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Major backlog for U.S. Immigration Court in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- President Obama will be in a familiar place in the valley Friday. The president is expected to be at Del Sol High School, the same place where he laid out his blue print for immigration changes nearly two years ago.

That plan never got out of Congress, but Thursday night, President Obama laid out new expansive executive actions on immigration. The new plan will spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

In the meantime, Nevada is definitely high on the list of states that have illegal immigrants. Pew Researchers did a study which revealed Nevada has the highest share of undocumented immigrants of any state. The study also found one in six Nevadan children have at least one parent who is in the country illegally.

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Wynn official disputes investigation claim

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Wynn Resorts spokesman Michael Weaver disputes a report the company is under investigation for breaking money-laundering laws.

Weaver issued a statement Thursday after The Wall Street Journal citing unnamed sources reported multiple agencies including the Justice Department, Internal Revenue Service and Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating the company.

A spokeswoman in the U.S. Attorney's Las Vegas office declined to comment.

The report references an IRS letter sent to a Wynn attorney asking for personal details about the casino's high-rollers between 2011 and 2013 and the company's policies to prevent money laundering.

Weaver says an agency's request for information in no way implies wrongdoing.

He says the company is not aware of being under any investigation and is in constant dialogue with regulators on a variety of matters.

Jay Leno cancels gig at Las Vegas firearms trade show

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Comedian and television talk show host Jay Leno has canceled a scheduled appearance at a large firearms trade show on the Las Vegas Strip.

Dick Guttman, a publicist for the former NBC "Tonight Show" host, said Leno made the decision after learning that a group representing victims of gun violence was gathering petition signatures urging him not to attend.

Guttman said Thursday that Leno didn't understand the show is hosted by a lobbying group for gun owners and manufacturers.

Newtown Action Alliance leader Po Murray says Leno told her he thought the National Shooting Sports Foundation was a sporting group.

The foundation says it advocates firearms safety and Second Amendment rights. It expressed disappointed that Leno won't perform at its show in January at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Caesars reveals plan after creditor walks away

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Caesars Entertainment officials say an early proposal to restructure company finances would have converted its debt-heavy division into a real estate investment trust.

Executives with the casino giant revealed plans Wednesday in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing after a creditor walked away from behind-the-scenes negotiations to restructure Caesars' debt.

The Las Vegas-based company says it continues to make proposals to remaining creditors.

The earlier plan called for turning debt-heavy Caesars Entertainment Operating Company into a trust with two companies -- one to own properties and one to rent and manage them.

The SEC statement says creditors owed first would have gotten close-to if not all of what they were owed.

Those next in line would have received a minimal amount unless they voted together to endorse the company plan.

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There's no hiding on the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- Unless you're in a restroom or hotel room on the Las Vegas Strip, chances are you're being observed on camera.

8 News NOW was able to get a behind the scenes look at the cameras at Aria which has one of the most high-tech surveillance systems in the casino industry. What is happening at Aria is also happening at the nine other MGM Las Vegas properties.

If you are on the Strip -- inside or outside a casino -- expect to be watched.



Ex-officer recognized as hero in crossing guard attack

LAS VEGAS -- A former Metro police officer was honored Tuesday for coming to the aid of a crossing guard who was attacked by two people in a school zone.

The incident happened last month in front of a number of witnesses, but the former officer was the only one who stepped in to help the crossing guard.

The two men received a proclamation and standing ovation at the Clark County Commission meeting. The two met by chance under circumstances they would never wish on anyone.

"It started off like any Monday and it went ugly real fast. Thank God, Mr. Gibbs was in the neighborhood," crossing guard Dano McKay said.

"I was just glad I was in the right place at the right time and being able to help this gentleman," Robert Gibbs said.







Rock 'n' Roll Marathon could generate $160M for local economy

LAS VEGAS -- Tens of thousands of runners are taking over the strip this weekend for the 6th Annual Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon.

Organizers said due to a lot of new features and events involving the race, the marathon has turned into an entire weekend, so that means some roads around town will be closed much longer than expected.

Although the extra time added to road closures is an inconvenience to drivers, the fact that the race has turned into a weekend is a good thing because the local economy benefits from it, and $160 million worth, according to organizers.

They said people are staying in town longer and that means they're spending more money.

"They're spending at the tables, their spending at the restaurants and they're spending in the city, so we're looking at north of $160 million dollars of economic impact,” said Josh Furlow, Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon organizer.

Organizers anticipate 42,000 runners on the strip this year.