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VEGAS STRONG: 1 October survivor compiles stories of survival two years later

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — On Oct. 1, 2019 people will honor 58 loved ones and will be reminded of physical and emotional wounds. One Las Vegas woman is making it her mission to help others heal on a day that’s supposed to be about her.

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,” said Courtney Oldenburg as she read messages from around the world. “There’s even one from Australia,” she continued.

In a thick binder, Oldenburg has endless poems, prayers, and even pictures.

“Any time you open it you always see one you didn’t see before,” she said as she flipped through the pages.

Almost two years ago, she and her boyfriend were at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, celebrating her 20th birthday on October 1, 2017.

“I knew right away, like — it’ll never be the same ever,” she said of her birthday.

Oldenburg also recalled the need to do something. ... Read More

‘It’s a great loss’: Father and daughter remembered at vigil

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — “I do many of these throughout the year and most of them, a high 90 percent or better, is to advocate motorcycle safety and awareness,” said Billy Sauceda.

Sauceda led the prayer at the vigil for 12-year-old Monet Garcia and her father Mark Tuesday night.

Mark and Monet Garcia were killed in a crash Sept. 13, 2019.

“I know the pain that they’re feeling when they look at her potential,” Sauceda said. “She knew four languages. This is a kid that had ambition.”

The Garcias were killed Friday night when a motorcyclist crashed into their car while they were driving at the intersection of Flamingo and Duneville. The impact was so forceful that the car flipped over before catching fire.

Sauceda is a pastor and a member of the Armor of God Motorcycle Club.

“It hurt me that there was a motorcycle rider involved,” he said. “It hurt me more that innocent lives were taken.”... Read More

KFC hopes to entice customers with chicken and donut sandwich

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Warm-up those taste buds because much like Popeye’s — KFC is getting into the chicken sandwich craze. But the fast-food chain’s version comes with a sweet twist.

KFC announced it is testing a new combination of fried chicken and glazed doughnuts. Customers have two options to choose from: A chicken sandwich for $5.99, which features a fried chicken patty between two doughnut buns or a chicken and doughnut basket meal which costs $5.49.

The basket meal includes chicken tenders or bone-chicken plus a doughnut.

The sweet and savory taste is reminiscent of chicken and waffles.

KFC started selling the new items in Norfolk, Richmond, Virginia, and Pittsburgh, PA on Sept. 16. They’ll be available only for a limited time, though KFC didn’t say when that time would end... Read More

Mexican families camped near El Paso port of entry will get help, officials say

JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) ⁠— Juarez officials have decided to help dozens of families who’ve been camping out at the foot of the Paso del Norte Bridge for more than a week, trying to apply for asylum in the United States.

Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada said free rides to and from migrant shelters would be offered to the Mexican families fleeing criminal gangs in West-Central Mexico. In addition, the city’s Human Rights Office will work with federal agencies on both sides of the border to ensure the migrants get the asylum interviews they seek.

“They are in their country, they have a right to free transit, so we cannot force them to go to shelters, but we will continue to explain the advantages of staying at an established shelter,” Cabada said... Read More

Fleeing crime, Mexican families knock on Arizona’s door

NOGALES, Mexico (Border Report) ⁠— Sitting inside a chapel atop a hill, Carmen Diaz recalls the events that shattered her life in the Mexican resort town of Acapulco.

“I made $35 to $40 a week selling clothes at the market … but then some men came and asked me for a $50 fee to ‘stay safe.’ I told them that wouldn’t leave me money to pay the rent. They said they knew where I lived and that I had three daughters; that they would harm them if I didn’t pay,” the small-business owner said.

Other merchants got similar threats and refused to pay. Earlier this month, one of them was shot to death, she said. Four days later, she grabbed her daughters ⁠— ages 15, 13 and 10 ⁠— a few possessions and headed for the U.S.-Mexico border. “It’s too dangerous. It’s not just organized crime; the gangs watch the schools. A girl in my older daughter’s school is missing, and one of my younger daughter’s classmates was raped,” Diaz said... Read More

Development of Betty’s Village hopes to create independent homes for people with special needs

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas has one of the hottest real estate markets in the nation. Supply for properties in the area is low, but the demand is high. But the challenge potential buyers have to deal with is nothing compared to what the valley’s special needs community has to face.

Unlike the able-bodied, many of the valley’s disabled cannot simply move into any home or apartment. But a new project called Betty’s Village hopes to fill some of that void.

Bob Brown, the CEO of Opportunity Village, said for years, the non-profit has wanted to turn a deserted area in the southwest into homes for people with special needs.

“There are still a lot of people that have intellectual disabilities that are still locked away,” Brown said.

But, after navigating the labyrinth of government regulation, Opportunity Village is now ready to put its plan into action... Read More

U.S. lawyers volunteer legal aid to migrants living on streets in Mexico

MATAMOROS, MEXICO (Border Report) — Jodi Goodwin held a brisk pace as she pulled a red wagon filled with documents and office supplies and led a group of lawyers on Saturday across the Gateway International Bridge from Brownsville, Texas, to offer legal advice to hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants in Matamoros.

Known as the “abogada,” (lawyer) Goodwin is a familiar and trusted face here. She comes often and she speaks flawless and fast Spanish. And like most everything she does in life: She doesn’t waste any time... Read More