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Pier 1 filing for bankruptcy, 2 Las Vegas stores closing

 LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Pier 1 Imports has filed for bankruptcy after racking up $59 million in losses. The company has cut a deal with lenders to get a quarter-billion dollars in financing. It’s now focused on looking for a buyer.

The company recently announced it will close around 400 stores nationwide. Two Pier 1 stores are expected to close in the Las Vegas valley. One them on Durango Drive, near the 215 and the other on Fort Apache Road, near Tropicana Avenue... Read More

‘Prom Closet’ underway to dress students for big night, some clothes still needed

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — High school is marked by milestones such as homecoming, graduation and prom. But homeless and displaced students often miss out because of the financial burden of going to the prom.

One organization, Project 150, is helping those students in need. The organization helps homeless and displaced students all year, but one of the big events is the “Prom Closet.”

Going to the prom can be expensive. The cost of a dress, tuxedo, tickets, hair, make-up all add up.

Project 150 steps in to help make prom dreams come true for students in need. The organization works with all 63 high schools and more than 2,000 teens. Donations from the community make the project possible... Read More

Bloomberg makes debate stage, facing Dem rivals for 1st time in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has qualified for the next Democratic presidential debate. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll published Tuesday shows Bloomberg with 19% support nationally.

It’s the first time Bloomberg will stand alongside the rivals he has so far avoided by bypassing the early voting states and using his personal fortune to define himself through television ads.

The former New York mayor will appear Wednesday in Las Vegas alongside Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg. His campaign says he’s “looking forward” to it.

The Democratic National Committee recently changed its rules for how a candidate qualifies for the debate, opening the door for Bloomberg. Tom Steyer hopes to qualify... Read More

New bill would reclassify 911 dispatchers as first responders

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A new bill could give 911 dispatchers the recognition some say is long overdue. The bill would reclassify dispatcher jobs as first responders. The change could allow them to get the same mental health and training benefits as other first responders.

A congresswoman from California is spearheading the 911 Saves Act. To this day, dispatchers are still classified as clerical workers.

“We work anywhere from 10-14-hour shifts, basically saving as many lives as we can,” said Matt Gogan, vice president of the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials.

They experience some of the same trauma as first responders, but many of them don’t have the same access to trauma resources or training.

Gogan, a dispatcher at Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, said the association is the largest and oldest international organization that represents 911 dispatchers across the world ... Read More

Massive turnout, lack of resources lead to long early voting wait times

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Massive wait times continue, as early voting for the Nevada caucus enters the final stretch.

Tuesday, Feb. 18, is the last day of early voting, and caucus day is Saturday, Feb. 22.

The Nevada Democratic Party said the huge early voter turnout is why there are long wait times. On the first two days of early voting, more than 26,000 people across the state voted. This is encouraging for many voters. But one site lead tells 8 News Now there is another issue at play.

Voters
waited a while in a long line at the Sun City Anthem Community Center Monday
evening, willing to do whatever it takes to cast their votes.

“I
sat once or twice, but I stood most of the time. It doesn’t really bother
me,” said Henderson resident Marc Segal... Read More

I-Team: Las Vegas homicide rates dropped over the last 3 years, Metro says

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Homicide rates are down in Las Vegas. Metro Police reported a nearly 30% drop in murders last year, and a 40% drop since 2017. According to Sheriff Joe Lombardo, it’s no accident murders and other violent crimes have dropped.

Over the last few years, Metro Police have initiated fundamental changes in how homicide cases are handled and how patrol officers get involved in deterring the most violent criminals.

Some of the changes started with a reading assignment for Metro brass. America is an outlier when it comes to murder. The homicide rate in the U.S. is seven times greater than in other high-income nations. ... Read More

Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits

(AP) — Barraged by hundreds of sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the hallowed, 110-year-old organization to carry on.

The Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware, sets in motion what could be one of the biggest, most complex bankruptcies ever seen. Scores of lawyers are seeking settlements on behalf of several thousand men who say they were molested as scouts by scoutmasters or other leaders decades ago but are only now eligible to sue because of recent changes in their states’ statute-of-limitations laws... Read More