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Steve Wynn on the Economy

LAS VEGAS -- Steve Wynn says business at Wynn Resorts is better this year than last. But despite his success and some short-term improvements in Las Vegas, Wynn is worried about the future of the U.S. economy.

The billionaire says the middle class is hurting at the grocery store and the gas pump. The standard of living and quality of life for working Americans, he says, is deteriorating because of the falling value of the dollar.

Wynn sat down in a villa at the Wynn to share joyous news of his wedding, scheduled for this Saturday, but the hour-long conversation turned to the economy. Wynn's remarks recently on national television that the dollar is "going to hell" got a lot of attention.

He says there will be little economic bliss in the future unless Washington fixes our out of control national debt.

"The Obama Administration is going to take us to $17 trillion (in debt) as sure as my name is Steve Wynn," he said.

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High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Michael Jackson Tour Coming to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The music and dance of the King of Pop is coming to Sin City. The "Michael Jackson, The Immortal World Tour" is scheduled to stop at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in December.

Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre will discuss the $57 million show during a press event in Las Vegas Wednesday. The tour will kick off in Montreal in October and hit 30 cities before stopping in Las Vegas.

Excerpts from Jackson's music videos will be part of the 90-minute show, but no performer will represent Jackson specifically.

"Immortal" will also feature as-yet-unreleased songs that Jackson had finished before his death in 2009. A separate permanent production is expected to open next year at Mandalay Bay.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

$10 STD Testing Offered Tomorrow, Friday by Planned Parenthood

$10 STD Testing Offered Tomorrow, Friday by Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada and its parent organization Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains are joining with MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage youth to GYT — Get Yourself Tested — during National STD Awareness Month in April. 

Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada will offer $10 STD testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia and $10 Rapid HIV testing at its health centers Tuesday and Friday. Local centers are:

Las Vegas

3300 E Flamingo Rd, #25

3220 W Charleston Blvd.


North Las Vegas

3940 Martin L.

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Anonymous Prescription Drug Collection Coming Saturday

Anonymous Prescription Drug Collection Coming Saturday

The Drug Enforcement Administration and its community partners throughout Nevada will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, DEA and local law enforcement will host 33 collection sites throughout Nevada.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Nevada residents collected and turned in more than 1,600 pounds of prescription drugs at collection sites operated by DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners.

Local collection sites are:

Boulder City

530 Avenue G

Henderson

1300 W. Sunset Road, Suite #1229

Las Vegas

3675 E. Harmon

9850 W.

Local Musician Tries to Set Mark for Longest Concert

Local Musician Tries to Set Mark for Longest Concert

Local musician Jefferson Montoya will set out to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Continuous Concert by a Solo Artist starting June 1 and ending June 3 at Tommy Rocker’s Cantina & Grill.

The 44-hour long event will feature more than 150 songs, both original music and cover songs performed with few breaks. Guinness rules state that the artist can only have 30 seconds between songs and five minutes rest for every 60 minutes played so the music will be almost continuous from midnight Wednesday through Friday night.

In addition to music from his three solo CD’s, Jefferson will perform songs from a wide variety of artists including Aimee Mann, Incubus, George Michael, Ne-Yo, Paramore, Queen and many more.

The world record currently is held by Richard Deschamps of France, and has been a much-pursued mark that has been attempted and captured a number of times since 2009.

Power Restored on the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- Officials say electricity is back on after a 45-minute power outage that darkened some Las Vegas Strip properties overnight.

NV Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Schuricht said that about 10 customers in the area of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road were affected by the outage about 10:45 p.m. Monday. There were also reports that resorts including the Bally's and Paris Las Vegas hotel-casinos were affected.

Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski says city marshals discovered and doused a transformer fire downtown. He says power was interrupted to some areas downtown around city hall. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)