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Shania Twain Arrives at Caesars on Horseback

People gather along the Strip to wait for Shania Twain's arrival.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Shania Twain has arrived at Caesars Palace for a two-year residency after parading down the Las Vegas Strip amid a herd of horses.

Police diverted traffic on the tourist corridor for a short time Wednesday afternoon as the country superstar arrived at the resort's fountains on horseback. She was accompanied by several dozen horses and a handful of wranglers.

Twain is due to begin a run of shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace starting Dec. 1.

She's the best-selling female country artist of all time, and has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.

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Repairs and a Headliner Will Disrupt the Strip

Repairs and a Headliner Will Disrupt the Strip

 

The Las Vegas Strip will be shutdown and diverted for two different reasons this week.

The first disruption will be from 2 to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Crews from the Clark County Water Reclamation District will be working on several manholes at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road.

The work will force several lanes to be closed both on the boulevard and on Flamingo Road, including two westbound lanes of Flamingo Road crossing over the Strip.

Anyone traveling through the area should be prepared for delays. The lane restrictions will be in place at the same time Thursday through next Wednesday, November 21.

The second disruption will come hours later when the Strip will be shutdown. All lanes of the boulevard will be closed at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday from Caesars Palace Boulevard and Flamingo Road. Flamingo Road from the Strip to Bellagio Boulevard will also be closed.

Projects on Strip Continue to Stagnate

Projects on Strip Continue to Stagnate

LAS VEGAS -- A number of Las Vegas Strip projects ground to a halt when the recession hit in 2008.

Some, still in the planning phase, never broke ground.

Even though most of these properties were purchased for massively inflated prices at the height of the boom, at this point, no one is saying, "We bit off more than we can chew. We are not going to build."

Almost everyone is waiting for the economy to rebound.

The 34-acre site where the New Frontier once stood is now vacant land and its owners are in a deep financial hole.

The Israeli real estate company El Ad Group paid an astounding $1.2 billion for the Strip property. They planned to build an ultra-luxury resort when the recession hit.

In July, El Ad CEO Udi Erez told a New York Times reporter the company plans to build "when the market comes back."

Animal Foundation Seeks Dog Alumni for Show

 

If your dog “graduated” from The Animal Foundation into your home, the shelter wants a few good alumni for its holiday runway shows.

The Animal Foundation wants to recruit 16 shelter dog alums to star in shows at the Fashion Show Mall on Saturday, Nov. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 1. These will promote the shelter’s large adoption event, “A Home for the Holidays,” at Fashion Show Mall on Saturday, Dec. 8.

To get in the running, email a photo of your dog, along with its name and age, to feedback@animalfoundation.org. List your phone number, email address and preferred participation date as well. The deadline to enter is Friday.

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Community Center Would Honor Dead BMX Rider

LAS VEGAS -- Three years ago, 24-year-old local BMX star Adam Stokes died of an overdose. Now, his younger brother and friends are using the tragedy to help others.

Skateboards and a collage of pictures are some of the many reminders Josh Stokes has of his brother Adam.

"Nothing stopped him," Josh Stokes said. "We came from not very much and he ended his life definitely on top of the totem pole. He was a motivator and very inspirational person."

The Stokes family wants to build a community center that will help others who are experiencing problems and may turn to drugs. The center would be called School of Thought.

"I think we need to do something positive especially when Las Vegas is full of people who need help," Stokes said.

Stokes and his friends have created a website Shine or Die.

Nevada Gambling Revenues Up 3 Percent in September

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- State officials say Nevada gambling revenues were up more than 3 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reports a gambling win of $893 million for September. Officials also say casino revenues for July through September are up almost 6 percent compared with the same quarter in 2011.

Las Vegas Strip revenues of $497 million in September were up 1.2 percent, while downtown was up 6 percent.

Reno revenues of $49 million were up almost one percent, while South Lake Tahoe's $18 million win was up 5 percent.

State officials say they saw a big jump in tax revenue collected off the winnings. The state's takeaway amounted to $71 million, which is a 38 percent year-over-year jump.