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Nevada gambling revenue down 3 percent in March

State officials say Nevada gambling revenue was down 3 percent in March compared with the same month a year ago due to lower winnings in the Las Vegas area.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday that the state's casinos won $951 million in March.

Revenue fell in the areas with the most gambling activity. Las Vegas Strip gambling revenue was down 4 percent to $487 million last month, and downtown Las Vegas was down 4 percent to $51 million.

The picture was rosier in the north. Reno casino revenue was up 1 percent to $47 million, and South Lake Tahoe revenue was up 23 percent to $17 million in March.

The state collected almost $73 million in tax money based off the winnings, which is down 8 percent from the same time last year... Read More

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Lionel Richie talks with 8 News NOW

Lionel Richie begins his Las Vegas residency at the Axis inside Planet Hollywood on Wednesday. Richie sat down with 8 News NOW anchor Dave Courvoisier... Read More

Lionel Richie talks with 8 News NOW

Lionel Richie begins his Las Vegas residency at the Axis inside Planet Hollywood on Wednesday. Richie sat down with 8 News NOW anchor Dave Courvoisier... Read More

Elton John returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Elton John's 'The Million Dollar Piano' show will make a triumphant return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this Fall.

John will return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to perform his most iconic hits in October and in February of 2017. Tickets for Elton John's critically-acclaimed show will go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. PST.

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October 12 Wednesday

October 14-15 Friday, Saturday

October 19 Wednesday

October 21-22 Friday, Saturday

October 26 Wednesday

October 28-30 Friday, Saturday, Sunday

2017 Dates:

February 7-8 Tuesday, Wednesday

February 10-11 Friday, Saturday

February 14-15 Tuesday, Wednesday

February 17-19 Friday, Saturday, Sunday... Read More

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Metro cracks down on crime on the Strip

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is on a mission to clean up crime on Las Vegas Boulevard. Officers allowed 8 News NOW cameras to follow them on the beat Friday as they patrolled the Strip.

The glitz and glam of the Strip brings millions of guests each year, but it also attracts those wanting to make a few bucks off of visitors.

"The biggest problem that we have is the illegal vendors and the people that are victimizing the people that come out here," said Metro Police Sgt. Donnie Cox. "The water vendors, the CD vendors, a lot of those things are masks for larger crimes."

One man was cited for illegally selling alcohol on the Strip. Police confiscated his cart and cash. Metro discovered he has more than 80 prior citations for vendor-related offenses... Read More

Las Vegas creating ads to appeal to LGBTQ community

For many years, Las Vegas has been known as the most popular vacation spot for millennials. However, a new trend is emerging. New research shows the Las Vegas Strip is one of the top destinations for the LGBTQ community.

For the past decade, millions of dollars have been invested in advertisement directly to the LGBTQ community. Some of the ads show gay and lesbian couples having fun at a pool party while others show same-sex pairs partying at an upscale bar.

Marketing agency, R & R Partners are behind the ads. They couldn't provide an estimated economic impact of the ads but say it's a significant amount.

"I can tell you that the LGBT audience is one of the most prolific spending audiences out there of all travelers, they have a lot of discretionary income," said Rob Dondero, Executive Vice-President of R & R Partners.

"Las Vegas has been very much a gay and lesbian-friendly city," said Michael Dimengo, CEO of The Center... Read More

Las Vegas creating ads to appeal to LGBTQ community

For many years, Las Vegas has been known as the most popular vacation spot for millennials. However, a new trend is emerging. New research shows the Las Vegas Strip is one of the top destinations for the LGBTQ community.

For the past decade, millions of dollars have been invested in advertisement directly to the LGBTQ community. Some of the ads show gay and lesbian couples having fun at a pool party while others show same-sex pairs partying at an upscale bar.

Marketing agency, R & R Partners are behind the ads. They couldn't provide an estimated economic impact of the ads but say it's a significant amount.

"I can tell you that the LGBT audience is one of the most prolific spending audiences out there of all travelers, they have a lot of discretionary income," said Rob Dondero, Executive Vice-President of R & R Partners.

"Las Vegas has been very much a gay and lesbian-friendly city," said Michael Dimengo, CEO of The Center... Read More