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Las Vegas breaks tourism record, more than 42M visited in 2015

The City of Las Vegas set another record in 2015. Las Vegas continued its visitation growth, by surpassing 42 million visitors for the first time.

This breaks last year's record of 41.1 million, which was the first time the city had ever topped 40 million in visitation.

"Las Vegas couldn't have reached this achievement without the support of our resort partners and the dedicated workers who make the Las Vegas experience what it is," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). "Whether a first-time visitor or a returning Las Vegas enthusiast, the destination continues to astonish travelers from all over the world with luxury resort experiences, world-class dining and exciting entertainment."... Read More

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Man found dead in car at 24 Hour Fitness

A shooting outside a 24 Hour Fitness led employees to a gruesome discovery.

They found a man dead in his car with a gunshot wound to his upper body and police are looking for whoever shot him.

The shooting happened in the parking lot of the 24 Hour Fitness at Rainbow Boulevard and Alta Drive.

While it's clear to investigators how the man died, what led up to the shooting remains a mystery.

"I don't believe it, because it's usually pretty quiet on this side of town," said Brandi Giles who works out at 24 Hour Fitness.

"We grew up here, we've lived in Vegas forever, and I've never heard of anything like that happening, especially where I go to the gym every day, that's a little scary."

"It's a good neighborhood, very good neighborhood, quiet, you know," said Carlotta Winn, who lives nearby... Read More

Woman makes court appearance in downtown Vegas hotel slaying

A judge set a Jan. 7 court date for a woman accused of shooting her husband dead in front of a 9-year-old boy on Christmas Eve in a downtown Las Vegas hotel room.

Maria Andrea Escalante wasn't asked to enter a plea Tuesday to murder and child abuse charges in the slaying of 48-year-old David Timothy Cordova of North Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Michael Federico named the Clark County public defender's office to represent her.

The 34-year-old Escalante was arrested late Thursday at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. She's being held without bail at the Clark County jail.

Police say the boy was opening holiday presents when Cordova was shot in the chest. The boy wasn't hurt

A motive in the slaying wasn't clear... Read More

Plaza Hotel & Casino to start multi-million dollar pool renovation

Las Vegas, Nev. – The Plaza Hotel & Casino will begin an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation to its rooftop pool on Jan. 4. The renovations will create a brand new rooftop pool experience at the Plaza with the addition of new cabanas, daybeds, dining areas, bars and greenery. The project will also include resurfacing and maintenance to the iconic downtown Las Vegas property’s 70,000 sq. ft. pool deck.

 

Plaza CEO, Jonathan Jossel commented that the goal of the renovations is to offer hotel guests and the general public a one-of-a-kind rooftop pool experience in downtown Las Vegas.

 

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Stronger police presence on New Year's Eve

Metro Police announced announced a change in its posture when it comes to security on New Year's Eve due to "the changing environment" and recent world events.

It's expected Las Vegas will draw more than 330,000 people to ring in 2016.

Not only will there be an increased police presence, with more officers in the crowd, but anyone with a backpack or bulky item will be subject to a search.

And for the first time, Metro is going as far as to ask hotels to advise their guests, at check in, to not bring any bags or bulky items on the Strip.

Sheriff Joe Lombardo calls it a change in posture for the department.

An effort was made to pass an ordinance restricting bulky items, but it wasn't finished in time for New Year's Eve. Now, police are spreading the message on billboards around town.

Also, expect more officers -- not just observing the crowd -- but walking among the crowd... Read More

Fire reported in abandoned building on Charleston

City of Las Vegas firefighters are battling a 2-alarm blaze in an abandoned building on Charleston Boulevard near Las Vegas Boulevard.

This is a developing story. ... Read More

Driver, passenger killed in overnight crash

Las Vegas police say two people are dead after the car they were in jumped a sidewalk and then crashed into street lights.

Police say the incident took place Saturday around 11:20 p.m. on Charleston Boulevard at Mohawk Street.

According to investigators, a Hyundai was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver somehow lost control.

The vehicle hit a curb, drove up onto the sidewalk and then hit two street light poles.

The car came to a rest in the roadway, straddling the median.

Emergency responders went to the scene but pronounced the 31-year-old male driver and a 27-year-old male passenger dead.

Their names have not been released.

The incident brings the number of traffic-related fatalities in Las Vegas this year to 123... Read More