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Woman Struck by Airplane Propeller

LAS VEGAS -- McCarran International Airport officials say a 21-year-old woman was struck in the head by an airplane propeller at the airport. The incident occurred around 4:30 p.m.

The plane was a private BeachCraft Bonanza. The woman was taken to University Medical Center in unknown condition.

The incident did not affect flights in and out of McCarran.

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North Strip Renaissance Failing to Take Shape

LAS VEGAS - During the boom years, developers, hoping to cash in on Las Vegas, made big bets on the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard.

"There was a lot of construction, but nothing really happening on this end," said Houston tourist Lorenza Shaw. The promise of a north Strip renaissance never came to a fruition. "It's a disappointment, it really is, but what are you going to do," asked New Jersey tourist Natashia Hicks.

Boyd Gaming's multi-billion dollar Echelon project sits idle on the land of the old Stardust hotel. The development is on hold until market conditions improve.

Up the boulevard, the Fontainebleau stands empty and unfinished. Construction halted last year when lenders cut off $800 million in financing for the project.

Elad IDB intended to build a $5 billion replica of New York's Plaza hotel on the site of the old Frontier. But, the land stands empty.

An NBA Team Coming to Las Vegas?

LAS VEGAS -- Plans for a new arena on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip are looking more promising.

Texas developer Chris Milam, whose plan it is to build the Silver State Arena on the old Wet N' Wild site, is hoping to use tax increment financing to fund the arena. TIF is a creative way to use tax dollars to pay for municipal improvements, like arenas.

An arena would increase the property value for business owners in the area, and generate the additional property tax revenue to pay for the vast majority of the stadium.

Milam claims to have an NBA team under contract to become the arena's top tenant, once it's completed, but calls to Milam were not returned.

At the NBA Summer League, reaction to this so-called signed agreement was varied. A lot of coaches and executives a little sensitive about the issue, given the nature of what is being discussed.

I-Team: Taxicab Authority, Companies Try to Curb Long Hauling

LAS VEGAS -- The I-Team has been exposing long hauling for years and finally the Taxicab Authority brought the power players into one room to stop it.

Everyone wants to stop the long haul from the airport, but they don't know how to do it. Cab companies want to police themselves and the TA wants new fares, fees and penalties to keep a $13 ride from becoming twice as much.

The TA found more than 90-percent of all long hauling complaints started at the airport with people being taken the long way through the tunnel to the Strip. So Wednesday's workshop was to bounce ideas around and get feedback about a flat fee system of $20 to hotel locations in a six-mile ring around the airport.

The cab companies fear this could actually make cheaper drives to places like the Hard Rock more expensive. They also think big events can clog the city and a flat fee would hurt profit margins.

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Blue Man Group Looking for New Cast Members

LAS VEGAS -- The Blue Man Group is holding an open audition on Monday, July 19 in Las Vegas. The audition is part of a national search to find performers who have a combination of talents that qualify them to portray Blue Men.

With ongoing productions in Chicago, New York, Boston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin and Tokyo, Blue Man Group offers talented men and women the opportunity to join their established but continuously evolving organization.

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Both male and female performers are encouraged to audition. Some of the basic criteria for Blue Man auditioners include: height between 5'10" and 6'1", solid drumming skills, excellent acting skills and a willingness to relocate.

Monday's open audition will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at The Blue Man Theater inside The Venetian.

Casino Owner Riviera Holdings Files for Chapter 11

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Las Vegas and Colorado casino owner Riviera Holdings Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Company subsidiaries Riviera Operating Corp. and Riviera Black Hawk Inc. also filed Monday for reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Las Vegas. They own the 2,075-room Riviera hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip and the Riviera Black Hawk in Colorado.

The filings say the planned restructuring is supported by holders of more than two-thirds of nearly $248 million in debt under a June 2007 senior credit facility.

That could let Riviera Las Vegas and Riviera Black Hawk continue to operate during the bankruptcy process. The company reported to the federal Securities and Exchange Commission late last year that it was trying to restructure debt to avoid filing for bankruptcy.

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President Obama Stumps for Harry Reid in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - President Obama took to the stage at Aria Thursday night and fired up the Democratic base. The commander-in-chief became campaigner-in-chief. His goal is to help U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid win a fifth term in Congress.

The president at first joked about Reid's quiet demeanor, making the night feel more like a roast. But, President Obama's remarks quickly took a serious and sharply partisan tone. Without mentioning Reid's opponent, former State Senator Sharron Angle, by name, the president painted her views as extreme.

"On a lot of these issues, she favors an approach that's even more extreme than the Republicans we've got in Washington," the president said. "She wants to phase out and privatize Social Security and Medicare."