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Here’s the latest business news from around Northern Nevada, with Business Beat from the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, June 25, 2021.

Four states in the Mountain West are opting out of the federal government's $300-a-week pandemic unemployment compensation.

The Republican governors of Idaho, Utah and Wyoming announced their decisions this week. They follow Montana, which last week became the first state in the nation to drop the unemployment supplement that the American Rescue Plan extended into September.

The governors cite labor shortages and point to their state's low unemployment rates. The added payments will end in the second half of June.

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Here are the morning news headlines for Monday, Apr. 19, 2021.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Mar. 26, 2021.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.

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Jan 27, 2021
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Here are your local news headlines for the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021.

An outdoor area where homeless people were staying full of tents and blankets.
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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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Amid the economic downturn, Idaho and Utah have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

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Por primera vez desde que empezó la pandemia, la tasa de desempleo en Nevada cayó por debajo del pico de la Gran Recesión del estado, bajando un punto porcentual al 13.2 por ciento para agosto.

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For the first time since the pandemic began, Nevada’s unemployment rate dipped below the state’s Great Recession peak, dropping one percentage point to 13.2 percent for the month of August.

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Two states in the Mountain West have some of the country’s highest unemployment rates, including Nevada, which tops the nation. 

Una mujer se toma una foto estilo “selfie” en su coche. Lleva mascarilla y bolsas de alimentos gratuitos para repartir en  las casas de familias que necesitan la comida.
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Debido a la COVID-19, la necesidad de alimentos gratuitos ha aumentado en el norte de Nevada.  

Communities in Schools o Comunidades en las Escuelas, trabaja directamente con familias que tienen hambre. Es una organización nacional sin fines de lucro que ayuda a estudiantes a ser exitosos en las escuelas. En estos momentos también mantiene las despensas de alimentos en aproximadamente 10 escuelas públicas en Reno y Sparks, en asociación con el Banco de Alimentos del norte de Nevada.

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As Nevada’s unemployment crisis heads into its sixth month, some claimants are still in limbo in a system swamped by more than a million applications for benefits. There’s been a lawsuit. There’s also been new legislation passed in a special session.

The Rural West Covid Project was conducted back in June and July, when cases of the novel coronavirus were spiking across the country.

President Donald Trump says an executive order he signed on Saturday funds a $400 weekly supplement to unemployment benefits. But it likely won't be as helpful as it seems.

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El Banco de Alimentos del Norte de Nevada

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Después de varios meses de pandemia, el Banco de Alimentos del Norte de Nevada sigue recibiendo un número récord de personas que necesitan alimentos gratuitos. 

Como muchas despensas de alimentos están ubicadas en las escuelas públicas, la disponibilidad de esta comida durante el verano es diferente en comparación al resto del año.

Carolina Juárez runs the Glenn Duncan Elementary food pantry. When COVID-19 it, she started delivering food to the homes of families in need. This self portrait shows a masked Carolina in her car, with bags of food piled in the back seat.
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Communities in Schools works directly with families experiencing hunger. With the overall mission of helping students stay in school, the organization staffs ten food pantries located in schools in Reno and Sparks.

Carolina Juárez, works for the nonprofit as a bilingual site coordinator at Glenn Duncan Elementary School. In this audio postcard, she shares what it’s like to support students and run a food pantry.

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Food Bank of Northern Nevada

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Several months into the pandemic, the Food Bank of Northern Nevada is seeing record numbers of people using their food assistance services. With many food pantries housed in schools, food availability over the summer is different than during the rest of the year.