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    Donnie and Marie Osmond have extended their run at the Flamingo through 2017. The two are shown accepting TV Land Awards’ pop culture award in April 2015 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The plan to finance a $1.9 billion stadium on the Strip that would bring an NFL team to Las Vegas was approved by Nevada lawmakers last week. The key point of the plan is a new 0.88 percent room tax that will raise $750 million of the price tag. Now the focus moves to the NFL, where the Oakland Raiders will seek league approval to move to Las Vegas. Still, no solid information on timelines or even the definite location of the stadium have been divulged.

Enhanced Skyline: Known mostly for its best-in-town shrimp cocktail deal served 24/7 at the bar for $1.49, the little Skyline casino on Boulder Highway is opening a new hotel wing. Currently a casino only, the addition will have 51 rooms, 18 of which will be suites. The hotel is expected to debut in February.

Harley-Davidson closing: The center-Strip Harley-Davidson Cafe has announced that it will close at the end of this month. The restaurant/bar has been rumored to be closing before to make way for other projects (including an Elvis-themed casino) but continued to operate for nearly 20 years.

Osmonds extend: Donny and Marie Osmond have extended their residency at the Flamingo through the end of 2017. The Osmonds have played more than 1,200 shows since they began their Flamingo run in 2008.

Shortcut blocked: If you’re one of the in-the-knowers who uses Dean Martin Drive, the road just west of the I-15 freeway, to beat Strip traffic, you’ll have to alter your route. The road will be blocked off near Tropicana for up to two months while a new hotel (nongambling) is being built.


Question: What were some of the prop bets put up for the presidential debates held last week in Las Vegas?

Answer: None of the Las Vegas sports books offered props for live betting, but several offshore books did. They included will Clinton say “Billy Bush,” will Trump say “make America great again” and will either say “LeBron James,” “gamble,” “blackjack” or “casino.”

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