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WEB EXTRA: Assem. Tom Roberts and Assem. Melissa Hardy

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — For republicans in the Nevada state Assembly, being in a super-minority during the legislative session left them without too many options.

Politics Now co-host Patrick Walker sits down with Assemblyman Tom Roberts, who is now co-deputy minority leader, and Assemblywoman Melissa Hardy to look at the session and what they liked and didn’t like. Roberts also talks about the importance of winning a few seats back for republicans and getting out of the super-minority, plus what happened at the end of the session with the modified business tax that was about to sunset. ... Read More

WEB EXTRA: Face Off: 6/22/2019

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Politics Now co-host Patrick Walker moderates a debate panel with KXNT radio host Alan Stock from the right, and Battle Born Progress Technical Director Mike Willoughby from the left.

This week’s topics: the state of Nevada files a lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids, grading Governor Steve Sisolak on his first legislative session, predictions on who will win next week’s Democratic presidential debate, and response the Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comparing immigration holding facilities to concentration camps. ... Read More

ONLY ON 8: Mother of child who died from accidental overdose speaks out

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – On April 13, 2019, Metro Police say 1-year-old Myla Byrne died of an accidental overdose.

“It was all just confusing to me,” said Myla’s mother. “Going to bed and telling your daughter good night, and then, waking up and you don’t have her anymore.”

Myla’s mother didn’t want to show her face on camera. But, she and her sister wanted their side of the story heard.

“I want the world to understand that my sister would give anything right now to have her back,” her sister said.

The family says Myla was being watched by her grandmother in another room. Myla’s mother was sleeping when the incident happened.

“I told the detectives do what you need to do because I have just as many questions as you do.”

Police say Myla was found unresponsive inside of a home at the Siena Suites on Boulder Highway.

“Now, I’m sitting here and I’m told that she overdosed. I don’t understand,” said Myla’s mother. ... Read More

Engineering for Kids, in “What’s Cool at School”

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A science summer camp that keeps the focus on fun for aspiring engineers, who are escaping the heat, and beating the summer brain drain, at a local learning facility called “Engineering For Kids.”

This is project-based STEM learning, but it is summer the emphasis is on kids having a good time!

Owner Leo Silva outlined one of his goals for the student experience, “I want them to see that STEM it’s fun! The science and math – it’s not a monster that sometimes people think about it, and for them, to see real life application of math.”

It’s working, highlighted here by the words of student, Leah Hernandez, “I love it here! It’s good for engineering, programming, doing robots, playing games it’s a little bit of all of it.”... Read More

Aeromexico expands service between Mexico, Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — For the third time in the last month, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has announced a new international route in and out of McCarran International Airport.

VivaAerobus, the fourth-largest domestic carrier in Mexico, has added non-stop flights to Monterrey. Its Mexico City route proved lucrative for the airline, so it comes as no surprise that it has chosen to add routes to the city that houses their headquarters.

It’s part of an aggressive effort by the LVCVA to attract more international carriers and add more routes into the Las Vegas valley.

Mexico accounts for the second highest number of international visitors to Las Vegas per year at 1.2 million, just behind Canada. That’s about 20 percent of Las Vegas’ 7 million annual foreign visitors.

It will offer flights on Thurs. and Sun. to Monterrey and the air carrier will use the Airbus A-320 for the routes, which seat 186 passengers... Read More

I-Team: Dispensary facing financial troubles, lawsuits

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A dispensary is facing financial troubles and employees are turning to the I-Team for answers.

Court records show workers and former workers at Canopi Cannabis Dispensary did not receive their paychecks on time and their health insurance was temporarily cancelled because their premiums weren’t paid by the business.

“I’m about to lose my car. I can’t pay rent. I can’t pay medications, doctors’ fees. I don’t have money to do anything. I don’t have gas in my car. I don’t have food in my fridge,” said former employee Ruby Gonzales.

Some current and former employees of Canopi Cannabis Dispensary say they are getting the runaround when it comes to getting their paychecks. Some can’t make their rent.

“I was evicted,” said Jamar Morris, employee.

Another was too broke to buy her son a cake on his birthday... Read More

Youthbuild program helps at-risk youth find job, finish high school

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Youthbuild is a local program dedicated to building a better future for young adults in the Las Vegas valley.

The program focuses on helping at-risk youth find a job, finish high school and gain leadership skills.

It began as a nationwide program and has been in las vegas since 2009. The free program features adults between 18 and 24 years old that are working toward their high school diploma or equivalent.

“I have been out of school for 7-8 years now so I felt a relief that I was able to get back into going to school,” said Lisa Almanzar.

A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor funds the program that’s now with “Chicanos por la Causa” Nevada. Today, the first cohorts under the CPLC umbrella graduated, which is truly the first of many steps to change their lives.

“I just don’t want my kids to have a reason to drop out or anything. I just want them to look at me like they’re proud,” Almanzar said. ... Read More