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More survivors will qualify for Las Vegas Victims' Fund

More of the survivors from the 1 October shooting will benefit from the Las Vegas Victims' Fund as donations have reached $22 million.

The committee in charge of the money has released a final version of the protocol specifying who qualifies and who doesn't.

"I'm very pleased," said Gary Wise, shooting survivor. "We kinda felt left out."

Under the draft protocol for the Las Vegas Victims' Fund, Wise wouldn't have qualified. Under the final version, he does.

"It's going to make things a little it easier as I have not been able to work since the event," he said.

Wise was treated for a gunshot wound and released the same night. He is among more than 500 victims injured during the mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

"They knew my injury, where I was shot, it didn't hit an artery or anything so it wasn't life threatening," Wise said... Read More

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Wynn Resorts to purchase site of former New Frontier casino

Wynn Resorts is buying the site once occupied by the New Frontier casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

The company this week announced it will pay $336 million for 38 acres.

The site is across from the company's Wynn Las Vegas and Encore casino-hotels and is near the Trump hotel and Fashion Show Mall.

Wynn Resorts in a statement says the "future development" will draw more visitors to the north end of the Strip, but it did not provide any details.

The New Frontier, where Elvis Presley first performed in Las Vegas in 1956, was imploded in 2007 to make way for a project meant to mimic the Plaza Hotel in New York City. That project fell through, and so did another hotel proposed by an Australian company... Read More

Gun-detection system being tested at the Westgate

Hotels up and down the Las Vegas Strip have been looking for ways to tighten up their security in the wake of the tragic 1 October shooting.

Some hotels, like the Stratosphere, are focusing on better training for its security staff. Others are turning to technology.

At the Westgate, there is a new gun-detection system has been going through months of tests. In the aftermath of the mass shooting, one question that comes up is whether or not there will be TSA type screening in Strip hotels.

The Westgate is testing a system that is somewhat of a compromise.

For the last eight years, Nate Geise has been coming to Las Vegas to play in the World Series of Poker. There's something that's always stuck out to him.

"Carrying any kind of backpack you want in there, I mean there could be guns in there, explosives, anything like that, so, that's one of my biggest concerns," Geise said... Read More

Comment period ends for Las Vegas Victims' Fund

Time has run out for those wanting to weigh-in on the distribution of the Las Vegas Victims' Fund.

Last week, the committee finalizing the protocol extended the deadline, which ended Monday morning.

There is a forum at the Clark County Government Center for survivors tonight to get information on other resources available. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and is put on by the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center.

This group is helping direct shooting victims to counseling services, among other resources. Despite Monday's deadline, there are efforts underway to change the protocol for the Las Vegas Victims' Fund.

"We saw things I'll never unsee," said Leah Wells, helping shooting survivors.

She doesn't consider herself a 1 October survivor. The Uber driver says she's a warrior.

"We ended up driving wounded and people home for the next 26 hours," she said.

More than two months later, she's still helping shooting victims... Read More

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Empty Fountainbleau sold to new owner

It cost nearly $2 billion to build. It's the second tallest building in Las Vegas but almost no one has been inside.

It's the Fontainebleau.

The empty north Strip site was sold to a new owner in August, but now there is new insight into redevelopment plans.

"I think that it's large and a lot of glass," said tourist Debbie Cantelon.

She is by no means an architectural critic.

"It's a little bit plain."

She's just another tourist slightly curious about what most of the valley is used to. An enormous building on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. A reminder of the last recession. Empty for nearly a decade.

"I didn't know 10 years," she said. "I did not realize that."

So, what of the Fontainebleau?... Read More

Steak 'n Shake expands in Southern Nevada

For years the only Steak 'n Shake in Las Vegas was inside the South Point Hotel & Casino. That's quickly changing.

The chain already expanded to the campus of UNLV at the beginning of 2017. The burger and shake joint is now planning two more locations... Read More

Las Vegas looks outside the casinos to draw in millennials

Casinos in Las Vegas are upping the ante in their pursuit of coveted millennial visitors with new attractions designed to wow them, provide them Instagram-worthy moments and maybe even get them to gamble.

In 2018, a zip line across the street from Caesars Palace and an e-sports arena at the Luxor will join the city's entertainment repertoire geared toward millennials.

People up to age 34 are becoming majority spenders in today's economy but aren't necessarily interested in traditional casino gambling. Casinos are investing in numerous non-gambling amenities to attract them.

Caesars Entertainment plans to build a 1,050-foot-long zip line above its outdoor promenade anchored by the Linq hotel-casino and the world's tallest observation wheel.

MGM Resorts is transforming a former nightclub into an arena for competitive gaming that can hold 1,000 people... Read More