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Police Release Murdered Woman's Picture

LAS VEGAS -- Police have released the photo of a murdered Hooters Hotel and Casino employee in hopes of generating some leads in the case.

The body of 21-year-old Prisma Contreras was found in her Jeep in a desert area near U.S. 95 and the Nelson Landing Road south of Boulder City. Her body was found Jan. 14th.

The last time Contreras was seen was on Jan. 14th around 5 a.m. as she was getting in her car at Hooters.

Surveillance cameras also captured images of a white compact sedan, possibly a Nissan Sentra, that police believe may belong to the suspect in this case.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Metro at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.

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Luxor Garage Bomber Gets Life

LAS VEGAS -- An illegal immigrant from Nicaragua was sentenced Thursday to life in Nevada prison without parole for killing a hot dog stand vendor with a pipe bomb he built and hid in a coffee cup outside a Las Vegas Strip casino in 2007.

Porfirio Duarte-Herrera's fate had been determined in September, when the Las Vegas jury that convicted him and co-defendant Omar Rueda-Denvers of first-degree murder and other charges chose to spare them the death penalty.

Duarte-Herrera, 29, offered no statement Thursday before Clark County District Court Judge Michael Villani made the jury decision official.

The judge imposed an additional 19 to 50 years for Duarte-Herrera's convictions for attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon and transportation of an explosive device. The judge ran sentences totaling four to 10 years on two felony explosives charges concurrently.

Rumjungle Nightclub Files for Bankruptcy

LAS VEGAS -- Mandalay Bay's Rumjungle nightclub has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Rumjungle is in dispute with MGM Mirage over $1.1 million owed in rent to Mandalay Bay Resort. Rumjungle is alleging a contract to be the only nightclub on the property is being violated and it is adversely impacting finances.

MGM Mirage officials will not comment on the pending litigation.

 

The Venetian Goes Green

LAS VEGAS -- A new plan was unveiled to make a Las Vegas resort and convention center green.

Las Vegas Sands and the U.S. Green Building Council announced Sands Eco 360 Degrees. The effort is a sustainable development program at the Venetian Resort and Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Sands Eco 360 Degrees aims to demonstrate a commitment to sustainable water, energy, cleaning, recycling and waste management policies.

This new effort comes as the Venetian is award a Gold EB Certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. It's a level below the top platinum LEED mark, and a level above the Silver NC Certification that's already been awarded to the Sands' Palazzo Resort.

The gaming company says both certifications along with the Sands expo hall creates the largest contiguous LEED certified building in the world.

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Free Foreclosure Help Offered to Struggling Homeowners

LAS VEGAS -- Homeowners who need help avoiding foreclosure now have a new tool to help them through the process.

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada offers free foreclosure mediation classes every Thursday night at 5:30 at the Boyd School of Law at UNLV.

Legal Aid will be then selecting qualified homeowners to be matched with a pro bono lawyer to represent them and help them through the process.

"So many families find themselves in dire financial circumstances and they often have no idea where to turn for help," said Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center. "We offer a legal lifeline and the hope of retaining their home at an affordable rate."

Homeowners who wish to attend the free classes can sign up by calling 386-1070 ext. 155.

Pinnacle Entertainment Names News President, CEO

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas-based Pinnacle Entertainment has named Anthony M. Sanfilippo president and chief executive officer of the casino company.

The 51-year-old Sanfilippo succeeds John Giovenco, who has served as Pinnacle's interim CEO since November 2009. Giovenco will continue to serve on Pinnacle's board. Sanfilippo is a former president, chief executive and board member of Multimedia Games Inc.

Also Monday, Pinnacle announced that Richard Goeglein has been appointed to the position of non-executive chairman. Sanfilippo's appointment is effective immediately. He also has been appointed to Pinnacle's board of directors. Sanfilippo has managed and developed gaming operations in Louisiana, Missouri, Indiana and Nevada. Sanfilippo is buying 125,000 shares of Pinnacle common stock from the company.

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

Michael Jackson's Furniture for Sale

LOS ANGELES -- The 22 pieces of custom-made furniture Michael Jackson commissioned for his London home are going on the auction block.

Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions says a gilded red velvet sofa that seats nine, a leopard-print chair trimmed with ostrich feathers and a pair of velvet armchairs embroidered with gold eagles are among the offerings. Jackson intended to use the furnishings during his "This Is It" comeback concert run in London.

Fans can visit a re-creation of the home at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood casino from June 14 to June 25 before the items are sold at auction.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit two charities: MusiCares,which provides health care and  their services for struggling musicians, and Joshua's Heart, which aims to end world hunger.

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