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Nevada’s July unemployment claims down 6.5% from 2018 level

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — First-time claims for unemployment benefits continue to drop in year-to-year comparisons, according to number released Tuesday by the Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation.

Last month, 9,870 initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits were filed, compared to 10,550 claims in July 2018, a 6.5% decrease.

And the 12-month average continues to drop since its peak near the end of 2009 during the Great Recession. The 12-month average, currently at 10,050 claims, is lower than it was in pre-recession years.

( Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation)

“The average has been trending down steadily since the beginning of 2010,” said Jeremey Hays, a state economist... Read More

Labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta taken into custody

FRESNO, Calif. — Labor leader and civil rights activist Doloarea Huerta was handcuffed and escorted from a rowdy Fresno County Board of Supervisors meeting in Fresno, California Tuesday.

She was among eight people who were detained as the SEIU blocked the entrance to the meeting. According to the SEIU, the county has failed to represent the county’s seniors, disabled and their caregivers. The union is demanding higher wages and had threatened civil disobedience.

The SEIU says the workers have not been given a wage increase in 10 years.

It was a planned protest and the demonstrators were willing to risk being arrested, according to a news release from SEIU2015... Read More

Trendy pet foods and treats

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Pet food retailers are bringing some of the latest food trends to the pet food market. Companies are now including human quality ingredients in pet food and treats.

Your furry friend could have more access to probiotics and natural ingredients through newer products. Companies are also giving you the ability to rotate your animals meals, instead of the same dry food for each meal.

Other pet food trends involve raw diets, freeze-dried food and even gourmet meals.

You can learn more about these new pet food options with Charlotte Reed in the video above... Read More

Army National Guard unit deployed to Afghanistan

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nearly 30 Soldiers have begun their journey to Afghanistan. Tuesday morning, a mobilization ceremony marked the start of the Nevada Army Guard 3665th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company’s 10-month mission in Afghanistan.

The unit is being deployed to Kandahar Province, Afghanistan to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Operation Freedom’s Sentinel began in 2015 at the conclusion of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The 3665th is the first Nevada Army Guard to embark on a combat deployment in three years.

The 3665th is the first Nevada Army Guard to embark on a combat deployment in three years... Read More

Cheap Trick performing free show

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band is making a stop on Fremont Street. Cheap Trick will be playing Saturday, August 24 as part of the Downtown Rocks concert series.

It’s happening under the Viva Vision Canopy at 9 pm. Cheap Trick will be performing some of their most popular hits including “Surrender,” “Dream Police” and “I Want You to Want Me.”

The Downtown Rocks concert series will continue later this month, with The Wallflowers making an appearance on the 3rd Street Stage on August 30... Read More

Teen hit by car, suffers minor injuries

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A teen on a bicycle was struck by a Clark County School District vehicle while riding to school Tuesday morning near Anthony Saville Middle School.

The crash was reported around 8:30 a.m. at Jones Boulevard and Grand Teton Drive. According to Metro police, the driver was making a right-hand turn on a red light when the teen was hit.

The teen, who is described as between 13 and 15 years old, was transported to the hospital with an injured ankle and bloody nose. His injuries are considered non-life threatening... Read More

Las Vegas teen accused of trying to kidnap Kentucky girl 4 years after online contact

HEBRON, Ky. (AP) — A Nevada teen is accused of attempting to kidnap a 16-year-old Kentucky girl that he briefly talked with online years earlier and became obsessed with.

News outlets report 18-year-old Benjamin J. Margitza, of Las Vegas, was arrested Monday outside a Kentucky high school and charged with attempted kidnapping and minor and criminal trespassing.

A Boone County Sheriff’s Office statement says Margitza and the girl briefly spoke online four years ago. It says he began messaging the girl again this past year and began making explicit sexual statements and “obsessing over the victim by stating how he wanted to marry her.”

It says he traveled to the girl’s school and grabbed her in the parking lot. It says the girl ran and another student intervened, allowing the girl to contact authorities... Read More