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Vegas shooting victims fund widens pool for financial aid

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A program offering financial help to survivors of the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that killed 58 people in October 2017 is changing hands and widening the pool of people eligible for aid.

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center says applicants now can qualify for up to four payments totaling $2,000 over a two-year span to cover basic needs like groceries, transportation, moving costs, rent and utilities.

The effort headed by the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas will keep disbursing funds following the end of efforts by the nonprofit Route91Strong .

California-based Route91Strong reports delivering more than $220,000 to help more than 150 survivor family members in the last 20 months.

Resiliency Center Director Tennille Pereira says officials recognize that survivors heal on their own timeline... Read More

Hawaii, Mass., Minnesota, Nev. join legal fight against T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion bid for Sprint

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Nevada are joining the legal fight against T-Mobile’s $26.5 billion bid for Sprint in a case that may reach trial in October.

A lawyer for state attorneys general revealed the additional states at a New York court hearing Friday.

Nine other states and the District of Columbia sued to block the merger this month, saying it will reduce competition and damage consumers.

A lawyer for T-Mobile told a judge Friday that the deal will improve competition by combining two smaller companies, enabling them to compete more effectively against bigger players.

Both sides recommended an Oct. 7 trial date.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero did not agree to the date yet, saying any trial date will depend in part on whether the Justice Department joins the states... Read More

Summer starts today without the big heat!

Summer will be off to a noticeably cooler start this year! Behind yesterday’s strong gusty winds is mild Pacific air filtering into the desert to help us take a break from the hot 100s as we change seasons today. See how long the cooling trend will last in Sherry’s #WeatherNOW forecast... Read More

What’s Driving You Crazy? – Fri., June 21, 2019

A little bit of “you can’t get there from here” in Henderson.

We’re
talking about some of the ramps to the 215 from around the 95/515.

NDOT crews started work there Wednesday night and will be at it each night from 8pm until 5 each following morning until a week from today. You won’t be able to get from westbound Lake Mead Parkway onto the westbound 215. You’ll have to go either north or south on the 95/515. They’re also taking away the ramp from northbound I-11 to the westbound 215. While many of us still refer to it as the 95/515 that stretch of road south of the 215 is now officially known as I-11.

Here’s
what they’re doing, from Tony Illia at the Nevada Dept of
Transportation:

”Lane striping and barrier rail placement as part of a $575,000 safety and mobility upgrade to the “Henderson Spaghetti Bowl”

Buckle
up, drive carefully and put down that phone!... Read More

More films being produced in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Over the years, a number of major movies have chosen Las Vegas as their story line. Hundreds of productions film in Nevada almost every year.

The state offers a 15% to 25% tax credit to boost film, television, and other productions in Las Vegas. According to the Nevada Film Office, they’re constantly working with over 500 productions each year.

Many jobs are created, vendors are used, and locations are highlighted.

“The production industry right now is the most competitive it’s ever been. States and countries around the world, they’re all vying for the attention of these productions, trying to drive the productions to their areas. So the state of Nevada offers very competitive incentives to do that.”

Eric Preiss, Director of the Nevada Film Office

Nevada is constantly being marketed to get more attention from other production companies... Read More

Haula health and happiness

One missing piece for the Golden Knights this past season was Erik Haula.

The speedy and athletic goal scorer is on the mend. This summer has been one of health and happiness as the winger is poised for a strong 2019-2020 season.

8 News Now Sports Anchor Jon Tritsch has the story... Read More

Jail to jobs: Program gives ex-offenders a second chance at life

In any given year, Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow or “FIT” sees about 2700 clients in Las Vegas.

Jennifer Casey created the re-entry program at the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow .

“85% of our clients have a criminal background and they’re justice involved,” said Casey.

At FIT, ex-offenders learn job searching techniques, resume writing, interviewing, and life skills.

“I’m 28. I’m from Detroit, Michigan. I’ve been living in Las Vegas for 15 years on and off,” said Kenneth Brooks.

Brooks served three years in federal prison. He says he wants to be a truck driver. The FIT program gave him hope.

“Everybody deserves an opportunity to get your life back together no matter what your background might consist of,” he said.

According to Casey, FIT has a 75% success rate. Only 8% of their clients re-offend... Read More