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ID verification now required for all new unemployment insurance claims

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- People applying for unemployment benefits for the first time will be required to go through ID verification, according to an announcement today from the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

The requirement was put in place for all claims made for regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits made on or after April 18, according to DETR.

The step to verify your identity involves the ID.me service, which has become a standard for several federal agencies and 25 states.

DETR notes that claimants should not use ID.me to verify their identity unless instructed to do so.

ID.me is a credential service provider that is federally certified as compliant with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. This security measure is a requirement under the Continued Assistance Act of 2020... Read More

California won't lift its mask requirement for another month

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won’t lift its mask requirement until June 15 to give the public time to prepare and ensure cases stay low.

State Health Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said Monday that a four-week delay will allow businesses time to make adjustments and more people to get vaccinated.

“This four week period will give Californians time to prepare for this change, while we continue the relentless focus on delivering vaccines particularly to underserved communities and those that were hard hit throughout this pandemic,” he said.

Many other states lifted their mask requirements last week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to skip face coverings and social distancing in most situations.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom already has said that if cases remain low the state will drop nearly all COVID-19 restrictions on June 15... Read More

Update: All lanes reopen on I-15 northbound between Craig and Cheyenne

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- All lanes on I-15 northbound reopened to traffic just before 1:30 p.m. The lanes were closed as police investigated a suspicious package.

#FASTALERT

5/17/2021 1:23 PM

Northbound I-15 is now Open at Cheyenne

— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) May 17, 2021

Police activity was reported on I-15 at Craig Road causing traffic to be diverted.

Metro's Armor Unit assisted NHP with the suspicious package.

#FASTALERT 12:34 PM, May 17 2021
Police activity I-15 NB At Craig Rd
All lanes are blocked
Use other routes... Read More

Heavy rescue operation on Lee Canyon Road after car plunges down ravine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Las Vegas Fire & Rescue shared some photos on their Twitter account of a crash they responded to Sunday night involving a car at the bottom of a 40-foot deep ravine.

The crash happened at Mile Marker 7 on Lee Canyon Road. Rescue crews were needed to pull the car out of the ravine and rescue the two occupants inside.

@LasVegasFD assisted with the rescue of two occupants in a car wedged a the bottom of a 40 foot deep ravine off Lee Canyon Road at MM7 Sunday night.  The two occupants were extricated in approximately 45 minutes after the arrival of Heavy Rescue 44. pic.twitter.com/2SmmC9PRmH

— Las Vegas FireRescue (@LasVegasFD) May 17, 2021... Read More

MGM Resorts updates mask policy; vaccinated employees no longer need to wear masks

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — MGM Resorts International has updated its mask guidelines since Friday and it now includes vaccinated employees. Employees who are "verified" as fully vaccinated will no longer be required to a wear a mask at any of its Las Vegas properties.

On Friday, after the Centers for Disease Control eased mask restrictions, MGM Resorts said fully vaccinated guests could forgo masks but employees would still be required to wear them.

The MGM Resorts news release says that employees must upload a copy of their CDC vaccine card as proof of receiving a vaccine... Read More

Fertility doctor addresses pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- During pregnancy there are lots of unknowns and many decisions to be made about your health and the health of your unborn baby. And now deciding on the COVID vaccine has been added to the list.

A local fertility clinic is sharing some information about COVID and pregnancy.

Doctors say pregnant women can have more severe symptoms than women who are not pregnant and are far more likely to end up in the Intensive Care Unit, on a ventilator or deceased.

Dr. Carrie Bedient, a board certified reproductive specialist at the Fertility Center of Las Vegas says there are theories on social media that the antibodies generated by the vaccine impact fertility and ability of the placenta to grow and therefore could lead to infertility or miscarriages but she says there is no evidence of that.

She said their fertility doctors recommend any woman considering pregnancy get a vaccine to protect herself as well as her baby... Read More

Despite Game 1 loss, VGK fans thrilled to be back for playoff hockey at T-Mobile Arena

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- NHL playoffs are underway and the Vegas Golden Knights are hoping for a strong comeback win after a tough loss in the first game against Minnesota on Sunday.

The Wild snuck off with a 1-0 overtime victory at T-Mobile Arena yesterday afternoon.

Vegas generated plenty of shots, totaling 42, but couldn't find the back of the net a single time.

It was the first playoff game at T-Mobile Arena in more than 750 days, since April 21, 2019.

Game one was the biggest crowd of the season, with nearly 8,700 fans on hand to create what everyone described as an electric atmosphere.

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