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KISS-Themed Mini Golf Course Slated

The attraction will be located near Paradise Road and Harmon Avenue.

Only in Las Vegas would a KISS-themed, glow-in-the-dark, indoor miniature golf course make its way into a local strip mall.

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Hundreds of New Newsracks Approved for the Strip

Hundreds of New Newsracks Approved for the Strip

 

The Las Vegas Strip will soon be littered with hundreds of additional newsracks.  Clark County held a lottery Monday to decide which businesses would get the more than 1,400 newsrack locations the county reopened inside the resort corridor. The newsracks rarely contain actual newspapers but mostly hold advertising for escort services and gentlemen's clubs. The county approved more than 400 of those racks Monday. The rest of the spots will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Most of the new spots are on side streets that provide tourists access to the Strip like Paradise Road and Koval Lane. Permits are not required for newracks placed outside the gaming corridor. 

Fashion Show Adding 15 New Tenants

LAS VEGAS -- There are signs the retail economy is starting to rebound in Las Vegas. The Fashion Show on the Las Vegas Strip announced Monday that it will add 15 new tenants before the end of the year.

The mall's business is made up of 70 percent tourists and 30 percent locals. It offers more than 200 stores and restaurants. One of the newest tenants, the Red Velvet Cafe, is a local restaurant that dishes out healthy fare.

"Giving you the choices of being vegan or vegetarian or non-vegetarian," said Sunil Tolani, owner of the Red Velvet Cafe.

The cafe has been doing a brisk business since it opened on W. Sahara Ave three years ago. Tolani' wife, Aneesha, is the chef. She is also a born and raised Las Vegan.

Culinary Training Academy Helps Sahara Workers

Culinary Training Academy Helps Sahara Workers

The Culinary Training Academy (CTA) today is hosting an open house for all former Sahara workers seeking retraining and potential new job placement.

Monday's closure will affect nearly 400 members of the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165.  The casino’s owner, SBE Entertainment, and the unions have worked together closely to help workers financially weather the shutdown and secure new employment.

SBE agreed to provide workers with severance pay based on their years of service.  Even workers who were laid off within the last 12 months are eligible for the pay.  Workers with 20 or more years at the company will receive $5,000.  Workers with 15 to 20 years will receive $3,750.  The amounts go down from there, but even workers with less than a year of service will receive a severance check.

Record Number of International Visitors Attended CES

Record Number of  International Visitors Attended CES

A new report shows a record number of international visitors attended this year's CES at the Convention Center.

The report by Veris Consulting shows 31,677 electronic professionals from outside the United States attended this year's Consumer Electronics Show. That is up 30 percent from the year before. That is the biggest number of international attendees in the 45 years the convention has existed.

Overall, 149,529 people went to the this year's CES over its four days, making it the largest electronics trade show in the world.

CES will return to town January 10-13, 2012. 

 

Arcades Remain a Draw for Some Strip Resorts

Arcades Remain a Draw for Some Strip Resorts

That roll of quarters you don't use in the slots anymore? There's still a use for it on the Strip.

After going through a brief family phase, the Strip is back to being an adult Disneyland.

Sahara Roller Coaster Shuts Down Before Rest of Resort

Sahara Roller Coaster Shuts Down Before Rest of Resort

LAS VEGAS - The roller coaster at the Sahara Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip has completed its last spin.

Reports indicate the roller coaster was closed down on Saturday in preparation for the hotel's closure on May 16 after nearly six decades in business. Casino owner SBE Entertainment Group says it doesn't make financial sense to continue operating the aging casino.

The Sahara opened in 1952 and is one of the last Strip properties from Sin City's Rat Pack era. It was featured in 1960's "Ocean's Eleven" as one of five casinos robbed by a group of World War II veterans.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.