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MGM Resorts Gives More to Boots to Business Program

MGM Resorts Gives More to Boots to Business Program

MGM Resorts International announced Wednesday that it is giving more money to a program that helps veterans transition into the civilian workforce.

The Boots to Business program is run through the American Red Cross and finds veterans to enter MGM Resort’s management-training program.

“This isn't charity. They're not doing this for publicity. The MGM and American Red Cross are really passionate about this program. I'm only one of four or five that completed this last round of Boots to Business and each one of us had a similar story. When we walked into this company, we were welcomed with open arms,” recent graduate of the program and 26-year veteran of the Air Force Wilson Edgell said.

The resort company’s grant of $250,000 will allow even more former members of the military make the jump to a civilian job.

Culinary Union Still Planning Strip Demonstration

Culinary Union Still Planning Strip Demonstration

Members of The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and Bartenders Union Local 165 are planning a demonstration Friday on the Las Vegas Strip.

The unions announced the demonstration last week after ten casinos did not sign contract extensions with the unions.

Several other casinos did sign the extension, which allows current agreements to continue while resorts and the unions work out a new contract covering wages and benefits over the next five years.

The contracts cover 40,000 workers on the Strip and downtown.  

Bill to Legalize Web Poker Introduced in Congress

Bill to Legalize Web Poker Introduced in Congress

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Gamblers who prefer their laptops to blackjack tables could be getting a boost from Washington.

Republican New York Congressman Peter King introduced legislation Thursday that would rescue online gambling from a legal gray zone and fully regulate it.

The federal government cracked down on online poker in 2011. But the same year, the Justice Department issued a ruling making online gambling legal so long as it's permitted on the state level.

As a result, states have taken steps to usher in a new era of online gambling. It already is legal in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware.

King says his bill would allow states and players to navigate the world of online betting with confidence. The measure is called the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2013.

TV Host and UNLV Alumnus Announces New Restaurant Plans

TV Host and UNLV Alumnus Announces New Restaurant Plans

Chef, restaurateur, TV show host and UNLV alumnus Guy Fieri has announced plans to open his first Las Vegas restaurant.

Fieri is partnering with the newly remodeled Quad Resort & Casino to create a 7,000-square-foot restaurant at the entrance to the resort. It will be part of The LINQ entertainment district, which will be next to the Quad.

Plans call for the new eatery to be opened late 2013. It will include a large outdoor patio and dining area. The name of the restaurant will be released at a later date.

Nevada High Court Weighs Wynn Tip-Sharing Policy

Nevada High Court Weighs Wynn Tip-Sharing Policy

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada Supreme Court justices are preparing to weigh in on a fight over a pooling policy that forces some casino workers to share their tips with supervisors.

Attorneys for Wynn Las Vegas and a group of casino employees argued their cases before the court Wednesday

The dealers argue $5 million a year is being diverted to supervisors. They claim the policy was enacted in 2006 to provide raises for supervisors without taking it out of corporate coffers.

Wynn notes the dealers' union approved the deal.

A state labor commissioner ruled against the dealers in 2010, but the next year, a Clark County District judge ruled Wynn's policy violates state law.

Wynn, which operates the Wynn and Encore casinos on the Strip, then appealed to the Supreme Court.

Casinos Ban Gamblers from Using Google Glass

Casinos Ban Gamblers from Using Google Glass

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Casinos in New Jersey and Nevada are among those forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet.

Regulators say the devices could be used to cheat at card games.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued a directive this week ordering Atlantic City's 12 casinos to bar casino patrons from using the device. The directive was first reported by The Press of Atlantic City.

Several casinos in Las Vegas, including ones owned by Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts, have directed their security workers to ask patrons to remove the devices if they suspect the person is using it to secretly photograph or take video recordings.

There was no immediate comment from Google.

Las Vegas Air Traffic Down .2 Percent in April

Las Vegas Air Traffic Down .2 Percent in April


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Officials in Las Vegas say McCarran International Airport handled slightly fewer passengers in April than a year earlier.

Data released Friday shows slightly more than 3.5 million people flew in and out of the airport last month. That's about 5,000 or 0.2 percent fewer people than flew in April 2012.

Total airport traffic dropped in the first three months of 2013, and rose slightly in March. Traffic is down 1.1 percent for the year.

Domestic traffic dropped by 0.7 percent in April, while the number of passengers flying internationally increased by 3.8 percent. Domestic carriers make up about 90 percent of traffic.

Of the top five airlines serving the airport, United Airlines saw the steepest drop off.

McCarran is the seventh-busiest airport in the country.