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M Resorts Receives Four-Star Award

M Resorts Receives Four-Star Award

The M Resort has received a four-star rating from the Forbes Travel Guide for the third year in a row.

The resort’s spa, Spa Mio, also received a four-star award from the guide. The award is given to the best hotels, restaurants and spas in the country. The judges look at cleanliness, condition and location. Travel experts make unannounced, undercover inspections of properties to determine the awards.

“This is an outstanding achievement and one that would not have been possible without the support from our team members,” said Jody Lake, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the M Resort. “They are committed to consistently delivering a memorable service experience to our guests and this recognition is a direct reflection of their hard work.”

The M Resort opened in March of 2009.

WATCH: The Arts Take Center Stage

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas is transforming into a cultural mecca, and this weekend, 8 News NOW takea you inside as the arts take center stage.

From the new Smith Center for Performing Arts, to the Neon Boneyard and Arts District, Las Vegas is doing more with arts and theater than ever before.

8 News NOW and our Community Pride sponsors will be the first to take you through the new buildings and give you a sneak peak at what's to come in the next year in our special.

Eastside Cannery "Lights It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness

The iconic Eastside Cannery building will attract even more attention on April 1st and 2nd, especially during the nighttime hours.  That's because the structure will be illuminated in blue. "Light It Up Blue" is a nationwide effort to encourage businesses and residences to light up their structures in blue light in recognition of those families affected by autism.  The Eastside Cannery, on Boulder Highway is able to change the colors displayed on the building quite easily.  There are roughly 16,000 LED lights on the exterior of the building which can be programmed to change colors or illuminate one particular shade of color.  The blue lights will be visual Friday, April 1st and Saturday April 2nd, which is World Autism Awareness Day.  Every 1 in 110 children is affected by the autism disorder.  More information on Light It Up Blue can be found at www.lightitupblue.org and www.autismspeaks.org.


BREAKING NEWS: Wind Advisory and Freeze Watch Issued

LAS VEGAS -- A wind advisory has been issued starting at 3 p.m. and lasting until midnight for Clark County and southern Nye County and a freeze watch will be in effect Wednesday night.

Winds are expected to be gusting between 20 to 30 mph and with gusts possible to 50 mph. There is also a slight chance of rain. The temperature will drop Wednesday and is expected to be in the 40's on Thanksgiving Day making it one of the coldest in recent years.

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A freeze watch is in effect from Wednesday night to Friday morning. Some neighborhoods could see temperatures in the 20's.


Station Casinos Loses $69.6 Million in 2nd Quarter

LAS VEGAS -- Private casino operator Station Casinos Inc. says it lost $69.6 million during the second quarter as revenue dropped and it spent nearly $38 million on its bankruptcy reorganization.

The Las Vegas-based company with properties that cater mostly to locals here said Monday its loss was slightly wider than its $65.3 million loss during the same period one year ago.

Station says its revenue dropped 12.6 percent to $233.6 million. Gambling revenue dropped 12.3 percent to $167.1 million. Station says its total long-term debt as of June 30 was $5.9 billion.

Station is awaiting a hearing this month in Reno to determine whether its Chapter 11 plan will be approved by a federal bankruptcy judge.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Cox to Offer Video-on-Demand Content Through TiVo

SAN FRANCISCO -- Digital video recording pioneer TiVo Inc. and cable television provider Cox Communications Inc. are making it easier for Cox subscribers who use TiVo's DVR boxes to watch Cox's on-demand video content.

The companies said Thursday that Cox's video-on-demand library will become accessible on TiVo's latest DVR, the TiVo Premiere, in Cox's major markets, which include San Diego and Las Vegas. The integration is expected early next year.

In the past, cable providers haven't integrated their on-demand content with consumer DVR products such as those from TiVo, so watching on-demand movies or television shows from Cox and other companies has been a cumbersome process for TiVo users.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Former Sen. Ted Stevens Dead; O'Keefe Survives Airplane Crash

WASHINGTON -- A plane carrying former Sen. Ted Stevens and eight others crashed in remote southwest Alaska, killing the longtime Republican lawmaker and four other people, authorities said Tuesday.

Ex-NASA chief Sean O'Keefe and his teenage son were also aboard and survived the crash, according to a former NASA spokesman.

Stevens' family has been notified that the 86-year-old was among those killed in the crash Monday night, family spokesman Mitch Rose told The Associated Press.

Rescuers arrived on helicopter early Tuesday and were giving medical care to survivors, Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes said. He offered no additional details, except that there were potential fatalities.

Alaska officials reported that nine people were aboard the aircraft and that "it appears that there are five fatalities," NTSB spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz told The Associated Press in Washington.