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Housing prices hit record high; 30% are cash sales

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Southern Nevada home prices set another record. The average cost of an existing home in April was $375,000 which is the highest it's ever been.

The Las Vegas REALTORS released its April report and said "local home prices have never been higher while the local housing supply has rarely, if ever, been lower."

The average sales price is 21% higher than it was a year ago.

Prices for condos and townhomes also increased, selling for a median price of $202,450 which is up 12.3% from last year.

"Homebuyers should stay persistent, because our numbers show that over 20% of accepted offers
get cold feet and those homes are then awarded to the second, third and even fourth buyer in line,"
said 2021 LVR President Aldo Martinez. "Last month, our MLS reported 8,056 times when a property went from active to under contract, and 1,644 of those went back into active status again."... Read More

'National Teacher of the Year' honored at her Las Vegas school

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- National Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey was honored at a celebration at Kermit R. Booker Sr., Elementary School Thursday.

Governor Steve Sisolak, U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen, Congresswomen Susie Lee and Dina Titus, as well as educational leaders personally congratulated Urtubey on her award.

Urtubey is the first educator in Nevada to get the recognition as National Teacher of the Year. She teaches special education in grades pre-k to 5th at Booker Elementary in the historic westside neighborhood -- an underserved part of the valley.

She served on the superintendent's supervisory committee during the course of the pandemic and met with the state superintendent weekly voicing concerns from her students.

She's now in the national spotlight, not only representing CCSD, but all teachers across america. Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara said she's an example of the American dream... Read More

Metro investigating report of missing 2-year-old near Paradise and Twain

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Metro police are investigating a missing child case that was reported Wednesday in the area of Paradise Road and Twain Avenue.

Two-year-old Amari Nicholson was reported missing near the 3600 block of Paradise Road. The area is just east of the Las Vegas Strip.

He was last seen around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say the child may be in severe emotional distress and in need of medical assistance.

Officers and detectives are following any leads or tips that might lead to the location of the child.

"We are aware of citizens providing tips to news outlets informing that officers have located a body in a dumpster, but this information is inaccurate," according to a Metro statement. "Officers have been looking into nearby trash containers as a precaution."

This is an ongoing investigation. Metro will provide more information when it becomes available... Read More

Technology allows doctors to take prenatal care to homeless women -- even ultrasounds

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Prenatal care is essential to deliver a healthy baby, and now staff and students at Touro University are working to expand medical care so everyone has access.

A partnership between Touro and the United Health Foundation is working to get prenatal care to women who are experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Carl Allen of Southwest Medical Associates is a practicing OB-GYN here in the valley.

"We need to know that we are ranked 47th in the nation when it comes down to women's health care from health care providers," he said. "We have a growing population, and we need to make sure that every patient, every woman, gets high quality care. And this partnership is going to be very important to get service to underserved women throughout the community."

Touro is taking advantage of new technology to help get prenatal care to where it is needed.

Two medical students from Touro demonstrated the technology... Read More

First Lady meets, thanks nurses at UMC

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- First Lady Dr. Jill Biden continued her visit to Las Vegas Thursday morning by visiting University Medical Center to thank nurses and hospital workers for their hard work.

It also happens to be National Nurses Day which is a day to show appreciation for nurses.

Nurses and employees said they appreciated that the first lady took time to recognize their hard work over the past year.

"I've been a nurse for 24 years. This week, this day means a lot to me but this year has been important. It's been tough," said Amy Runge, nurse manager.

Biden handed out White House shaped sugar cookies that were made at the White House.

She was joined by members of Nevada's congressional delegation at the event.

Biden arrived in Las Vegas Wednesday... Read More

CCSD teacher named 'National Teacher of the Year'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Clark County School District teacher Juliana Urtubey was named National Teacher of the Year. Urtubey is the first Nevada teacher to receive the honor.

She was one of four finalists and during an interview with CBS News This Morning, she was surprised with the announcement that she won. The surprise continued when First Lady Dr. Jill Biden appeared in her classroom with flowers.

"I was so elated, so proud, so overwhelmed with joy," Urtubey said of the award... Read More

Locals celebrate special occasions with the COVID-19 vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Nevada is seeing progress with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, but there is still a lot of work left to do.

According to the state's vaccination playbook, around 34% of all Nevadans 16 and older are now fully vaccinated. Many come to the Las Vegas Convention Center for their shot, but special vaccination events are hoping to increase access.

On Cinco de Mayo, there was plenty of music and movement at the East Las Vegas Community Center. A free festival included food, fun and something special: the COVID-19 vaccine. It was hosted by local leaders, part of an overall push to get more Nevadans vaccinated.

The community came out in full force.

"I feel a little bit safe," said Benjamin Moraleda, who received the vaccine. "I'm very grateful that they had this. I was so excited. I came all the way from the west side, all the way here, just to get the vaccine."... Read More