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COVID-19 pandemic increases food insecurities in Las Vegas valley; local organizations step up to help

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The coronavirus pandemic is still greatly affecting a lot of people, causing thousands to still be out of work around the country and in southern Nevada.

Many have to choose between paying bills and buying groceries. Organizations such as Three Square Food Bank and Project 4 Humanity say as we head into the holiday season, food insecurities will grow even more. 

"Ever since COVID hit -- the pandemic definitely put a damper on food insecurities, said Shawna Gonzalez, CEO, and founder of Project 4 Humanity. "About 73% here in the valley 40% of that being children; homeless children.

Gonzalez says they started to see an increase in food insecurities in June when thousands started losing their jobs. The need increased, especially for seniors and veterans.

Lisa Segler with Three Square also reports an increase in people needing help... Read More

Entertainers hoping to return to showroom following Gov. Sisolak's ease to restrictions on some COVID-19 guidelines

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- With Governor Steve Sisolak's news of expanded gatherings, many entertainers in the Las Vegas valley are hoping this means they're closer to getting back into showrooms to perform.

Tens of thousands of performers and industry professionals rely on live-entertainment as a source for their livelihood.

Under Gov. Sisolak's new orders, live entertainment is capped at 250 people or 50% of a venue's capacity or whichever is less. The guidelines also say there must be 25 feet between the performance area and the audience.

As long as there is that distance, performers are not required to be included in the capacity limit.

For events that are less than 2,500 capacity seating, everyone should be in a designated seat. Standing room only venues is currently prohibited... Read More

8 On Your Side: Tips on how to save and build a nest egg

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated how vital an emergency fund is for every American, but the question is: How do you start saving to build a nest egg? 

Experts say it would be great to have six months worth of one thousand dollars saved up, but first, let's tackle the first one $1,000.

First step: Take a good look at your expenses and where you can cut money from, such as your eating out or online shopping expenses.

Second: Look around and compare to see how you can save on car, home, and renters insurance.

The founder of Insurify says on average, consumers can save more than $400 on their insurance premiums by shopping through her company.

"It's an online platform, free to use, takes two minutes, to complete their form, and compare from over 60 carriers in one place," said Snejina Zacharia, the founder, and CEO of Insurify... Read More

I-Team: ‘CSI’ creator turns to graphic novels, helps teens and families deal with difficult topics

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The most successful writer to ever come out of Las Vegas has a new passion -- books for troubled teens. Anthony Zuiker had a regular job at a Strip resort when he got the idea for a crime drama that became a television empire "CSI."

Zuiker has returned to Las Vegas for another project -- one that focuses on the struggles of young people. 

He spoke exclusively with the I-Team. 

"Hailee was my firstborn child and just the epitome of Daddy's little girl. The apple of my eye for sure in that day changed my life forever. I'll never be the same person."

Nearly seven years after the death of 13-year old Hailee Lamberth, her family still struggles with unimaginable pain and guilt.  Bubbly, bright, a straight-A student, Hailee didn’t seem like a suicide risk, but relentless bullying by classmates, both at school and on social media, drove her to take her own life. ... Read More

Metro Police investigate shooting near Lindell and Hacienda

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting near S. Lindell Road and W. Hacienda Avenue. According to officers, it happened around 9:40 p.m. in the 5500 block of Ness Ave.

No other details were released. Please avoid the area... Read More

‘She danced like no one was watching;’ family remembers woman killed on 1 October

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Thursday marks three years since the horrific events of 1 October and many of those impacted by what happened are still healing.

Now, we're hearing from one family who lost a loved one that night and are working toward keeping her memory alive.

This is Neysa Tonks. She was a daughter, a sister, a mother and a friend. ... Read More

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend announce death of newborn baby

LOS ANGELES (NewsNation Now) — Chrissy Teigen and John Legend announced the death of their newborn baby Wednesday night on social media.

"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough," Teigen wrote on Instagram. ... Read More