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Second stimulus check: Where we stand as July begins

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week the Senate will consider a new stimulus package in July but some fear a new jobs report could derail any plans for a second round of economic relief payments to Americans.

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 11.1% as the economy added a record 4.8 million jobs in June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. This follows May’s report showing the country gained 2.5 million jobs. With an employment growth trend in place, many analysts feel lawmakers might move past a second round of stimulus checks pointing to early signs of an economic recovery... Read More

Kanye West announces plans to run for president in 2020

Rapper Kanye West tweeted on Saturday, July 4 that he is running for president.

We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States ! #2020VISION

— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020

Although there are some states in which it is too late for West to add his name to the ballot, he is still able to join the race as an independent in others.

The artist even received some high profile support from Elon Musk and Mark Cuban.

You have my full support!... Read More

1 of 2 protesters hit by driver on Seattle freeway dies

SEATTLE (AP) — One of two people hit by a man who drove his car onto a closed Seattle freeway and into a crowd protesting police brutality has died.

Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle died Saturday evening at Harborview Medical Center, spokesperson Susan Gregg said.

Taylor and Diaz Love, 32, of Portland, Oregon, were hit by the car that barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters on Interstate 5 early Saturday morning, officials said.

Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove the car around vehicles that were blocking I-5 and sped into the crowd about 1:40 a.m., according to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol. Video taken at the scene by protesters showed people shouting “Car! Car!” before fleeing the roadway.

Love is in serious condition in the intensive care unit, Harborview, Gregg said... Read More

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue: 146 fires during holiday, ‘at least 4 homes’ damaged

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — This Fourth of July holiday was one of the busiest for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFR) as they responded to 146 fires on Saturday. In 2019, firefighters responded to 130.

Over the course of the day, at least four homes were damaged by fire. The past four years on July 4, there was no significant damages to buildings, according to the agency.

Las Vegas firefighters say the number of 146 consists of all types of fires, including calls that were unfounded. 

The majority were outside fires which consisted of brush, grass, trash cans, dumpsters, trees and other outside elements. Many of them were tree fires which were started by fireworks, LVFR says. 

Below is a breakdown of the fires that damaged buildings/vehicles across the valley on July 4:... Read More

Politics Now: 7/4/2020

This week on Politics Now hosted by John Langeler: The special session of the Nevada legislature starts next week. They will have to fill a $1.3 Billion budget hole for next year. Should the lateral vascular neck restraint, or LVNR, be banned by Metro police? The I-Team’s Vanessa Murphy looks at how other agencies have handled it and what lawmakers in Nevada are saying. Some new laws kicked in this week, and an interview with the Executive Director of the new Cannabis Control Board on what areas of the marijuana industry he plans to focus on. ... Read More

Station Casinos and Red Rock Resorts President Richard Haskins dies in watercraft accident

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A titan in the Nevada gaming industry died Saturday while vacationing in Michigan. According to a release from Red Rock Resorts, President Richard Haskins passed away Saturday after a “watercraft accident.”

Haskins was the president of Red Rock Resorts and Station Casinos. According to the release, the Red Rock Resorts Board of Directors “expects to make further announcements regarding its plan of succession in the coming days.”

The release went on the say, “on behalf of our Board of Directors, management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Haskins family.”

Frank Fertitta, III, CEO and Chairman of the Red Rock Resorts Board of Directors, issued the following statement on behalf of the Company and Board of Directors:... Read More

WATCH: Fourth of July fireworks across the Las Vegas skies

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Fireworks filled the skies across the Las Vegas valley Saturday night in celebration of the 4th of July. 8 News Now live streamed two of the largest fireworks shows in the Las Vegas valley.

WATCH THE 9 P.M. SHOW BELOW:

At 9 p.m. (PST) was the “Star-Spangled Sky Fireworks Event” in Henderson. The show actually consisted of four display locations throughout Henderson:

  • Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa & Casino
  • Lake Las Vegas
  • M Resort Spa & Casino
  • The Legacy Golf Club

Then at 10 p.m. (PST), 8 News Now carried the fireworks show live from the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas.

WATCH THE 10 P.M. SHOW BELOW:... Read More