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Inside Nellis Air Force Base, Pt. 1: The Nevada Test and Training Range

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We're taking you inside Nellis Air Force Base, to highlight the advanced tactics and technology airmen are using to help defend the country.

An extremely crucial part of that is the Nevada Test and Training Range. It is known as the crown jewel of the Department of Defense. A war fighter's arena -- right here in the Las Vegas valley.

"There isn't another place in the continental United States to be able to do what we can do here," said Col. Cameron Dadgar, Commander of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR).

Col. Cameron Dadgar, Commander of the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR)

Col. Dadgar says the NTTR is the perfect place for airmen at Nellis Air Force Base -- and across the U.S. Air Force -- to prepare for battle. That is because it is roughly the size of the State of Maryland and there is no air traffic above it.

"What that allows is full use of this air space," Col. Dadgar said... Read More

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US employers added just 266K jobs in April, businesses struggling to hire workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added just 266,000 jobs last month, sharply lower than in March and a sign that some businesses are struggling to find enough workers as the economic recovery strengthens.

With viral cases declining and states and localities easing restrictions, businesses have added jobs for four straight months, the Labor Department said Friday. Still, the unemployment rate ticked up to 6.1% from 6% in March.

At the same time, optimism about the economic recovery is growing. Many Americans are flush with cash after having received $1,400 federal relief checks, along with savings they have built up after cutting back on travel, entertainment and dining out over the past year. Millions of consumers have begun spending their extra cash on restaurant meals, airline tickets, road trips and new cars and homes... Read More

Biden delivers infrastructure message during trip to Louisiana

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) -- President Joe Biden took a trip down to Louisiana on Thursday to talk his infrastructure plan as lawmakers fight on what to include in the package and how to pay for it.

"But the truth is across the country, we have failed. We have failed to properly invest in infrastructure for half a century," the president said.

While in front of the I-10 bridge in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Biden continued his push for his infrastructure proposal.

"I'm not ready to have another period where America has another infrastructure month and doesn't change a damn thing," Biden said.

The president is adamant about his nearly $2 trillion plan and how he would pay for it.

"Making sure the largest companies don't pay zero and reducing the tax cut to, between 25 and 28, to a couple hundred billion dollars."

Lake Charles Republican Mayor Nic Hunter says his community needs these changes... Read More

I-Team Vegas Unsolved: Men who killed grandmother left something behind at crime scene

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Three years after two men murdered a grandmother while she was at work, Metro police detectives are releasing new details about the case and believe it can be solved with the public’s help.

On Jan. 11, 2018, Celia Luna-Delgado, 55, was opening for the day at a check-cashing business on North Jones Boulevard near Vegas Drive when two men attempted to rob her. Detectives believe the men were casing the area and were waiting for an employee.

“Every time I get a call with a 702 area code, my heart sinks,” Sheyla Padilla, Luna-Delgado’s daughter, who now lives out of state, said. “I think, 'Is today the day?’”

Padilla said her mother was her best friend and the glue that held the family together. Luna-Delgado had talked to her daughter about the potential dangers of working in a money-oriented business but said she never would risk her own life for the business... Read More

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Local expert explains strange string of satellites seen in Las Vegas sky

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After a strange string of lights sent Las Vegas searching for answers, 8 News Now spoke with a local expert to explain the strange orbs that streaked across the sky Wednesday and Thursday night. 

"I never seen nothing like that, nope," Carlos Murgiua said of the lights. "Everybody was terrified when we saw them."

"It was so weird," Jasmine Rideaux added. "It was like it was fake."... Read More

USGS: 4.7 magnitude earthquake reported about 30 miles west of Reno

RENO, Nev. (KLAS) — A rumbling was felt throughout the Reno area Thursday night after an earthquake centered in California.

The United States Geological Survey reports the earthquake came in at 4.7 magnitude about 11 miles northwest of Truckee, California at 9:35 p.m. That is about 30 miles west of Reno.

A few smaller earthquakes were also reported in the surrounding area within minutes of the largest quake.

While the USGS is reporting a 4.7 magnitude, other estimates are nearing 5.0 on the Richter Scale.

Magnitude 4.9 #earthquake, 4.3 km SE of Independence_Lake, CA https://t.co/x0m4fr9Lj7... Read More

Tell your story: Creators of star-studded YouTube Pride event asking for submissions

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — We’re a little less than a month away from celebrating Pride 2021, and YouTube is gearing up. 

In June, JA Films & YouTube Originals will team up to launch a livestream event on YouTube to raise money and awareness for the Trevor Project.  The Trevor Project is the world’s largest resource for troubled gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth.

Numerous celebrities will perform during the event, but perhaps the most unique part of YouTube Pride 2021 – is the chance to tell your story.

The creators are asking for stories and videos that will help magnify the message of Pride.  Up to a minute of anything you submit could be used in the show.

To submit, log on to pride2021.net for instructions on how to get involved.

The international charity event is set for the end of June... Read More