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US job numbers improve but rising COVID-19 cases could have impact

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the job market improved for a second straight month yet still remained far short of regaining the colossal losses it suffered this spring.

President Trump holds news conference to discuss economy following release of jobs numbers.

The nation has now recovered roughly one-third of the 22 million jobs it lost to the pandemic recession. And with confirmed coronavirus cases spiking across the Sun Belt states, a range of evidence suggests that a job market recovery may be stalling. In those states and elsewhere, some restaurants, bars and other retailers that had re-opened are being forced to close again... Read More

Early morning house fire sends 1 person to hospital

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — One person was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation following an early morning fire Thursday.

The fire happened in a home on Hart Avenue, near Lake Mead and Martin Luther King boulevards, just before 3 a.m. The fire started in the home’s garage.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

F3H. TOC: 2:57AM. 1364 Hart Ave fire in garage of 1-sto house – have KNOCKDOWN, 1 victim being taken to UMC for minor smoke inhalation, crews checkN for extension, cause U/I. #PIO1NEWS E1,201,106,50,51,53, T1, R1,106,3, EMS1, AR3, B1,5. Incident #0230284 WARD5, fire is OUT pic.twitter.com/iryznlNCNW

— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) July 2, 2020... Read More

Only on 8: Local teenager shares harrowing COVID-19 experience

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As many young people have been seen taking fewer precautions to prevent COVID-19, one Las Vegas teenager shared her harrowing experience with 8 News Now Wednesday. 

“I never thought it would happen to me,” Kaydee Asher told 8 News Now. “Until it did.”

Sixteen-year-old Asher has truly been to hell and back since she was diagnosed with COVID-19 on June 22. She and her family shared that she’s been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit twice, where she’s received a myriad of medications and breathing treatments. 

I don’t have a big platform, if you can spread awareness to my story..pls do so by retweeting and working to educate yourself & others about something VERY REAL & VERY PAINFUL. Others have similar stories. If you know me, i hope it shows awareness that this can happen to anyone. pic.twitter.com/A6blq5JfXW... Read More

Effort to recall Mayor Carolyn Goodman ends

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An effort to recall Mayor Carolyn Goodman has come to an end. Former professional poker player Douglas Polk, who spearheaded the push, cited recall election laws and the risk of coronavirus.

Polk posted his full statement to Twitter:

We have decided to suspend the campaign to recall Carolyn Goodman.

Unfortunately given the laws of recall elections, and the risks posed by Coronavirus, moving forward is not a viable option.

Full statement: pic.twitter.com/EGkffzBtm7

— Doug Polk (@DougPolkVids) July 1, 2020

In June, the Committee to Recall Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced it had received zero signatures since announcing the endeavor in May. ... Read More

US Forest Service: Mahogany Fire near Mt. Charleston human caused

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The US Forest Service says the Mahogany Fire near Mt. Charleston was human caused. Containment also improved and is now at 40%.

There are currently 385 people working against the blaze on day four of the incident. The nearly 2,800-acre fire is located between Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon

Firefighters are continuing to battle the Mahogany fire around Angel Peak.

“With the fire not being controlled we don’t want to rule anything out of danger,” Kyle Esparza of Great Basin Team 7. “The helicopters were up as soon as they could.”

Crews were out getting an early start Wednesday to contain the flames before weather conditions changed. 

“As the burning period gets closer, the wind gets higher and the temps keep going up it definitely raises the bar that you could have a little bit more of chance for the fire to pick up,” Esparza said... Read More

Siblings separated in foster care reunite for day of fun

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — For siblings separated in foster care, this hasn’t been an easy few months. 

Not only have they been physically living in separate foster care homes, but also the pandemic has prevented them from being together for visits. 

We're proud to welcome @StJudesRanch to the LVMGP for a wonderful Community of Hope Siblings Preservation. St. Jude's Ranch for Children has been providing a safe, nurturing home for thousands of abused children for more than 52 years in our community. #vegasstrong #nonprofit pic.twitter.com/cFvghwvsKK... Read More

Aria, Mandalay Bay reopen ahead of holiday weekend

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — More casinos and resorts are re-opening as we head towards the holiday weekend. While this is good for the economy, it’s also prompting concern from some.

The Aria welcomed back guests to the sounds of cheers and clapping. 

Guests were greeted by the new lobby installation, “Dandelion Forest,” accompanied by a large American flag for this weekend. 

“It’s one of the best hotels that I like here, so we’re excited to be here,” said Kayla McBrayer, visiting from Toledo.

“We have some excellent business on the books,” said Andy Meese, vide president of hotel operations. “A lot of guests will be arriving so we’re ready for a very busy weekend.”

Mandalay Bay also opened its doors, with many people heading to the casino floor. 

The Ghazarian family drove in from Los Angeles, excited to be back on the strip. ... Read More