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I-Team: Judge reduces sentence for drug dealer

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) -- A 10-year sentence for a Henderson woman convicted of distributing fentanyl was reduced to two years. According to court records, it was a compassionate release because of COVID-19.

The woman sold fake drugs to a friend, resulting in a drug overdose, and the victim's mother is calling for justice.

Compassionate release is used when issues, like illness or certain family circumstances, are considered, and a prisoner is released early and doesn't have to serve their original sentence.

Over the past year, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, 200 inmates from cases in Nevada have made this request since the start of the pandemic. The court has granted about 40.

This mother asks, where's the compassion for the victims and their families? ... Read More

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Third stimulus checks: Here's who would get $1,400 under the House relief plan

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) -- With the full House expected to advance the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package Friday, many are wondering whether they'll qualify for the promised $1,400 stimulus checks included in the proposal.

The short answer as of now: If you got a check in the last round, you'll get one this time as well.

While that could change as the measure makes its way through the Senate, the current plan keeps income thresholds at the same mark as that last $600 payment.

If you need a refresher, anyone who made $75,000 or less will get the full amount -- and couples earning $150,000 or less will get $2,800 in relief payments. As your income level increases above those thresholds, the amount you will receive decreases. The current plan calls for a phase out of direct payments for single people earning $100,000 and couples earning $200,000... Read More

NEW: Test positivity rate drops again in Nevada; COVID-19 cases under 400

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — After pausing for a day, Nevada's test positivity rate continued again on its downward path, dropping to 8.3%. COVID-19 cases dropped below 400, according to data released Friday.

Nevada is reporting 399 new COVID-19 cases, with 300 from Clark County. The state’s total cases are now at 293,029. Clark County has a total of 226,120.

Daily case totals have dropped below 1,000 since Jan. 30.

Nevada reports nine additional COVID-19-related deaths, with eight deaths in Clark County. Nevada’s 14-day rolling average is now 10 deaths per day.

The state's test positivity rate fell below 10% on Saturday and has continued to drop since Jan. 14.

Hospitalizations are now below 600 COVID-19 patients in the state.

There were 6,263 tests performed in the last day, according to the Department of Health and Human Services... Read More

Is It Yours? Nevada has $10M in unclaimed unemployment money, $950M in other property

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada's state treasurer reports there is $10 million in unclaimed unemployment money and the state would like to get that money to the rightful owners.

Treasurer Zach Conine posted on social media the money belongs to individuals who filed for Nevada unemployment insurance but haven't claimed it. He also said, already more than $743,000 has been returned.

ICYMI, we've got more than $10MM of Unclaimed Property for individuals who have filed for Unemployment Insurance. We also have more than $950MM for other Nevadans!

Since this tweet, we've returned $743,257.69.
Let's keep it going! https://t.co/QFT1qpZtfX

— Zach Conine (@ZConine) February 26, 2021

The state also has more than $950 million in other unclaimed property that isn't related to unemployment benefits... Read More

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Texas woman wins $300K on Wheel of Fortune slot machine at airport

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A woman won $302,334.86 on a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at McCarran International Airport on Thursday, according to a tweet.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Megan H. of Flower Mound, Texas, won more than $302,000 yesterday playing the Wheel of Fortune slots in the B Concourse. Congratulations, Megan! #winning #luckylady pic.twitter.com/o1uyv84qgF

— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) February 26, 2021

The airport's Twitter account showed a woman identified as "Megan H." of Flower Mound, Texas, as the winner.

Flower Mound is a suburb north of the Dallas-Fort Worth area... Read More

Officials raise awareness of traffic laws in school zones, promote safe driving as students return to school

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, Clark County School Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara, and local law enforcement partners hosted a news conference Friday at 10 a.m. at Cartwright Elementary School to raise awareness of traffic laws in school zones and promote safe driving as in-person schooling returns on Monday.

"Together we can make a return to school a safe one," said Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft.

Clark County School District Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara shared a list of procedures in place for students and bus drivers: ... Read More

Virgin Hotel will open in Las Vegas with no parking or resort fees

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is due to open in about a month and guests will find they won't have to pay resort or parking fees.

According to a news release from the company, it is a big proponent of upfront pricing and no resort fees at any of its properties. It's referred to as the "No Nickle and Diming" policy. After some initial delays, the hotel will open on March 25 with complimentary self-parking and no charge for Wi-Fi.

"We are so proud to be one of the first major casino-resorts in Las Vegas without a resort fee. Beyond this, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will exceed expectations with valued amenities and added benefits. Our commitment to our guests has never wavered and we cannot wait to open our doors in 26 days and welcome them back," remarked Richard “Boz” Bosworth, President & CEO of JC Hospitality, owner of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. ... Read More