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I-Team: Casino Counseling Program Using Extortion?

LAS VEGAS -- Imagine you get into a drunken fight at a casino and find yourself getting tossed into a backroom. Any other place you'd get thrown out. Here, you watch a video and are given a choice.

Las Vegas Metro Police Officer Jose Montoya tells you United States Justice Associates could save your career. Just admit you're guilty, waive rights to an attorney and pay $500 immediately, and all your problems go away.

Robert Draskovich is the attorney representing USJA and its owner. He says using the private counseling service kept Metro from dealing with petty crimes and that the program and video just streamlined a normally slow process.

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"It was easier, not only for the casinos personnel, it was easier on Metro. It was easier on all those involved in the justice system," he said.

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Hip-Hop Group Adds June Dates in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Hip-hop dance troupe Jabbawockeez is extending its stay on the Las Vegas Strip after a 20-day run at the MGM Grand saw strong ticket sales.

Officials say the former "America's Best Dance Crew" winners are adding 10 shows to their schedule from June 17-23. The show, called "Mus.i.c", is billed as a visualization of sound as experienced by the troupe.

The Jabbawockeez, originally from California, have seen their fame skyrocket as a result of winning the MTV show. They performed with Shaquille O'Neal at the 2009 NBA All-Star game, as well as on "Dancing With the Stars" and the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The group's name is based on a poem from Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass."

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

I-Team: Monorail Officials Made Millions While Train Struggled

LAS VEGAS -- The troubled Las Vegas Monorail, now in bankruptcy, is bleeding money and losing millions every year. It has never turned a profit, but certainly has been profitable for the insiders who sold the idea to the public.

Monorail executives have always been cagey about salary numbers. While the monorail itself is organized as a non-profit corporation -- and got state-issued bonds and tax exemptions as a result -- the private company that managed the monorail has operated with more secrecy. Salaries paid to executives who oversaw construction were never revealed publicly before -- until now.

The Monorail transports thousands of passengers each year along the east side of the Las Vegas Strip, but it is a financial failure for one simple reason -- it's founders greatly exaggerated potential ridership. The actual number of passengers is too low to service the debt. But for a select few, the Monorail has been a gravy train.

Gov. Gibbons and Perini Meet to Talk About CityCenter Debts

LAS VEGAS -- Governor Jim Gibbons took a rare step Friday to bring together local contractors, unions and construction companies who say they are owed hundreds of millions of dollars from the largest private project in North American history, CityCenter.

Gibbons wanted to hear from owners of Perini construction, the main firm in charge of the MGM-Mirage project.

Perini's Ron Tudor said before the meeting that the gaming company broke promises in the last six months of construction of the resort complex. Tudor said the public relations offensive and Governor-supported listening tour occurred because he "had simply got tired of excuses."

MGM-Mirage counters that Perini provided hundreds of thousands of bills and documents recently, creating a confusing amount of work to sift through that is not entirely accurate.

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McCarran Passenger Traffic Down 5 Percent

LAS VEGAS  -- Officials say nearly 3.4 million passengers arrived and departed from McCarran International Airport last month, 5 percent fewer than in April 2009.

The Las Vegas airport reported Wednesday that about 12.7 million passengers used the airport during the first four months of 2010. That was down 3.9 percent compared with the same period last year.

Three of the five largest airlines with service to McCarran -- Southwest, United and US Airways -- saw fewer passengers in April compared with the same month last year. US Airways saw a more than 57 percent drop, after cutting service to Las Vegas.

American Airlines' traffic increased by half a percent. Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines combined their passenger reports midway through April, resulting in a skewed figure of a 48.4 percent increase. 

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Special Table for Wealthy Card Sharks

LAS VEGAS  -- Wealthy card sharks have a new exclusive table on the Las Vegas Strip that honors one of the game's most famous players.

Casino operator MGM Mirage plans to open a one-table, high-limit poker room named for Phil Ivey at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter. Ivey is widely considered the best card player alive today, having won millions in cash games and tournaments.

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Harrah's Teams up with Shop-at-Home HSN for Summer

LAS VEGAS  -- Casino operator Harrah's Entertainment Inc. is planning a summer long promotion with shop-at-home network HSN that includes giving away 62 trips to Las Vegas for a 2-day, celebrity-filled live broadcast.

The "HSN Live In Vegas" program running Aug. 14-15 is expected to include celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, model and designer Molly Sims and inventor Joy Mangano. The show will be filmed at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

The promotion includes chances for Harrah's customers to get HSN gift cards starting June 1. Trip winners will come from a nightly drawing on HSN.

 (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)