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PH Towers Holds Grand Opening

LAS VEGAS -- The newest tower on the Las Vegas Strip will open Friday evening and there are still jobs that need to be filled.

The PH Towers is opening at Harmon and Las Vegas Blvd. It is 52 stories and is across from CityCenter. It is the largest single timeshare building ever built in the world. There are 1,200 upscale villas ranging from 450 square feet to 2,200 square feet.

The tower is connected to the Miracle Mile shops and next to the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. While most of the staff has been hired, there are still about 75 unfilled positions.

The tower had a soft opening a month ago but waited to celebrate its official opening until now so Miss America could take part.

 

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Las Vegas Convention Panel Wants Lawsuit Thrown Out

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority wants a judge to throw out an American Cancer Society lawsuit aimed at stopping smoking at tobacco shows.

In a court filing Monday, lawyers for the CVA say state lawmakers properly adopted a "common-sense" law allowing smoking at some trade shows.

The convention authority asks Carson City District Court Judge James E. Wilson Jr. to rule that the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in Reno has no standing to sue. The Cancer Society lawsuit was filed Dec. 9. It seeks to void a state measure relaxing smoking restrictions at conventions.

It says the measure was improperly attached to a statute making stalking and text-messaging threats a crime -- in violation of a state constitutional requirement that laws deal with a single subject.

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Study: Marathon Generated Millions for Las Vegas Economy

LAS VEGAS -- The inaugural Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon generated $64.5 million for the local economy.

That is the finding of a study done by the San Diego State University MBA program and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The study revealed that nearly 38,000 visitors traveled to Las Vegas for the event.

"The Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon was a great success by every measure," said Pat Christenson, President of Las Vegas Events. "We're pleased to have hosted an event that made such a significant contribution to the local economy, and combined with the Rodeo and NASCAR Champions Week, there is no question in 2009 Las Vegas had its biggest December weekend ever. We are excited about the tremendous potential this event has to bring even more visitors to Las Vegas in future years."

Meet and Greet for Miss America Contestants

LAS VEGAS -- Organizers say all 53 Miss America contestants are due to take part in a "meet and greet" event with the public this weekend at the Fashion Show shopping center on the Las Vegas Strip.

A 5:30 p.m. Saturday runway presentation will be followed by an autograph signing in the main hall of the mall. The 2010 Miss America Pageant is set for Jan. 30 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. It'll be broadcast on cable channel TLC.

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Missing Woman is Focus of Murder Investigation

LAS VEGAS -- A missing woman's case has turned into a murder investigation and police are asking for help.

Police say they received a report of a missing woman on Jan. 14th. The woman, who was employed by the Mad Onion, located in Hooters Hotel & Casino, was last seen entering her Jeep at around 5 a.m. The next day police found the woman's body in her vehicle in a remote area of desert. The woman's vehicle is described as a 2006 Jeep Liberty with Nebraska license plates.

Police say they have a surveillance picture showing a white vehicle, possibly a 1995 - 1998 Nissan Sentra or similar car. Police say a person exited that car and went to the victim's Jeep.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Metro at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

Las Vegas Strip Set to Withstand Big Earthquakes

LAS VEGAS -- Deep beneath the rock and dirt of Las Vegas are nearly a dozen active fault lines -- faults that release earthquakes almost daily.

"They occur constantly, but people don't feel those low magnitude earthquakes. But it's a sign that the crust is accumulating and releasing energy," said CSN geology instructor Dr. Cindy Shroba.

The aftershocks are small in scale, but with a city full of high rise casinos, one can't help but wonder what would happen if a bigger and stronger earthquake were to occur.

"It's a good thing most buildings are new, because there is a code that requires a certain amount of reinforcing of structures and flexibility to withstand seismic wave activity," said Dr. Shroba.

Sexual Assault Case Against David Copperfield Closed

Federal prosecutors in Seattle have closed a two-year investigation without filing sexual assault charges against magician David Copperfield.

The notice came in a court document filed Tuesday. The woman who made the complaint is a former Miss Washington contestant. She filed a related civil lawsuit against Copperfield, whose real name is David Kotkin. She alleges she met Copperfield during a performance in Washington state and that he sexually assaulted her at his private island in the Bahamas in July 2007.

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