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'Divorce month:' Lawyer says calls up as much as 40% in January

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- January is known as divorce month.

With the holidays behind us, local experts say this is the time when many married couples consider calling it quits.

Romeo Perez, a local divorce attorney said he's getting between 30% and 40% more calls. Couples asking questions about the divorce process.

Perez said January turned out to be a busy month with divorce consultations.

He said he believes many couples wait for the holidays to pass -- or for their income tax return -- before hiring a divorce attorney.

From his perspective, the pandemic is another factor that's pushed more couples to consider breaking up.

“What we’re seeing a lot of now is kind of what we saw in the late ‘90s, which is people weren’t necessarily fighting over the kids, they were fighting over the house,” Perez said. “We’ve got the house values that skyrocketed in the last two years. People are fighting over the equity.”... Read More

Air Force: Exercise expected to produce extra aircraft noise

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force says southern Nevada residents can expect increased aircraft noise from a scheduled training exercise that will involve nearly 100 aircraft, with nighttime takeoffs planned to allow air crews to train for combat operations conducted at night.

Nellis Air Force Base officials say Red Flag 22-1 will run from Monday to Feb. 11 over the Nevada Test and Training Range north of Las Vegas. Officials say the exercise will involve more than a dozen aircraft types with the 388th Fighter Wing from Hill Air Force Base in Utah playing a prominent role... Read More

Want a free dozen donuts from Krispy Kreme? Donate blood

(WHNT) -- January is National Blood Donor Month, and Krispy Kreme has found a tasty way to help alleviate what the American Red Cross is calling "its worst blood shortage in over a decade."

From Jan. 24-31, simply donate blood and bring proof of your donation to a participating Krispy Kreme location for a free dozen of the company's famous original glazed donuts. That proof can be a donor band or sticker or a digital pass on your donor app -- it just needs to show when you donated.

While Krispy Kreme is encouraging donations to the American Red Cross, the company said any blood donation to any organization will qualify for the promotion as long as it's made between Jan. 24 and 31... Read More

Taking a short break from the winds

Super sunny skies to start our last week of January. The air is also super dry thanks to the gusty north winds over the weekend so keep drinking plenty of water. Our Monday will be nice and calm, but those bumpy north winds will return as soon as Tuesday. Sherry's most accurate #WeatherNOW forecast has the wind speeds you need to plan for and a drop in temps to follow... Read More

End of affirmative action? Justices to hear challenge to race-based college admissions

The conservative-dominated Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions, adding another blockbuster case to a term with abortion, guns, religion and COVID-19 already on the agenda.

The court said it will take up lawsuits claiming that Harvard University, a private institution, and the University of North Carolina, a state school, discriminate against Asian American applicants. A decision against the schools could mean the end of affirmative action in college admissions.

Arguments are expected to take place in the fall.

Lower courts rejected the challenges, citing more than 40 years of high court rulings that allow colleges and universities to consider race in admissions decisions. But the colleges and universities must do so in a narrowly tailored way to promote diversity... Read More

Efforts underway to put breakaway school district initiative before lawmakers next year

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Henderson city councilman who wants a state law change to let communities like his carve out their own school districts has filed paperwork to gather citizen support to put the question before state lawmakers next year.

Dan Stewart field an initiative petition on Jan. 11 through a political action committee he formed. Stewart and other initiative backers argue the size of districts like Clark County make it difficult to manage schools.

If they gather enough signatures to put the initiative before lawmakers, it would allow communities like Henderson to secede from the Clark County School District. It's the fifth-largest in the country, with about 320,000 students. ... Read More

CareNow Urgent Care face high demand due to omicron in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)-- Even with the number of COVID-19 cases still, high across the valley, the rate at which people are testing at drive-thru testing sites seems to be going down, but that is the opposite for urgent care as they are seeing an influx.

"Our walk-in rate has increased," Dr. Lamont Tyler, the Medical Director at CareNow Urgent Care, said. "We are seeing lines at the beginning of our shift and then throughout the day."

New drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opening in Summerlin

The 24 hour-facility near Jones Blvd and Tropicana Ave and their sites in the North Las Vegas area tend to be the busiest. With most people walking in to get tested instead of going online to check-in, which CareNow encourages... Read More