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FEMA Plans Disaster Drill on Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is the designated spot for a mock nuclear explosion planned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA had planned to simulate a nuclear explosion right on the Las Vegas Strip to test for emergency preparedness. But the plan is meeting a lot of opposition from all the key players, including Boyd Gaming, MGM Mirage, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the LVCVA.

“All of our focus should be on attracting visitors on reasons why they should visit Las Vegas, not inhibitors,” said Vince Alberta with the LVCVA.

LVCVA wrote a letter on behalf of those against the idea saying, “We believe a scenario such as this will generate undue anxiety about visiting or conducting business in Las Vegas.”

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I-Team: Booting Battle Cranks Up

LAS VEGAS -- Paul Draher knows it is just another day as one of the most reviled men in Las Vegas.

"It's a job like anyone else," he says, sighing lightly, knowing news crews and papers are against him. He does not feel put upon, exactly. He knows it comes with the territory.

When you boot someone's car, they tend not to like you -- at all. "Usually I'll have a bullet-proof vest on just as a precaution," he says without a hint of sarcasm or irony.

Draher is the owner of Boot-It Inc., the local company raising eyebrows and question marks about the tactics of booting cars. His battleground is the parking lot near Harmon and Paradise, a popular mass of spaces across from the Hard Rock. Proximity is the problem, however. People park in the lot and then walk across the street to other businesses.

Las Vegas Men Sell New Poker Idea

A Las Vegas man and his childhood friend says growing up in the valley helped them invent a new video poker game and strike a deal with slot maker IGT.

It's called Second Chance Royal Poker. It's like any other video poker game, except if you miss the royal flush by one card, you get a free second chance to draw that last card again.

Thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Zarowitz and his childhood friend invented the game. “W e would sneak out to the 7-11 when we were like 14 – 15-years-old until they kicked us out. People growing up in other places don't have that kind of exposure to video poker,” he said.

I-Team: Cold Case Leaves Brother Looking for Answers

A $20 bag of marijuana led to the murder of a 19-year old Las Vegas man four years ago. Detectives working this cold case are hoping for new tidbits of information that might lead to an arrest.

From everything the 8 News Now I-Team has learned, Derek Coleman was a good guy, not a criminal type at all, but he made a bad decision back in July 2005 when he agreed to help a stranger score a bag of weed. Police think that stranger is still here, on the streets of Las Vegas and if he murdered Coleman for something like this, chances are he might kill again.

"A senseless murder of a good kid, a father, a son, a brother, you know, my best friend," said James Coleman, who talks about his brother and best friend. Coleman was a gregarious 19-year-old who loved basketball, spending time with his family, and his girlfriend Tabitha.

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MGM CityCenter Unveiled with 'Sneak Peak'

LAS VEGAS -- From I-15, you can see just how big CityCenter is. But when you are standing right next to the buildings, the only word to describe it is enormous.

MGM Mirage officials didn't allow cameras inside of the buildings, but 8 News Now Reporter Melissa Duran was taken inside the Aria resort. It's definitely a luxury resort with a modern feel.

MGM Mirage officials say they're right on track to open. “There's a lot of cleaning that has to be done -- construction. You build things that are new and fresh but usually there is a little dust left behind, so there's cleaning, some final landscaping both inside and outside. So we are down to the things that we ought to be down to at this point. It's going to be very exciting,” said Alan Feldman with MGM Mirage.

SLIDESHOW: Pictures of MGM CityCenter

Cracking Down on Smut Peddlers?

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- When large groups of people crowd into a small area, you will find advertisers pushing their products. In Las Vegas, sometimes that means selling sex. Freedom of speech protects these peddlers, allowing them to stand on the public sidewalk handing out cards promoting an escort or exotic dancer to your room.

Harrah's Senior Vice President and former Las Vegas Mayor Jan Jones says the tactics have become more than just handing out cards. “There could be 40 to 50 distributors of this literature standing in the middle of the sidewalk, from my point of view, harassing our visitors,” she said.

The hotels have wanted them off the sidewalks for more than a decade. The American Civil Liberties Union says anyone has the right to be on the sidewalk and the peddlers are exercising their freedom of speech. Repeated court decisions over the past 10 years back that up.

Casinos Expected to be Slow to Rebound

U.S. commercial casinos took in $7.94 billion in revenue during the third quarter, 5.5-percent less than a year earlier, the head of the American Gaming Association said Tuesday.

Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., president and CEO of the industry group, said that while economists believe the country is moving beyond one of the worst recessions in history, that's not a practical reality for many casinos or their customers.

"Main Street is still feeling the heart, in fact, of the economic downturn," Fahrenkopf said. "The same has to be said very clearly for the gaming industry.