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$800 Million in grants going to 347 airports in 46 states and 4 territories

WASHINGTON D.C. (NEXSTAR) — With air travel still way below normal, airports across the country are struggling to keep operations going.

To keep critical projects going, the U.S. Department of Transportation plans to pump almost $800 million worth of grant money into the nation’s airports.

“These grants are so important in terms of maintaining the infrastructure of airports,” said Elaine Chao, secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Chao says even though passengers are starting to trickle back, the numbers are well below what many airports need to operate.

“What are the things that are under great strain when revenue drops occur? And that is ordinary maintenance, and so this is where the federal government steps in,” she said.

Airports in 46 states will get the grants and they can be used on anything from building projects to security upgrades... Read More

Parents express concerns over uncertainty of CCSD reopening plan

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There are more questions than answers about what reopening our schools will look like in the fall.

Parents across the Las Vegas Valley are concerned about the lack of clarity in the Clark County School District’s proposed reopening plan. 

CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara tried to calm the nerves of parents Tuesday night with a virtual Q&A. While some questions were answered, it is clear that everything is a work in progress.

“They just want to know what is this going to look like for my child,” said parent Andrea Cole.

Parents are losing patience, as the upcoming school year approaches. CCSD’s proposed reopening plan, which is not final, divides students into three cohorts, two of which split time between face-to-face education and distance learning. 

But the third group, which would only do distance education, is raising questions of access and equity... Read More

Nevada Health Response warns public of contact tracing scams

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The COVID-19 pandemic has birthed a new type of scam involving one of the most important aspects of stopping the virus: contact tracing.

The Nevada Health Response Center is warning the public to beware and offered five tips to help you recognize a potential fraud.

Don't take the bait! Contract tracing scams have emerged amid the COVID-19 outbreak. A contact tracer from your state health department might call if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, but scammers are pretending to be contact tracers, too. Here’s how you can spot the scam. pic.twitter.com/8fkkn4ruGp... Read More

Additional firefighters join Mahogany Fire containment efforts

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Fire crews are making headway with the Mahogany Fire around Mt. Charleston. The US Forest Service is reporting 10% containment and nearly 2,800 acres burned, a downgrade from the original estimate of 5,000 acres Sunday.

Crews are battling the fire from the air and ground.

“The smoke has really been reduced,” said Ray Johnson, forest service fire prevention officer. “We’re making really good progress with the retardant drops yesterday and the line construction today and the work these helicopters are doing.”

The fire is burning between Lee Canyon and Kyle Canyon.

“The weather has been very helpful, the last, yesterday and today, and lets our firefighters be more efficient and effective,” Johnson explained.

There are 420 people assigned to the fire at the moment. Various federal and state agencies are at the new base camp established at Centennial High School. ... Read More

Henderson Police investigating apparent murder, attempted suicide

HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Henderson authorities are investigating an apparent murder and suicide attempt in the 500 block of Via Baglioni. The incident occurred around 3:20 p.m.

When police and fire crews arrived, they found a 66-year-old woman dead.

Police say a 67-year-old man was found “clinging to life” and transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown.

The preliminary investigation pointed to an apparent homicide and failed suicide attempt.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office will reveal the victim’s name after next of kin are notified.

Detectives continue to investigate the incident. According to police, it is the fifth homicide in Henderson this year.

If you have information, please contact Henderson Police at 702-267-4911 or 311. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or on their website. ... Read More

Northwest Valley residents express concern over fireworks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Dry conditions in the Valley can cause a spark to turn into something much worse. Residents in the northwest already worried about the Mahogany Fire are now concerned about fireworks on the Fourth of July.

Neighborhoods like Skye Canyon are all-too familiar with the sounds of fireworks going off at night. Over the past few weeks, there’s been a sharp increase in the use of illegal pyrotechnics.

“They’re lighting off mortars, which are against the law,” said Michael Kiewel.

Skye Canyon residents told 8 News Now they’re worried if people are using illegal fireworks now, they won’t be inclined to follow safety steps on the upcoming holiday.

Some want restrictions.

“I think for everybody’s safety,” said resident Marti Kennedy, “We haven’t had much rain; it’s dry.”

Firework sparks can ignite brush, such as palm tree fronds, which are extremely flammable. ... Read More

Las Vegas Aviators talk impact of MiLB season cancellation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There will be no Minor League Baseball (MiLB) this season, a disappointing reality the baseball world was hoping wouldn’t come true.

So many fans had their fingers crossed, hoping that the sport could salvage something of a season. But as the days turned into weeks, and then months, the hope of MiLB struck out.

The Aviators won’t play in what will be the first time since 1982 that Las Vegas hasn’t hosted a summer of minor MiLB.

It wasn’t an easy decision. The Las Vegas Aviators released a statement this afternoon talking about how disappointing today’s announcement was. It reads:

Las Vegas Aviators Official Statement regarding the cancellation of the 2020 season: pic.twitter.com/wpWRJsEBjP... Read More