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Record jackpot fuels lottery craze at Nevada border

30 March 2012
Thousands of prospective lottery winners lined up near a dry lake bed near Primm on Thursday, and no one was struck by lightning, swarmed by bees or injured by a chain saw. Given any of those mishaps is much more likely to happen to someone than winning the Mega Millions Lottery jackpot, it's a safe bet ... (read more)

Lady Luck casino to be remade in Las Vegas

27 October 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Lady Luck is about to be wiped from the downtown Las Vegas skyline. The shuttered hotel-casino that former Mayor Oscar Goodman once called a "carcass" will be reborn as the Downtown Grand. Workers were supposed to remove the Lady Luck signage from the hotel, which towers over Third ... (read more)

Nevada bill would allow mobile gaming in hotel rooms

6 April 2011
CARSON CITY, Nevada -- Nevada visitors who don't have the energy to throw dice, flip cards or push chips in the casino could choose to gamble from their hotel room if a bill in the Legislature becomes law. Assembly Bill 294 would allow Nevada resorts to expand the reach of mobile gambling devices to go beyond public areas in casinos and into hotel rooms on the premises. ... (read more)

Obama takes another shot at Vegas

3 February 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Add people saving for college to the list of folks President Barack Obama says shouldn't spend money in Las Vegas. On Tuesday Obama told an audience in Nashua, N.H., "You don't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you're trying to save for college." The crack came not quite a ... (read more)

CityCenter hoping for a presidential cameo

30 November 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Might President Barack Obama make time for a quick visit to Las Vegas' CityCenter during the holiday season? The possibility is dancing in the heads of Obama's business and political allies at MGM Mirage and in the office of Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sources connected to the ... (read more)

Prive liquor license appeal denied

29 July 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –- A Clark County official on Tuesday denied an appeal by operators of Privé nightclub to reinstate a liquor license that would allow the Planet Hollywood party spot to remain open. The decision by Jacqueline Holloway, director of the Department of Business License, means the club will be closed until at least Aug. ... (read more)

LVCVA votes to continue R&R pact

15 July 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –- Las Vegas boosters approved a new deal Tuesday with the makers of the "What happens here, stays here" ads that have become ubiquitous in the last seven years -- but at a lower cost than previous pacts. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board voted 12 to 0 in favor of a ... (read more)

LVCVA to consider pact for union staff

14 July 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –- Union workers for Las Vegas' biggest booster group would get a raise under a proposed new labor contract despite a hiring freeze and other cuts at an organization that has slashed revenue projections 26.7 percent in the past 12 months. The board of directors at the Las Vegas ... (read more)

Boulder Dam Hotel forced to close doors

13 July 2009
BOULDER CITY, Nevada -- Barring a miracle worthy of a Frank Capra script, the historic Boulder Dam Hotel won't open for guests, diners and history buffs Sunday. The 20-room hotel and museum in downtown Boulder City is three months behind on its mortgage and last-minute appeals for money from the local ... (read more)

Mayor calls Lady Luck casino 'carcass'

6 July 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nevada –- More than three years after it closed -- and two years after it was originally supposed to reopen -- the Lady Luck is still a dark, empty shell in downtown Las Vegas. And city officials and nearby business owners are eager for changes. They're urging Hollywood, Calif.-based ... (read more)

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