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CCSD therapist arrested, accused of statutory seduction

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Clark County School District police have arrested 48-year-old Jennifer Courtad on two counts of statutory seduction.

Courtad was taken into custody by law enforcement in Utah and was booked at the Clark County Detention Center on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The arrest stems from an investigation that started at Eldorado High School in October 2020.

Courtad had been assigned to home since October 2020.

According to CCSD police Courtad served as an Occupation Therapist since Aug. 2014. ... Read More

Howard Hughes makes his mark in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes rolled into Las Vegas in 1966 to live in a room at the Desert Inn hotel but prior to that he'd been to Las Vegas and spent time in a small house just off the Las Vegas Strip.

Reporter George Knapp talks with legendary newsman Bob Stoldal, who now sits on the historic preservation board. ... Read More

DETR: Debt paid on unemployment trust fund before interest came due

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Anyone who has ever had credit card debt knows it's the interest that kills you.

Nevada has emerged from the pandemic without owing any interest on debts that built up as it paid millions in unemployment claims, according to the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR).

Nearly $2 billion that was in the trust fund was wiped out in the first nine months of the pandemic. After that, the state borrowed money -- $332.4 million -- from the Social Security Administration to cover the payments.

And the interest was about to come due.

Nevada has now paid off the debt using eligible funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, eliminating the need for businesses to bear the brunt of repaying the loan or the interest.

(Stateof NevadaWeekly UI FilingStatisticsforWeekEnding 10/09/2021)

Unemployment insurance payments have already started to rebuild the trust fund, according to a graph from DETR... Read More

Funds in place to begin name change to Harry Reid International Airport

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Although there's no decision on when officials will rebrand it the Harry Reid International Airport, the first fund-raising threshhold in the airport name conversion has been met, according to Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom.

County officials approved the name change on Feb. 16, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed off on the change in June.

But all the approvals happened with the stipulation that private fund-raising would have to pay for the change from the 50-year-old name McCarran International Airport.

Segerblom confirmed to 8NewsNow that $4.2 million has now been raised to proceed with the change, meeting the requirement to begin the first phase.

The money is in an account set up by Clark County to receive donations for renaming the airport... Read More

A roller coaster of temps & gusty winds

Mostly sunny, but dusty skies for your Monday, thanks to some very strong winds blowing through southern Nevada today. And just when we warmed back up to some warmer October 80s this weekend, temps will drop right back down to just cooler 60s for some valley neighborhoods today and Tuesday. The cool down is coming around a strong cold front sliding through the west. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast has the high wind speeds and cool lower temps... Read More

215 eastbound closed at Airport Connector due to homicide investigation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The eastbound lanes of 215 are closed Monday morning due to a police investigation. According to Metro Police, one person is dead and another was transported to the hospital.

The eastbound 215 lanes were closed at the Airport Connector around 2:30 a.m. Traffic is being diverted off the freeway at Las Vegas Boulevard. Motorists who use that section of freeway will have to find an alternate route... Read More

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies after complications from COVID-19

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Gen. Colin Powell, the first Black U.S. Secretary of State has died from complications from COVID-19, according to a post from his family on his Facebook page. Powell was 84.

"General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19," the Powell family wrote.

Powell, a retired four-star general and Republican, was chairman of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush duignt the 1991 Gulf War. He later served as the 65th Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005 under President George W. Bush... Read More