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Sisolak: Nevada should use $586 million wisely in economic recovery

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said today that the state has $586 million in additional revenue to spend after economic forecasts released Tuesday.

With a full reopening of the state's economy less than a month away, the Nevada Economic Forum's forecasts were welcome news.

Sisolak spoke today at 10:30 a.m., and said the recovery presents an opportunity to transform the state. He wants to rebuild using decisions that change the Nevada economy's nearly complete reliance on tourism.

He made reference to families who were out of work for months during the pandemic, and reminded that they were the ones most impacted by the pandemic, while the richest Nevadans were affected the least.

"I'm asking that we take thoughtful approaches with our funding," the same way families are doing after being able to go back to work as businesses go back to more normal levels, Sisolak said... Read More

'Public option' for Nevada health care insurance under consideration in Carson City

CARSON CITY — Nevada lawmakers are considering creating a state-run health insurance plan that could compete with private insurance companies on the state’s health insurance exchange.

A proposal to establish what's called a “public option” drew support from progressive groups and opposition from hospitals and insurance companies at a Tuesday hearing in the Nevada Statehouse.

Proponents argued a public option would provide low-cost plans to uninsured residents and said it would make the marketplace more competitive and reduce costs for all patients.

Industry groups worried about requiring providers to accept additional insurance plans with reimbursement rates below costs and said the proposal could deter doctors from working in Nevada... Read More

Economic rebound gives Nevada funds it wasn't expecting in state budget

CARSON CITY — Nevada's Economic Forum has released forecasts that suggest a quicker-than-expected economic recovery will provide lawmakers additional tax revenue for the state budget.

The five-member panel projected Tuesday that Nevada's tourism-driven economy will continue to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic and generate a record-high $9.1 billion in general fund revenue over the upcoming two budget years.

The projection is significantly higher than the forum expected in December -- more than $500 million in additional revenue -- amid uncertainty about COVID-19 vaccines.

It will allow lawmakers to decide whether to restore cuts made to the state budget at the height of the pandemic.

Several reports last week on tourism numbers, airport passengers and casino gaming wins buoyed expectations for the coming months... Read More

El Dorado Cantina, other local restaurants gear up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- It's Cinco de Mayo -- a day filled with celebrations and events that highlight the Mexican culture and its food!

Celebrations were virtual last year because of the pandemic, so this time around, local restaurants are looking forward to hosing fiestas all day long.

Hector Mejia spoke with Chef John Miranda at El Dorado Cantina in Tivoli Village about their unique specials for the big holiday.

The restaurant is celebrating with classic margaritas for $5, tableside guacamole and organic, authentic Mexican cuisine. ... Read More

Knights hope to solve Minnesota malaise

Vegas Golden Knights (36-13-2, first in the West Division) vs. Minnesota Wild (33-14-4, third in the West Division). Knights have lost 5 in a row against the Wild and have a 2-5 record against Minnesota this season. This is the final meeting between the two teams this regular season.

St. Paul, Minnesota; Wednesday, 5 p.m. PDT

LINE: Wild +106, Golden Knights -129

BOTTOM LINE: Minnesota hosts the Vegas Golden Knights after Nick Bonino scored two goals in the Wild's 6-5 victory against the Golden Knights.

The Wild are 33-14-4 against the rest of their division. Minnesota averages 9.1 penalty minutes per game, the eighth-most in the NHL. Jordan Greenway leads the team serving 49 total minutes.

The Golden Knights are 36-13-2 in division play. Vegas has scored 172 goals and is third in the NHL averaging 3.4 goals per game. Max Pacioretty leads the team with 24.

The teams square off for the second game in a row... Read More

Las Vegas nonprofit working to educate parents on safe sleeping environments for infants

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas advocates are working to educate parents on safe sleeping environments for infants.

Baby's Bounty is a local based non-profit that helps at-risk families by providing education and essential tools to ensure a good start for every baby.

Kelly Maxwell, the executive director of Baby's Bounty shared some best sleeping practices for children on Good Day Las Vegas Wednesday morning.

TIPS:

  • Babies should sleep alone in their sleep environment with no toys, blankets, or other unsafe items
  • NO soft bedding

A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics shows 72% of unexplained infant deaths occurred in unsafe sleep environments. ... Read More

LV City Council to honor injured Metro officer Shay Mikalonis during Wednesday meeting

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Injured Metro police officer Shay Mikalonis will be honored at City Hall Wednesday morning.

Las Vegas City Council members are naming him "Citizen of the Month" for May.

Mikalonis was shot last summer during a Black Lives Matter rally. He was paralyzed in the shooting.

He returned to Las Vegas in April after getting treatment at a Denver medical facility that specializes in spinal cord injuries.

His family says he is still paralyzed and using a ventilator, but is now able to talk.

Mikalonis' family will be at Wednesday's meeting to accept the honor on his behalf.

The man charged with shooting Mikalonis, Edgar Samaniego's trial, is scheduled to start June 21st. ... Read More