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Amari Nicholson's family honors toddler with balloon release

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Amari Nicholson's family held a news conference Monday afternoon to thank the community for the support it has shown since the boy's disappearance.

There has been a lot of grief and outrage since the toddler's body was found at the Emerald Suites. Family, friends and community members came together in front of the growing memorial outside the site.

Around 50 people released white and blue balloons in Amari's honor. Local organizations Nevada Child Seekers and Bikers Against Child Abuse supported the family. Many wore shirts with Amari's face and the message "fly high." ... Read More

NEW: Nevada's COVID-19 test positivity rate drops to 5%, meeting WHO goal

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate has fallen back down to 5.0%, meeting the recommended goal set by the World Health Organization, data released Monday shows.

The rate dropped from 5.3% to 5.0% over the weekend, continuing a trend of decreases reported over the past month. The last time Nevada recorded a 5% test positivity rate was on April 11.

Nevada reported 542 new COVID-19 cases, most from Clark County (457), over the weekend. Nevada’s total cases are now at 321,081. Clark County has a total of 248,793. It’s important to note that the state no longer updates the dashboard on the weekend, which may be why Monday and Tuesday reports show higher case and death totals.... Read More

ID verification now required for all new unemployment insurance claims

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- People applying for unemployment benefits for the first time will be required to go through ID verification, according to an announcement today from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

The requirement was put in place for all claims made for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits made on or after April 18, according to DETR.

The step to verify your identity involves the ID.me service, which has become a standard for several federal agencies and 25 states.

DETR notes that claimants should not use ID.me to verify their identity unless instructed to do so.

ID.me is a credential service provider that is federally certified as compliant with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This security measure is a requirement under the Continued Assistance Act of 2020... Read More

California won't lift its mask requirement for another month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won’t lift its mask requirement until June 15 to give the public time to prepare and ensure cases stay low.

State Health Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said Monday that a four-week delay will allow businesses time to make adjustments and more people to get vaccinated.

“This four week period will give Californians time to prepare for this change, while we continue the relentless focus on delivering vaccines particularly to underserved communities and those that were hard hit throughout this pandemic,” he said.

Many other states lifted their mask requirements last week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to skip face coverings and social distancing in most situations.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom already has said that if cases remain low the state will drop nearly all COVID-19 restrictions on June 15... Read More

Update: All lanes reopen on I-15 northbound between Craig and Cheyenne

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- All lanes on I-15 northbound reopened to traffic just before 1:30 p.m. The lanes were closed as police investigated a suspicious package.


5/17/2021 1:23 PM

Northbound I-15 is now Open at Cheyenne

— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) May 17, 2021

Police activity was reported on I-15 at Craig Road causing traffic to be diverted.

Metro's Armor Unit assisted NHP with the suspicious package.

#FASTALERT 12:34 PM, May 17 2021
Police activity I-15 NB At Craig Rd
All lanes are blocked
Use other routes... Read More

Heavy rescue operation on Lee Canyon Road after car plunges down ravine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas Fire & Rescue shared some photos on their Twitter account of a crash they responded to Sunday night involving a car at the bottom of a 40-foot deep ravine.

The crash happened at Mile Marker 7 on Lee Canyon Road. Rescue crews were needed to pull the car out of the ravine and rescue the two occupants inside.

@LasVegasFD assisted with the rescue of two occupants in a car wedged a the bottom of a 40 foot deep ravine off Lee Canyon Road at MM7 Sunday night.  The two occupants were extricated in approximately 45 minutes after the arrival of Heavy Rescue 44. pic.twitter.com/2SmmC9PRmH

— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) May 17, 2021... Read More

MGM Resorts updates mask policy; vaccinated employees no longer need to wear masks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — MGM Resorts International has updated its mask guidelines since Friday and it now includes vaccinated employees. Employees who are "verified" as fully vaccinated will no longer be required to a wear a mask at any of its Las Vegas properties.

On Friday, after the Centers for Disease Control eased mask restrictions, MGM Resorts said fully vaccinated guests could forgo masks but employees would still be required to wear them.

The MGM Resorts news release says that employees must upload a copy of their CDC vaccine card as proof of receiving a vaccine... Read More