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MGM Resorts Ordered to Rehire Whistleblower

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is ordering MGM Resorts International to rehire a whistleblower and pay $325,000 in restitution.

OSHA says the MGM condominium subsidiary the Signature at MGM Grand fired the employee for speaking up about co-workers allegedly violating Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.

The employee told a supervisor that colleagues were forecasting to potential buyers, telling them about expected revenue and occupancy rates, even though they were not licensed to do so.

MGM has the option of appealing the decision, but will still need to immediately offer to rehire the employee and make the $325,000 payment.

Ken Atha, OSHA administrator in San Francisco, said on Thursday that the decision reaffirms the right of employees to report SEC violations. MGM did not immediately offer comment.

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Newest Additions to the Strip Announced

Caesar Entertainment announced the newest tenants for its under-construction project known as The Linq.

The retail, restaurant and entertainment space will include a Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop, Goorin Bros. hat shop, Spinkles Cupcakes and The Stomping Grape.

There will also be the innovative entertainment space known as Brooklyn Bowl, combining comfort and bowling. The Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery will also have a location at the Linq.

Polaroid Fotobar will be the first of its kind, featuring a Polaroid museum and a photo station where people can instantly print photos from their phones.

There will also be a place for ladies to get ready for a night out. Vanity Style Lounge will offer blowouts, hair extensions and braids along with makeup applications, manicures and pedicures.

The $550 million open-air district is set between the Flamingo and The Quad on the Strip. It is set to open

Welcome Sign Will Soon Be Solar Powered

Welcome Sign Will Soon Be Solar Powered

The iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign is going green, not the color, but the concept.

The Clark County Commission voted Tuesday to allow a company to make the sign solar-powered.

In the presentation, Green Chips told the commissioners that installing the solar trees to power the sign will not cost the county any money.

Instead, the company will rely on donations from the Consumer Electronics Association and NV Energy, as well as, a grant from the Las Vegas Centennial History grant program.

The solar trees will be installed behind the sign. So, it will look the same as it did when it was first installed on the Las Vegas Strip in 1959.

There will be a public display explaining how the renewable energy system works. The solar power should be flowing to the sign by early next year.

 

Las Vegas Sign Features Rainbow Lights ahead of Pride Parade

Las Vegas Sign Features Rainbow Lights ahead of Pride Parade

The iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign the greets visitors to our city at the far south end of Las Vegas Boulevard will feature rainbow colored lights for the next 11 days in honor of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community.

The sign was relit with red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple in honor of the LGBT rainbow flag ahead of the Las Vegas Pride celebration.

The Pride celebration includes a series of festivities, ending with the Pride parade and festival downtown Las Vegas next weekend. For information on that party, go to www.hrc.org/lasvegaspride.

The Human Rights Campaign, Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority were at Friday's sign relighting.

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Thousands may have Claims in Casino Overtime Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Lawyers say they're trying to contact more than 7,000 current and former employees at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas who could be eligible to collect damages in a lawsuit claiming systematic wage and overtime abuse.

Officials at the casino resort aren't commenting about mailers going out Friday to people who've worked there since the $3.9 billion high-rise property opened on the Las Vegas Strip in December 2010.

Attorneys for a former casino money changer and others say company handbooks instructed workers to complete tasks like changing into uniforms and exchanging bankrolls before and after punching time clocks.

They're seeking damages of $70 million or more.

U.S. District Judge George Foley Jr. has granted conditional class certification under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

That allows plaintiffs' attorneys to contact everyone who may be affected.

Monthly Gaming Win Drops in July

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Officials say Nevada gambling revenue dropped 8 percent in July compared with the earlier, led by a 14 percent drop in Las Vegas Strip revenue.

Gaming Control Board officials say Nevada casinos brought in $926 million from gambling this July.

Las Vegas Strip winnings totaled $511 million, down 14 percent year-over-year, while downtown casinos brought in $39 million, down 4 percent from a year earlier.

Reno casinos won $49 million in July for a 6 percent gain. South Lake Tahoe casinos won $32 million and were up 9 percent.

The state collected $61 million in taxes off the July winnings. That's down 9 percent from what Nevada took in a year ago.

Las Vegas Airport Traffic Down in July, but Barely

Las Vegas Airport Traffic Down in July, but Barely

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials in Las Vegas say the number of passengers coming through McCarran International Airport was slightly down in July.

Data released Thursday show nearly 3.7 million people flew in and out of the airport last month. That's 0.2 percent less people than flew in July 2012.

Total airport traffic is flat in the first seven months of 2013, compared with the same period last year.

Domestic traffic was down 0.6 percent in July, while the number of passengers flying internationally increased by 2.6 percent. Domestic carriers make up about 90 percent of traffic.

Of the top five airlines serving the airport, Delta saw the biggest passenger gain in July.