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CityCenter Wrapping Up Hiring

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- MGM Mirage's CityCenter announced that they intend to launch the "single largest hiring effort in the nation" on Monday. The announcement came at the same time the state released record unemployment numbers. Some lucky applicants received their job offers on Friday.

With more than 180,000 unemployed Nevadans, jobs are scarce and competition is stiff. Some experts believe Nevada has hit the peak for unemployment. Will the massive hiring by the MGM Mirage make a difference?

On Friday the resort offered jobs to internal candidates who already work at the MGM Mirage. On Monday, CityCenter will extend thousands of more job offers to people from all over the country.

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Sentencing Delayed for Casino Shooter

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The sentencing for casino shooter Steven Zegrean has been delayed until Oct. 19th.

The 53-year-old unemployed house painter was found guilty of a shooting spree at the New York New York in July 2007 that left four people injured.

Zegrean's attorneys made a motion to have some of the lesser charges against him dismissed. Zegrean was convicted on 51 charges.

 

 

New Clark County Fire Station Opens

Clark County fire officials are opening a new fire station Thursday to serve McCarran International Airport and the surrounding area.

Authorities say the new facility is similar to other county fire stations around Las Vegas. But this one has an extra vehicle bay and a classroom.

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MGM Mirage Amends Senior Notes Exchange Offer

Casino operator MGM Mirage says it has amended a senior notes exchange offer in part to extend its expiration date.

The Las Vegas-based company on Thursday pushed the expiration date as well as the early participation and withdrawal dates to Sept. 30. MGM Mirage had just extended the early participation date last week to Sept. 24 from Sept. 10. The initial expiration date was Sept. 24 as well.

Under the terms of the offer, eligible holders can exchange a portion of $782 million in 8.5 percent senior notes due 2010 for up to $500 million in 10 percent senior notes due 2016.

MGM Mirage says about $21 million of existing notes had been validly tendered as of Wednesday. If accepted, the notes would be exchanged for approximately $24.7 million new notes.

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Suspect in 15-Year-Old Murder Case Pleads Not Guilty

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The man accused of killing a 7-year-old girl in 1994 pleaded not guilty in District Court Thursday.

Gregory Wallen is accused of killing and sexually assaulting 7-year-old Diana Hernandez and then dumping her body in the trash. The girl disappeared from the apartment complex where she lived near Flamingo and Maryland Pkwy. Wallen also lived in the same complex.

Police announced the arrest of Wallen in June 2009 after detectives used and old DNA sample with a new sex offender database.

Officer Identified in Shooting Near the Strip

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The Las Vegas Metro police officer who fired his weapon during a traffic stop Friday night on Las Vegas Boulevard as been identified as 28-year-old Jesse Gerstal.

Metro says Gerstal has been with their police department since April 2006 and is currently assigned to the Convention Center Area Command.

According to a spokesperson with Metro, Gerstal shot at a SUV after 27-year-old Eric Perez attempted to run over the officer.

Police say two bike officers stopped Perez at Sands Avenue and Manhattan Street. The officers and Perez exchanged words and then Perez tried to take off.

According to Metro, Gerstal fired his weapon four times.

Perez and another suspect were pulled over a short while later and Perez arrested for battery on a police officer and resisting a police officer.

Businesses Suffer Through Road Closure

LAS VEGAS, NV -- There is one road construction project along the Las Vegas Strip that is causing major problems for local businesses including one well-known resort.

During the first week of August, construction crews swooped in and started tearing up Harmon Road at Las Vegas Boulevard. The road has been closed to accommodate county public works projects as well as private projects for CityCenter. The closure has created a big problem for businesses.

"One day they just showed up and said 'by the way we are going to tear up the front of your building starting next week,'" said Jerry Raftis, general manager of the Harley-Davidson Cafe.