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Nevada Law Expands Some Jobless Benefits, Targets Backlog

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed a law giving state unemployment officials more flexibility to attack a backlog of jobless claims.

The measure lawmakers approved during a special session extends benefits for more Nevadans out of work in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation 24.9%.

Health officials also said Thursday they believe they have resolved a problem with a vendor causing backlogs in COVID-19 testing results.

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They reported the daily growth in new cases continues a slight downward trend since the end of July. Total virus deaths grew by 10 to 900.