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I-Team: Blistering claims in Las Vegas nightclub lawsuits

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas nightclubs and day clubs are now a billion dollar industry and a major tourism draw, but the clubs sometimes play by their own rules.

Out-of-control behavior has led to criminal charges, scandals, and lawsuits in recent years and to greater oversight by the gaming companies which house the clubs.

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Newly redesigned Strip hotel opens to guests Thursday

LAS VEGAS -- Visitors on the Las Vegas Strip are welcoming another hotel-casino makeover.

The LINQ, formerly know as The Quad and before that the Imperial Palace, started taking guests Thursday. Those guests can expect to see a lot of changes at the property.

The new LINQ Hotel and Casino is right near the High Roller observation wheel, Sprinkles Cupcakes, the Brooklyn Bowl and all the other shops and restaurants in the Linq Promenade.

PHOTOS: LINQ Hotel opens Thursday

The hotel underwent $223 million in renovations, including new rooms, a new lobby bar, and a redesigned casino floor. A new pool and front desk area are planned for next summer.

Developers say work to begin on Las Vegas Strip arena

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Developers say they're starting construction on a privately-funded $1.4 billion Las Vegas Strip sports arena and resort.  The project is backed by a former UNLV and National Basketball Association player.

A ceremony took place Wednesday at a 27-acre former waterpark where the planned 22,000-seat All Net Resort & Arena will be built on Las Vegas Boulevard just south of Sahara Avenue.

The project has been proposed by businessman and former NBA player Jackie Robinson, and designed by Cuningham Group Architecture Inc.

Cuningham official Brett Ewing says the project will have three elements: a multi-purpose arena with a retractable roof, a 44-story resort hotel, and a pedestrian nightclub, restaurant and retail plaza.

Robinson has said he's talked with NBA officials about drawing a professional franchise to Las Vegas.

Pharmacies popping up along the Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Strip is considered one of the most visually striking places on the planet. The enormous casinos, dazzling lights and unique architecture make the Strip one of the best know streets in the world.

If you look a little closer, you will notice something else among the casinos and marquees a rather mundane non-attraction: pharmacies.

More CVS and Walgreens stores seem to pop up all the time and they don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

What was once considered the best free show on the Strip at Treasure Island will soon be the location for another drug store and shopping center to match the 10 or so other drug stores along the road.

"I've got an eye infection so I just bought some drops and he's got something wrong with his foot so we bought some cream for his foot," tourist Sarah Malone said.

Many guests love the convenience. If you forget something, these stores probably have it.

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Nevada gambling revenues down 6 percent in Sept.

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- State officials say Nevada gambling revenue fell 6 percent in September from the same time last year.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Tuesday that casinos brought in $902 million last month.

Las Vegas Strip gambling revenues were down 12 percent to $495 million, while downtown revenues were down 4 percent to $43 million.

Reno casinos won $48 million in September, which is down about 2 percent year-over-year. South Lake Tahoe gambling revenues of $24 million bucked the trend and were up 7 percent over last year.

Gambling revenues in the first three months of the fiscal year are down 3 percent over the same period in 2013.

Nevada collected $66 million in taxes based on the September winnings, which is up about 5 percent from last year.

SLS president leaves for new project

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- SLS Las Vegas officials say the hotel-casino's president and chief operating officer Rob Oseland (AHS'-land) is leaving to help build a new resort on the Strip.

SLS officials announced Monday that Scott Kreeger will replace Oseland.

Kreeger was most recently chief operating officer of the since-closed Revel hotel-casino in Atlantic City.

SLS opened in August and recently laid off less than two percent of its staff.

Oseland joined SLS in 2012 after years with Wynn Resorts properties.

He plans to help lead the development of a new resort on the Strip across from Encore Las Vegas.

UNLV gambling expert David Schwartz says Oseland likes to build properties and has the chance to do so again. He says layoffs and management changes happen with any casino-hotel opening.


Jury selection to begin for Las Vegas Strip hotel case

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday in Nevada state court for a civil trial with millions of dollars at stake for the casino company that owns a flawed hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and the company that built it.

Attorneys for MGM Resorts International and general contractor Tutor Perini Corp. have already fought pitched battles ahead of the trial expected to take at least a year in Clark County District Court.

Meanwhile, the empty Harmon Hotel tower at the heart of MGM Resorts' $8.5 billion City Center development is slowly being dismantled.

Inspectors found in 2008 that steel used on the first 26 stories wouldn't support another 22 floors.

Now, authorities call the Harmon tower an earthquake hazard.

The rest of the multi-hotel CityCenter complex opened in 2009.