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Medicaid, education numbers most notable in Gov. Sisolak's proposed 2021-2023 executive budget

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) -- The COVID-19 pandemic devastated Nevada's economy which relies so heavily on tourism. Gov. Steve Sisolak's 2021-2023 proposal reveals the financial challenges the state continues to face. Medicaid and education numbers were of the most notable in his plan.

When the state legislature first approved budget cuts, it was for a devastating 12%. That will not be the case, however, due to higher December revenue projections than predicted.

"My Executive Budget for 2021-2023 recognizes the emergency we are
experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic while also setting forth a clear plan to revitalize, innovate, and grow Nevada’s economy," Sisolak said in a news release. “I am committed to remaining flexible and working closely with the legislature in this unprecedented and evolving fiscal situation." ... Read More

President-elect Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration’s harsh immigration policies.

The legislation puts Biden on track to deliver on a major campaign promise important to Latino voters and other immigrant communities after four years of President Donald Trump’s restrictive policies and mass deportations. It provides one of the fastest pathways to citizenship for those living without legal status of any measure in recent years, but it fails to include the traditional trade-off of enhanced border security favored by many Republicans, making passage in a narrowly divided Congress in doubt... Read More

I-Team: 'We're going to mine through all their social media,' Metro police say about officer application process

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- They say what is on the internet will live forever, and those posts and pictures from years ago could impact an applicant attempting to join the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, hiring brass tells the I-Team.

A social media inspection is part of a rigorous application process, Deputy Chief Kelly McMahill said, one that is in the spotlight following the May death of George Floyd and reports of first responders taking part in the Capitol riot. McMahill oversees the hiring and training at the department, one of the country’s largest.

A Metro police officer posted a selfie from the grounds of the U.S. Capitol from the Jan. 6 protest, but no evidence indicates he took part in the riot that entered the building. On Friday, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association (LVPPA) came to his defense, saying no inappropriate action occurred... Read More

Metro officers recover three handguns in two days during traffic stops

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Officers in Metro's Spring Valley Area Command recovered three illegal handguns in two days, according to a Metro tweet.

**THIRD ILLEGAL GUN IN TWO SHIFTS**

SVAC tips its hat to Officers Kennedy and Gutierrez who recovered thier third illegal handgun from “routine” traffic stops within 2 days.

Each gun was in the possession of persons who are prohibited from owning them.#PROACTIVEPOLICINGWORKS pic.twitter.com/Qz50H5YhIT

— LVMPD SVAC (@LVMPDSVAC) January 19, 2021

Two officers working traffic patrol found the guns "in the possession of persons who are prohibited from owning them," according to a Monday post on Twitter... Read More

LIVE: Biden Inaugural Committee hosts celebration of Dr. King, commitment to service

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- To celebrate the National Martin Luther King Day of Service, the Biden Inaugural Committee is hosting a celebration of Dr. King and the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to service.

The administration is inviting viewers to commit to serving their community in 2021.

Event participants include:

  • Aloe Blacc
  • Rev. Dr. Bernice King
  • Martin Luther King III
  • Chesca
  • Rep. Sharice Davids
  • Rosario Dawson
  • Andra Day
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Rev. Al Sharpton
  • Sean Patrick Thomas
  • Diane Warren
  • Lynn Whitfield
  • Bebe Winans

8 News Now will stream the event here on our website and Facebook page... Read More

ACLU Nevada names Athar Haseebullah new executive director

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas attorney Athar Haseebullah will take over leadership of American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada on Jan. 19.

Haseebullah will be the first person of color to lead the local chapter since it was founded in 1966, according to an ACLU Nevada news release on Monday.

His experience includes time as general counsel and director of strategic initiatives for Opportunity 180, a Nevada nonprofit focused on improving education quality in Nevada. Before that, Haseebullah served as the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada’s senior government affairs and legal administrator.

“The ACLU has long been America’s beacon of hope for all who have been impacted by injustice, and I look forward to leading Nevada’s ACLU, which remains committed to providing a voice for those who have been ignored, overlooked, and underserved," Haseebullah said... Read More

California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Monday became the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections.

The grim milestone, as tallied by Johns Hopkins University, wasn’t entirely unexpected in a state with 40 million residents but its speed stunning. The state only reached 2 million reported cases on Dec. 24.

The first coronavirus case in California was confirmed last Jan. 25. It took 292 days to get to 1 million infections on Nov. 11 and 44 days to top 2 million.

California’s caseload is also far ahead of other large states. Texas had more than 2 million and Florida topped 1.5 million.

The state has recorded more than 33,600 deaths related to COVID-19.

A caseload surge that began last fall has strained hospitals and especially intensive care units as a percentage of the infected — typically estimated to be around 12% by public health officials — become sick enough weeks later to need medical care... Read More