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Pharmacies popping up along the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Strip is considered one of the most visually striking places on the planet. The enormous casinos, dazzling lights and unique architecture make the Strip one of the best know streets in the world.

If you look a little closer, you will notice something else among the casinos and marquees a rather mundane non-attraction: pharmacies.

More CVS and Walgreens stores seem to pop up all the time and they don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

What was once considered the best free show on the Strip at Treasure Island will soon be the location for another drug store and shopping center to match the 10 or so other drug stores along the road.

"I've got an eye infection so I just bought some drops and he's got something wrong with his foot so we bought some cream for his foot," tourist Sarah Malone said.

Many guests love the convenience. If you forget something, these stores probably have it.

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Nevada gambling revenues down 6 percent in Sept.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- State officials say Nevada gambling revenue fell 6 percent in September from the same time last year.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Tuesday that casinos brought in $902 million last month.

Las Vegas Strip gambling revenues were down 12 percent to $495 million, while downtown revenues were down 4 percent to $43 million.

Reno casinos won $48 million in September, which is down about 2 percent year-over-year. South Lake Tahoe gambling revenues of $24 million bucked the trend and were up 7 percent over last year.

Gambling revenues in the first three months of the fiscal year are down 3 percent over the same period in 2013.

Nevada collected $66 million in taxes based on the September winnings, which is up about 5 percent from last year.

SLS president leaves for new project

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- SLS Las Vegas officials say the hotel-casino's president and chief operating officer Rob Oseland (AHS'-land) is leaving to help build a new resort on the Strip.

SLS officials announced Monday that Scott Kreeger will replace Oseland.

Kreeger was most recently chief operating officer of the since-closed Revel hotel-casino in Atlantic City.

SLS opened in August and recently laid off less than two percent of its staff.

Oseland joined SLS in 2012 after years with Wynn Resorts properties.

He plans to help lead the development of a new resort on the Strip across from Encore Las Vegas.

UNLV gambling expert David Schwartz says Oseland likes to build properties and has the chance to do so again. He says layoffs and management changes happen with any casino-hotel opening.


Jury selection to begin for Las Vegas Strip hotel case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday in Nevada state court for a civil trial with millions of dollars at stake for the casino company that owns a flawed hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and the company that built it.

Attorneys for MGM Resorts International and general contractor Tutor Perini Corp. have already fought pitched battles ahead of the trial expected to take at least a year in Clark County District Court.

Meanwhile, the empty Harmon Hotel tower at the heart of MGM Resorts' $8.5 billion City Center development is slowly being dismantled.

Inspectors found in 2008 that steel used on the first 26 stories wouldn't support another 22 floors.

Now, authorities call the Harmon tower an earthquake hazard.

The rest of the multi-hotel CityCenter complex opened in 2009.

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MGM Resorts previews Rock in Rio site on Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- MGM Resorts International is offering a sneak peek of what Rock in Rio USA will look like when the music festival comes to Las Vegas next year.

The casino-entertainment company said it would reveal a model replica of the finished venue and preview parts of what the eventual "City of Rock" site will look like on Monday at a media event.

The 33-acre open-air music venue is being built on the Las Vegas Strip near the Circus Circus Resort by a group that includes MGM Resorts.

The Rock in Rio music festival debuts May 8-9 and May 15-16 in 2015. Tickets are expected to go on sale in January. Organizers say Metallica, No Doubt, Linkin Park, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift are among the musical acts scheduled to appear.

Two men arrested, 2 men wanted for series of Strip robberies

LAS VEGAS -- Two men are under arrest and Metro Police are looking for two other men in connection with a series of robberies around the Las Vegas Strip Tuesday evening.

Police arrested 20-year-old Allen Browhaw on several charges including robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. They also arrested 18-year-old James L. Galloway III on similar charges. Police are looking for two other men in connection with the street robberies, which police describe as “violent crimes.”

The first suspect is described as a black man between 18 and 20 years old with short dreadlocks or twists. He was last seen wearing a striped, short-sleeve T-shirt and tan pants.

The second suspect is described as a black man between 18 and 20 years old. He also had dreadlocks and twists. He was last seen wearing a striped, short-sleeve T-shirt, shorts and high, white socks.

Elton John extends Strip show 3 more years

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Caesars Entertainment officials say Elton John will keep performing at Caesars Palace for three more years.

The company and AEG Live announced the contract extension this week.

The famed singer-songwriter first took to the stage at The Colosseum on the Strip with The Million Dollar Piano Show in 2011.

The show features the musician playing a piano decorated with LED video screens.

Five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion and country music superstar Shania Twain also perform at the venue.

Dion hasn't performed since July 29, when she cancelled shows to focus on her health.

Twain's performances end in December.

Tickets for Elton John's performances in January, March and April of next year start at $55 to $250 and go on sale Sunday at 10 a.m. PDT.