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'What happened to Vegas?' mystery solved

LAS VEGAS — On Friday, we posted the question to our Facebook page of a billboard that many have seen, yet didn't know the reasoning behind — until now.

Turns out, "What happened to Vegas?" is a stunt orchestrated by the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino that wants people to "Take Vegas Back," with an online "movement."

“At Stratosphere, we believe guests deserve to have fun above all else,” said Paul Hobson, Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower general manager. “Take Vegas Back is about celebrating the Everyman and Everywoman who simply want a great time and a great value.”

You can learn more by visiting the Take Vegas Back, or #TVB, website.

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Man cut in domestic dispute, woman holed up in home

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said a man was hurt after a woman cut him at an apartment complex near Koval Lane and E. Harmon Lane.

According to law enforcement, the incident unfolded when a man and a woman had an argument Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of E. Harmon Lane.

Officers said the woman, whose identity wasn't released, grabbed a weapon and cut the man several times. The man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman barricaded herself inside of an apartment in the Harbor Island Apartments. Metro police officers are actively trying to get her to come out, but in the meantime, SWAT is on the way to the scene.

No further details were released.

This is a developing story.

Wait is over! White Castle's new Strip location opens Tuesday

LAS VEGAS — The wait is over, Las Vegas. White Castle will open its first location on the west coast on Tuesday on the Las Vegas Strip.

The restaurant, located at the Best Western Casino Plus Royale, 3411 S. Las Vegas Blvd., will open to customers at 2 p.m. 

The store will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the company said.

The nearest White Castle to Las Vegas is more than 1,500 miles away in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. 

"We are looking forward to seeing all of our Cravers on Tuesday," a White Castle representative said.

If you're interested in working for the restaurant, you can apply online at careers.whitecastle.com and complete an application.

Palms Casino Resort hiring 50 seasonal positions

 LAS VEGAS -- The Palms Resort is hosting a two-day job fair to hire 50 people for the Palms Pool and Dayclub.

Positions include cocktail servers, lifeguards, bartenders and massage therapists. Interested applicants should bring swimwear.

The fair will be:

  • Thursday, Feb. 7 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Friday, Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applicants must go to the Rain Nightclub inside the Palms Resort at 4321 W. Flamingo Road.

If you would like more information, call (702)942-6805.

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Gov. Sandoval unveils budget with $1.1 billion tax increase

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Gov. Brian Sandoval has unveiled a budget that would raise taxes by $1.1 billion and give the majority of that back to Nevada schools.

"My budget will make sure students are college ready by graduation," Gov. Sandoval said.

The proposal unveiled Thursday evening in Sandoval's State of the State address calls for restructuring the flat, $200-a-year business license fee into a fee that varies based on a company's gross receipts and industry type. It also calls for making temporary "sunset" taxes permanent.



UPDATE: Stay order could be issued in Caesars bankruptcy

LAS VEGAS  --  A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge said he will issue a modified stay order that would prevent Caesars Entertainment Corporation from moving ahead with its bankruptcy, according to a story in Reuters.

A subsidiary of casino giant filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Chicago on Wednesday in an effort to shed more than half of its $18.4 billion debt burden.

Caesars' has been negotiating with creditors and lenders for months on a reorganization plan that would turn the division into a real estate investment trust -- one to own properties and the other to lease properties -- promising creditors cash or new debt.

The division, Caesars Entertainment Operating Co., owns and operates most of Caesars' 50 properties worldwide and the company has said it intends to keep the casino-hotels running, despite the bankruptcy filing.

Wet weather drives up valley wrecks to near 300

LAS VEGAS -- When it rains in Las Vegas, you can bet there will be numerous car crashes. Nevada Highway Patrol and Metro responded to nearly 300 wrecks on Sunday.