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DETR: Unemployment and PUA claims rise, continued claims decline for sixth straight week

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Final tallies from DETR show initial claims for unemployment insurance totaled 11,110 last week. That was up 763 claims, or 7.4 percent, compared to the previous week’s total of 10,347.

This is the first week-to-week increase in initial claims since April. So far, there have been 550,002 initial claims filed in 2020, with 528,350 being filed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

Continued claims, which represent the current number of insured unemployed workers filing weekly for unemployment insurance benefits, fell to 286,943. That’s a decline of 7,706 claims from the previous week, or 2.6 percent. This is the sixth straight week in which the number has declined.

Nevada’s insured unemployment rate fell .5 percentage points to 20.8 percent. It should be noted that the calculation of the insured unemployment rate is different from that of the state’s total unemployment rate... Read More

I-Team: Metro used surveillance video to track protests

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — New video shows tense moments of a Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest on the Las Vegas Strip, where protesters were arrested. It demonstrates how police tracked it unfolding along the Strip, minute-by-minute.

Metro Police observed the June 13 protest on surveillance video, nine days after casinos began to reopen after being shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The demonstration began peacefully near the Bellagio Fountains. Protesters then moved into the street.

While motorcycle officers appeared to block some traffic lanes, a many carrying a flag laid down in front of a police car. Protesters continued through an intersection as officers blocked traffic for them.

The man with a flag appeared to taunt a motorcycle officer. Protesters kneeled in the street, and after a few minutes, the group continued through stopped traffic. ... Read More

COVID-19 testing sites make changes due to spike in demand

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As people get ready to see family for the holiday weekend, many are trying to make sure they don’t help spread COVID-19. The UMC-operated testing sites at UNLV and Texas Station are experiencing a spike in people looking to get tested.

Both locations were forced to change to appointment-only because they were so busy. They noticed the uptick as people rushed to get tested before holiday.

Devon Durr and 13 family members came to UNLV to get tested.

“You want to make sure you and your family are safe,” said Durr. “Just before the holidays come and everybody can be, like, doing activities and not worried about being sick or getting anyone else sick.”

Workers at the UNLV testing site say they’ve averaged 1,500 tests for this whole week. Lines of cars waited at Texas Station on Wednesday, where 1,900 tests were done.

“It relieves a lot of the demand and allows us to meet the public’s needs.” ... Read More

NEW: Nevada reports 13 COVID-19 related deaths, 632 new cases

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada saw its single-largest day for COVID-19 testing on Wednesday but 13 additional deaths were reported statewide. Over the past week, the state has set new daily records for the largest increases in reported COVID-19 cases. Hospitalizations are also seeing an upward trend.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is reporting 632 new COVID-19 cases and 13 new COVID-19-related deaths across the state in the last 24 hours. This is the fifth-highest, single-day increase in cases for Nevada, according to DHHS data.

There are now 19,733 confirmed cases and 524 deaths in the state... Read More

Henderson Police ask for help locating missing 79-year-old man

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Henderson Police are asking for help locating a missing 79-year-old man who may be be in mental distress and could need medical assistance.

Jimmie Richard was last seen in the area of Galleria Drive and Gibson Road on July 1 around 6 p.m. He could be driving a 2011 black BMWi. Richard has black hair and brown eyes. He is six-foot tall and around 150 pounds.

Police are asking hospitals to check their registeries.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Henderson Police at (702) 267-5000... Read More

Discovery Children’s Museum reopens Thursday, July 2

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas favorite for families is reopening Thursday. The Discovery Children’s Museum will welcome back families after being closed for more than three months.

New measures have been put in place to protect guests as they explore, learn and have some fun. It is reopening with limited capacity and numerous enhanced health and safety procedures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“We are so excited. I can’t believe opening day is here for families all across the valley,” said Melissa Kaiser, ceo, Discovery Children’s Museum..

During its time of temporary closure, DCM team members created at-home discoveries, an online experience filled with virtual activities for kids to try out for themselves from home, and underwent extensive training with regards to safe reopening procedures and protocols.

There are cleaning stations, plexi-glass dividers and a much reduced occupancy limit... Read More

Downtown Las Vegas photographer revamps business in light of COVID-19, First Friday goes virtual

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — When the economy plunged and businesses were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one local professional photographer located in the Las Vegas Arts District saw the end of one career and the start of another.

Studio 110 LV in the Arts Factory went from from studio lights and camera equipment to a room full of sewing machines. In March, founder Glenn Adams began making and donating face masks. But he realized he needed to pay the bills, so he sold his professional photography equipment to invest in a new business — custom face masks.

“It’s the funniest thing in the world because I hated sewing machines. My mom tried to teach me how to sew back in the day. I could never pick it up. I was always getting what they call bird nests underneath where it starts to choke up on all the thread so I absolutely hated it. Here I am today keeping my business open using sewing machines,” Adams said, Studio 110 LV... Read More