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Nevada casino revenue down 5 percent in August

State officials say Nevada gambling revenue was down 5 percent in August after Las Vegas Strip revenues took a sizeable dip.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday that the state's casinos won just $861 million in August.

Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip fell 15 percent year-over-year, to $450 million. Downtown Las Vegas winnings notched up 7 percent to $43 million.

Reno casino revenue stayed virtually flat at $51 million.

South Lake Tahoe revenue rose 27 percent to $24 million in August.

The state collected $48 million in tax money based off the August winnings, which is down 8 percent from the same time last year. ... Read More

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Exploring the future of commercial gaming and the Las Vegas Strip

There are interactive, hands-on games and slot machines that make gambling a "skill-based" sport. 8 News NOW got a sneak peak at some of the new items being introduced to casino executives at this year's Global Gaming Expo at the Sands.

The Global Gaming Expo is an event that caters to executives and corporate management from properties on the Las Vegas Strip to gaming industry employees around the world.

Tuesday 450 exhibitors showcased some of the newest technology--never before seen on casino floors.

The flashy bells and chimes of old-fashion slot machines are a huge part of what makes Las Vegas iconic. The machines are also a big part of the commercial gaming industry that drove in $68.5 billion in revenue last year.

"The year 2016 has been a huge year for the gaming industry," said Geoff Freeman. "It's really been the gaming industry's coming out party."... Read More

Suspicious package found in Stratosphere, nearby streets closed

Metro Police are closing streets surrounding the Stratosphere hotel and casino on Las Vegas Boulevard.

According to police, they are investigating the discovery of a suspicious package in the casino. At least part of the casino is being evacuated.

The Nevada CBRNE Task Force is en route to investigate.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.... Read More

Metro beefs up patrols in light of bombings in NYC, New Jersey

The bombings that happened in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend has affected how Metro Police patrols on the Las Vegas Strip.

Monday, there was an increased presence in Metro officers.

"It's definitely a concern for us," said Officer Danny Cordero, PIO of Metro Police. "At this time, there is no credible threat against Las Vegas, or against the tourists or community."

Metro says it's ready for any situation, but the agency has decided to step up security along the Strip in light of the bombings in New York that injured 29 people.

"We are adjusting resources, shifting officers as need be and are having surges on the Strip," Officer Cordero said. "We have officers going around locations at random times of the day because we believe we need to be out there."... Read More

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MGM: 'No plans to close Tournament of Kings'

There has been a lot of "rumors" swirling around Excalibur's "Tournament of Kings" which suggest the popular attraction may be closing. However, according to MGM Resorts, that's just not true.

"We normally don't comment on rumors, but we want to assure our employees and our guests that we have no plans to close Tournament of Kings," said Jenn Michaels, MGM Resorts spokeswoman. "The show is one of the longest-running and most successful shows on The Strip. In fact, we're looking forward to sharing our holiday version of Tournament of Kings once again with our guests beginning in November. It was a big hit last year. ... Read More

I-Team: Seniors living without power, HOA cites lack of electrical parts

There's no power, no air conditioning, and no solution in sight for a group of seniors at the Casablanca Condominiums in Las Vegas. The I-Team's Vanessa Murphy discovered the tenants have been dealing with these issues since a fire on Aug.13.

"No power, no nothing," longtime resident Arlene Christensen said.

For more than a month during the hot summer days, residents in 10 units of the 55 plus living community had to live without air conditioning.

"I kind of thought seniors were special," said Christensen."

Christensen and many residents like her have been displaced because of the issues.

"This is the meter that blew out," said Mary Ann Berry, Board Director for the Casablanca Condominiums.

The Homeowners Association has been scrambling to fix the electrical damage caused by the fire... Read More

1 hurt, 19 displaced in apartment fire south of Las Vegas Strip

A fire official says one person was taken to a hospital and eight apartments were badly damaged in a fire that displaced 19 people overnight at a residential complex south of the Las Vegas Strip.

Deputy Clark County Fire Chief Roy Session said Wednesday the fire was reported about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Paradise Spa Apartments off South Las Vegas Boulevard and Serene Avenue.

The injured person was taken to St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Siena Campus, in Henderson. A condition update wasn't immediately available.

Session says additional firefighters were called, and it took crews more than an hour to quell flames in the 16-unit building.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fire, or the total damage estimate.

Session says a dog and a cat also escaped unharmed... Read More