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WATCH: State to release latest unemployment numbers, address PUA issues at 10 a.m.

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. to announce the latest weekly filings for unemployment benefits.

It’s also expected the issues gig and self-employed workers are having receiving benefits will be addressed. The PUA (Pandemic Unemployment Assistant) website allowing gig workers to apply for benefits launched a week ago. The first payments were scheduled to go out Wednesday to some of those workers.

Last week, the state released its April 2020 economic report which showed that statewide jobs decreased by 18%, or 254,800 jobs, since April 2019 and that Las Vegas had an unemployment rate of 33%, the highest per capita in the nation... Read More

Blood drive at Las Vegas Motor Speedway coming up, get a free Amazon card

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive Tuesday, June 2 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Amazon is offering a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email to all people who donate from June 1 – June 30.

You do need to make an appointment and can do that by downloading the American Red Cross app, visiting this link, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Tuesday’s blood drive will run from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and be held in the ThriveHive Digital Center in the speedway’s infield.

To speed up the process, you can fill out a health history questionnaire.Follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App... Read More

Nevada gaming win down 99.61% for April due to casino closures

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The first full month of closure for Nevada’s gaming properties resulted in a more than 99% decrease in the April 2020 gaming win.

Under a state directive, gaming properties were closed in mid-March to help avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The total gaming win was $3.6 million in April compared to $936 million in April 2019. Hardest hit was the Las Vegas Strip which had a gaming win of nearly $4 million compared to April 2019 when it was $481 million (99.30% decrease) and downtown casinos which had a gaming win of $436,000 compared to $61 million a year earlier (99.29% decrease).

Gaming properties are allowed to reopen on June 4... Read More

NEW: Clark County reports 1 new COVID-19 death, 105 more positive cases

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County had an increase of 105 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours and one more death, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

There are now a total of 6,457 positive cases reported by the Southern Nevada Health District dashboard and 340 deaths.

Statewide, COVID-19 deaths increased to 410 on Thursday afternoon, up four from Thursday morning. Nye County reported its second death Thursday morning. Washoe County reported its 55th death Thursday afternoon.

According to SNHD, 580 positive cases were reported in the county over the past seven days.

*NOTE: Daily lab data on the DHHS Dashboard and SNHD reports is updated every morning for the previous day.... Read More

Costco plans to bring back free samples next month

Costco announced Thursday that it will bring back free samples beginning in mid-June.

During a company earnings call on Thursday, Costco revealed that a modified sample program will be returning for members.

“We’re going to start doing some things in mid-June on a slow rollout basis in sampling,” Costco chief financial officer Richard Galanti said during the call. “I can’t tell you anymore, but needless to say it’s not going to be where you go and just pick up an open sample with your fingers.”

The warehouse club stopped offering free samples of food items in March due to coronavirus concerns.

Galanti also said Costco will soon be adding more items to the menu in its food court.

Costco currently requires everyone in its warehouses to wear masks.
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Fremont Street Experience reopens June 3

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — One of the most famous streets in the world will reopen will reopen on Wednesday, June 3 at 9.am.

The Fremont Street Experience announced Friday it will reopen the pedestrian mall and access to adjacent hotel casinos and retail stores.

The Viva Vision video screen is displaying a 144-hour countdown that will conclude at the exact moment gaming operations restart at 12:01 a.m. on June 4.

The SlotZilla zipline will also reopen on June 4 at 4 p.m.

According to a news release from the Fremont Street Experience will have robust cleaning procedures designed to mitigate the spread of the virus. The pedestrian mall, parking garage, and SlotZilla towers will under twice-daily cleanings... Read More

HAPPENING TODAY: Businesses reopen under Phase 2 recovery plan

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan at 12:01 a.m. Friday. During this phase, Thousands of businesses in the retail and service industry are allowed to open to the public with safety guidelines.

It’s been nearly 80 days since businesses deemed “non-essential” were forced to shut down due to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

According to the Phase 2 recovery plan, bars, gyms, spas, massage services, swimming pools, movie theaters, museums and indoor shopping malls are all allowed to operate.

Shoppers can expect some changes when visiting local malls. The Boulevard Mall removed and limited the number of benches and chairs in common areas. Customers are also reminded — with signage — to social distance, wash their hands and, if possible, wear a face covering... Read More