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Police: Medical Episode Possibly Caused Fatal Accident

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police are investigating a fatal accident involving one car that happened Monday afternoon at Mt. Vista and Vegas Valley.

Police say the elderly male driver died as well as the female passenger. Police believe the man may have had a medical episode that caused him to drive into a wall.

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Room Rates Climb in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - You can see a turnaround on the Strip, from crowded sidewalks to dense traffic.

"It definitely has changed," said visitor Sherri Moncrieffe. "Nice shiny buildings, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Tiffany & Co." More Las Vegas visitors are taking in the sights and sounds of the Strip compared with a year ago. "The scenery has improved, and the lifestyle is always crazy," said tourist Steve McCabe.

Visitor volume rose in June by almost 127,000 from last year. For months, recession-ravaged Las Vegas properties offered bargains to tourists who otherwise might be tightening their belts.

"We went with Expedia and got our room rate at the Excalibur for like $29 a night, so that's very good," said tourist Becky McCabe.

"It seems like there are more specials," said visitor Dan Grzywacz. "Rooms are cheaper, two-for-one specials, dinner specials."

Mirage Welcomes Tiger Cubs

LAS VEGAS -- The newest additions to the Mirage are two 7-week-old white-striped tiger cubs.

The males cubs, Mohan and Majestic, were born June 22. Their mother and father are part of Siegfried & Roy's breeding program for the rare tigers.

 "Mohan and Majestic, our newest ‘Ambassadors of Conservation,' play an important role in helping us achieve our goal to preserve and protect these rare and beautiful animals," Roy said. 

The tigers can be seen at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. every day.

NV Casino Winnings Down 4.3 Percent in Fiscal Year

CARSON CITY, Nev.  -- Regulators say monthly casino winnings in Nevada were down more than 6.6 percent in June, pushing the overall decrease for the fiscal year to 4.3 percent.

The state Gaming Control Board reported Thursday that state tax collections based on casino winnings in June totaled almost $43 million, down 5.9 percent compared with the same period in 2009.

Casino revenues are a key economic indicator in the Silver State, which continues to struggle with record high unemployment and home foreclosures.

The report says that for the July 2009 to June 2010 fiscal year, casinos won $10.3 billion. That's down from almost $10.8 billion the previous year. The report says casinos statewide won almost $764 million in June. On the Las Vegas Strip, casino winnings were down more than 7.6 percent.

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Virtual Vegas Targets the Unemployed

LAS VEGAS -- Thousands of unemployed southern Nevadans may be able to get work if only they had the right skills. A new program through Vegas PBS and Workforce Connection may be able to help.

Vegas Virtual Workforce Development Initiative is a network of online, for-credit education programs. More than 350 courses will be offered.

"Everything from health care, to computers to secretaries, small business, skill trade programs manufacturing, our new green initiative," said Debra Solt, Workforce Connections.

The courses are done online with a virtual professor. There's also the option of a traditional classroom setting. The courses will also offer a career counselor to help guide students as they look for work.

MGM Resorts Plans Expanded Weekends to Lure Tourists

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas valley's economy depends on Attracting people to town with money to burn. That's why MGM Resorts has come up with a new way of thinking when it comes to getting tourists to stay and spend on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign takes on a whole new meaning this week. On Friday, Lady Gaga is having a concert at the MGM Grand. So MGM Resorts International is taking the opportunity to cater to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in hopes of making some money.

Vice president of brand strategy Scott Voeller says instead of just one main event, they've planned events for four days at each of their properties, all targeting the LGBT community.

"Everything from back of house tours of Cirque shows to Logo Lounge, art shows, after parties," he said.

Passengers Weigh in on Rage in the Sky

LAS VEGAS -- The JetBlue flight attendant who's been elevated to folk-hero status after a confrontation with a passenger is out of jail.

Steven Slater was released on bail last night. On Monday, Slater directed a profanity-laced tirade at a passenger over the plane's public address system. That's when he grabbed two beers, deployed the emergency slide and jumped out.

Since then, thousands of people have showed support for him. However, he does face charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Monday's incident is the latest in what appears to be an increasingly hostile relationship between airlines and passengers. A new study of the airline industry backs that up.