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Program gives hope to young cancer patient

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — This weekend, a big fundraiser to benefit children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases is going on. “Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels” provides free support and services to thousands of children and their families in southern Nevada.

8 News Now’s Alex Backus met one young patient who says the program has given her hope.

Louisa Christy is in sixth
grade. She plays the harp, sings and loves to dance. She can do it all because
of a life-saving treatment.

“If I didn’t have the treatments I wouldn’t be here right now,” Louisa said.

Louisa has a primary immune
deficiency. She’s been coming to the Cure 4 the Kids Clinic in Las Vegas since
she was 10 months old to receive IV infusions.

During a recent 8-hour
treatment, some superheros dropped in to visit Louisa. It’s one way the
non-profit ‘’Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels’’ hopes to make the long process more
bearable... Read More

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54-year-old man arrested for allegedly abusing the elderly in unlicensed group home

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 54-year-old man was arrested for allegedly abusing elderly people, and some of them are mentally disabled. On Thursday, officers took Bruce Wycoff into custody who was working at the unlicensed group home at the time.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Nevada Attorney General’s Office received information that an unlicensed elderly group home was being operated in the 3100 block of Parkdale Avenue.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that employees of the group home were exploiting victims who were mentally handicapped, dependable or homeless and qualified for SSI or other benefits. The victims were promised their medical needs, and that their health, and food would be taken care of, but the facility had unhealthful or unsanitary conditions. The facility also didn’t have any operational bathrooms, police said. ... Read More

Young climate activists march on Washington, hope they are being heard

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEXSTAR) — Young climate activists marched in Washington D.C. Friday. They want their leaders to do more to address what they said is a climate in crisis.

The protesters were joined by a young woman from Sweden who has recently gained international attention.

Their message is loud, but is it coming in clear for those who matter in Washington?

“Politicians, even if they’re not in their offices, they’re definitely watching somewhere and they’ll see our strength in numbers,” said protester Megan Johnson.

But at this “climate strike,” no politicians were anywhere to be found, though that didn’t seem to phase the hundreds who showed up.

“I think the people in charge need to be held accountable,” said protester Avery Dell.

At one point, the protesters were joined by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, a climate activist from Sweden who they said helps bring attention to what they’re doing in Washington... Read More

Mother arrested in death of 5-year-old girl

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The mother of a child who died unexpectedly was arrested Thursday for the little girl’s death. According to jail records, 23-year-old Shevhuan Miller was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on three counts of child abuse and open murder.

Miller’s daughter, 5-year-old Janiyah Russell, was found unresponsive Wednesday morning around 8:08 a.m. in the 4800 block of Boulder Highway. The child was taken to Sunrise Pediatrics where she was pronounced deceased at 8:36 a.m.

Miller was in court on Friday for her first appearance. Bail was denied due to the murder charge.

Metro Police’s Abuse and Neglect division are investigating, but they have not released any other details in the case. The Clark County Coroner will release the child’s cause of death at a later date... Read More

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Felicity Huffman sentenced to 14 days in prison

LAS VEGAS (CNN) — Actress Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison. Huffman also received a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and one year supervised release, federal court Judge Indira Talwani said Friday in Boston.

Go here to review Live Updates from court on CNN

Before announcing the sentencing, Talwani said Huffman knew what she did was wrong, saying, “She knew it was a fraud it was not an impulsive act.” “Trying to be a good mother doesn’t excuse this.”

Felicity Huffman broke down before the judge in Boston and at one point read from a paper, saying, “I am sorry to you.” 

She went on to apologize to her daughters and her husband, actor William H. Macy... Read More

Rains damage beyond repair transgender shelter in Juarez

JUAREZ, Mexico (Border Report) — Dozens of transgender women are looking for a new home after recent rains destroyed much of the roof of their Downtown Juarez shelter.

“The roof is falling apart, we have torrents of water coming in through the ceiling every time it rains,” said Grecia Herrera, director of the Respettrans Home, a name that combines the words “Respect” and “Transsexual.” The water has caused extensive damage to upper floors used as dormitories.”

Rain damaged the Respettrans Home, a shelter for transgender women in Juarez. (Julian Resendiz/Border Report)

The shelter has a floating population of about 50 people, many of them migrants from Central America who fled death threats or constant physical attacks. Herrera said many of those women would be sleeping on dangerous Juarez streets if the shelter closes... Read More

Mexicans favor the deportation of Central American migrants, poll finds

EL PASO, Texas — A new poll published Wednesday by the newspaper Reforma shows a majority of Mexicans believe Central Americans are a burden to their country and should be deported.

The survey states that more people than not feel safer with the creation of the new National Guard, and they approve of the way President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has treated migrants.

The poll says that 55 percent of respondents favor deportation, while 33 percent are for granting temporary asylum to the Central Americans, and only 7 percent would give them legal residence in Mexico.

Likewise, 64 percent say migrants are a burden and cost Mexican citizens jobs, while 20 percent said they contribute to the country with their work and talent... Read More