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Shooting Leaves One Dead in South Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police are investigating a homicide at the Emerald Suites at 9145 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

Police were called earlier Thursday afternoon and found a victim dead with a gunshot in the neck. According to police, a suspect has been taken into custody.

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Casino Analyst: Slot Makers Discounting Prices

LAS VEGAS  -- A casino industry analyst says slot machine manufacturers are discounting prices and pinning hopes on new kinds of revenue while casinos hold back on spending to update their floors.

Robin Farley of financial firm UBS told investors Thursday that casino revenues have gotten more stable but casinos haven't boosted spending on the popular gambling devices.

Farley says a possible big order for WMS Industries Inc. machines could influence purchases by other casinos. Slot machine makers say their market has changed because casino expansion is limited.

WMS President Orrin Edidin says replacements are the focus today. Farley says most manufacturers have plans in place for how they will react if online gambling is fully legalized in the United States.

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Online Las Vegas High School Attracts Students

LAS VEGAS -- Online schools are growing in popularity especially in Nevada. Enrollment grew by 80 percent from last year to this year for the Virtual High School. 

It's a matter of matching the need and motivation of a student with the right technology and setting.

"I got diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma," said Dominique Quattrini who was a freshman student at Silverado High School when her battle with cancer caused her to attend virtual school.

"I could still do my classes even laying in a hospital bed, I could still log on and get things done and feel somewhat normal because kids going through treatment don't always feel like they have a place," she said.

She beat cancer and went back to her traditional school but -- in the end -- decided her online experience was a better fit.

Singer Wayne Newton Wins Approval to Open Home to Public

LAS VEGAS  -- Entertainer Wayne Newton got approval to turn his 40-acre Las Vegas ranch into a tourist attraction.

The Clark County Commission unanimously approved the plan to build a museum on the property despite a large turnout from neighbors who opposed it. Neighbors expressed concerns about excess traffic and noise.

Newton did make some concessions and will move the main entrance to his ranch onto Sunset Road. He will also plant trees to conceal his airplanes and there are no longer plans to build a wedding pavilion.

"We think that propagating Las Vegas and what it is and the entertainment industry that built it and the people who are a part of it is a good thing. It's something that people will walk away from and realize that we do have a culture here. We do have things here that we can be proud of other than just gambling," Newton said.

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Metro Identifies Officers Involved in Shootings Monday

LAS VEGAS -- Metro police have identified the officers involved in two officer involved shootings that happened on Monday.

In the first shooting, 36-year-old Officer Sean Miller shot a suspect around 6 a.m. in front of a convenience store at Desert Inn and Pecos-McLeod. Miller has been with the department since 2007.

In the second officer involved shooting on Monday, there were three officers who fired at the suspect. They have been identified as 26-year-old Michael Franco who has been with the department since 2009, 39-year-old Philip Zaragoza who has been on the force since 2008, and 29-year-old Peter Kruse who has been with Metro since 2005.

Police say the officers shot and killed a robbery suspect who was holding a woman bartender hostage and threatening her with a knife at a PT's PUB near Nellis and Sahara.

Forever 21 Gives 50 Students $50 To Go Shopping

LAS VEGAS -- Forever 21 teamed up with After-School All-Stars in Las Vegas to create a special shopping event for 50 of the program's students. The company donated $50 gift cards to each student.

"The kids are basically selected based on need, so these kids are," said Ranna Daud, with After-School All-Stars. "We just wanted them to have a really special opportunity."

Jim McMichael, Fashion Show's Marketing Director, said it is not only a good experience for the students, but for the mall.

"We're getting ready to go into our busiest time of the year, and it's one of the ways we can give back to the community and show support especially to this program," said McMichael.

Volunteers from the nightclubs at the Wynn and Encore casinos went shopping with the students.

I-Team: Gaming Expo Highlights Mobile Technology

LAS VEGAS -- The G2E gaming conference is happening this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center and it is the showcase for new slot machines, gambling technology and mobile gaming.

America is behind the times, pure and simple. Right now, millions of people outside our borders can bet on a football or a futbol game right from their phone. They can play slots for real money from their netbook. It is illegal here, but some companies are preparing for a future where Las Vegas is always at your fingertip.

Beyond the incessant clanging and kaleidoscope of the modern casino, the goal now is to make the casino come to you.

"Everybody here is losing business if they don't have an online presence," said Aegir Saevarsson with Betware Iceland.

Saevarsson says gambling should go where you go.

"They like to play it online, they like it play it on their iPhones," he said.