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Man accused of killing, hiding bodies, pleads not guilty

LAS VEGAS -- A 52-year-old man facing murder charges pleaded not guilty Thursday in the deaths of a couple whose bodies were found in a storage unit 10 years after their deaths.

Robert Dixon Dunn was arraigned on an indictment accusing him of killing Joaquin Sierra and Eleanor Sierra in 2003 and cashing their Social Security checks totaling $200,000 or more.

Police say Dunn befriended the couple in Las Vegas in 1999, moved with them to Reno in 2002, and killed them sometime after the three moved back to Las Vegas the following year.

Authorities found the couple's remains last April in trash containers in a storage unit in a residential area several miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Dunn,who was appointed a public defender, waived his right to a speedy trial. His trial is set to begin Oct. 11, 2016.

(Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Social media push erupts to 'dim lights for Tark'

LAS VEGAS — A social media movement that began after Coach Jerry Tarkanian's death has people pushing for the Las Vegas Strip to dim its lights for the late UNLV coach.

It's being organized by locals Tony Cordasco and Scott Gulbransen, who said he would have never gone to UNLV if it wasn't for Coach Tark.

"It's hard for others to understand, but without Coach Tark, I would have never come to UNLV, Las Vegas or even met my wife," he told 8 News NOW on Thursday. "He simply changed my life in a roundabout way."

In a little over 24 hours, and some help from the media, users are flocking to the group's "Dim the Lights for Tark" Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Officials: Half of goal for NHL season ticket drive met

LAS VEGAS — Officials said Thursday half of the goal for a season ticket drive in support of bringing an NHL team to Las Vegas has already been met.

The group began taking deposits for season tickets at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with a goal to secure 10,000 season ticket deposits. As of Thursday, 5,000 deposits had been received.

Deposit pricing starts at $150 per ticket and goes up to $900 per ticket.

"We are off to a great start," said Bill Foley. "It is our hope that the Las Vegas community will continue to rally around this incredible initiative. We've seen an outpouring of support, and we know Southern Nevadans will continue to place deposits to help us demonstrate that Las Vegas can support its first major league sports franchise. We need to ensure that we hit our 10,000 season ticket goal!"

Story of 'Duck Dynasty' family made in to Las Vegas musical

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- There will be beards. And there will be no do-si-doing around any of the controversy involving the family on cable's highest-rated show, "Duck Dynasty."

The Robertson family's rags-to-riches story has been made into a musical that will be performed in a small Las Vegas theater starting April 15. The good, the bad and the in-between are all said to be part of the 90-minute show.

The Duck Commander Musical to be staged at the Rio hotel and casino features actors playing the A&E reality-show family that manufactures duck calls and loves to go bird hunting

It's based on the 2012 book by family member Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie, titled "The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty."

Tickets are expected to cost $49 to $125.

Producers include music executive Tommy Mottola and "Jersey Boys" producer Michael David.

Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman stepping down

LAS VEGAS -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced Wednesday that its CEO was stepping down.

“After 12 years as CEO, Caesars has accomplished more than what we could have imagined when I arrived in 1998. Now, with the company in the midst of a formal restructuring of one of its subsidiaries and a merger between entities, the time is ripe for a transition,” said Gary Loveman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Caesars Entertainment.

According to a statement from the company, Loveman will begin transitioning management of the company at the end of the first quarter.

Las Vegas police seek white sedan in fatal hit-and-run on Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) --  Authorities are identifying a Las Vegas man killed early Saturday in a hit-and-run accident on the Strip near the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

The Clark County coroner says 34-year-old J. Jesus Andrade was crossing Las Vegas Boulevard in a crosswalk near the corner of Four Seasons Drive when he was hit by a white sedan.

Police are searching for the driver, who witnesses say fled the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 702-828-3128 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

The death continues a series of pedestrian deaths since the start of the year.

Nevada casinos win $11 billion in 2014, a drop from 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- State analysts say Nevada's casinos -- particularly those on the Las Vegas Strip -- won less in December and the 12 months of 2014 than they did a year prior.

Gaming Control Board statistics released Friday showed the state's casinos won $950.7 million in December, an 8 percent drop from a year earlier, and $11 billion total in 2014, a 1.1 percent decrease compared with 2013.

The state's gaming win is about $2 billion short of its height in 2007.

The Las Vegas Strip's winnings are down 16.4 percent in December to $555 million and 2.1 percent for the year to $6.4 billion.

Downtown Las Vegas, Laughlin, Reno as well as Wendover in Elko County all recorded more casino winnings in December and 2014.