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Locals Encouraged to Stay and Play for Holiday Weekend

LAS VEGAS -- Most Americans will be spending their Memorial Day weekend within 50 miles of where they live, according to AAA. 

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says, last year, the city attracted 320,000 people for the holiday weekend. This year, Las Vegas is once again a top pick among travel sites.

While the hotel properties are offering specials for visitors, they are also offering deals to entice locals to do a stay and play vacation. Some resorts are offering 20 to 30 percent discounts for Nevadans.

"The stay and play here campaign provides discounts to Nevada residents when they show their ID. It can be anything from resort spas, to Blue Man group tickets," said Vince Alberta with LVCVA.

You can check out this website to see some of the deals for locals. The site has had more than 10,000 views in the past few days.

Man Arrested in Alleged Pepper Spray Casino Heist

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have arrested a man for an alleged robbery at the Bellagio Casino that happened on Saturday night.

According to the police report, Michael Belton and another man walked up to a blackjack table and sprayed the people playing at the table with pepper spray. Belton then grabbed 23 $5,000 chips and tried to flee the scene.

He was apprehended by casino security and held until police arrived. The second man was able to escape.

While he was being interviewed, police say Belton identified the second person involved only as "Carlos," and that he only participated in the crime because he was unemployed and needed money to help his ailing grandparents.

Police retrieved a Mandalay Bay Hotel room key from Belton. When they went to the hotel, they found that the room was registered to Carlos Rodriguez. Belton told officers Rodriguez was the mastermind of the heist, but they were unable to find him. 

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Strip Closures Upcoming for MGM Renovations

Strip Closures Upcoming for MGM Renovations

MGM Grand’s renovation project will cause traffic headaches on the Strip next week.

Drivers can expect lane closures and overnight traffic delays near the intersection of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard South starting late Sunday night and is expected to last only three to five days.

The closures will accommodate construction crews erecting a 140-foot crane needed for the ongoing renovation work at MGM Grand. Two lanes of Tropicana Avenue, just east of the Strip in front of MGM Grand, will be closed to accommodate construction equipment for the three to five days it will take to build the crane. The crane will remain on site through the summer months.

Backpacks Filled for Kids in Need

Backpacks Filled for Kids in Need

There are a lot of conventions in Las Vegas, but only a handful actually take time off from business to help the community.

That is what people at Informatica World 2012 did Thursday. Conventioneers gathered outside the ballrooms where the convention is taking place at Aria Hotel and Casino to put together 1,000 backpacks for southern Nevada students.

The backpacks were filled with food so that kids in the Title I Hope program, which offers support and tutoring to homeless kids in the Clark County School District, can have something to eat after school.

"They are putting personal notes inside each bag so the kids will continue their efforts at being successful," Paula Zier, the coordinator for the CCSD homeless outreach program, said.

The company held a similar event in Florida.

The Palazzo Welcomes Veterans

The Palazzo Welcomes Veterans

Veterans hurt while serving overseas received a warm welcome home during a ceremony Wednesday.

The Armed Forces Foundation teamed up with The Palazzo to surprise the veterans and their families with a trip to Las Vegas. The wounded warriors came from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

“You can only imagine the kind of hardships they are going through. Not only are they coming back from a war, but they are coming back with injuries, and they adjusted,” Air Force Captain Charlie Spaulding, who was there to welcome the veterans, said.

The veterans at Wednesday’s ceremony said they also received a special welcome Tuesday night. They say the support is always appreciated.

“I love seeing the support. It helps us motivate ourselves and to succeed through our injuries,” Sergeant Greg Caron, who was injured in Afghanistan, said.