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to sign up for health insurance--- or face fines, come tax time. if you're waiting until the last minute to sign up, be prepared: there is confusion about what you need to sign up, -and if you qualify for subsidies. but there are brokers who can help you purchase either private insurance, or coverage from the feds. kolo 8 news now's terri russell spoke with a local broker who's beginning this sign-up period. brokers are now able to sell all facets of health insurance--you won't be referred elsewhere if you qualify for insurance on the federal site. whatever you choose or qualify for, you'll need some basics to get through the process. alex sampson/health benefits associates: most importantly i need a proff of income. i need
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income, and i need social security numbers for everybody that is enrolled. alex sampson has been signing people up for health insurance since november. he says unlike in years past, with the federal site, the process has been pretty easy this year for his clients. he says even if people want to stick with their current plan it is best to come in and make sure all the information is accurate and carries over through 2000- 16. he says these days most people who come see him qualify and are taking advantage of federally subsidized insurance. but he has a couple of suggestions because there are options within that insurance as well. first he says many people underestimate their annual income hoping to get a better subsidy and less expensive insurance. sampson: it all washes out in your taxes. and so if you really want to overtake that subsidy, by all means. yep, i earned right at this threshold. i earned $16,000 right on the dot. and yea that is going to leave you a huge subsidy. if you earn $16,500 you get a great subsidy
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penny of it back. when it comes to that subsidy. he says you have the option of not taking the entire amount. again he says that gives you a cushion where your chances of paying back the government are less, and you could even get a rebate at tax time 2000-17 sampson says health benefits associates will be open extra hours to help people sign up for health insurance. health link will be holding a sign up event at mckinley arts center on saturday the 30th those who wait to the last minute to sign up for health insurance. terri russell kolo 8 news now. the longtime c-e-o of the chamber of commerce in the reno- sparks area is retiring. len stevens took the top spot at the reno chamber of commerce 2002. merger of chambers of commerce in reno and
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he isn't leaving quite yet. stevens will stay with the chamber until his replacement is named. ### nevada is opening a tourism office in india. lieutenant governor mark hutchison says he's headed to new delhi to launch the new international branch. a survey of more than 800 visitors indicated they enjoy large malls, wildlife viewing, camping and visiting historical monuments while overseas. nevada recently closed its tourism office in china.### a new outdoor mall, off the las vegas strip will debut in april. it'll happen, just days before the opening of arena. today m-g-m announced its outdoor entertainment development-- known as "the park", will open april 4thh spaces, street performers, and restaurants. the walkway will lead to the company's 20- thousand-seat t-mobile arena which opens april 6th. ### the u-s treasury department is doing away with some rules for cuba.
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will get rid of financing restrictions on most exports. and while americans still can only travel to cuba under 12-specific guidelines, now they'll be allowed to do more while in the country. the changes come because of direct talks between the u-s and cuba... which began about a year ago.### america's job market will officially include ride-share companies, and all other workers--- in what's known as, the "gig economy" next year. the u-s labor department says independent contractors, temporary workers and people with multiple jobs, will be included in its statistics. those numbers will be included---starting in may 2017. the "gig economy" has ballooned in recent years. a report shows it includes roughly 30- million independent workers. ### if you don't have an amazon prime membership, chances are your neighbor does. nearly half of american households have a membership. new research estimates the number of amazon prime memberships in the u-s jumped 35-percent last year to 54-million. meaning, about 46 percent of u-s households have at least one member.
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disclose the number of prime members it has, but it has previously said it is in the tens of millions. the memberships cost 99 dollars a year. they come with free two-day or overnight shipping on many items, as well as access to amazon streaming videos.### more than 6-million bottles of water are being sent to students, hit by the flint water crisis. the bottles donated by walmart, coke, pepsi and nestle will provide flint's 10-thousand students-- with clean water throughout 20-16. tap water in flint was found to be contaminated with toxic levels of lead. state and federal officials have struggled to provide clean water for residents. ### a las vegas woman says bad luck has made her a squatter in her own home. jessica janner has her story... and what you can do to avoid being in the same situation. "i'm basically a squatter in my own home." family photos on the wall, report cards on the fridge, even a fresh brew of morning coffee. a long history within
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doesn't belong here. "we grabbed the soda, the cigarettes, it was just a mess. we had no time to prepare." patricia's dad took out a reverse mortgage on the house nine years ago and when he died in 2012. it was patricia left with debt. she admits she wasn't on top of things, letting it get to this point. paperwork shows the bank has tried to collect on the debt for at least four years, money patricia says she simply doesn't have. "what would you like me to do? so you can make a dollar, i vacate the premesis and i lose my family's home." when constables kicked the family out, they left, but afterwards broke back in through an open window. the family is trying to be descreet, even the kids going to and from school through the side gate. "but at this point, the fact that the homeowner owes the bank money, the bank is really calling the shots." the best advice, talk to the bank sooner rather than later to avoid being in the same situation. the earlier you can work out a deal, the better. "i have nothing else. my father
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it does look like patricia's only option is to move out and let the bank sell the home. what patricia, her husband, and four kids are doing is illegal and could be considered trespassing. more than 1-hundred local non-profits and businesses came together today, to help low-income families and the homeless in the community. a number of free services were offered at the reno events center . including haircuts . medical care . housing assistance . and job resources. it's all part of the annual "project homeless connect"-- hosted by catholic charities of northern nevada. this is the eighth year for the event. catholic charities collected clothes from the community, to give away as well. organizers say . the goal is to get people the help they need, on the spot. "i hear so many wonderful comments from folks; someone getting a haircut that hasn't had one in years, or getting some clothing or socks. socks are a huge need for folks that are on the street." this year marked the
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participating businesses and organizations. it's estimated that more than a thousand men, women and children were helped at today's event. ### there's a new danger for pregnant women, especially for women who like to travel. a virus is spreading and it can give unborn children brain-damage. we're sharing everything we know, in tonight's medical minute. so what kind of weather can we expect tomorrow, and into the rest of the week? we will have a closer look at our forecast...and what you can expect in the days to come...right after the break. a road in very rough condition is creating a situation residents say is unsafe. coming up on kolo 8 news now at six-30, why getting it repaired is
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now taking drastic measures to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne zika virus. in el salvador, women are urged to avoid getting pregnant for two years. and today.. the c-d-c just issued interim guidelines for evaluating and testing infants in the u-s. elizabeth hur explains in tonight's medical minute. a new warning from the world health organization.. the zika virus.. linked to birth defects in babies and paralysis in adults.. could spread to almost all countries in the americas. margaret chan, director general of the world health organization: "the explosive spread of zika virus to new geographical areas, with little
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cause for concern." dr besser: "now, take a look at this map. that mosquito is found in every country in the western hemisphere except for canada and chile." people infected, brazil has been hit especially hard. in an effort to show how they're aggressively responding, the posted this video on youtube showing workers spraying and fighting mosquitos carrying the virus. according to the c-d-c.. so far.. only a handful of cases have been identified in the u-s. dr besser: "they say we're going to see small outbreaks due to people coming back from countries who are infected." the virus isn't known to spread from person to person.. and the symptoms for most people... fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes... are mild and pass without incident. but the virus could
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babies?so u-s officials are urging expecting moms to stay away from countries where there are infections. dr besser: "if you're pregnant the cdc says don't go. for other people if you go, use repellant to reduce the chances you'll get bit." there is no vaccine or drugs to prevent or treat the infection.. so if you think you have any of the symptoms, for now, all you can do is ask your doctor to be tested. elizabeth hur, abc news, new york. a benign weather week will continue through thursday, with chilly mornings, mild afternoons, light winds, and occasional clouds. the next storm series will start to move onshore friday, with valley rain and wind and high sierra snow by friday night. the weekend will be stormy, with falling snow levels by sunday morning. while details are still hazy, expect winter driving in the sierra from new york. a benign weather week will continue through thursday, with chilly mornings, mild afternoons, a benign weather week will continue through thursday, with chilly mornings, mild afternoons, light winds, and occasional clouds. the next storm series will start to move onshore friday, with valley rain and wind and high sierra snow by friday night. the weekend will be stormy, with falling snow levels by sunday morning. while details are still hazy, expect winter driving in the sierra from friday afternoon through monday morning, and wet-windy conditions through the weekend
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tonight: mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. south wind around 5 mph becoming calm. wednesday: partly sunny, with a high near 55. calm wind. wednesday night: partly calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight. thursday: partly sunny, with a high near 59. west wind 5 to 10 thursday night: a 20 percent chance of rain after 10 pm. mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. friday: a 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10 am. cloudy, with a high near 63. breezy. friday night: rain likely. cloudy, with a low around 40. breezy. saturday: rain before 10 am, then rain and snow. cloudy, with a high near 46. saturday night: rain and snow 32. sunday: a chance of rain and near 42. sunday night: a chance of around 24.
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snow showers. partly sunny, with a high near 36. a benign weather week will continue through thursday, with chilly mornings, mild afternoons, light winds, and occasional clouds. the next storm series will start to move onshore friday, with valley rain and wind and high sierra snow by friday night. the weekend will be stormy, with falling snow levels by sunday morning. while details are still hazy, expect winter driving in the sierra from friday afternoon through monday morning, and wet-windy conditions through the weekend . -jeff tonight: mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. south wind around 5 mph becoming calm. wednesday: partly sunny, with a high near 55. calm wind. wednesday night: partly cloudy, with a low around 34. calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph after midnight. thursday: partly sunny, with a high near 59. west wind 5 to 10 mph. thursday night: a 20 percent chance of rain after 10 pm. mostly cloudy, with a low
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friday: a 30 percent chance of rain, mainly after 10 am. basketball team is still undefeated... the only undefeated team left in the stae, either boys or girls... plus...the wolf pack tonight... the aztecs are conference play
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"you're watching kolo 8 sports now with josh little." the wolf pack's back on national tv tonight... as they play host to the hottest team in the mountain west san diego state comes into lawlor riding a seven game winning streak... all of those games in conference play... they're all alone in first place... the aztecs are 14-and-6 overall, but two of those losses have come to ranked teams... and they beat cal when the bears were ranked 14th in the country.. and they're doing it with defense... ranked 5th in points allowed, giving up just 60 points per game musselman "the do such a good job of rebounding the basketball. they're full-coourt press. they're long and
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difficult. and i think they're so well coached. steve fisher does such a great job with them. and they're experienced, guys like winston shepard has been around in this league. they know how to win. and then late games, when they have leads, they hardly ever lose games." it's a late tipoff, set for 8pm.. the game will air live on espnu... the pack is a five point sportsbooks basketball team in the state of nevada that's still undefeated... and it's probably not who'd you expect.. ben ross has more. outcue = standard trt = 1:37 -------------------------------- ----------- ------------------------------ you think the golden state warriors have been dominant this season? they don't hold a candle to the fallon girls basketball team. nats - whistle the greenwave is a perfect 19-0, winning every game by double digits. sot/mccormick: it's been a great ride, just being able to say you're 19-0, but be able to work hard and be able to see your hard work pay off. sot/otuafi: it's been a heck of a ride. i mean winning is very,
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sot/smith: i think it has a lot to do with the fact that there are no egos on the team. the girls all work together. they're okay to step back and have other people be in the spotlight instead of themselves. they just work really, really well together. nats - "hands up, hands up, hands up' and the fallon community is starting to take notice. attendance is up and the players are earning recognition for their success. sot/smith: i think it's fun for the girls. they go out and people will stop them and say, 'hey congratulations!' so i think that's fun for them, and they deserve it. they've worked really hard sot/otuafi: i think more people have been coming to our games after hearing that we've been winning. it feels good to have people come and support us. sot/mccormick: in the past, there have been a couple of people who were really into it, but just with the record we've been bringing, a lot more people have been asking and a lot more people have been getting involved. standup: of course the ultimate goal is a state championship, something the fallon girls basketball team has never won before. but that could change in about a month. sot/mccormick: it would just be incredible to bring that back
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the football team won it, it'd be nice to get our own recognition for basketball. sot/otuafi: if we win state, it
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media. he was found clinging to a crash barrier along a highway in ecuador. transit authorities arrived and brought the little guy to safety.. they posted these photos on facebook and have gotten responses
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