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Nevada Gambling Revenues Up 2 Percent in October

Nevada Gambling Revenues Up 2 Percent in October

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada state gambling revenues are continuing a slight upward trend, with officials reporting that casinos won almost 2 percent more in October compared with the same month a year ago.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Friday that casinos won about $961 million for the month, and the state collected a little more than $54 million based on that amount.

The state's share was up almost 17 percent from the previous year.

October marked the second monthly increase for gambling win in Nevada.

Las Vegas Strip casinos reaped about $581 million, up 3.6 percent in October. Downtown casinos won just under 1 percent.

Reno casino revenues of $42.6 million were down almost 7 percent, while South Lake Tahoe's $15.8 million was up a little under 1 percent.

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Shooting Range to Open on the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- The first and only shooting range on the Las Vegas Strip is about to open.

Strip Gun Club is the seventh gun range that has opened this year in southern Nevada, catering to tourists who want to do more than gamble and watch shows on their Vegas vacation.

"It is on the Strip. There is nothing better than that," Ric Truesdell with Strip Gun Club said. "We have a lot of international tourists. They come here from countries that do not get to gamble. They definitely do not own guns or shoot guns, but yet they see these things in movies. This gives them a great opportunity to experience, and a safe experience."

Shooting military-style weapons in Las Vegas has grown in popularity. The Italian gun maker Berretta has plans to open a gun range inside the Shoppes at the Palazzo. County commissioners will battle that issue out in January.

Man Arrested in Connection with Circus Circus Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas man is under arrest after police say he tried to burglarize a car and shot at security guards at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino.

According to police, officers responded to the hotel just before 3 a.m. Thursday on a report that someone had fired a gun at security personnel.

When police arrived, they arrested the suspect, 22-year-old Joshua Olvera. He is being charged with three counts of attempted murder and burglary with a weapon.

Security officers were on patrol in the Circus Circus parking lot off South Industrial Road when they found the suspect trying to burglarize a car, police said. According to the guards, the suspect ran and fired several shots at them.

The guards did not shoot back. No one was hurt.

Judge OKs Delay in Demolition of Vegas Hotel Tower

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada state judge has withdrawn permission to demolish a flawed hotel tower on the Las Vegas Strip and postponed a trial to determine who's responsible for damages in the case.

MGM Resorts International agreed Friday to more testing on the 26-story Harmon Hotel.

As a result, Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez withdrew permission she granted last July to demolish the tower.

The hotel was intended to open in 2009 as part of the $8.5 billion CityCenter development.

The 46-story project was halted in 2008 at 26 floors after inspectors found flaws in steel reinforcements.

It is a joint project between MGM Resorts and Dubai World.

Gonzalez on Monday postponed until January 2014 the trial involving MGM Resorts and Perini Building Co. over $500 million in damage claims.

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I-Team: Study Looks at Pedestrian Crowding on Las Vegas Strip

I-Team: Study Looks at Pedestrian Crowding on Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- Street performers see themselves one step closer to getting booted off the Las Vegas Strip. This comes after Clark County commissioners heard from experts just how clogged Strip sidewalks have become.

A study on pedestrian traffic was presented to the commission Tuesday. County officials say they will need some time to come up with a plan to address the pedestrian crowding along Strip sidewalks.

There is a fine balancing act between civil liberties and keeping the sidewalks clear and safe for pedestrians. The study shows there are stretches of sidewalk on the Strip clogged to the point of being dangerous. Some are blaming street performers for the crowding.

Las Vegas Sands Gives Wounded Veterans Vegas Trip

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Las Vegas Sands is treating 40 wounded veterans and their families to a three-day holiday vacation.

Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson is loaning his private plane to fly the veterans and their families to Las Vegas from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Va.

The group is expected to arrive on Wednesday and depart Saturday morning.

They will enjoy a free stay at the Venetian and Palazzo on the Strip, will be honored with a cookout hosted by Omaha Steaks and will receive tickets to a Tim McGraw and Faith Hill concert.

Armed Forces Foundation president Patricia Driscoll said the trip would help the veterans "deal with the hardships of recovery."

Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon Takes Over Strip

Runners in the 26.2-mile Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon take off from the Luxor Festival Lot at 3 p.m. Sunday.

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of marathon runners took to the Las Vegas Strip Sunday in the Zappos.com Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon.

An estimated 32,000 participants registered for the 26.2-mile marathon and 13.1-mile half marathon.

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Runners in the full 26.2 mile marathon took off at 3 p.m. from the Luxor Festival Lot. The 13.1 mile half marathon began at 4:30 p.m.

Runners are having to fight through winds that are expected to gust to 40 mph Sunday until about 10 p.m.

Several roads have been closed along the race route until later Sunday night.