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Big changes, expansion coming to Wynn: Paradise Park idea moves in new direction

Big changes are coming to Wynn Las Vegas in the coming years. President and CEO Matthew Maddox announced new building plans in a report Wednesday.

The buildings will expand the area to keep up with an ever-changing city. Tourists and locals in the area said this would not just improve the resort and casino, but also brighten up the entire space.

"It will attract a lot more people over here," Las Vegas local Victor Galvan said.

"I think that will be wonderful," tourist Midge Pace said. "I think it will really improve the area."

New buildings, restaurants, and retail spaces will spruce up this spot on the strip, but the most significant change on the horizon is the $3 billion Paradise Park idea. Maddox said it's now moving forward in a new direction.

"It started out, it was kind of not a nice area," Pace said. "Now it seems like they're building it up and trying to make it better."... Read More

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Legendary Circus Circus turns 50

Circus Circus is celebrated a huge milestone Thursday -- it turned 50 years old. The hotel and casino opened on this day back in 1968.

It's the fourth oldest property on the Las Vegas Strip -- after the Flamingo, Tropicana and Caesars Palace.

Thousands of employees celebrated the big 50 inside the Adventuredome at Circus Circus. This hotel has always been a different kind of property along the Strip. And when it comes to their business, they don't clown around.

"I can't believe we've made it this far," said Tom Nolan, vp of theme park operations.

Circus Circus is celebrating five decades of entertaining tourists on the Las Vegas Strip. Since it opened in 1968, the property has become a pop culture symbol -- appearing in several movies, like the 1971 Bond film "Diamonds are Forever."

It started as only a casino and then opened it's first hotel rooms in 1972.

"Watched them build the west tower," Nolan said... Read More

Celebrating and appreciating the Bellagio's success on its 20th anniversary

The Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Strip celebrated its 20th anniversary Monday.

On October 15, 1998, the casino resort opened its doors for the first time. From the casino floor to its world-renowned restaurants, the Bellagio is one of the most famous properties on Las Vegas Boulevard.

One of the Bellagio's most popular attractions is the famous fountains. Initially, seen worldwide on the big screen for the remake of the movie Ocean's 11, the Fountain is now one of the biggest tourist attractions, along with being put on display for award show concerts, talk shows, and music videos.

Bruno Mars recorded his 24 Karat Magic music video where you see him riding a jet ski in the Fountain. Local Band 'Panic at the Disco," also used the Bellagio Fountain when they performed the pre-game show for game 5 of the Stanley Cup final... Read More

Bobby Baldwin, president of MGM's City Center development, steps down

Longtime casino executive Bobby Baldwin is stepping down from his position as president of MGM's City Center development.

Baldwin was formerly a world champion poker player but became a consultant to gaming titan Steve Wynn at the Golden Nugget and Mirage hotels. When MGM acquired the Mirage, Baldwin stayed with the property and was later named the president of the Bellagio Hotel.

Baldwin will be stepping down from his positions within MGM later this year... Read More

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Companies beefing up security measures at numerous Strip properties

Security on the Las Vegas Strip is something hotels and casinos are constantly thinking about and changing. Especially since the 1 October tragedy. Now, some properties are taking extra steps to keep their guests safe.

Caesars Entertainment says it plans to add armed security guards to its properties, while the Venetian has decided to add more K-9 units to its patrol. And with the continuation of the massive bollard project, it's safe to say security on the Strip has never been tighter.

"No one ever expected the civilian version if you will of a SWAT team," said Phil Ramos, retired Metro homicide detective and security expert.

According to Ramos, having armed security at the Caesars properties is a good move following 1 October.

"Prudence demands that these resorts have a response, a like response, so you need the threat of force of equal or greater force to neutralize that force," Ramos said... Read More

Police investigating body found near Las Vegas Boulevard

A body was discovered by construction workers in a desert area off Las Vegas Boulevard near Russell Road Wednesday morning.

According to Metro Police, a worker ran over the body around 10 a.m.

Initially homicide investigators were called to the scene but a preliminary investigation shows the man was sleeping and died after being struck by the vehicle.

The incident is now being investigate as a traffic-related fatality... Read More

New dolphin named after Las Vegas sports teams

The female dolphin recently born at the Mirage now has a name after a recent employee contest.

The dolphin has been named Karli, which is an acronym which stands for Knights, Aces, Rebels, Lights and "I" for inclusion as the name represents four of Las Vegas' sports teams, according to a news release from the Mirage.

Karli was born on Aug. 11. She and her mother, Sofi, are available for viewing daily at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. ... Read More