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‘My father ignored medical expertise and now he has COVID,’ Rep. Louie Gohmert’s daughter says

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The daughter of Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert has said that her father has COVID-19 because he “ignored medical expertise.”

“This has been a heartbreaking battle because I love my dad and don’t want him to die,” said Rep. Gohmert’s daughter Caroline, a recording artist also known as BELLSAINT.

The 66-year-old politician was diagnosed ahead of a planned trip with President Donald Trump to the Permian Basin in Texas. The diagnosis forced him to cancel the trip.

In an interview with KETK on Wednesday, Rep. Gohmert said he had no symptoms. On Friday, he tweeted that he was taking hydroxychloroquine, the controversial drug touted by President Donald Trump as a treatment for COVID-19... Read More

Nevada Democrats, Republicans clash over Voting Rights Bill

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — A bill requiring ballots to be mailed to all Nevada voters passed during the special session and now awaits Governor Sisolak’s signature. Lawmakers passed the bill along party lines Sunday, but there’s some controversy surrounding it.

The Voting Rights Bill expands mail-in voting, just ahead of the 2020 election. Democrats say it’s important in the wake of COVID-19, but republicans believe it’ll lead to voter fraud.

Nevada senators voted along party lines just like the Assembly, passing the emergency Voting Rights Bill. The goal is to have as many people as possible cast their ballot for the 2020 election, even amid the coronavirus pandemic... Read More

Tracking the Tropics: Isaias slightly strengthens as it crawls up east coast

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bands of heavy rain from Isaias lashed Florida’s east coast Sunday, with the tropical storm strengthening slightly in the evening on its way up the Eastern seabord.

Officials dealing with surging cases of the coronavirus in Florida kept a close watch on the storm that was weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, but still brought heavy rain and flooding to Florida’s Atlantic coast.

The National Hurricane Center advised at 5 p.m. EDT Sunday that the storm was about 65 miles (105 kilometers) off the east coast of Central Florida, and about 410 miles (660 kilometers) south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

It was strengthening slightly with sustained winds just under a Category 1 hurricane, taking a north-northwest path, according to the center... Read More

Teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

A community in the Atlanta area is rallying around a teenager who lost both of his parents to COVID-19 just days apart, WSB reports.

“We were a regular family just trying to stay safe during this pandemic,” said 17-year-old Justin Hunter. 

The high school senior says he and his parents, Angie and Eugene, took all the proper precautions. 

“For example, my mom. When she would go to the store she would be wearing a mask. She would be wearing gloves,” Justin said. 

But about two weeks ago, they all became infected with COVID-19. 

“I don’t really know how our family got the virus,” Justin said. 

He says he was asymptomatic, but his parents started showing serious symptoms. ... Read More

Clark High School staff attempt to connect with students through canvass

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — As the Clark County School District prepares for distance education to begin in three weeks, school leaders are working to learn which students need a device or internet access.

Staff at Clark High School are seeking those important answers.

“We just want to get in touch with all these students we haven’t heard from,” Clark High School Assistant Principal Shalee Okelberry said.

Roughly 30 teachers and staff from Clark High School volunteered to participate in a “Chromebook Canvass.”

Some walked while others drove, visiting homes and apartments to connect with students and learn what supplies they need for distance education.

One teacher told 8 News Now it was important to volunteer her time because she loves her students.

“I’m here to spread the word in the community,” said Megan Thayer, a Spanish teacher... Read More

CCEA urges lawmakers to protect school employees and students upon reopening schools

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — As lawmakers are gathered in Carson City this week for the second Special Session, the Clark County Education Association has released a statement advocating for the protection of staff and students as schools are reopened.

The statement reads in part, “Unless the Governor and Legislators address the key issues of safety and employee protection in this Special Session, CCEA cannot support educators returning to schools.”

CCEA is demanding a “robust and effective safety and testing program that maintains safety and health of staff and students,” which they suggest should be funded by federal money through the CARES Act. The group wants all 40,000 CCSD employees tested upon reentry to schools.

CCEA also lists contract tracing and mandatory quarantines for positive tests as needed aspects for a safe return to the classroom... Read More

NV Dems respond to Trump’s tweet about taking legal action on Nevada voting legislation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada State Democratic Party has released a statement following President Trump’s tweet where he threatened legal action in response to Democrats’ efforts to pass voting laws in the state legislature’s second special session.

On Friday, Nevada Trump Campaign Co-Chair Adam Laxalt claimed in a tweet that, by seeking to increase universal voting access during the ongoing special session, Nevada Democrats are attempting to “steal the election.”

In a tweet Sunday, President Trump retweeted Laxalt and said “This is outrageous. Must be met with immediate litigation!”

This is outrageous. Must be met with immediate litigation! @GOPChairwoman https://t.co/CD6bD3Kn6J... Read More