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AT&T withholds content from subscribers rather than negotiate with broadcasters

IRVING, Texas – Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) (“Nexstar”) set the record straight Thursday with legislators, regulators, consumers and others related to ongoing negotiations between the parties on a distribution agreement that will allow AT&T to continue to offer Nexstar’s highly rated network and local community programming to its subscribers.

Currently, eight broadcast groups are without access to DirecTV customers, resulting in concentrated loss of service to consumers in 13 markets... Read More

Nearly 1 in 5 Las Vegas students chronically absent

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Over 18 percent of students in the Clark County School District are chronically absent, trustees were told at a meeting Friday morning.

“We know that if kids aren’t in school they can’t learn,” Assistant Superintendent Tammy Malich said. “We can’t educate kids that aren’t there. And so even when they’re not there for a good reason it makes it very challenging.

It’s an ongoing problem that school officials hope to combat with more workforce training and programs that provide pathways to higher education. New solutions could be part of the picture, too.

The discussion occurred in the shadow of last night’s failure to resolve the conflict over a recent decision to eliminate 170 jobs held by deans in middle schools and high schools... Read More

Hello Kitty brings sweet treats to Las Vegas opening — PHOTOS

  • Frosted treats available at the Hello Kitty Cafe Las Vegas, which opened Friday morning at The Park. (Eric Jungblut, KLAS-TV)
  • Some of the treats and merchandise available at the Hello Kitty Cafe Las Vegas, which opened Friday morning at The Park. (Eric Jungblut, KLAS-TV)
  • Some of the treats and merchandise available at the Hello Kitty Cafe Las Vegas, which opened Friday morning at The Park. (Eric Jungblut, KLAS-TV)
  • The Hello Kitty Cafe Las Vegas opened Friday morning at The Park.
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Bail $500,000 for ex-NFL player in Vegas child death case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge in Las Vegas set bail at $500,000 and ordered house arrest for a former pro football player awaiting trial on murder and 20 felony child abuse charges in the death of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old daughter.

Former NFL and Canadian Football League running back Cierre Wood remained jailed Thursday.

His attorney, Thomas Ericsson, declined to comment.

Wood and 26-year-old girlfriend Amy Taylor are accused of fatally injuring Taylor’s daughter, La’Rayah Davis, by physical abuse.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

Authorities say La’Rayah was found bruised and lifeless April 9 in Wood’s apartment in Las Vegas.

Wood is 28. He played for Notre Dame before brief stints with three U.S. teams and the Montreal Alouettes in Canada.

Ericsson says Wood worked in Las Vegas as a health care associate... Read More

Tropical Storm Barry on Louisiana’s doorstep

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Building toward hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Barry began hitting Louisiana with wind and rain Friday as it closed in for what could be a long, slow — and epic — drenching that could trigger flooding in and around New Orleans.

With the storm expected to blow ashore by early Saturday as the first hurricane of the season, National Guard troops and rescue crews were posted around the state with boats, high-water vehicles and helicopters. Drinking water was lined up. Utility repair crews with bucket trucks moved into position in the region. And homeowners sandbagged their property or packed up and left.

“This is happening. … Your preparedness window is shrinking,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham warned. He added: “It’s powerful. It’s strengthening. And water is going to be a big issue.”... Read More

Man suspected of embezzling $20 million to finance poker playing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former executive at a Los Angeles digital marketing company has been arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than $20 million from his employer and using it for personal expenses including buy-ins at professional poker tournaments.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says an indictment unsealed Thursday charges Dennis Blieden with wire fraud and identity theft. He was arrested Wednesday in Las Vegas. It wasn’t immediately known if the 29-year-old has an attorney.

Blieden was a vice president of accounting and finance for StyleHaul, a company that represents “influencers” on YouTube and Instagram.

Prosecutors say he controlled the firm’s finances and transferred money to his personal bank accounts, using it to pay off credit card debts and make investments in crypto-currency. He paid more than $150,000 to enter two poker tournaments... Read More

Be wary of callers posing as Medicaid representatives

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevadans should be cautious if the phone rings and someone is asking for personal and financial information related to Medicaid.

The Department of Health and Human Services warns of scammers posing as Medicaid representatives.

Medicaid will not offer a discount or a “deal” to recipients, and an individual’s status as a Medicaid recipient is confidential, the agency said.

If you are uncertain of the validity of a caller, disconnect the call and contact the agency directly to find out if they were attempting to reach you. Scams can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission online at ftc.gov/complaint

Safeguard your personal information and report scammers.

For questions contact the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy District Offices in Las Vegas at 702-668-4200, or in Reno at 775-687-1900... Read More