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Sheryl Crow to perform Friday at downtown Container Park

LAS VEGAS -- GRAMMY award-winner Sheryl Crow will perform at this week's First Friday at downtown Las Vegas' Container Park.

Only 1,000 tickets to the performance are being sold.

Joining Crow will be Las Vegas' own Sabriel and rising country star Charlie Worsham. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets range from $39 for general admission to $79 for VIP, which includes guaranteed seating and valet parking. For $250, fans can experience an "Eat and Greet" with the singer.

The event benefits Feed the Children and Opportunity Village.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.

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Lanes restricted on Washington Ave. for 12 days

Lanes restricted on Washington Ave. for 12 days

An important street in downtown Las Vegas will be closed for the next 12 days.

Washington Avenue will be down to one lane between H and D streets until Friday, April 11. One lane in each direction will remain open.

Crews will be working on underground drainage and electrical work for a signal light that is planned for the area. The construction is related to the effort to reopen F Street under I-15. 

Health care costs at the heart of union fight

LAS VEGAS -- Culinary and Bartenders Union members voted Thursday night to authorize a strike against 10 Las Vegas Downtown casinos.

More than 99 percent of the workers voted yes.

"I voted yes to authorize a strike because I will do whatever it takes to continue to have the opportunity to provide for my family," said Annette Wright, a pantry worker at the Golden Nugget.

"Our entire union stands with our members who made this brave decision today to authorize a strike," said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of the Culinary Union.  "We will be with these workers until we win and have a fair settlement – which is what they deserve."

One of the biggest sticking points has been health insurance. Union members want companies to continue to cover 100 percent of the premiums, but casino companies do not want to pay that much money.

Big Super Bowl bets don't pump Nevada casino win

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Record-setting betting action on the Super Bowl and a big win for Nevada sports books wasn't enough to pump up overall February gambling revenues.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Friday reported Nevada casino winnings plunged 13.7 percent in February, caused largely by a huge drop in baccarat winnings and a tough comparison from a year earlier, when the Las Vegas Strip recorded its highest win total ever.

Nevada sports books won a record $19.7 million on wagers in the NFL's Super Bowl matchup that turned into a rout, with the Seattle Seahawks crushing the Denver Broncos 43-8.

The sports-book winnings accounted for a mere 2 percent of the total $926.1 million won by Nevada casinos in February.

In contrast, slot machines brought in nearly $539 million.

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Police seek suspects in man's beating, robbery

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for two men accused of beating a man unconscious and robbing him.

Surveillance pictures show the suspects. Officers say the two men were last seen near Las Vegas Boulevard and Main Street. The attack happened sometime earlier this month.

One suspect is described as a black male, 25 to 35 years old, 5-foot-11-inches tall and around 180 pounds. The suspect is bald, has a goatee, brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, blue hat, black pants and a large gold chain.

The other suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 35 years old, 5-foot-9-inches tall and around 240 pounds. He is also bald and had a goatee, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and a black hat.

Anyone with information on the men is urged to call Crimestoppers at 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.


Bubble Run to close downtown Las Vegas streets Saturday morning

The Bubble Run returns to downtown this weekend to benefit the American Heart Association. Roads will be closed for runners.

Motorists mighty be seeing bubbles on city streets and will have to detour around a wide swath of downtown Saturday morning.

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Vegas unions gearing up for casino strike vote

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Members of the Culinary and Bartenders unions are set to vote this week on whether to authorize a strike.

The vote is set for Thursday at the East Las Vegas Community Center.

Members eligible to vote are ones whose companies haven't signed a new contract with the unions. If the majority votes "yes," the union will have the authority to call a strike at any time against any of the casinos without a contract. The previous contract expired last June.

The casinos still in negotiations include Binion's, El Cortez, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Las Vegas Club, Las Vegas Plaza, Main Street Station, The D, Brady Laundries and Margaritaville.

Voting is scheduled from 10 a.m. until noon and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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