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Drunk driver sentenced in deadly crash

LAS VEGAS - A convicted drunk driver was sentenced from eight to 20 years in prison for a crash that killed two people last year.

Hans Bludau appeared in Clark County District Court for his sentencing Tuesday morning. Bludau was driving drunk when he hit a truck on Desert Inn Road near Paradise Road causing the truck to lose control, roll over and hit a palm tree. The truck's occupants Jeanina Esser, 21, and Erick Soto-Soto, 31 were killed.

Bludau left the scene of the crash and hit a concrete median.

Bludau was driving on a suspended temporary license following an arrest the previous year. Prior to the deadly crash, Bludau had completed a court-ordered DUI school.

Turnaround story unfolds for MGM Resorts International

Wall Street and gaming analysts have high praise for MGM Resorts International's turnaround from the tough days of the Great Recession.

CityCenter opened in December 2009 to cost-overruns and a depressed consumer market. MGM Resorts’ stock price was trading in single digits and the company was looking to unload several hotel-casinos to bolster its sagging balance sheet. MGM Resorts’ survival was in doubt — but today it’s a whole new story.

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Convention attendees being targeted by hotel scam

LAS VEGAS -- Conventions are the life blood of the Las Vegas valley economy, but those who attend the conventions are being targeted by some unscrupulous people.

2 stabbed near the Monte Carlo

LAS VEGAS - Metro Police is investigating a double stabbing near the Monte Carlo hotel and casino.

The incident happened shortly before 4 a.m. Friday in the area near Rue De Monte Carlo and Las Vegas Boulevard. Police say two men were stabbed. Both victims were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are searching for two suspects believed to have been in a fight with the victims.

 

SLS Las Vegas prepares for grand opening

LAS VEGAS -- A little more than two years after the iconic Sahara Hotel and Casino closed its doors, the SLS Las Vegas is getting ready to take over the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.

The opening for this newest resort on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip is just 9 days away and excitement is building up both inside and outside the property.

Thousands of new employees have been going through their orientation this week. The grand opening will be at midnight on Saturday, Aug. 23.

Unveiling a new hotel and casino is all about building up suspense, and not just for the incoming guests but also for the nearly 3,500 workers hired to open the property.

"I like to be the first to officially welcome you to SLS Las Vegas," said Arash Azarbarzins, an SLS executive.

SLS managers say they are ready to take over what used to be the Sahara hotel.









App to hail taxis, limos launches in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone.

Las Vegas-based Integrity Vehicle Solutions launched the Ride Genie app on Wednesday. About 400 black cars, SUVs and limos from several transportation companies will be picking up assignments from the app, while taxis will be added to the offerings in the next six to eight weeks.

Bell Trans, which already owns limos, cars and taxis, is already on the app.

"It is going to help us grow. It is going to give us more business.





Celine Dion cancels performances at Caesars Palace

LAS VEGAS - Entertainer Celine Dion has canceled performances of her show at Caesars Palace through March 22, 2015 to attend to her husband and their family. Dion's husband underwent surgery in December 2013 to remove a cancerous tumor.

Dion is also suffering from an illness that affects her ability to sing.

"I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband's healing, and to do so, it's important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children. I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support," said Dion in a statement. “I also appreciate the understanding of my long-term partners AEG and Caesars Entertainment during this difficult time.”

Those who purchased tickets to Dion's show will be eligible for refunds.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.