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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.

More Homeowners Opt to Do It Themselves

LAS VEGAS -- The do it yourself trend to home renovation is taking off and customers are saving hundreds in the process.

From landscaping to painting, Rebecca Smith is getting ready to tackle it all. She just bought a foreclosed home that needs a lot of work.

"A lot of cosmetic stuff that needed to be done. Leaking faucets, plumbing, the whole nine yards," she said.

Instead of hiring a professional, Smith says saving money is more of a priority. In an economy that forces people to watch every penny, the do it yourself trend is a necessity.

Home Depot supervisor Corwyn Frierson says the majority of their new customers are either fixing up a foreclosed home they just bought or are improving a home they're forced to stay in to make life a little more enjoyable.

More than 2 Million Cribs Recalled

WASHINGTON  -- More than 2 million cribs from Evenflo, Delta Enterprise Corp. and five other companies were recalled Thursday amid concerns that babies can suffocate, become trapped or fall from the cribs.

Most of the cribs were drop-sides, which have a side rail that moves up and down so parents can lift children from them more easily. That movable side, however, can malfunction or detach from the crib, creating a dangerous gap where babies' heads can become trapped, leading to suffocation or strangulation.

The other companies involved in the recall were Child Craft, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons Juvenile Products.

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Judge Approves Auctioning Station Casino Hotels

RENO, Nev. -- A federal bankruptcy judge in Nevada has approved a plan to auction 11 Station Casinos properties on the open market.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Gregg Zive in Reno said Friday that he'll supervise the Aug. 6 sale. The judge says he wants to control disentangling what he called a complex set of relationships with "legal issues and questions at every step of that separation."

The proposal would spin off the Red Rock Resort, Palace Station, Sunset Station, Boulder Station and Wild Wild West properties into a holding company owned by company lenders, real estate investor Colony Capital, and members of the casino company's founding family.

The holding company would offer $772 million for the remaining 11 casinos, land holdings, and American Indian casino contracts as one entity.

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

More Nevadans Turning to Food Stamps

LAS VEGAS - The economy is taking its toll on many Americans. A record number of people are now seeking food stamp assistance. The need is also growing in Nevada. According to the national non-profit Food Research and Action Center, Nevada is seeing a huge jump in the number of people applying for food stamps.

Yvette Reid is one of those people. Out of work for nearly two years, Reid gets about $200 a month in food stamps. With a 16-year-old son at home, she says the extra money is the only way she's able to put food on the table. "When you are used to living one way and now you have to live another, you have to save and scrounge," she said. "Food stamps are just such a help. If it wasn't for that, I don't know how my family would eat."

More Details Surface in 14-Year-Old's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- A fight in a car may have led to the death of a teenage girl whose body was found near a day care center on Sunday.

Murder suspect Juan Rivera told police about the events surrounding the girl's death after he was arrested for murder, robbery and sexual assault. In a police report, Rivera told police he gave Diana Sotos a ride to a friend's house, and while they were waiting for the friend, he and Soto had a argument.

The police report also reveals that Rivera is the boyfriend of Soto's older sister and all of them were living in the same home.

Rivera told police that Soto scratched him and he he strangled her and dumped her body on East Owens. Rivera denies sexually assaulting the girl.

Boyd Objects to Station Casinos Bankruptcy Plan

LAS VEGAS -- Casino operator Boyd Gaming Corp. is objecting to a proposed bankruptcy plan by rival Station Casinos Inc., saying it devalues certain properties that would be sold under a court auction.

Boyd said in a Wednesday filing in federal bankruptcy court in Reno that Station's current plan would call for most of its properties to be sold without player databases and other operating tools essential for casinos.

Boyd said that makes the properties less valuable to outside buyers. Boyd has publicly declared interest in buying out its main rival in the locals casino market in Las Vegas, but its offers have been rejected.

A judge has set a May 4 hearing to discuss Station's proposal. Station owns all or part of 18 properties, and is proposing to split itself in two.

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