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An outdoor area where homeless people were staying full of tents and blankets.
Stephanie Serrano

Pandemic-Driven Homelessness Will Double That Of The Great Recession, Analysis Finds

A new report finds that pandemic-related job loss will cause twice as much chronic homelessness than the 2008 Great Recession, with Latinos and African Americans especially vulnerable.

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An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

4:45 p.m. | January 22, 2021

Nevada’s COVID-19 Death Toll Is Approaching 4,000
By Michelle Billman

In Nevada, the death toll from COVID-19 is at 3,958 and the state’s test positivity rate has ticked down slightly to just under 20%. Nevada’s daily average of new cases is now down to 1,365 reported over the last two-week period.

An illustration of an ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAM / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

6:50 p.m. | January 19, 2021

One In Five People Getting Tested For COVID Are Testing Positive In Nevada
By Lucia Starbuck

The test positivity rate in Nevada continues to be high. The rate has been hovering at around 20% since early December. This means, about one in five people getting tested are testing positive.

Updated 7:10 p.m. ET

Gen. Lloyd Austin, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to head the Pentagon, went before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday in a bid to make history by being confirmed as the nation's first Black secretary of defense.

During his opening statement, Austin, 67, addressed the biggest issue hovering over his nomination.

A screenshot of Gov. Steve Sisolak
Screenshot courtesy of Gov. Sisolak's YouTube channel

These are your morning news headlines for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

Looking Back: Life In The Peace Corps After World War II

Jan 19, 2021
An old photo of Michael Schop in his uniform is looking at the camera and smiling.
Courtesy of Hudson Heimerman / KUNR Youth Media

Michael Schop was a member of the Peace Corps who served in La Rochelle, France after World War II.  He’s also the grandfather of Hudson Heimerman, a member of the KUNR Youth Media program. To learn more, Heimerman decided to ask his grandfather what his decades-old adventures were like.

Updated at 3:49 p.m. ET

President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, appeared before a Senate panel Tuesday to begin his confirmation process, vowing to do everything he can so that an attack on the Capitol like the one on Jan. 6 "will not happen again."

Mayorkas, who would be the first Latino and first immigrant to lead that department, was previously the head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a DHS agency, during the Obama administration. He then served as deputy secretary of DHS.

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET

Federal investigators say they have arrested several alleged members of extremist and white supremacist groups who participated in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building, including multiple participants in an alleged conspiracy.

People allegedly affiliated with organizations such as The Three Percenters, The Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, Texas Freedom Force, and other self-described Nazis and white supremacists were among the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol building, according to federal investigators.

Giving and full of light. That's how family and friends described May Bunjes. The 71-year-old community advocate died of COVID-19 in November. Now her family is using her death as a rallying cry.

In Weld County, Colorado – where officials have dismissed state health orders meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 – she was a court-appointed special advocate for abused children for more than 20 years.

Eager to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors, more people than ever are hitting the slopes on skis and snowboards.

"Oh, yeah. I mean, we sold probably a thousand more season passes this year than we ever had," says John DeVivo, the General Manager of Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire. "We were up about 20% in pass sales."

A love of apocalyptic horror films may have actually helped people mentally prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. At least, that's according to research published this month in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.


Whether you get the help you need after a wildfire may depend on how wealthy or White your neighborhood is, a new paper suggests.

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Movie Minutes with Robin Holabird

The White Tiger movie poster.
Netflix

For this week's Movie Minutes, KUNR Film Critic Robin Holabird explores the movie The White Tiger and says this Indian film offers much more than traditional Bollywood fare.

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr. are looking at the camera.
Amazon Studios

One Night in Miami theorizes what happened when four famous men got together in a small hotel room after the world heavyweight boxing championship. Instead of partying like crazy, they got into serious discussions about racism in America. One of the men, Cassius Clay, planned to upend expectations by announcing a change of faith and name. Under leadership and guidance by another guy in the room — Malcolm X — Clay aimed towards a different role as Muhammed Ali, the newly crowned heavyweight champion of the world. Malcolm hoped the two other men in the room — football player Jim Brown and singer Sam Cooke — would join the movement and use their influence to forcefully demand racial parity.

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel both look to the right.
Universal Pictures

The movie News of the World delivers a revisionist Western. The term “revisionist” used to mean a project that felt grittier than Roy Rogers singing cowboy songs, but now it refers to politically correct attitudes that defy traditional classics like The Searchers. That John Wayne/John Ford epic spent decades on lists as the greatest western movie ever made, with gorgeous location shots of Monument Valley standing tall while the epitome of a hero put his own needs aside as he searches for a little girl kidnapped by Comanches.

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