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Nevada unemployment claims decline, stabilize after wild swings in January

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Claims for unemployment benefits are generally lower over the past three weeks, according to information released Friday by the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

Initial claims have been steady for Unemployment Insurance (UI), rising just 131 claims (1.8%) in the week ending Feb. 20. And continued UI claims have dropped by 5,676 claims (7.3%).

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which is the program that is helping self-employed, 1099 contract workers and gig workers, have dropped for the week ending Feb. 20. Initial PUA claims are down 6,019 (48.4%) and continued PUA claims are down 16,331 claims (15.5%).

That decline in PUA claims has stabilized the overall unemployment picture after huge spikes in January.

DETR officials note that PUA claims have been plagued with fraud, and investigations are continuing... Read More

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Students rewarded for donations by getting to slime school leaders

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Three school leaders at Southern Highlands Preparatory School found themselves in a slimey situation this week but it was all for a good cause.

It was a way to celebrate record-breaking fundraising for the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge.

"The kids said it looked like we were inside a bucket of frosting," said Headmaster Carla Martin.

The school raised a whopping $53,000, smashing previous records.

"In such a hard time, our children, and our families were more giving than ever," Martin said.

Their generosity earned them the right to slime school leaders.

"They were more than happy to slime their principals and myself," Martin said.

This kind-hearted fundraising stood out locally, nationally, and worldwide.

"Really reach out and make a difference, they were so excited to set a record! We're extremely competitive, so #1 in Nevada, #2 in the world," Martin sai.d... Read More

Wind and temp roller coaster to end February

Another very chilly start to the day, thanks to light winds and clear skies overnight morning lows dropped to the 30s. Our last Friday of February will be sunny and warmer before a cooler weekend again to finish the month. Afternoon highs will reach for the upper 60s as another cold front heads for southern Nevada late Saturday. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast has the wind speeds to expect as you're making weekend plans and the temps to look forward to as we roll into March... Read More

What's Trending: Twitter Super Follow, Potato Head and Post Malone

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- New programs from Twitter include a "Super Follow" that you'll have to pay for if you want to see exclusive tweets, and a "community" feature.

Mercedes Martinez has more about what’s trending today, including how Darius Rucker, Pokemon and Post Malone crossed paths, along with the latest on Mr. Potato Head... Read More

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Ashleigh Banfield launching show March 1 on News Nation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) --  Longtime journalist Ashleigh Banfield is launching her own show on News Nation.

She joined the Good Day Las Vegas team Friday to talk about what viewers can expect.

She said that she will focus her one-hour weekly show on individual newsmakers and celebrities and let them tell their story. Her show will air on Monday nights at 10 p.m. in Las Vegas... Read More

Legislation would require emergency plans for animals during disasters

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- When disasters strike, there should be plans in place to ensure animals aren't forgotten.

That's why U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) have introduced legislation in Washington, D.C., to require entities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act – such as zoos, commercial animal dealers, and research facilities – to have contingency plans in place to safely evacuate and care for animals in an emergency or disaster situation.

“Sadly, through countless disasters, we’ve witnessed that if animal facilities do not have a plan in place when emergency strikes, it is already too late,” Titus said in a Friday news release announcing the bipartisan legislation.

“The safety of animals shouldn’t be an afterthought,” she said.

The Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at Risk of Emerging Disasters (PREPARED) Act is co-sponsored by more than 115 members of Congress... Read More

What's Driving You Crazy? - Will there be HOV lanes in the Centennial Bowl?

LAS VEGAS ( KLAS ) - Will there be H-O-V lanes where the 95 meets the 215 northern beltway. We're going . . ."Centennial Bowling!"

Tony Illia at the Nevada Department of Transportation says:

“There are no immediate plans to add additional HOV lanes at the Centennial Bowl.”

But a nearby supposedly H-O-V *only* on-ramp to southbound US95 has gotten the attention of viewer Linda who writes about getting onto that part of the freeway from Elkhorn:

“It says 'HOV entrance lane' but I see single occupants using it all the time. I don’t want to try it and be ticketed. Could you solve this mystery for me? My maps app says to use it. It would be very convenient if I could!”

Well Linda, Tony says:

”That onramp is reserved for vehicles with two or more people, including buses, carpools and vanpools, as well as motorcycles and first responders.”... Read More