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  • LAS VEGAS— Elaine Wynn failed Friday to win re-election to the board of Wynn Resort Ltd.— the casino-hotel company she co-founded with ex-husband Steve Wynn— a development that ended a feud over the issue. Shareholders who had to decide between re-electing Elaine Wynn or agreeing with a company recommendation to re-elect two other sitting board members...

  • Pinnacle Entertainment tops Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $27.3 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. Pinnacle Entertainment shares have increased 62 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CARSON CITY, Nev.— Nevada business and labor groups are split over a proposed measure that would raise the state's minimum wage but make it more difficult for workers to get overtime pay. James Settelmeyer and Patricia Farley presented SB193 to the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee on Wednesday. The bill raises the minimum wage to $9 for employees without...

  • Monarch Casino tops Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 5:09 PM ET

    RENO, Nev. _ Monarch Casino& Resort Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $4 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 23 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $46 million.

  • LAS VEGAS— Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson said he knew what question was coming: when would the steady and steep decline in the world's most lucrative gambling market hit bottom? A corruption crackdown that has shaken up the up-until-recently skyrocketing gambling business in Macau, China has sped swift drops in revenue and activity there.

  • Allegiant Travel beats 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:16 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS _ Allegiant Travel Co. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $64.9 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.59 per share. Allegiant Travel shares have risen 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • States where health law seems to increase food-stamp use Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:29 PM ET

    Under the law, many states tried to improve Medicaid and food-stamp enrollment systems by making it easier for people to register for food benefits when they sign up for health coverage. Below is a list of the 11 states with recent enrollment increases in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of...

  • Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:01 PM ET

    CHICAGO— President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. West Virginia's food-stamp enrollment increased 4 percent after a Medicaid expansion that was part of the health care changes. Ten of those states expanded their...

  • PITTSBURGH— A former Pennsylvania casino worker and a Nevada high school student pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a Uganda- based scheme that produced more than $1.5 million in high-quality counterfeit U.S. bills. Michael Lin, 20, of Bethlehem, and Zackary Ruiz, 28, of Las Vegas, appeared before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh.

  • Coventry plant closes after gaming company merger Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    Rhode Island- based GTECH and International Game Technology completed a $6.4- billion merger earlier this month. The Providence Journal reports workers were notified Tuesday that the Coventry plant would be closing by the end of the year. Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com.

  • Warner Bros. previews chilling Johnny Depp film, others Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:34 AM ET

    Theater owners at the annual conference for exhibitors got a first look at a trailer for the film as a part of Warner Bros. massive presentation of their film slate through 2016. Paramount presented their lineup earlier in the day and the other major studios have demonstrations scheduled for later in the week. Warner Bros. pummeled exhibitors at CinemaCon with...

  • WASHINGTON— Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a fierce opponent of the trade legislation, invoked a Senate scheduling rule to delay the committee's actions for hours.

  • April 21- The U.S. government denied protection on Tuesday to a type of prairie bird found in Nevada and California in a victory for mining and ranching groups who feared sage-grouse protections could restrict their livelihoods. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said at an event in Reno, Nevada, where she was joined by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a...

  • April 21- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to exclude a type of sage-grouse found only in California and Nevada from protection under the Endangered Species Act because of conservation plans to protect the bird, U.S. It has sound science behind it, that's the only way we can make these decisions "Jewell said at an event in Reno, Nevada, where she was...

  • LAS VEGAS— The woman who designed the neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to "fabulous Las Vegas" since 1959 has died. Betty Willis, credited with designing the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, died in her Overton, Nevada, home on Sunday. She was "a wonderful woman and a good mom," her daughter Marjorie Holland said Tuesday by phone,.

  • Cruise wows CinemaCon with look at 'Mission' stunts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 2:55 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Tom Cruise revealed Tuesday at a surprise appearance at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that he actually hung off the side of an airplane in the film "Mission: Impossible— Rogue Nation." The first shows Cruise escaping from captivity with skillful martial arts moves alongside Rebecca Ferguson. The second is a comedic car chase with co-star Simon Pegg in the...

  • HOUSTON— A massive recall has brought more attention and put more pressure on a century-old Texas ice cream company that has been searching to discover how its products became linked to a deadly string of listeria cases. Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries said Tuesday, a day after recalling all its products, that it is getting closer to pinpointing the cause of the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a federal law governing the natural gas market does not shield energy companies from state antitrust claims made over the western U.S. energy crisis between 2000 and 2002.. The ruling, on a 7-2 vote, was a loss for several energy companies, including American Electric Power Company Inc, Dynegy Inc and...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama hit back at fellow Democrats who oppose his trade initiatives Tuesday, saying they have their facts wrong on the eve of a key Senate vote. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass., Obama said: "I love Elizabeth. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters, "I'm not only no, I'm hell no" on Obama's bid for "fast-track" authority.

  • Employers cut jobs in 31 US states as growth slows Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 10:24 AM ET

    The Labor Department said Tuesday that unemployment rates rose or were unchanged in 27 states and fell in 23 states. The biggest job cuts occurred in states with large oil and gas drilling, led by Texas, which lost 25,400 jobs, and followed by Oklahoma, which cut 12,900. Pennsylvania lost 12,700, the third largest loss. Pennsylvania has benefited in recent years...