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Nevada-based company gains $50 million backing from Ford

DEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. is investing $50 million in an upstart electric vehicle battery recycling company as the automaker moves to bolster its U.S. battery supply chain.

The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker will invest in Redwood Materials, a Nevada-based company founded by former Tesla executive JB Straubel.

Ford says in a statement that Redwood can recover 95% of precious metals in EV batteries such as nickel, cobalt, lithium and copper.

All of those metals could be in short supply as the world shifts from to electric vehicles.

Ford says locally produced materials can drive down battery costs, increase materials supply and cut reliance on imported metals.

Ford expects 40% of its global sales to be fully electric by 2030... Read More

Motorcyclist suffers critical injuries in crash on Lake Mead, Torrey Pines

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 22-year-old motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash at the intersection of Lake Mead Boulevard and Torrey Pines Drive.

According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, Bryce Estocado was struck by a woman driving a Hyundai Santa Fe around 8 p.m. That driver, Therese Schubert-Makowiecki, was making a left turn from Torrey Pines onto West Lake Mead as Estocado, who was headed south on Torrey Pines, entered the intersection. Police said both failed to stop at red lights.

Estocado was ejected from the motorcycle and transported to University Medical Center's Trauma Center. Schubert-Makowiecki, and the two children in her vehicle, were not injured. Police said there were no signs of impairment and the crash remains under investigation... Read More

UPDATE: Road reopened after semi-truck crash on SR 160 disrupts traffic between Pahrump and Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Motorists heading from Pahrump to Las Vegas Wednesday morning were delayed due when southbound lanes of State Route 160 were closed following the rollover crash of a semi-truck.

The Nye County Sheriff's Office diverted traffic around the crash scene during the investigation, but the road has reopened, according to county officials.

#FASTALERT 5:45 AM, Sep 22 2021
Crash SR160 - Pahrump Valley Rd EB Before Tecopa Road
EB lanes blocked
Expect delays

— RTC Southern Nevada (@RTCSNV) September 22, 2021

The crash happened after the exit to Tecopa. The Nye County Sheriff's Office says the northbound lanes were unaffected... Read More

'He stole her life because he wanted to steal her car': Family of Destiny Jackson distraught after suspect's arrest

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A California family still can't understand why a complete stranger would allegedly kill a young woman he'd just met.

"She was just so kind and it infuriates me that he showed her no remorse he had no idea who she was what she meant to so many people," says Gladys Toleafoa.

She's describing her 24-year-old cousin Destiny Jackson whose body was found on September 11, shot to death, and dumped near Sloan.

Destiny's family held a vigil praying police would find her killer.

The following day her stolen car was spotted in southern California.

After a brief chase 21-year-old, Albert Monterio was captured and confessed.

"How do you even answer for that? How do you even deem what's enough justice for what he did to her? He stole her life because he wanted to steal her car," expressed Toleafoa. ... Read More

Lake Mead water levels hit all-time low, federal water shortage declared

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Lake Mead is at its lowest level ever right now and sitting at 1,067 feet.

The head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority emphasized that everyone needs to do their part to conserve water.

The water levels at Lake Mead have fallen more than 100 feet in 20 years.

Southern Nevada gets about 90% of its water from the Colorado River.

The ongoing drought conditions are projected to drop water levels even more in the coming years.

"Speaking bluntly, I think the development going forward is going to need to have different considerations in water usage than what we have done historically. So that is a work in progress," says John Entsminger the general manager for Southern Nevada Water Authority.

The Water Authority is now emphasizing the importance of following the water restriction schedules all year round. ... Read More

Raiders artwork honors Nevada high school football

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) - New artwork at Allegiant Stadium pays tribute to high school football across Nevada.

The Las Vegas Raiders and Intermountain Healthcare unveiled the piece, which includes the helmets of 96 high school football teams, in the shape of the state.

Raiders team president Dan Ventrelle said the art acknowledges the contribution high school football makes to Nevada's sports culture.

"They contribute a great football environment in the state," said Ventrelle. "To see it all visually is very impressive. We are very proud of it and supporting the individual effort of all the schools... Read More

8 on Your Side: The future of e-commerce

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- What is the future of e-commerce? According to experts, it's looking very strong.

"The U.S. Department of Commerce is projecting that sales are going to go up every single year for the foreseeable future, if we think brick and mortar stores are having a tough time now, they haven't seen anything yet," says Joe Stefani founder and president of Desert Cactus.

Stefani's company is a licensed product organization for the NBA, NHL, Department of Defense, and more than 700 universities.

He's seen double-digit growth every quarter since the pandemic started. Stefani is also anticipating what e-commerce will look like in the future, as customer demands change.

"They want to see more images of a product, if you go back a couple of years ago, the average consumer would be ok with one or two images of a product, now they want to see 6, 7, 8 images, a 360-degree view of a product," Stefani adds. ... Read More