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712,000 Americans seek jobless aid as layoffs remain elevated amid resurgence of virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell as the nation celebrated Thanksgiving last week to a still-high 712,000, the latest sign that the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress from the intensified viral outbreak.

Thursday's report from the Labor Department said that initial claims for jobless aid dropped from 787,000 the week before. Before the virus paralyzed the economy in March, the number of people applying for unemployment benefits each week had typically amounted to roughly 225,000. The chronically high pace of applications shows that nearly nine months after the pandemic struck, many employers are still slashing jobs.

"Thanksgiving seasonals likely explain the drop'' in jobless claims last week, Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, wrote in a research note. “Expect a rebound next week.''... Read More

Police investigate double shooting near Bonanza, Nellis

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Two people were shot early Thursday morning near Bonanza Road and Nellis Boulevard Police, according to Metro Police.

The shooting happened around 3:45 a.m.

There is no word yet on the condition of the two people who were shot. ... Read More

Raiders prepare for winless New York Jets after loss to Atlanta

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Coming off the loss to Atlanta, the Raiders are preparing for the winless New York Jets. This is one of those scary games because the Jets are 0-11 on the season, and the Raiders are coming off their worst performance of the year.

You know the Jets will be hungry and motivated to get their first win of the season, and they've got to be feeling pretty good facing the Raiders.

Last year, Las Vegas went into MetLife Stadium with a bunch of confidence and got rocked by New York 34-3. So if anybody knows the kind of motivation the Jets will use to beat the Raiders again, it's Jon Gruden.

The head coach is preparing his team the best he can. He certainly understands that New York will be be extra motivated to beat this Raiders team, and Las Vegas will be extra motivated because they don't want to be the team giving the Jets their first win of the season. ... Read More

Healthcare workers breathe sigh of relief as COVID-19 vaccine will soon come to Nevada

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As the entire nation waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Sisolak announced Wednesday that Nevada will receive its first doses by mid-December.

The first tier of vaccine administration will go to our state's frontline workers and most vulnerable populations.

8 News Now spoke with Dr. Deepali Kashyap, M.D., FACOG, who works as a physician at a private practice and on staff at Henderson Hospital. 

"I think if I get vaccinated or our healthcare workers get vaccinated," Dr. Kashyap said. "It helps us to create a safer environment."

She called the announcement a welcome relief, as she said it will not only bring peace of mind to her and her patients, it will also provide an extra layer of protection for everyone. 

"I am constantly exposed to a lot of patients," she explained. "And also my coworkers themselves are exposed to patients and patients with COVID."... Read More

I-215 NB lane closures between Sahara, Charleston slated for Dec. 3-5

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- If you take I-215 northbound at any point during your day, plan for lane closures between Sahara Avenue and Charleston Boulevard from Dec. 3-5. The stretch will be closed at different times.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 3: 6- 9 a.m. (traffic reduced to one lane)
  • Friday, Dec. 4: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. (traffic reduced to one lane)
  • Saturday, Dec. 5: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (traffic reduced to two lanes)

According to Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin, the closures are necessary for completion of the current repaving and widening project. It will add a fourth lane to each side of the 215 in this area. ... Read More

Winless Rebels fall to Davidson 77-73 at Maui Invitational

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV junior guards Bryce Hamilton and David Jenkins Jr. both scored season highs and the Runnin' Rebels fought back to cut their deficit to just two points late, but the UNLV men's basketball team came up short in a 77-73 loss to Davidson in the Maui Invitational finale Wednesday night at Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville.
Davidson (2-2) had four players score in double figures and was led by Kellan Grady's 22 points and Hyunjung Lee's 21 points.
Hamilton tied his season-high with 27 points, while Jenkins Jr. added 18 points for UNLV (0-4). Jenkins Jr. shot 4 of 8 on 3-pointers.
BATTLING BACK: After trailing by as many as 14 points (51-37) with 13 minutes left in the game, the Runnin' Rebels fought back to cut the deficit to just three points at 60-57 with five minutes to go, then two points late... Read More

'He always chose kindness': Tony Hsieh's family thanks community for support

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- "He always chose kindness." It's one part of a statement from Tony Hsieh's family sent to the I-Team following the passing of their beloved son and brother.

Hsieh, who lived in Las Vegas, died in New London, Connecticut, on Friday, Nov. 27, after being rescued from a fire on Nov. 18. He was 46.

Investigators have not released further details about what caused the fire.

Hsieh is survived by his father, mother and two adult brothers. He was not married and has no children.

In a statement provided to 8 News Now, Hsieh's family thanks the Las Vegas community for its outpouring of support:... Read More