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Las Vegas Strip resorts slow to welcome Alexa, Google Home Hub
 
Las Vegas Strip resorts slow to welcome Alexa, Google Home Hub

Alexa, where are you? Smart home and hospitality technology was big at CES in early January. Amazon and Google promoted their voice-activated speakers Alexa and Google Home Hub. Hospitality executives have called the speakers the industry’s future. Yet for all the hype, the revolution is unfolding at a cautious pace on the Strip as well as in other major U.S. hospitality markets. Hotels are focusing their consumer-facing technology investments on adding streaming capabilities, like Netflix, and enhancing their mobile apps, a December report by Hospitality Technology showed. Voice-enabled technology is 10th on that priority list.

Nevada lawmakers celebrate House passage of a DREAM Act
 
Nevada lawmakers celebrate House passage of a DREAM Act

Nevada Democratic Reps. Susie Lee, Dina Titus and Steven Horsford celebrated with immigration advocates and community members in Las Vegas Friday to celebrate the House’s recent passage of a DREAM Act, which would provide a citizenship avenue for millions of undocumented immigrants or those with temporary status. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto

Fontainebleau bankruptcy
 
Fontainebleau bankruptcy

The Fontainebleau, soaring 60-plus stories above Las Vegas Boulevard, was supposed to open in 2009. Instead it went bankrupt that year. The roughly $3 billion resort was about 70% complete around the time of the bankruptcy. In 2010, billionaire Carl Icahn bought the mothballed tower for just $150 million. Developer Steve Witkoff bought it in 2017 for $600 million, renamed it the Drew Las Vegas and plans to open it in 2022.

Solar industry is bouncing back
 
Solar industry is bouncing back

The solar industry is bouncing back in the Las Vegas valley, with Nevada toward the top in rankings from The Solar Foundation. There were 6,680 solar jobs in Nevada in 2018. Nevada ranked first for solar jobs per capita. The state saw a 1.8 percent growth in solar jobs last year. Nevada ranked tenth for overall solar jobs. Nevada ranked fourth for the amount of installed solar capacity. 12.72 percent of Nevada’s electricity is generated from solar.

Rural Teaser
 
Rural Teaser

Rural Teaser

North Las Vegas golf course uses GPS to save water
 
North Las Vegas golf course uses GPS to save water

Aliante Golf Club is the latest Las Vegas Valley course to tear out turf and cut its water use with the help of GPS technology. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Crash closes Las Vegas Blvd. near Fremont Street
 
Crash closes Las Vegas Blvd. near Fremont Street

A vehicle fleeing police crashed in the area of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard in downtown Las Vegas on Friday, June 7, 2019. (Courtesy Andy Herrera)

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