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Casino mogul says experience, not gambling, is key

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Steve Wynn says it's not the gambling that's the key to casinos' success. It's everything else -- including giving people a chance to live big.

The billionaire developer who has shaped the Las Vegas Strip gave that advice Tuesday night to a crowd gathered for the gambling industry's annual G2E Global Gaming Expo.

The industry has been rattled by troubles in Atlantic City. Four casinos have closed there this year, eliminating 8,000 casino jobs.

Competition has grown fierce as more states have legalized casino gambling. Industry leaders say an emphasis on non-gambling revenue sources including restaurants, shopping and entertainment is what will win the day for the industry.

Wynn says it's the customer experience, not the slot machines, that make casinos a success.

 

KOA RV park moving to Sam's Town

LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas KOA which was located on the Las Vegas Strip will make its new home at Sam's Town Hotel & Gambling Hall.

The campground which sat next to Circus Circus for the past 35 years was closed to make room for the City of Rock which will feature open-air concerts starting in 2015.

Under its agreement with Boyd Gaming Corporation, KOA will assume operations of Sam's Town RV Park, one of the largest in the valley. The park will be renamed Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town and open on Oct. 1.

Sewer work reduce lanes at Desert Inn Rd. and Nellis Blvd.

Drivers are being warned of possible delays at the intersection of Desert Inn Road and Nellis Boulevard as crews work on sewer lines.

Workers with the Clark County Water Reclamation District will be working on sewer lines and manholes starting Sept. 29 through at least Oct. 22. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Westbound lanes of Desert Inn Road will be reduced just before the intersection of Nellis Boulevard. All westbound lanes will be closed west of Nellis Boulevard to Aloha Avenue. Westbound travel will be shifted to the center and eastbound lanes.

 

 

Police: DUI crash throws passengers from pickup truck

LAS VEGAS --  A DUI crash in the valley critically injured one passenger and hurt others Saturday.  Metro Police said the driver of a 2000 GMC Sierra was making a left turn from S. Nellis Boulevard to E. Sahara Avenue at 2:55 a.m. when the driver lost control, left the roadway and went over a curb. 

Due to the impact, two passengers that were riding in the bed of the truck, were thrown from it during the collision.  The truck flipped and landed on its roof in front of the Walgreens parking lot.

One of the ejected passengers was transported to Sunrise Hospital with critical injuries, while the remaining occupants who were also hurt, but not as bad, stayed at the scene.



Metro PD investigate crash possibly caused by street racing

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said two vehicles that were possibly racing down a street caused a crash that closed the area for a while Saturday afternoon. Officers said the three cars were driving really fast down Nellis Boulevard east of Sahara Avenue.

They said the accident happened when the black car crossed into the center lane and struck a pick up truck. Right after that, detectives said the car swerved right and hit another car that they suspected of racing.

At that point, the driver of the black car lost control and rolled the car. That driver sustained minor injuries.

At this time, it's unclear if anyone has been charged. Metro Police is still investigating.

Nevada's poverty rate, median income improve

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada had an average percentage of residents living in poverty last year compared to other states, an improvement from 2012 when the state's poverty rate was slightly above average, the Census Bureau reported Thursday.

The state's estimated median household income also rose at a much higher rate in 2013 than was true nationally.

The bureau said 433,576 Nevadans lived below poverty in 2013 when the state's poverty rate stood at 15.8 percent, same as the national average.

In 2012 the state had 446,840 residents living in poverty and had a poverty rate of 16.4 percent, compared to 15.9 percent nationally.

Poverty thresholds in 2013 averaged $11,888 a year for individuals, $15,142 for couples and $23,834 for families of four.

Police: 1 injured in Owens Ave. shooting

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police is investigating a shooting that has left one person hurt.  Detectives said they first received the call about the shooting in the 4900 block of Owens Avenue shortly after 3 p.m.  

There were reports that the victim was shot several times before the suspect fled the scene.  Metro Police said the victim was transported to the hospital as a trauma alert. 

Metro Police is still looking for the suspect.  Stay with 8 News NOW on-air and online for the latest in this developing story.