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Kansas City to Get State Run Casino : Voters Say Yes!

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Today is a day for celebration if you live in the Kansas City, Kansas area and love casino gambling. Voters today went to the polls to vote on a referendum to allow a state owned casino in the county and slot machines at Woodlands.

Voters approved the measure by an 80% margin, causing glasses to be lifted in celebration at local bars and restaurants throughout the area.

Only 23.5% of registered voters turned out to vote and the referendum was never seen as a long shot. In 1996, a nonbinding referendum to allow casino gambling in the county passed with 82% of the vote.

Cindy Cash President of the Chamber of Commerce gathered approximately 200 business and government leaders and cheered “YES”.

Cash introduced mayors from surrounding cities and the mayors led a toast for the approval of each question on the ballot with a loud “YES” and a drink for each.

Three cities, Kansas City, Edwardsville and Bonner Springs have an interlocal agreement. “We will get the highest quality of development and lift every corner of this county,” said Joe Reardon, mayor of Kansas City.

That same agreement guarantees a minimum percentage share of tax revenue for each city no matter where the casino is located.

New Resort And Casino Being Built in Wine Country in California

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If you want to see some of the most famous vineyards in the world, then you would be inclined to check out California, but now there will be something else to do while you are out there, gamble.

Plans were announced on Thursday by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians to build a $300 million resort hotel and casino in the heart of the wine region, Alexander Valley.

River Rock Casino already exists there on the site of the new resort, and the current casino will remain open while while construction of the new resort is completed.

In keeping with the regions theme, the resort will be similar to a Tuscan village and will have a pool and spa, beautiful gardens, luxury suites, restaurants, and 260 rooms. They hope to employ up to 2,000 workers.

Many residents of the area who take pride in the beauty of the valley are concerned the resort will be an eyesore in an otherwise majestic region.

Harvey Hopkins, chairman of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, disagrees with that assessment, saying, “We are building better lives for our families and for the community, both tribal and non tribal.”

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