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Las Vegas Fire and Rescue’s 1st women deputy fire chiefs make history

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The first women ever to hold the position of Deputy Fire Chief with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue gave their first interviews Tuesday. The veteran firefighters were promoted a few weeks ago, adding a significant change in leadership.

Sarah McCrea and Dina Dalessio are inspiring the next generation of female firefighters.

They’ve both been with the department for more than 20 years and are leading the way in the predominantly male profession.

Both women called the promotion surreal. McCrea said she did not expect the call after working in the administration office for six years. Dalessio told us this job is one of her goals.

In their new roles, both want to enhance recruitment to fire service, especially with women. McCrea said less than five percent of the department is female and knows the significance of the new role. ... Read More

19-year-old arrested, accused of trying to blow up vehicle at Pentagon

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WDVM) — A 19-year-old Arkansas man is accused of attempting to blow up a vehicle at the Pentagon on Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release.

An officer said they observed the suspect, Matthew Dmitri Richardson of Fayetteville, allegedly “striking a cigarette lighter to a piece of fabric that was inserted into the vehicle’s gas tank,” in the Pentagon North Parking lot, according to court documents... Read More

Census Bureau reaching Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders through music

HONOLULU (WLNS) – A music video is hoping to encourage Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) to participate in the 2020 Census.

As of 2010, approximately 1.2 million people identified as NHPI, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Over half live in just two states, Hawaii and California. Significant populations also live in Washington, Texas, Florida, Utah, New York and other states.

The collaborative video was shot in Honolulu, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City and New York City.

“We chose locations with iconic scenery from some of the biggest cities in America,” said John Aeto, founder of the Kālaimoku Group, a Native Hawaiian-owned marketing agency that is part of Team Y&R, the communications agency hired by the U.S. Census Bureau to manage outreach for the 2020 Census.

The video features award-winning Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander musicians performing a cover of “This is Me” from the acclaimed film, The Greatest Showman.
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Gov. Sisolak supports moving Nevada to a primary system

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In a tweet on Tuesday, Governor Sisolak said he will work with state leaders and the Nevada Democratic Party to hold early primaries, instead of caucuses, during presidential election cycles.

In the tweet, the governor of Nevada said in part,

It’s clear to me that despite the strong reforms we instituted for 2020, the caucus process has fundamental challenges that make it too difficult for too many Nevadans to participate. As we look ahead to the next presidential election cycle, I believe we must further open up the process of selecting our nominee and I intend to work with our State Party and leaders in the State Senate and Assembly to review how we could switch to an early presidential primary.”... Read More

Trump, US officials send mixed messages on virus risk here

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and chief economic adviser said Tuesday that the new coronavirus is under control in the U.S., even as the government’s top disease fighters warned Americans to prepare for an outbreak here.

The mixed messages came as the stock market tumbled for a second straight day and lawmakers of both political parties questioned whether the White House’s request for $2.5 billion in virus response funding will be enough to prepare the nation.

Speaking earlier in the day from New Delhi, India, Trump said “we have very few people with it.” A “lot of talent” and a “lot of brainpower” is being tapped for the coronavirus response, he added.

He said the situation is “very well under control in our country.”... Read More

San Francisco declares local emergency amid coronavirus outbreak

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a local emergency Tuesday amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

This declaration will help the city get resources they need to respond to an outbreak.

“We need to allocate more resources to make sure that we are prepared,” Breed said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “This declaration is all about preparedness.”

Three people have been treated for the coronavirus in the city. None of the patients are San Francisco residents.

Two patients from San Benito County were hospitalized in San Francisco. They have since been discharged in good health and are no longer in the city. ... Read More

Las Vegas police investigate an alleged sexual assault following Facebook post

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas police are investigating an alleged sexual assault after a Facebook post went viral showing an older man with a girl who appears to be a minor.

According to Metro police, the Facebook post was reported to them and it is part of an “active and ongoing investigation.”

At this time, it is unknown the relationship between the man and girl and if any crime has been committed.

The girl’s photo has received the attention of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office in Rapid City, South Dakota where a girl named Serenity Dennard was reported missing more than a year ago when she ran away from the Black Hills Children’s Home Society. ... Read More