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MGM Resorts, AEG Release Las Vegas Strip Arena Images

Rendering of the proposed Las Vegas arena that will have 20,000 seats.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Casino giant MGM Resorts International and a development partner, entertainment company AEG, are providing a first glimpse of renderings for a 20,000-seat indoor arena planned for the Las Vegas Strip.

A statement released Tuesday with images says project manager ICON Venue Group expects to break ground on the $350 million arena next April.

The facility will be privately financed and is expected to open by spring 2016 for concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts, award shows and other events.

Planners also hope to lure professional basketball and hockey teams, but no commitments have been announced.

The renderings show a sweeping 12-plus story glass and steel structure with a light-emitting display on more than 5 acres between MGM Resorts' New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts and the Interstate 15 freeway.

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Grand Jury to Hear Deadly Las Vegas Strip Crash Case

File Photo: James Robert Montgomery

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A grand jury is expected to hear evidence against a California man being held on multiple felony charges in a Las Vegas Strip crash that killed an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and a relative.

Montgomery's lawyer and a prosecutor said Monday that grand jury proceedings could come before a Dec. 16 preliminary hearing in the case against 29-year-old James Robert Montgomery.

Authorities say Montgomery had a blood-alcohol level of 0.197 percent following the Aug. 18 crash that killed veteran CHP Officer Jesus Manuel Magdaleno Jr. and his brother-in-law, Felix Brandon Cruz III.

That's almost 2 1/2 times Nevada's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Magdaleno and Cruz were killed when witnesses say they jumped into the bed of Magdaleno's pickup truck to try to stop Montgomery from stealing it.

Performer Falls During Zarkana Show

LAS VEGAS - A Cirque du Soleil performer suffered non-life-threatening injuries after falling during a performance of "Zarkana" Friday night.

A Cirque du Soleil representative says the accident occurred during the 7 p.m. performance of the show, which takes place at the Aria Hotel-Casino.

Cirque du Soleil said in a statement, "During the 7 p.m. performance of 'Zarkana' (Friday) night, an artist performing in the 'Wheel of Death' act slipped and fell off the wheel. The show was halted, and the artist was transported to UMC where he is in stable condition and is expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days."

This is the second accident this year involving a Cirque du Soleil performer. 

More Than 100 People Arrested During Rally

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police arrested 105 people during the Culinary Union protest on the Las Vegas Strip Friday afternoon.

According to police, everyone was arrested on charges of trespassing.

Thousands of Culinary Union members rallied outside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to protest a prolonged dispute over a contract with the resort.

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Las Vegas Visitor Count Down in September

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Tourism authorities say the number of visitors to Las Vegas went down slightly in September compared with last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority reported Thursday that about 3.3 million visitors came to town in September, down 1.6 percent from the same month last year.

The number of conventions and meetings held in Las Vegas in September was up 6.1 percent year-over-year.

Room occupancy ticked down slightly from last September to just more than 85 percent, and average hotel room rates remained flat at about $113 per night.

Gambling revenue for the Las Vegas Strip was up more than 3.4 percent to $563 million.

Gaming Win Rises in September

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada gambling revenues are up 7.4 percent in September compared with a year earlier.

Officials from the Nevada Gaming Control Board say Thursday that the state's casinos brought in $959 million last month.

Las Vegas Strip winnings of $563 million were up 13.4 percent from the same month last year, while downtown Las Vegas revenues of $45 million were up 2 percent.

Reno casinos saw their winnings drop 2.3 percent to $48 million. South Lake Tahoe saw revenue jump 23.2 percent to $22 million in September.

The state collected $62.9 million in taxes based on September gambling winnings. That's an 11.5 percent drop from the same month last year.

Las Vegas Hoping to Snag Republican Convention

LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas officially threw its hat in the ring Wednesday to bring the Republican National Convention to the city in 2016.

It is not a done deal and there are a lot of roadblocks that could prevent it from happening.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval believes Las Vegas has a good shot at getting the convention.

"I think it is a tremendous opportunity to show the world that this Las Vegas is one of the greatest cities on the planet." Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev.

He says Las Vegas offers a convenience other cities can't with more than 100,000 hotel rooms a quick ride away from convention space.

"People can stay within a one-mile radius of where the convention would be." Sandoval said.

Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki has been tasked with getting the RNC to Las Vegas.