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‘Las Vegas Shutdown 2020’ art gallery opens on The Strip

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A special art gallery is open on The Strip, showcasing a historic period on Las Vegas Boulevard.

This is at the “Carnevale Galleries” inside Caesars.

The series centers around The Strip’s shutdown last year.

It was the brainchild of the curator there, along with a local photographer, who set out last spring to capture something that had not been seen in decades.

“To see a city that’s filled with neon lights, pedestrians on the sidewalks, in the casinos, and see it at a complete standstill was mind blowing really,” said curator Tony Carnevale. “It took a lot to comprehend at first and then we said well we’re in it, let’s document it by way of photography.”

There are 30 images, and only 20 of each is being put up for sale.

The galleries are in the Caesars Hotel and the Forum Shops.

Staff are also looking at giving 20% of the proceeds to local charities.

The images will be on display until they are all sold out.

You can also buy the digital book of images on Amazon. It is called “Las Vegas Shutdown 2020”.

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  • The D Las Vegas

    On the first floor of The D Las Vegas, players will find the latest table games and slot machines. The recently updated second floor casino is a step back in time to Old Vegas with vintage slots and the only Sigma Derby horse racing simulation in Las Vegas. There’s also the hockey-themed BarCanada and a refreshed Circa Sports book with bar-top table games and big-screen TVs.
    Photo courtesy of The D Las Vegas

  • Plaza Hotel & Casino

    The Plaza Hotel Casino packs a ton of options into its 80,000 square feet of gaming space. Players can play bingo in a 400-seat bingo hall–the only one in Downtown Las Vegas, place bets at 21 table games or try their luck at more than 700 slot machines. Keno games run regularly throughout the day.
    Photo courtesy of Plaza Hotel & Casino

  • The Venetian & The Palazzo

    The Venetian & The Palazzo

    The sister casinos at the Venetian and Palazzo offer players a combined 2,270 slot and video poker machines and hundreds of table games, with free gaming lessons on weekends. Imperial Baccarat at The Palazzo puts a new twist on a classic game.
    Photo courtesy of The Venetian Las Vegas

  • Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort

    Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort

    Sparkling golden in the Nevada desert sun, the Wynn Las Vegas houses an 111,000-square-foot casino space decked out with table games, slots, video poker, a 27-table poker room and a state-of-the-art race and sports book.
    Photo courtesy of Wynn Las Vegas

  • Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

    Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

    A classic Las Vegas casino, Caesars Palace brings the gaming experience to an ancient Roman setting. Encompassing 85 acres on The Strip, Caesars pairs its unique atmosphere and comprehensive casino offerings with some of the best retail, dining and entertainment in the city.
    Photo courtesy of Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

  • Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

    Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino

    The casino floor at the Downtown Grand, located just steps from the Fremont Street Experience, features more than 500 slot machines–a mix of classics and new favorites–as well as an assortment of table games and a William Hill sports book.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

    Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

    Frequented by both locals and tourists, the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa sits on 70 acres of land near the beautiful Red Rock Mountains in Summerlin, about 10 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. The resort casino includes 3,000 slot and video poker machines, 60 table games, a race and sports book with a 96-foot video wall, a 20-table smoke-free poker room, 600-seat Bingo hall, a 20-seat Keno lounge and two private rooms for high-stakes gamers.
    Photo courtesy of Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

  • The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    A relatively new addition to the Las Vegas Strip, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has already earned a spot among the ranks of elite Sin City casinos, thanks to its friendly dealers, swanky setting and modern amenities. The gambling menu includes classic table games as well as 1,300 slots and video poker machines with a wide range of denominations–everything from $0.01 to $500.
    Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

  • SAHARA Las Vegas

    The 60,000-square-foot casino at SAHARA Las Vegas offers a luxe gaming experience, with crystal chandeliers and a rich color scheme. Gamblers can choose from more than 50 table games and 600 slot machines, place a bet in the Sports Book or play live poker in the new seven-table poker room.
    Photo courtesy of SAHARA Las Vegas

  • Bellagio

    Famous for its dancing fountains, the Bellagio is all about extreme luxury and the thrill of the game, making it one of the most popular gambling stops on the iconic Las Vegas Strip. The 100,000-square-foot casino floor an impressive 2,400 slot machines, poker room, race & sports book and nearly any table game you could want to play. Five outdoor pools, four whirlpools and a Spa Tower help guests unwind before or after betting.
    Photo courtesy of Bellagio

With more than 100 casinos to choose from, it's no wonder Las Vegas has become synonymous with gambling. Sin City is home to some of the country's top gaming establishments, each offering variety, atmosphere and big payouts.

 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Las Vegas Casino are as follows:

  1. The D Las Vegas
  2. Plaza Hotel & Casino
  3. The Venetian & The Palazzo
  4. Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resort
  5. Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
  6. Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino
  7. Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
  8. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  9. SAHARA Las Vegas
  10. Bellagio

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning casinos!

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More shows returning for summer: 8 things to know about Las Vegas during the pandemic

Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional information.


Las Vegas, one of the world’s most electric cities, turned the lights, fire and fountains back on last June after a several-month closure following the declaration of the pandemic. Since then, in the entertainment capital of the world, travelers have headed back to the slots and gaming tables — at least at most of the major resort casinos. Other smaller resort-casinos remain closed or only open on weekends when there are more visitors to the city.

Although the lights are back on, valet parking, congregating at a hot craps table and partying in a packed nightclub or pool still won’t happen again in Vegas for a little while. But, things are steadily improving.

#COVID19 “Roadmap to Reopening” for Nevada. If cases continue to drop the next step will come on May 1, with a transition to local authority.https://t.co/TkQtkaa0ek#Vegas#Coronavirus#ClarkCountypic.twitter.com/s440oJuHJ4

— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) March 14, 2021

On March 15, 2021, the City of Las Vegas announced on its Twitter account that the vast majority of businesses in Nevada have been allowed to open their doors to patrons at 50% capacity or, for group gatherings, up to 250 people or 50% capacity (whichever is less). The city made this decision following weeks of falling coronavirus transmission and hospitalization rates. In April, we got word that shows are starting to return as well, just in time for summer.

If you’re looking to head to the city for the first time since the pandemic started, you can breathe a bit easier as Vegas Smart gives an overview of COVID-19 safety protocols currently in place across the city which include:

  • Keeping your distance, at least 6 feet apart from others
  • Mandatory mask-wearing in public
  • Hand washing
  • Seek medical attention if you feel unwell

“By continuing to wear face coverings, practice social distancing & following all other mitigation measures laid out in our plan, we will put more Nevadans back to work in as safe a manner as possible all while welcoming more and more business back,” stated Nevada Gov. Sisolak on Twitter March 12, 2021.

Much like at other mega-packed destinations, such as Disney World, a full reopening of Las Vegas isn’t going to be fast or simple. Here are eight things to know about visiting Las Vegas right now.

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What is open in Vegas?

Casinos were permitted to resume gaming operations on June 4, 2020, and most businesses, such as dine-in restaurants, retail shops, salons and even bars welcome a capped number of guests.

Related: 9 ways Las Vegas is different in the age of COVID-19

Reopened casino resorts

With more than 100 casinos in Las Vegas, it can be difficult to pinpoint which venues are currently open or closed. The American Gaming Association has a COVID-19 casino tracker where you can view which casinos are open or closed across the country through an interactive map.

For example, in Vegas, some of the open casinos include Treasure Island (now in the Radisson family), Wynn, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mirage Las Vegas, New York-New York, Caesars, Circus Circus, The D, Golden Nugget, the Venetian, Planet Hollywood, Park MGM, NoMad Las Vegas, Cromwell and more.

Travel expert Lee Abbamonte visited Caesars Palace right after its reopening and told this to TPG: “…it’s about 10% as busy as usual. Slot machines are open every other one, craps spacing people out, table games like blackjack have a max of three players it appears. All employees, dealers, etc. are wearing masks, few of any cops and maybe 10% of patrons.” He went on to note that sanitizing stations are located all over the casino and hotel.

The Encore Resort and The Rio have reopened for daily stays. Note that Hyatt plans to renovate and reflag the Rio as multiple full-service Hyatt brands, including a Hyatt Regency.

Related: Everything to know about casino loyalty programs

Pools

Las Vegas pools are synonymous with spring breakers and parties. This year, pools will adhere to social-distancing guidelines with cabanas and loungers spaced out to maintain a safe distance. Additionally, pool areas will undergo a strict cleaning regimen throughout the day. The 50% capacity regulation by the City of Las Vegas will also be enforced.

At Wynn resorts, for example, loungers and cabanas will be thoroughly cleaned after each use and cabanas will be pressure washed each night; the towel desks, entry points and other counters will be cleaned at least hourly; and lifeguard posts will be cleaned at each rotation.

Related: Leveraging status matches in Las Vegas

The Venetian, while not going into as much detail, reiterated that its pools are treated daily with antibacterial and antiviral treatments and that its pool chairs will be separated to comply with social distancing protocol.

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Shows

MGM Resorts has a list of its current shows that are open, which includes David Copperfield, Carrot Top, Jabbawockeez, Brad Garett’s Comedy Club and Thunder From Down Under. The company stated last fall that it spent the “past several months working closely with health experts and public officials to think through every aspect of these entertainment experiences including wearing masks, ticketing, seating, and serving concessions.”

Additionally, Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère will head back to the Treasure Island stage on June 28, and O at the Bellagio’s first performance will be on July 1.

What hasn’t reopened in Vegas

Some resort casinos

The Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the country’s highest-capacity hotels. For example, the MGM Grand and the Venetian each have close to 7,000 rooms, making them two of the largest hotels in the world. Given how massive these casino resorts are, there simply was no need to reopen all of the casino properties at once.

And even within hotels that do reopen, not all of the rooms may be open at once. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bill Hornbuckle, the acting president and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said the Bellagio would initially reopen with only 1,200 of the property’s 4,000 rooms in service.

This was likely for a couple of different reasons. A phased reopening could help control the flow of people returning to the Strip and allow for social distancing, according to direction from the Nevada Gaming Control Board, as to not counteract progress made with COVID-19.

Some of the currently closed Vegas casinos include Fiesta Henderson Casino & Hotel, Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel, and Siegel Slots and Suites.

Related: How hotels can prove to guests they’re safe after coronavirus

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Nightclubs and dayclubs

While bars and restaurants are again open in Nevada, with some restrictions, nightclubs have not yet been permitted to reopen and remain closed with no set reopening date. As mentioned, the infamous dayclub pool parties are also still on hold for now.

Select restaurants

Not all restaurants within a given resort are open or open at the same time, so check carefully before assuming your favorite will be open in the immediate term.

Poker rooms

Many poker rooms will not reopen with the other gaming operations at this time.

The return of free parking

Not all of the reopened Vegas changes are bad. For example, MGM and Caesars group of casinos have announced the (much anticipated) return of free parking at their properties.

Before the March closing, self-parking cost as much as $18 per day at the MGM properties. But, as the MGM and Caesars properties (such as Caesars, Flamingo, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Aria and more) reopen, self-parking is becoming free. Valet parking is indefinitely suspended due to coronavirus concerns. There’s no guarantee that free parking lasts forever, but Bellagio’s website states that free self-parking is being offered as a way to welcome back guests, with no timeline regarding future plans or changes. The Caesars website simply says that self-parking in Las Vegas is free.

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On its May earnings call, MGM stated that “about 50% of the traffic coming into Las Vegas is from automobiles, and [it thinks] there will be some pent up demand and as the opportunity [to travel again] comes about, [it’ll] definitely open up properties to maximize [its] cash flow.”

While a Vegas with fewer fees will be a welcome change for all visitors, drive-in guests will likely comprise much of the first wave of visitors — and eliminating parking fees is a logical way to incentivize those visitors.

Related: How to avoid resort fees in Vegas

Gambling changes

Gambling is the lifeblood of Las Vegas.

The trend in recent years has been for Vegas to emphasize revenue from dining and entertainment, alongside gambling, but betting is still synonymous with Vegas. Casinos, however, simply weren’t designed to keep people six feet apart from one another. With slot machines packed in side-by-side and groups of curious onlookers crowding behind blackjack and craps tables, casinos have had to make changes — big ones — to provide a safer environment for gamblers.

But, Vegas is committed to making it work.

The Gaming Control Board has set limits of six players per craps table, three per blackjack table, four per roulette or poker table and to either space out slot machine or remove every other chair. In addition, the board’s plan limits a property’s occupancy to no more than 50% of its normal limit.

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

While the Nevada Gaming Control Board has laid out a set of 18 specific guidelines and regulations for reopening casinos, individual properties have their own plans that were submitted and approved by the board before reopening.

Related: When will casinos reopen across the U.S.

Wynn Las Vegas has released a 23-page “Health and Sanitation Program” that outlines how Wynn properties (including the adjacent Encore) will operate.

New casino protocols cover five main areas including the casino cage, slot operations, table games operations, poker operations, and race and sportsbook operations. You can read the full list of protocols here, but to put it into perspective, the “table games operations” section alone has two subsections with 27 individual regulations and guidelines between them.

MGM has outlined a seven-step plan that requires masks for employees and provides free masks to guests, who are required to wear them. It also includes increased reliance on digital solutions to reduce touchpoints, such as digital room keys available via an online app, mobile check-in and menus available by scanning QR codes.

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Wynn casinos have implemented a cleaning and sanitization plan that includes regular sanitization of guest counters, slot machines, card tables and card shufflers plus the placement of hand sanitizer throughout the casino floors, outside entrances and next to all ATMs.

At the roulette table, the wheel head, ball and dolly will be sanitized every time a new dealer enters a game. When a guest leaves a table game, the rail and seat will be sanitized. Each new shooter at the craps table will have the dice sanitized before picking them up.

Wynn guests must wear masks and are encouraged to sanitize their hands before and after each game they play. A chip-cleaning policy is currently being reviewed.

Another major Las Vegas casino resort, The Venetian, which includes the Venetian tower, the Palazzo tower and the Venezia tower, has outlined its “Venetian Clean” initiative, which includes near-constant disinfecting of table game areas, slot machines, electronic kiosks and chairs. And, like the Wynn, the Venetian has rearranged its slot machines and table games to allow for social distancing, enforce a three-player maximum per table and install hand sanitization stations and disinfectant wipes throughout the floor. Venetian also says that it will sanitize its chips “approximately every two hours.”

Related: Best day trips from Las Vegas

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What about masks?

Face masks will be a fixture in some casinos on the Las Vegas Strip for the foreseeable future.

The Venetian has equipped all its rooms with a “Venetian Clean” pack that will contain hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, gloves and a face mask. Bellagio seems to have a similar pack available for guests.

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Wynn resorts will provide masks for both employees and guests, while The Cosmopolitan requires mask wearing by both employees and visitors.

Unsurprisingly, masks pose a unique challenge for casinos, who in the past have relied heavily on video surveillance for safety and fraud prevention. The Venetian said, “For added safety, masks that obscure the entire face are prohibited,” and Wynn has said, “All guests wishing to gamble will be requested to briefly lower their masks for age and identification purposes in compliance with Nevada gaming requirements.”

Related: Where to buy face masks

Temperature screenings and sanitation

Just like at nongaming hotels, casino resorts have boosted their sanitation measures to keep guests and employees safe. Wynn has installed “noninvasive thermal cameras” at each entry point, and, “Any person displaying a cough, shortness of breath or other known symptoms of COVID-19 or a temperature above 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit will be discreetly offered a secondary screening” by staff donning masks and eye protection.

Venetian resorts have the same procedures, with those who present a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit undergoing a further medical assessment and being directed to other medical care.

Of course, sanitization and disinfection are central to the plans of all major resort casinos. As mentioned, stations dispensing hand sanitizer, regular disinfecting of public spaces and other customer-facing areas, and access to disinfecting wipes and other PPE is located all around the resort and casino grounds.

No more self-service buffets

Vegas wouldn’t be Vegas without the famous buffets, right? Well, it has to be.

It’s unlikely we’ll see self-serve buffets return in any near future. MGM resorts closed buffets at all its Las Vegas properties before states began shutting down, and since then they’ve been suspended elsewhere.

In a post-coronavirus world, buffets are the type of situation many people will avoid due to the large number of people congregating around — and breathing on — food in a confined space. In any buffet-type situation, such as a Player’s Club, expect to see snacks and beverages served by staff upon request, as opposed to self-service.

Part of MGM’s reopening plan is the suspension of self-service buffet food service as employees will serve guests. There will also be prepackaged food options available.

Last June, Wynn experimented with a new style of buffet, which followed the all-you-can-eat concept but guests ordered dishes from a server rather than helping themselves. However, that proved short-lived as The Buffet at Wynn closed a few months later.

“Based upon guest feedback, we found that many guests prefer a more traditional buffet experience over the served all-you-can-eat format,” Wynn said in a statement “We will continue to assess the situation and will make a determination on reopening at the appropriate time.”

But at least one Vegas mega-buffet may not have entirely given up on the concept of all-you-can-eat prime rib and chilled crab legs. The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace was already planning a multimillion-dollar renovation when COVID-19 hit, and according to Eater Las Vegas, may have tweaked its renovation plans as it pushes forward.

Related: Buffets closing due to coronavirus

How cheap is a reopened Vegas?

Summer is usually a great time to find deals in Vegas, and we expect to see better-than-normal offers in the near term. Those who gamble may see targeted offers comparable to the deals of yesteryear when even moderately profitable gamblers were given offers of multiple free nights.

But will resort fees go on a hiatus? That would be nice but isn’t the across-the-board approach so far. In fact, as coronavirus was worsening in the weeks before the shutdown, we saw multiple Caesars casinos increase resort fees. But the weeks before the shutdown also saw sub-$100 rates at the higher-end resorts that typically price at a few times that amount.

That said, Sahara is offering rates with no parking or resort fees to residents of many states and we’ve seen offers from the Cosmo with waived resort fees targeted at select guests.

Related: How to status match your way to an affordable Vegas vacation

Bottom line

Las Vegas has certainly felt the full blow of the economic catastrophe caused by the spread of the coronavirus even more acutely than many other destinations due to its reliance on bringing large groups of people together to mix, mingle, gamble and have a good time.

It cost the Las Vegas casinos millions of dollars per day that the doors were shut. There are reports that the MGM properties alone were going through more than $14 million per day during the shutdown.

So, while the path to reopening the casino resorts wasn’t short or easy, the lights are back on and Vegas is ready for socially distanced action.

Additional reporting by Benji Stawski.

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Entertainment and activities

Safety protocols: The curtain was finally lifted for Las Vegas entertainment last October, but capacity limits kept many theaters dark until this summer. Some long-running productions, including Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas and the Australian vocal quartet Human Nature at the Venetian Las Vegas, announced they would not be back.

Cirque du Soleil reopened most of its shows, including Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay and the Beatles Love at Mirage, to packed audiences. Both the performers and audience members must wear face coverings, though patrons may lower their masks to sip drinks.

As for indoor events with 4,000 or more attendees, such as conventions and sporting events, proof of vaccination is approved as an exception to the indoor mask requirement; the choice is up to the organizer. For instance, players in the World Series of Poker at Rio Hotel-Casino, from Sept. 30 to Nov. 23, and show participants at the Global Gaming Expo, Oct. 4–7, will be required to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

A growing number of venue operators, including Live Nation and AEG Presents, are requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. The Smith Center for Performing Arts and the Brooklyn Bowl are also on that list. Same goes for attendees at the upcoming Life is Beautiful music festival in downtown Las Vegas, taking place Sept. 17–19. Unvaccinated attendees will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of each day of the festival.

What’s new: Area15, opened last year, is “an experiential retail and entertainment complex” — a lively spot full of mind-bending exhibits and food offerings. It’s now also hosting Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, a light-and-sound show featuring the artist’s work. Kids love the new Museum of Selfies at the Linq Promenade, where you can take wacky pics in silly settings.

And you can now check out Las Vegas’ first flight ride attraction, FlyOver, a multi-sensory journey on the Strip, across from T-Mobile Arena.

Circus Circus, meanwhile, has debuted an update to its iconic midway, adding 30 new games, including the latest and most in-demand crane machines and virtual reality games. Free hourly circus acts are back, too.

And opened last year — sans fans in the stands for its inaugural season — is the sleek, nearly $2 billion, 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium, home to the city’s new NFL team, the Raiders. Ticketholders for the coming football season must show proof of vaccination through a mobile app. Fully vaccinated fans will not have to wear masks, but partially vaccinated attendees and unvaccinated children must remain masked.

Coming soon: This fall Area15 welcomes Rise — “an elevated bar experience” (everything is an “experience” in Vegas) — where customers at the bar, Oasis, can take their cocktails along for a seven-minute gondola ride 131 feet in the air and enjoy the view of the city skyline.  

Lady Gaga returns for her Jazz & Piano gig at the Park MGM’s Park Theater on Oct. 14, and diva Celine Dion brings her new Las Vegas show to Resorts World on Nov. 5, kicking it off with a performance to benefit COVID-19 Relief.

Plus, Emmy Award–winning comedian and actor Brad Garrett opens his comedy club (Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club) in a swank new home at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in time for Thanksgiving.

Transportation

The Las Vegas Monorail returns just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Then there’s the Vegas Loop — an ambitious project from Elon Musk’s The Boring Co. It will begin as a fleet of autonomous Teslas that will transport visitors through an underground tunnel to either end of the massive Las Vegas Convention Center. (Test rides are now underway.) Eventually, the Loop is slated to expand to a people mover circulating among several Strip properties and downtown Vegas.

Editor's note: This story was originally published on September 25, 2020. It's been updated to reflect new openings and safety procedures in Las Vegas. 

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Las Vegas breaking news for Dec. 18, 2020

The following is a roundup of breaking news from around the Las Vegas valley.

10:55 P.M.
Las Vegas police are investigating a homicide inside a hotel room at the STRAT hotel-casino located at 2000 Las Vegas Blvd., north of Sahara Avenue. No further immediate information was released by authorities. Stay with 13 Action News for further updates


2:25 P.M.
North Las Vegas police are investigating a shooting after a man in his 30s was found deceased with a gunshot wound near Revere and Brooks streets. No further information was immediately released but the situation remains under investigation.

7:24 A.M.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responds to kitchen fire at 717 Mallard St. near Alta Drive and Jones Boulevard. No injuries reported.

5 A.M.
A crash near Tropicana Avenue and Durango has resulted in lane closures. Police say the incident began with a crash between a light-colored vehicle and black vehicle. One of the people involved in that crash was struck by another vehicle after getting out of the vehicle. Expect delays in the area. Use other routes if possible.

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