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County to honor emergency crews in Strip crash that killed 1

Emergency responders who aided dozens of people hurt on the Strip when a woman in a car plowed through the crowd last month will be recognized by the county.

The Clark County Commission on Tuesday will honor the Clark County firefighters, Las Vegas police officers and University Medical Center trauma center doctors and nurses who attended to a tourist who died and 36 others who were injured, some critically in December.

County Commissioner Steve Sisolak is expected to recognize and commend the life-saving efforts at the board meeting that starts at 9 a.m.

The crashed happened Dec. 20 on Las Vegas Boulevard in front of the Paris and Planet Hollywood casino-hotels.

The driver accused in the crash, 24-year-old Lakeisha Nicole Holloway, faces murder, child endangerment and felony hit-and-run charges... Read More

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MGM to charge for parking on Las Vegas Strip

A big part of the Las Vegas Strip will soon slash away its most basic freebie: parking.

MGM Resorts International announced Friday that it will become the first major casino company to start charging visitors for parking this year.

Most of the casino giant's properties will charge $10 or less for overnight self-parking. They are Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara, Aria, Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand.

Gambling analyst Alex Bumazhny with Fitch Ratings says MGM Resorts International is taking a gamble as the first major casino company to charge for parking on the Strip.

The move could bring in millions of dollars of revenue each year and change the landscape of the tourism hotspot that's increasingly catering to visitors who come for other pricey attractions besides gambling... Read More

Videos could help solve fatal bus crash

A general manager for the company that contracts bus drivers with the Regional Transportation Commission says videos that may help determine the cause of a crash that killed a woman have been turned over to police.

Jooyoung Do, 39, was killed Jan. 9 when a RTC bus hopped a curb and struck the woman on Tropicana and Polaris avenues.

No charges have been filed against the driver 22-year-old Jamal Nichols.

Scott Lansing, the general manager of Keolis Transit, spoke at an RTC meeting in Las Vegas Thursday morning. He said the bus had been inspected by Metro investigators and was cleared. He said videos from cameras on the bus were given to police and those videos may determine the "ultimate cause."... Read More

Celine Dion's husband dies at age 73

The husband of recording superstar Celine Dion has died, according to CBC News in Canada.

Rene Angelil, 73, was suffering from throat cancer. According to the Clark County Coroner's Office, Angelil was at his home in Henderson, under that care of a physician when he died.

"We have determined Mr. Angelil's death was due to natural causes. No further investigation into his death is expected. Our condolences go out to Mr. Angelil's family and friends during this difficult time for them," said John Fudenberg, Clark County coroner in a tweet on Twitter.

Angelil was a famous music producer who managed Dion's career from the time he discovered her.

After taking a year off, Dion, 47, made her return to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in August.

The singer took the yearlong hiatus to care for her husband, give her inflamed throat muscles a chance to heal and spend time with her three children.

Dion credits Angelil for her return to the stage... Read More

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Topgolf Las Vegas plans to hire 850 employees

A new golf entertainment center coming to the Las Vegas Strip will be hiring more than 850 employees in the coming months.

Topgolf International announced Thursday that its flagship location will open in May at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

The four-level structure will feature five bars, two kitchens, a concert venue, two swimming pools, private event spaces, a retail shop, a Callaway club fitting center and 108 climate-controlled hitting bays.

"There is nothing else like Topgolf in Las Vegas, and our unique position in the market should help us attract some of the top talent the region has to offer," said Topgolf Las Vegas Director of Operations Johnny McMahon. "Our culture can be described as fun, edgy, team-oriented and caring with a strong commitment to excellence. We are excited to hire and train an all-star team that will be part of the most legendary opening in Topgolf history as well as one of the most talked-about concepts to ever hit The Strip."... Read More

Lottery is a no-go in Nevada

The Powerball jackpot stands at $1.5 billion and will likely go higher before Wednesday night's drawing, but if you're in Nevada, you'll have to go out of state to buy a ticket.

Nevada is only one of five states without a lottery system. That's why Nevadans often flock to California or Arizona to buy tickets.

Americans spend more than $70 billion a year on lotteries.

California officials say the state has made $200 million in Powerball sales since Nov. 17.

The ever-growing, record Powerball jackpot has caught the country by storm and thousands are heading to places to where they can buy the tickets.

"I got lucky, I hope," said Laurel Arrington who purchased a ticket.

Although Las Vegas is synonymous with gambling, lotteries have never been legal since Nevada became a state in 1864... Read More

Sports books buzzing for NFL playoffs

It's going to be a busy weekend for Las Vegas sports books with the start of the NFL playoffs.

NFL playoff games take place over the next three weeks. Folks at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook say they expect to see a lot of action with bettors working to get the most out of each game.

"It is going to be a wide open race this year, especially in the AFC," said Westgate SuperBook Director Jay Kornegay. "Anybody can come out of the AFC this year. We have six seeds that are scaring everyone. The Seattle Seahawks, again, on a roll, and the Pittsburgh Steelers probably have the best offense in the league. They're in the six seed, and nobody wants to see them in the AFC."

Kornegay says this time of year really picks up. People are coming in for the playoff games, which, of course, lead to the biggest game of the year: the Super Bowl... Read More