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LAS VEGAS CONVENTIONS

Some of the largest conventions scheduled for the Las Vegas area:

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NORTH LAS VEGAS CHAMBER

Northern Nevada’s woes likely to expand

Expansion plans by an Indian casino near Sacramento, Calif., signal another bad omen for Northern Nevada’s beleaguered gaming market.

COMING IN THIS WEEK’S BUSINESS PRESS

• HELP IN A PINCH: The flagging economy has made survival trickier for fledgling businesses, but several local groups stand ready to give over-the-shoulder guidance for little or no charge.

Hotel bookings expected to rise for Super Bowl next weekend

Hotels in Las Vegas have responded to the recession and in the process, they’ve forged a new market slogan: “If you slash prices, they will come.” …
The bargain-basement approach seems to be working. Tourism experts say they see hotel-room bookings rebounding as Super Bowl weekend nears, though room rates remain significantly depressed compared with prerecession levels. … Rooms booked for Super Bowl weekend through travel Web site Vegas.com averaged $98.44 a night as of Thursday, said Dan Hippler, vice president of marketing. That’s down from around $102 on the same weekend a year ago and $131 in 2008.

Harrah’s ordered to hand over bettor’s documents

A Clark County District Court judge on Friday ordered Harrah’s Entertainment to turn over documents related to gaming activities of a high-roller accused of bouncing checks totaling $14.75 million at two of the company’s casinos.

Local groups offering free help with tax returns

Filling out a tax return may sound about as much fun as visiting a dentist. Yet, it’s a financially rewarding task for many, including low-income workers who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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