County, including Las Vegas, Mount Charleston and Red Rock Canyon.

Wind guests between 30 to 55 miles per hour are expected and isolated gusts as large as over 60 miles per hour are possible in wind-prone areas.

The strong crosswinds will make driving difficult and blowing dust could also lower visibility.

Southern Nye County and San Bernardino County in California will also be impacted, with Interstate 15 and several highways on alert.

The weather service is advising extra caution for drivers and hikers in the area. Items left outside could also be blown away or damaged... Read More

Parade held downtown to celebrate Veterans Day

The City of Las Vegas, along with Clark County showed their support Wednesday for the men and women who have sacrificed a lot to give Americans their freedom.

Wednesday's Veterans Day tribute parade was the largest of its kind on the west coast. At least 10,000 spectators lined the parade route in downtown Las Vegas.

During the parade, bands marched, flags flew high, and patriots paused to salute the men and women who have served the United States of America.

The parade was also a learning opportunity.

8 News NOW Anchor Denise Valdez has the story... Read More

Hearing reset in Vegas for man held in duffel bag slaying

A preliminary hearing was reset Tuesday in Las Vegas for a man facing murder, kidnapping and other charges in the death of a 71-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed in a duffel bag in an underground utility vault.

A county special public defender was appointed to represent 33-year-old Jamar Webb, and his preliminary hearing in the death of Young Suk Sanchez was reset to Dec. 15. Webb remains in custody following his arrest in Louisiana.

A court clerk in Louisiana's Webster Parish said Webb's girlfriend, 23-year-old Veronica Houck, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison for violating felony probation on a May 2013 identity theft conviction.

Houck and Webb were neighbors of Sanchez at a Las Vegas extended-stay motel where police say Sanchez was killed Aug. 18... Read More

NV to pay more for Autism care

Nevada is planning to pay a bit more than it originally proposed for therapists who work with children with autism, after parents complained the hourly rate was too low.

State health officials announced Monday that they plan to reimburse providers $31.31 an hour for services provided by registered behavior technicians to children under Medicaid. That's up from the original proposed rate of $29.50, but well below the $40 rate that many parents requested.

State officials say there are 113 registered behavior technicians in Nevada. The technicians must have at least a high school diploma, 40 hours of training and a certification.

Parents said Nevada needed to pay better to attract enough therapists to the state.

Next year is the first time the time-intensive autism therapy will be covered through Medicaid... Read More