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NASCAR Roars Back into Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR weekend is one of the biggest money making events of the year for Las Vegas, with fans pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.

Some hotels are even sold out and have doubled up on staff just to accommodate all the race fans.

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All 1,700 rooms at the Sahara Hotel and Casino have been booked three weeks in advance. Other spots on the strip that say NASCAR weekend is even bigger than New Years Eve.

Jeannie Maltesen from Vancouver, Canada snubbed the Olympics to fly to Vegas for NASCAR weekend. She says she and her friends are on a budget, but there's not doubt there will end up spending even more.

"We spend a lot of money down here. We have to go back to Canada and work for a year so we can come back next year," she said.

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UNLV Targeting 20 Pricey Programs for Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV has already had to cut 24 percent of its budget and now is must slice another 6.9 percent.  The likely target will be UNLV's 20 most expensive programs.

Those programs cost the university more than $36 million dollars.

UNLV says -- by law -- students who are currently in programs facing cuts will be able to complete their degree. 

The expensive programs include civil engineering, health, physics, finance, theatre and journalism. The concern is that by losing some key programs it could hurt UNLV's reputation.

Freshman Cory Bradley and other students are fighting for their education.

"It's really sad, education should be a primary thing in Nevada and it's not taken seriously," Bradley said. She is on scholarship but not sure if this campus is for her after learning key programs might be cut.

Man Accused of Deadly Ax Attack 'Delusional'

LAS VEGAS -- The 33-year-old man accused of killing a 4-month-old baby and critically wounding the child's mother in a rampage with a medieval-style battle ax is expected to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Harold E. Montague appeared Wednesday before a judge for a status check. Montague's attorney, Norm Reed, described his client as severely delusional and paranoid. Montague has been kept separately from the general population at the Clark County Detention Center.

Montague is facing charges of murder with a deadly weapon and attempted murder with a deadly weapon. He was arrested for a February 11th attack where police say he stabbed his profoundly disabled sister-in-law in their home before bursting outside and attacking the mother and child in the street.

His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 12, 2010.

 

 

 

Osmond Show on Hold After Family Death

LAS VEGAS -- The Donnie and Marie Osmond show at the Flamingo is on hold for next week after the suicide of Marie's son.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Blosil died Friday when he jumped from his apartment building in Los Angeles.

Blosil is one of Osmond's eight children. He left behind a note explaining that he had battled depression his whole life.

 

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Evander Holyfield Licensed to Fight in Nevada

LAS VEGAS -- Boxer Evander Holyfield has been licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to fight in Las Vegas again for the first time since 2003, despite the objection of one of its members.

The 47-year-old fighter plans to fight 41-year-old Frans Botha at the Orleans Arena on April 17.

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