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Former Sex Club Operator Sues Clark County in Federal Court

LAS VEGAS - Commercial Center is a hot-bed of adult activity. But, one small corner of the aging strip mall is littered with junk. Two years ago, it was Sextasy, a club that offered consenting adults a place to have sex.

"Couples. Singles. Some people had sex. Some people tried to have sex. Some people wanted to have sex, but couldn't. Others just watched sex," said Sextasy owner David Cooper.

David Cooper is an admitted swinger. For three months, he ran Sextasy until the county shut him down. In June 2008, a letter from the county informed Cooper his license applications were denied. He appealed to the Clark County Commission, but lost. Now, Cooper is suing Clark County and seven commissioners. He says other well-known sex clubs haven't been bothered by the county. "They're allowed to do something that I'm not allowed to do, and I have a problem with that," he said.

Helldorado Days Kick Off

LAS VEGAS -- If you see people dressed in cowboy hats or boots this weekend, you know the rodeo is in Las Vegas and Helldorado Days are underway.

The four day event started back in 1934 and promises a lot of fun.

The rodeo will be taking place at 7th and Stewart and it's just one of the events taking place this weekend guaranteed to bring thousands of people to Downtown Las Vegas.

Helldorado Days spans decades in Las Vegas, created to draw in tourists after the completion of Hoover Dam. Years ago, it brought in celebrities like Bob Hope and Roy Rogers.

Helldorado Days Rodeo Tickets Available

"Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were in the parade one year. They were the grand marshals of the parade. They filmed a movie called Heldorado with one L," said Helldorado Director Duane LaDuke.

Canadian Company to Hire 100 Las Vegas Workers

LAS VEGAS -- A furniture manufacturing company is expanding to Las Vegas and looking to hire 100 people.

Foliot Furniture from Canada will be opening in Las Vegas and is working with Easter Seals to hire new employees.

There will be a job fair on Saturday, May 1st from 8 a.m. to Noon at Easter Seals of Southern Nevada, 6200 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89146.

More information can be found here.

Parents Push to Draft Jim Rogers as Superintendent

LAS VEGAS -- More than 7,000 parents signed petitions supporting Jim Rogers as interim Clark County superintendent. The Las Vegas businessman and former university chancellor says he's open to taking the job, but district officials say they don't need him.

Rogers says he has goals if he becomes interim superintendent, but no specific plans. He has knowledge of how high education works, but hasn't been to a school board meeting in months. And Rogers faces a potential conflict of interest involving the school board president and one of his own employees.

But parents tell the Clark County School Board one clear message: They want Rogers to take over.

If picked as superintendent, Rogers claims he could get up to speed within weeks, despite being thrust into the middle of a union pay fight.

"Yeah, it's enough time. Because the problems in one endeavor are pretty much the same problems," he said.

Downtown Las Vegas Casinos Struggle to Lure Gamblers

LAS VEGAS - Visitors to Las Vegas are spending money.

"(My spending) could vary anywhere to four or five hundred dollars," said tourist Vellynn Chang. "I plan to spend about seven or eight hundred dollars," added tourist Gary Oliver.

But, tourists are not spending as much as they did in previous years, and downtown Las Vegas is feeling the brunt of that trend. Union Gaming Group principal Grant Govertsen says downtown cash flow is down nearly 55 percent from a peak in 2006.

"It's clearly not a pretty story when you look at both the revenue and, more importantly, the cash flow," Govertsen said. In response, downtown properties slashed room rates. While the lower rates lure customers, they hurt profitability. "Whether it's charging $125 or $25 a night, you still need roughly the same amount of people to staff that hotel," Govertsen said.

First-Time Unemployment Claims Increased

WASHINGTON -- The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits rose last week, a sign that jobs remain scarce even as the economy recovers. The Labor Department said Thursday that first-time claims increased by 18,000 in the week ending April 3, to a seasonally adjusted 460,000. That's worse than economists' estimates of a drop to 435,000, according to a survey by Thomson Reuters.

The report covers the week that includes the Easter holiday, and a Labor Department analyst said seasonal adjustment for Easter can be difficult since the holiday occurs in different weeks each year. California also closed its state offices for a holiday March 31, the analyst said, which likely held down the claims figures. On an unadjusted basis, claims rose by 6,500 to nearly 415,000.

Work Begins on New Transit Line Linking LasVegas and Henderson

LAS VEGAS -- The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada is marking the start of work on a 15-mile transit line connecting downtown Las Vegas and Henderson.

Groundbreaking is Thursday on the ACE Green Line, which is expected to begin service in 2011. Officials say it'll be like the ACE Gold Line, which began service last month and uses buses resembling light rail trains traveling from downtown Las Vegas and government centers to a South Strip Transfer Terminal near the 215 Beltway.

The ACE Green Line will use dedicated curbside transit lanes on a route from downtown Las Vegas to Tropicana Avenue to Horizon Drive. Officials say it's funded in part by federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds.

 

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