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Las Vegas Visitor Count Drops in April

LAS VEGAS -- April saw a decline in visitors to Las Vegas compared with the same month in 2011, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority announced Tuesday.

LVCVA officials attributed the 0.9 percent drop to having one less weekend in April this year, as well as reduced convention attendance. Las Vegas visitation remains up for the year over 2011, with more than 13 million visitors representing a 2.4 percent increase.

Average daily room rate moved up over $109 per night, a 3.4 percent jump compared to last year.

 

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Nobu Hotel Starts Taking Reservations

Nobu Hotel Starts Taking Reservations

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Caesars Palace will start accepting reservations in October for the new Nobu Hotel on the Strip.

It's the first venture into hotels for Nobu Hospitality, which operates Japanese restaurants in major cities around the world. Officials with Nobu and Caesars say the 180 guest rooms will feature simple, natural designs inspired by cherry blossoms, origami and Japanese Zen gardens.

The hotel is scheduled to open late this year.

Fans Angry over Bradley Win, Judge Defends Decision

LAS VEGAS -- The most stunning decision in boxing created a firestorm of controversy when two judges scored Saturday's title fight for underdog Tim Bradley Jr. Most fans at the arena, and around the world, watching on HBO scored the fight for 8-division champion Manny Pacquiao.

Many had the Filipino champion winning by a lop-sided score. Top Rank President Bob Arum said, "How do you explain it to anybody. It's absurd."

Bradley said, "There are three judges out there, that's the way they judged it, so what do you want me to do?" Bradley was a 4-to-1 underdog, and Pacquiao says he respects the decision but believes he won the fight. "I give him credit for three rounds, but aside from three rounds, every round I hurt him," Pacquiao said.

Computer Problems Cause Long Lines at MGM Properties

LAS VEGAS -- Officials with MGM Resorts International were reporting sporadic computer outages at all of the company's properties Friday.

The outages caused very long lines for guests checking into the resorts. This is a busy weekend for most of the resorts as visitors are in Las Vegas for the Electric Daisy Carnival and the Pacquiao vs. Bradley fight.

MGM officials issued a written statement Friday afternoon. "We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the patience of our guests while we work through these computer problems."

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Chaparral Students Enjoy Free Show on the Strip

Chaparral Students Enjoy Free Show on the Strip

Students and teachers from Chaparral High School got a chance to see "Le Reve – The Dream" at the Wynn Las Vegas Tuesday.

Wynn Las Vegas and the producers of  "Le Reve" gave the students and teachers the complimentary tickets because of their dedication and perseverance throughout the school year. The group included members of the swim team. The team continued to compete despite the fact it had to forfeit every competition because it didn’t have enough members.

Theater students were also at the special showing. The students continued to put on productions even after their budget had been cut. The tickets were handed out last month during Teacher Appreciation Week. The group was able to meet the cast members before taking a group photo. 

Chlorine Spill Shuts Down 215

LAS VEGAS -- A chlorine spill on Interstate 215 near McCarran Airport shut down the freeway Wednesday morning for nearly two hours.

The westbound 215 was closed near the Interstate 15 exchange as the spill was addressed. It was caused when a car and a pool cleaning truck were involved in an accident.

Traffic is once again allowed on the 215.

STRIP HOUSE is Worth the Trip

STRIP HOUSE is Worth the Trip

Curtas: it's a chore to get there, but good food awaits.

Strip House might be the best steak house in Vegas that we never go to.

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