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Light Group to Run Nightclub and Pool in CityCenter

Hospitality management firm The Light Group says it plans to run four venues inside the main hotel-casino of CityCenter, the $8.5 billion complex on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Las Vegas-based firm said Monday that it plans to run a restaurant, lounge, nightclub and pool at the Aria Resort & Casino, expected to open in December.

CityCenter is joint-owned by casino operator MGM Mirage and Dubai World.

The Light Group says Union Restaurant & Lounge will feature contemporary American food.

Its Liquid pool will open in spring 2010 with pools including underwater speakers.

The group says it also will manage Haze Nightclub and The Deuce Lounge, a smaller bar with high-limit gambling.

The Light Group is expected to manage CityCenter's Harmon Hotel & Spa.

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

Both Men Guilty in Deadly Luxor Bombing

Two illegal immigrants have been found guilty of capital murder charges in a fatal parking lot bombing outside a Las Vegas Strip hotel in 2007.

A jury found that bombmaker Porfirio Duarte-Herrera of Nicaragua and a friend identified as Omar Rueda-Denvers of Guatemala killed 24-year-old Willebaldo Dorantes Antonio with a pipe bomb in the parking lot of the Luxor hotel-casino. Rueda-Denvers also uses the name Alexander Perez.

The same jury will hear additional evidence before deciding whether the two men should be put to death, get life in prison or be eligible for parole.

Prosecutors allege the men killed Dorantes Antonio because he was dating Rueda-Denvers's ex-girlfriend.


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

Wynn Resorts Hiring 400 People

LAS VEGAS -- Wynn Resorts has announced that its going to hire 400 people for its new nightclub and pool at Encore.

People can start submitting applications Saturday, February 27th. Interviews will start on March 11th. A variety of jobs are available including cocktail servers, bartenders, hosts and more.

The Encore Beach Club is set to open on May 21st. It's not clear yet when the Surrender night club will open.

NASCAR Roars Back into Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- NASCAR weekend is one of the biggest money making events of the year for Las Vegas, with fans pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy.

Some hotels are even sold out and have doubled up on staff just to accommodate all the race fans.

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All 1,700 rooms at the Sahara Hotel and Casino have been booked three weeks in advance. Other spots on the strip that say NASCAR weekend is even bigger than New Years Eve.

Jeannie Maltesen from Vancouver, Canada snubbed the Olympics to fly to Vegas for NASCAR weekend. She says she and her friends are on a budget, but there's not doubt there will end up spending even more.

"We spend a lot of money down here. We have to go back to Canada and work for a year so we can come back next year," she said.

UNLV Targeting 20 Pricey Programs for Cuts

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV has already had to cut 24 percent of its budget and now is must slice another 6.9 percent.  The likely target will be UNLV's 20 most expensive programs.

Those programs cost the university more than $36 million dollars.

UNLV says -- by law -- students who are currently in programs facing cuts will be able to complete their degree. 

The expensive programs include civil engineering, health, physics, finance, theatre and journalism. The concern is that by losing some key programs it could hurt UNLV's reputation.

Freshman Cory Bradley and other students are fighting for their education.

"It's really sad, education should be a primary thing in Nevada and it's not taken seriously," Bradley said. She is on scholarship but not sure if this campus is for her after learning key programs might be cut.

Osmond Show on Hold After Family Death

LAS VEGAS -- The Donnie and Marie Osmond show at the Flamingo is on hold for next week after the suicide of Marie's son.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Blosil died Friday when he jumped from his apartment building in Los Angeles.

Blosil is one of Osmond's eight children. He left behind a note explaining that he had battled depression his whole life.