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Interest Rises in Alcoholic Energy Drinks

LAS VEGAS -- Called "blackout in a can by critics," Four Loko and other caffeine-infused alcoholic drinks have come under fire from the FDA recently. Due to the public health concern, the companies are changing their formulas. Even so, the recent media attention has increased interest in the product. 

"Look, there's even more cases up here," said Naaila Hossain whose family runs the DFM Mart at Charleston Blvd. and Jones Blvd.

Four Loko and other alcohol energy drinks have become a hotter commodity lately as media spin and federal threats loom.

"With the speculation of it getting banned, more people are coming to buy it because it's their last chance of getting it," said Hossain.

I-Team: Attorney Ads Push the Boundaries

LAS VEGAS -- Now that the election is over, ads for attorneys once again fill the air space between your favorite television programs. While it may seem like anything goes, in reality the state bar regulates their content, just not their creativity.

Las Vegas area attorneys routinely challenge the notion of the reserved courtroom defender. On television, the law wears a cape and cases end with a catchy jingle.

"I'm an attorney with a personality. Sue me," said Glen Lerner.

Lerner may be the most recognizable attorney in town, but he has hardly cornered the market on kitsch. New rules adopted by the Nevada State Bar Association two years ago allow attorneys to explore their inner panda bear, as long as they deliver accurate information.

Las Vegas City Council Shuts Down Weedz

LAS VEGAS -- A controversial Downtown Las Vegas head shop that the city deemed a nuisance will remain closed after the City of Las Vegas agreed to pull the license of Weedz Alternatives.

That shop had a slew of problems with Las Vegas police and people using synthetic marijuana called Spice.

The evidence didn't help the owners -- evidence of passed out drug users and playing outside the rules. So much evidence was presented that they essentially gave up, not even showing up to Wednesday's hearing. Instead, the council wanted fines to make up for the trouble. They agreed to assess a fine of $2,500 on the property.

Weedz Alternative owner Steven Vogt did not appear at the hearing. He also pulled his appeal to the license revocation.

Publisher, Editor Step Down at Nevada's Largest Paper

LAS VEGAS  -- The owner of Nevada's largest newspaper is replacing its publisher and top editor and moving them to different roles in the company.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal said Friday that Sherman Frederick would step down immediately as publisher of the newspaper and chief executive of owner Stephens Media LLC. The newspaper said Frederick would remain with the company as a consultant and weekly columnist.

Frederick says in a statement that he's been looking forward to a slower pace. The newspaper says Frederick will be replaced as publisher by Bob Brown, its advertising director. Michael Ferguson, chief operating officer of Stephens Media, will replace Frederick as CEO. Thomas Mitchell stepped down as editor and will become senior opinion editor.

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Shopping Center Coming Back to Life

LAS VEGAS -- A once dismal shopping center is slowly starting to bustle again near the Meadows Mall.

A strip mall next to Meadows Mall fell on tough times in recent years. Mervyns, the anchor store, filed bankruptcy and closed and soon the other businesses shut down as well. Now, a few new businesses are moving into the area because they see potential.

Cardenas, a major Hispanic grocery store, will take over the former Mervyns store on Meadows Lane.

"There's supposed to be a great big supermarket that is supposed to offer all sorts of products and not just for the Spanish community," said Michael Patane, IC Movers.

Patane's business is next to where the store will be located. He moved into the location because he got a good deal.

"I hate to say it but the rent was very cheap because they wanted to get anybody in here. All of the businesses that were here before me for some reason closed down," he said.

More Businesses Moving to Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The economy is tough, but some businesses are bucking the trend by expanding and relocating. And Downtown Las Vegas is getting a lot of attention.

After more than a year of searching for the perfect spot for her business, Michelle Dimauro, with Habit Design Studio, says she found it.

"Ever since we opened our business, we wanted to be in the Arts District," she said.

She isn't alone. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman says now more than ever, businesses are showing interest in relocating and even expanding to the downtown corridor, including the Arts District. Mayor Goodman says the city has pulled out all the stops in an effort to attract businesses to the area.

"All we can do is make it business friendly. We've waived all of the liquor license fees for these small taverns. We're changing our zoning requirements -- not making it as difficult," he said.

New Furniture Store Seeking Employees

LAS VEGAS -- A new furniture is opening in downtown Las Vegas in late summer and the company is holding a job fair to hire new employees.

Ashley Furniture will be opening the 100,000 square foot store. They are holding a job fair on Thursday, June 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 91 S. Martin Luther King. Blvd. They plan to hire 50 workers to open the new store. They are seeking sales representatives and warehouse staff. Applicants should bring resumes and be prepared to do an interview.

The company plans to hire an additional 50 workers after the store opens.