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Diamond Resorts Climbs in First Day Trading on NYSE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Diamond Resorts International Inc. surged in their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

The timeshare company's stock added 97 cents, or 6.9 percent, to $14.97 in Friday morning trading. The shares priced at $14 per share, below the expected range of $16 to $18 per share.

Diamond Resorts raised $217 million from its initial public offering of 15.5 million shares. The Las Vegas-based company is selling 14 million shares, while a selling stockholder is selling 1.5 million shares. Diamond Resorts won't receive any proceeds from shares sold by the selling stockholder.

Shares are trading under the "DRII" ticker symbol.

The offering is expected to close on Wednesday.

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8 on Your Side Towing Report Brings Swift Changes

LAS VEGAS - Last week's 8 on Your Side report on confusing parking restrictions at one Strip parking lot prompted swift changes.

As 8 on Your Side first reported, ‘No Parking' signs in the parking lot between the Riviera and the Peppermill confounded many motorists and led to the towing of several vehicles.

Since the story aired, public officials have moved quickly to fix the problem. The towing company in question had 90 days to change its signs, but the company didn't wait 90 days. It acted immediately. The parking lot now includes new signs.

Callers, meanwhile, inundated the 8 on Your Side hotline with towing questions and complaints after the original story aired.

Ovation Greets Return of 'Ka' Performers at MGM

A Las Vegas show reopens after the death of one of its performers. The audience responds to the return with a standing ovation. 

Cirque du Soleil reopened its epic “Ka” on Tuesday, drawing a standing ovation even before the show started with a dedication to its fallen performer.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

December Date Set for Las Vegas Strip Shooting-Crash Trial

 December Date Set for Las Vegas Strip Shooting-Crash Trial

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A Nevada judge set a Dec. 2 date for the death penalty trial of a self-described pimp accused of killing three people in a shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip.

Clark County District Court Judge Kathleen Delaney said Monday the trial of 27-year-old Ammar Harris will follow a separate Sept. 9 kidnapping and sex assault trial stemming from a woman's claim that Harris raped her in 2010.

The judge also acknowledged the difficulty of conducting a high-profile trial during the year-end holiday season.

Harris is accused of shooting and killing a man driving a Maserati and two people in a taxi that burst into flames in a chain-reaction crash early Feb. 21.

Prosecutor David Stanton said outside court that he expects trial will take about three weeks.

 

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Night Court Starts on Trial Basis

LAS VEGAS -- People arrested Friday night in Las Vegas might not have to sit in jail until Monday because a special Saturday court session begins July 13.

Only a trial basis, but the court session could lead to a long-talked about night court.

Say someone is on the Las Vegas Strip doing a Three-card Monte street hustle or selling a bottle of water filled with tap water or even gets into a drunken fight where no one is hurt.

Under normal circumstances, they are all people who would be hauled to jail, take up space and often never show up to court or pay up.

N0ight court could mean swift justice.

Police officers working the Strip have heard it all.

Officer: "Can you tell me how you got pregnant?"

Suspect: "From smoking tobacco."

They also meet plenty of partygoers who can't handle the vices of Las Vegas.

Woman: "Stop looking at me!"

Nevada Gaming Win Rises in May

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada Gaming Control Board reports casinos won more than $897 million from gamblers in May - an increase of 1.3 percent from last year.

Clark County casinos won more than $772 million - a slight increase from more than $766 million in May 2012. Most of that increase came from the Las Vegas Strip, which was the only major area in the county to post gains. Casinos in North Las Vegas and along the Boulder Strip each posted double digit drops in their gaming wins.

The state collected $57 million in taxes from the May winnings. That represents a 10.8 percent increase from 2012.

So far this year, Nevada casinos have won more than $10 billion from gamblers - a 2 percent increase from the same period in 2012.

Driving You Crazy: Hacienda Avenue Access

LAS VEGAS -- A viewer questions why they can't get from Dean Martin Dr. to westbound Hacienda Ave.

The viewer says a sign that reads "Hacienda Access" is misleading because once drivers get to the actual turn, they can only turn right. After that, there's no place to make a U-turn, so there's no way to go left.

U-turns in the area are restricted because of the proximity to the Hacienda Overpass. In order for a left turn to be possible, drivers would have to go onto a little loop street called Aldebaran Ave.

The intersection raises a safety concern because the setup restricts drivers' vision. The line of sight for westbound traffic coming over the Hacienda Bridge is limited. That's why left turns are not allowed.

Depending on your destination, here are some alternate routes from Dean Martin Dr.

- Take Tropicana Ave. to Valley View Blvd.