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Elvis is Coming to the Las Vegas Strip via Cirque du Soleil

Elvis is coming to The Strip -- Cirque du Soleil style. Cirque du Soleil announced Thursday that its new show in Las Vegas will be called "Viva ELVIS."

The show will be a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. It will have a permanent home at the Aria Resort & Casino at MGM Mirage's CityCenter complex, set to open in December.

Known for its extravagant theatrical performances combining live music, dance and acrobatics, the Quebec-based circus troupe announced plans for the show in August 2006. Cirque du Soleil has teamed with CKX Inc. and Elvis Presley Enterprises to create the show.

Cirque du Soleil says tickets to Viva ELVIS will be available soon.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

UNLV Receives $12.6 Million Donation

The Engelstad Family Foundation is giving more than $12.6 million to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for a scholarship program.

The university says the donation will support the largest active scholarship program in the university's history and the largest active scholarship endowment in the history of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

The Engelstad Scholars' Program will award full-tuition scholarships to UNLV students based on academic excellence, leadership, community service involvement and financial need. The scholarship will be renewable for up to four years. Students who receive the awards will spend 100 hours each academic year doing community service. When fully mature, the endowment will fund more than 100 scholarships of up to $5,000 per year.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Report: Nevada Workplace Safety Woefully Lacking

Nevada's workplace safety program is marred by poorly trained investigators and lackadaisical procedures and is in "urgent" need of oversight corrections, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

The 80-page report issued by the U.S.

New York-New York Shooter Sentenced

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Steven Zegrean, the man convicted of shooting four people inside the New York-New York casino in 2007, was sentenced to prison Monday morning.

The 53-year-old former house painter was sentenced to 90 years in prison but is eligible for parole in 25 years.

Zegrean was convicted of injuring four people in a shooting at the Las Vegas Strip property in July 2007. Zegrean was arrested at the scene and was convicted on 51 of 52 charges, including attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon.

During the sentencing, Zegrean apologized to the victims and asked them to have mercy on him.

Garth Brooks Ditches Retirement to Perform in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nv -- Country superstar Garth Brooks announced Thursday that he's coming out of retirement to perform in Las Vegas.

Steve Wynn has gone country, announcing that he has signed Garth Brooks to a five year agreement to perform three nights a week. Brooks retired in 2000 to spend more time with family. Brooks is expected to perform in the Wynn Encore Theatre, which has been empty since the death of Danny Gans.

"Steve Wynn has done what I thought was impossible.  He has given me a chance to sing again for the people, while at the same time never missing a day with my children," says Brooks.  He will perform on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

They would not say how much Wynn spent to get Brooks to agree to the deal, just that there were many perks in the contract. "In order to accomplish this goal, I will confess I had to buy him jet plane," said Wynn.

Brooks has not toured in 11 years.

Nevada Gaming Revenues Drop 9.3 Percent

Nevada state gambling regulators say casinos in the state won $847 million from gamblers in August, a 9.3 percent decrease compared with the same month in 2008.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday that monthly revenue for the first two months of the fiscal year is down nearly 11 percent compared with last year.

The August figures mark the 20th straight month of year-over-year declines for Nevada casinos, which have suffered as economic woes have kept many from traveling and gambling. Regulators say the state collected $49.6 million in taxes based on the August revenues, a 9 percent decrease from the same month one year ago.

Revenue dropped nearly 21 percent in Washoe County in August, more sharply than in other parts of the state.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Boy Critical After SUV Hits Him

A 9-year-old California boy is in critical condition after he was hit by an SUV on the Las Vegas Strip.

Police say the boy was walking on the sidewalk near Four Seasons Drive when the driver of the SUV went onto the curb and hit the child. The accident happened around 7 a.m. The boy is being treated at UMC for stomach and head injuries.

The driver of the SUV was arrested and booked into Clark County Detention Center. Police have not released any information on charges against the driver at this time.