LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new study shows U.S. casinos had a $240 billion economic impact and employed 1.7 million people in 2013. The American Gaming Association announced the results of the economic study at a news conference today. The group's annual G2E Global Gaming Expo kicked off this week at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Oxford Economics studied the industry's impact and included spending and revenue that might be linked but not directly connected to a casino. An example is a traveler who visits an area for a casino but also spends at a nearby gas station.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors in Las Vegas say O.J. Simpson got a fair trial and evidence supporting his 2008 conviction and imprisonment on kidnapping and armed robbery charges is overwhelming. A deputy to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson told the Nevada Supreme Court in a filing that Simpson isn't entitled to a new trial in the 2007 hotel room confrontation over sports memorabilia. Wolfson and Lawyers for Simpson didn't immediately respond today to messages.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Lucy Flores criticized Republican Mark Hutchison in a debate in Reno for opposing legislation last year to directly help the Washoe County School District repair its aging, overcrowded schools. The two state lawmakers from Las Vegas fielded questions for a half-hour during an appearance on KRNV-TV's "Nevada Newsmakers" that was taped on yesterday and broadcast today.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say Haze Nightclub at the Aria will be closing at the end of October to make way for another business. MGM Resorts International released a brief statement today confirming the closure of the Las Vegas Strip club, which is located inside the Aria resort. They said a new concept will be moving into the space in 2015, but didn't provide an exact date or description of the plans. Haze is Aria's flagship club and is run by The Light Group.