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North end of Las Vegas Strip undergoing changes

The north end of Las Vegas Strip has seen drastic changes recently. Now -- even more development is going on at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.

The Lucky Dragon hotel and casino is getting ready to hire more than 800 people. They say they're ready for big business. It's the latest development in the area and is expected to open by the end of the year.

John Torres and his fiancee are checking out the area around Sahara Avenue for the first time. They're visitng from Texas and wanted a different Vegas experience.

"I usually stay on the main Strip most of the time, but we saw this place is growing and wanted to check it out because it's brand new and so far it's been great," Torres said.

More foot traffic is something Josh Smith with Sun Commercial Real Estate welcomes.

"We've seen both sides develop now, we're getting the infill areas." ... Read More

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It's official, Las Vegas gets an NHL team

The NHL Board of Governors made it official Wednesday when it voted unanimously to award an expansion franchise to Las Vegas.

The franchise, which will be the NHL's 31st team and the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas, will play in the 2017-18 season.

Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement awarding the franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley who is expected to pay $500 million to the NHL's other owners as an expansion fee.

"Expansion is important for the league's growth," Bettman said.

"I want to join Garry in complementing Bill Foley in the way he has conducted his pursuit of an NHL franchise; it's certainly not an easy process," said Jeremy Jacobs, Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors.

"This team is going to be a team built to win, Foley said. "We're going to take care of our hockey players in every way possible here in Las Vegas."... Read More

Man dies after jumping from Las Vegas overpass

Police say a man who fled a traffic stop died after jumping from a Las Vegas freeway overpass. Authorities say the incident happened just before 2 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 15 near Flamingo Road.

According to police, officers had pulled him over and requested medical attention. But he ran and then jumped off the bridge and landed in the I-15 southbound lanes.

Police say he was struck by two vehicles... Read More

Porn trial delayed for ex-Las Vegas illusionist from Germany

Trial has been reset in Las Vegas for a German-born illusionist facing decades in prison and up to $1 million in fines on federal child pornography charges.

Jan Rouven Fuechtener's attorney declined Thursday to comment about the delay and the new trial date, July 25.

Fuechtener performs under the name Jan Rouven. His Las Vegas Strip show was closed following his arrest March 16.

His trial had been scheduled next week in U.S. District Court.

The 38-year-old German citizen has pleaded not guilty to receipt, distribution, advertising and possession of child pornography charges. He would also face deportation if he's convicted.

Prosecutors allege that a computer user named "Lars45" amassed more than 3,500 videos and images on computers at Fuechtener's home. They say some depict sex acts with kindergarten-age children... Read More

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Trade show project on Riviera property will create jobs

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority plans to create a new "mixed outdoor space" for trade shows on the Riviera property.

It's estimated the project will create thousands of new jobs when fully complete which could take as long as five years, once funding is approved.

Currently, there are around 300 construction workers already on site clearing the debris and rubble left over from the implosion of the Monaco Tower early Tuesday morning.

The plan to create the mixed-use facility and outdoor space for trade shows as well as the expansion and renovation of the convention center will create an estimated 7,000 construction jobs.

According to the LVCVA, once the entire convention center renovation and expansion is completed, it will add an around 6,000 permanent jobs... Read More

WATCH LIVE: Implosion of the Riviera's Monaco Tower

Early Tuesday morning the Las Vegas valley will say goodbye to part of the Riviera Hotel and Casino. The implosion of the Riviera's Monaco Tower will be imploded at 2:30 a.m.

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The iconic Las Vegas structure stood on the north end of the Strip for 61 years. The Riveria opened in April 1955.

It was the first high-rise hotel on the Las Vegas Strip but within months, it was drowning financially, so some "wise guys" and a "flamboyant" showman stepped in to help.

"And it was sharp, mob-connected guys who got it back on its feet. It opened with Liberace in the showroom getting $50,000 a week which people thought was just outlandish. Nobody's ever going to be paid that amount of money," said Michael Green, UNLV professor... Read More

WATCH LIVE: Implosion of the Riviera's Monaco Tower

Early Tuesday morning the Las Vegas valley will say goodbye to part of the Riviera Hotel and Casino. The implosion of the Riviera's Monaco Tower will be imploded at 2:30 a.m.

WATCH LIVE

The iconic Las Vegas structure stood on the north end of the Strip for 61 years. The Riveria opened in April 1955.

It was the first high-rise hotel on the Las Vegas Strip but within months, it was drowning financially, so some "wise guys" and a "flamboyant" showman stepped in to help.

"And it was sharp, mob-connected guys who got it back on its feet. It opened with Liberace in the showroom getting $50,000 a week which people thought was just outlandish. Nobody's ever going to be paid that amount of money," said Michael Green, UNLV professor... Read More