According to figures released Thursday, Nevada casinos saw their May winnings drop 15.2 percent over the previous year, the largest revenue decline since state officials started monthly tracking in 1984.
Gaming tax collections in June fell 22.8 percent from a year ago, the worst drop in at least a decade.
Gov. Jim Gibbons warned the news may force further cuts in the state budget, already slashed by $1.2 billion.
Stock prices tumbled for the largest casino operators. Shares of MGM Mirage fell nearly 22 percent, Las Vegas Sands Corp. almost 11 percent, and Wynn Las Vegas 10 percent.
BUS STOP DEATH
One woman was killed and another critically injured when a pickup slammed into a bus stop on Boulder Highway near Flamingo Road. Steven M. Murray, 44, was arrested on felony charges of driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
During the 1990s, Murray was convicted four times in Texas of driving while intoxicated.
The crash, which claimed the life of Patricia Hoff, 55, renewed calls for safety improvements at bus shelters.
Convicted polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was rushed to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was treated under police guard for an undisclosed ailment.
Police in Mohave County, Ariz., say they found Jeffs shaking and feverish in his cell, possibly as a result of his "sporadic eating habits" during his more than 100 days in custody.
After he was seen at the hospital in Kingman and flown to Sunrise, Jeffs was returned to jail, where he awaits trial on child sex charges for arranging the marriages of two teenage girls.
LAS VEGAS GETS WATER
State regulators granted permission for groundwater to be exported from three valleys in Lincoln County, but the Southern Nevada Water Authority got only about half as much as it wanted.
The 6 billion gallons a year the authority does get is enough to supply roughly 64,000 valley homes.
Groundwater from rural Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine counties could start to arrive in the Las Vegas Valley as early as 2013.
A Clark County woman’s illness was linked to a nationwide salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 1,000 people.
The woman is believed to have caught the disease in Nevada but did not require hospitalization.
Federal authorities have traced the outbreak to contaminated tomatoes, though the outbreak also may have come from jalapeño and serrano peppers or cilantro.
Two men were shot in the head Friday afternoon near Tropicana Avenue and Fort Apache Road.
The incident was thought to be road rage related, because it began with reports of two vehicles driving erratically a few miles from the shooting. Police later said the incident probably was drug related.
One of the victims drove himself and his injured passenger to St. Rose Dominican Hospital, San Martin campus. They were wounded so severely they had to be air-lifted to the University Medical Center trauma center.Week In ReviewMore Information
QUOTES "This guy has a horrific history. This is an example of one they should throw away the key if, in fact, he’s committed." Sandy Heverly Executive director of stop dui,commenting on steven M. Murray, who has four previous drunken driving convictions and was arrested Monday after his pickup crashed into a Boulder Highway bus stop, killing a woman. "Our conversations would always get around to how much money he was going to make in Las Vegas. Money, money, money. It was the most important thing to him." Kanti Patel retired engineer, On Dr. Dipak Desai, owner of the las vegas medical practice at the center of a hepatitis C outbreak. Patel has known Desai for 28 years. "I have a bit of a substance abuse problem." heidi fleiss pahrump resident and former hollywood madam, revealing her plans for private drug treatment, roughly five months after her arrest in Pahrump for narcotic use and possession. BLOGS Heavy Pedal: Tony Stewart has been released from the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing. Vegas Voice: Do you Cirque? Would you like to? The troupe has put out the call for actors and clowns for existing and upcoming shows. Vegasland: Are family members of U.S. soldiers killed in action being shortchanged? NUMBERS $133,000 cost per mile of a $2 million feasibility study now under way for a 15-mile bicycle path to run parallel to state Route 159 through Red Rock Canyon. 65 percentage of total home sales in June that were bank-owned properties. 1,000 number of electric lawn mowers snapped up in two weeks through a county program aimed at getting residents to give up their gasoline-powered mowers. 3.8 billion gallons per year the Southern Nevada Water Authority has been cleared to pump from a placein Lincoln County called Dry Lake Valley. 54 number of certified air traffic controllers at McCarran International Airport, down from 86 in 2002. Operations have increased 24 percent over that time.