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Layoffs at Wynn Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Steve Wynn, president and CEO of Wynn Resorts, says the company is laying off 220 hourly wage employees and 41 salaried employees from both the Wynn and Encore resorts. Wynn says the job cuts will happen in every department at both Wynn and Encore. The cuts represent three percent of the company's workforce. Officials with the company met with staff on Tuesday to inform employees who will be losing their jobs.

Billy Manning was one of those workers. He worked as a craps dealer at the Wynn since it opened five years ago. "They didn't explain anything," Manning said. "They didn't tell us nothing. They just told us that they eliminated our positions… I don't need a job. My family needs a job. That's the problem. I mean, I can always do whatever, but I have a family. I have to support people, and he just took that away from me."

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More than 500 People Show Up for 50 Jobs

LAS VEGAS -- Desperate to find any type of work, hundreds of unemployed workers are hoping a job fair for the Rumor resort will turn their luck around.

The job fair started Wednesday morning with company officials saying they planned to fill some of the 50 available jobs on the spot. More than 500 applicants showed up for the fair including one carpenter who has been out of work for a year. He probably best sums up the sentiment most of the unemployed feel as they search for work.

 "Truthfully pure hell. It's hell, there's nothing to be had. If this doesn't work out, I'm going to have to go to day labor places to try and find work," said Brian Lembach, unemployed.

Making matters worse, Lembach, and other applicants who spoke with 8 News Now say their unemployment benefits have expired. A bill to extend the unemployment benefits has stalled in the U.S. Senate.

Former UNLV Football Player Killed in Fight at the Luxor

LAS VEGAS -- A former UNLV football player is dead and a mixed martial arts fighter is in custody after a weekend fight in a Luxor Hotel suite.

Police say 25-year-old Jason Sindelar is facing one count of murder and two counts of battery with substantial bodily harm. According to the police report, 26-year-old Demario Reynolds died after Sindelar punched him several times in the head and chest. Sindelar has a mixed martial arts record in the ring of four amateur wins and one professional loss.

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Motion Picture Hall of Fame Seeking Home City

LAS VEGAS -- The president of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars says he is seeking a city to host a $10 million shrine to moviemaking.

Bob Alexander is also president of the Motion Picture Hall of Fame, an organization based in Palm Springs, Calif. Alexander says hall officials have exhibits stored in warehouses and others pledged but no host city for an interactive attraction honoring movies, actors, writers and directors.

Alexander says the organization has produced two PBS television specials and is negotiating a deal for an annual TV induction ceremony.

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Tourism Groups Challenge Immigration Petition

LAS VEGAS -- A Nevada assemblyman's attempt to get Nevada a law like Arizona's new immigration legislation is being challenged by some big names. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Nevada Resort Association have filed a legal challenge to the immigration initiative petition.

Republican Assemblyman Chad Christensen started the petition weeks ago. The American Civil Liberties Union has already filed a suit against the initiative and with the LVCVA and Resort Association on board, the petition is facing some tough challenges.

Rossi Ralenkotter with the LVCVA says a law like Arizona's would hurt an already struggling convention attraction.

Suspect in Beating Death Released from Jail

LAS VEGAS -- The man accused in a beating death at the Luxor hotel has been released from jail. Jason Sindelar was released after a court hearing on Wednesday because the District Attorney has not filed their case against him.

The DA plans to file a case against Sindelar. The next court date for will be for a status check on July 27, 2010.

Police say Sindelar beat Demario Reynolds to death on Saturday. Sindelar is accused of punching Reynolds several times in the head and chest. Sindelar has a background in mixed martial arts, but appears to have only had one professional fight.

According to a police report, Sindelar was fighting with his girlfriend at a Luxor hotel room early Saturday morning. Witnesses told police Reynolds tried to break it up. That's when Sindelar allegedly attacked. Reynolds is a former UNLV football player.

If convicted, Sindelar could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Moody's says Casino Industry Has Hit Bottom

LAS VEGAS  -- A casino analyst for Moody's Investors Service says the industry may have hit bottom after more than two years of declines.

But analyst Keith Foley said Tuesday it's unlikely things will get better for the country's casinos in the next 12 to 18 months. Moody's Investors Service upgraded its outlook on the industry to stable from negative, saying credit conditions in the industry are unlikely to change soon.

Foley says the stable outlook doesn't mean casino company profits will immediately improve. But he says casinos will benefit in the second half this year from cost cuts made last year. Foley says casinos need the U.S. economy to improve and consumers to spend more before people start gambling more.

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