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MGM CEO Touts CityCenter's Importance to Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The sobering economic news does not seem to be affecting the opening of CityCenter. Nearly everyone in the state hopes the $8.5 billion complex turns Nevada around.

As the glass cathedrals of commerce open their doors for the very first time, CityCenter has become the most buzz-worthy name in Las Vegas.

"I'm overwhelmed at how beautiful it is -- how exciting it is," said MGM Mirage CEO Jim Murren.

Murren says the December opening might not have happened at all. The project fought off a labor stoppage, high profile accidents and prolonged financial worries. "It was a very stressful time, and one that I never want to live through again," he said.

The economy was in free fall in the spring. Credit dried up and ten thousand jobs were at risk. Banks stopped negotiating, fearing government takeover. So Murren made the rare move to plead with the Nevada congressional delegation for help.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prepares for Public Opening

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The Mandarin Oriental Hotel was the first property at CityCenter to be constructed and on Saturday it will open to the public.

It's a tall, rectangular building on the south end of CityCenter. It's also the only property at CityCenter that is a part of an international hotel chain. The 47-story non-gaming hotel has 392 guestrooms and suites and 227 exclusive residences.

SLIDESHOW: Images of the Mandarin Oriental

It has more than 12,000 square feet of meeting space, six restaurants and bars including a 23rd floor sky lobby, and a spa and pool.

Executives from MGM Mirage and Mandarin Oriental will cut the ribbon at 11 a.m. today. The event will include a feng shui ceremony and a traditional lion dance to inaugurate a bright future. It will officially open to the public Saturday.

CityCenter's Opening Means Job Cuts for Construction Workers

LAS VEGAS -- The end of the CityCenter massive project means the end of steady paychecks for thousands of construction workers.

It's bad news for the thousands now without a job and those who are already out of work and steadily looking for employment. For people in the construction industry, finding work is a job in and of itself.

"You go from one place to another and the answer is always no because there are so many other qualified people out there. It's just discouraging," said unemployed worker Art Lindley.

Some feel the problem will get worse with the opening of CityCenter. Thousands of workers will be looking for a job. Those in construction say the number of projects across the Las Vegas valley aren't what they use to be.

"There's nothing going on now -- nothing. So everyone that is in construction is looking to go somewhere else," said Lindley.

Mock Nuclear Drill Called Off for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- State leaders along with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority have succeeded in getting a federal emergency preparedness drill in Las Vegas canceled. It would have involved a fake nuclear explosion.

I-Team political analyst Jon Ralston was the first to report the development. The drill was scheduled for next year but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the convention authority and others felt such a drill would discourage tourism at a time when Southern Nevada can't afford to lose visitors.

The test was originally supposed to take place on the Las Vegas Strip. It was then moved to Sunset Park. Now it's off altogether for Las Vegas but it may be held in another location.

Tiger Woods' Alleged Affairs Have Las Vegas Connection

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- New details are coming out about the crash involving Tiger Woods as well as the Las Vegas connection to the story.

According to a six page report released by the Florida Highway Patrol, Woods caused $3,200 in property damage. He was also not wearing a seatbelt and was driving erratically before crashing into a tree. Damage to his Escalade is estimated at $8,000. The report does not include statements from Woods, his wife or any witnesses.

Woods released a statement Wednesday saying he let down his family with transgressions he regrets. A voicemail also surfaced said to be from Woods to one of the women who claims to have dated him. Several magazines are reporting three women have had affairs with Woods and all of these women have ties to Las Vegas. Woods met those women at night clubs on the Las Vegas Strip.

Road Closures Due to the Las Vegas Marathon

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- The Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon will kick off early Sunday morning causing some road closures.

Police will start closing roads between 3 a.m. - 5:30 a.m. along the race course. The men's race starts at 6:15 a.m. Click here for a list of the road closures with their expected time of closure. Las Vegas Blvd. from Sunset Road to Sahara Ave. will be closed from 3 a.m. to noon.

A printable race course map

Freeways will not be closed on race day but the following ramps will be closed impacting traffic moving east across Las Vegas Blvd.:

Woman's Body Found in House Fire

A woman is dead after an early morning house fire near Maryland Pkwy. and Sahara.

The fire in the 2200 block of Beverly Street was reported by neighbors around 4:30 a.m. after they heard loud popping noises and saw the flames.

The body of the woman, believed to be in her 70's, was discovered in a back bedroom.