casino http://kbia.org en Cape Girardeau casino opens two months early http://kbia.org/post/cape-girardeau-casino-opens-two-months-early <p>Missouri’s newest casino, the Isle of Capri Casino, opened Tuesday morning in Cape Girardeau two months ahead of schedule.</p><p>Isle of Capri president and CEO Virginia McDowell lauded&nbsp; her company’s efforts to build the casino so quickly and hire local workers.</p><p>“We had 9,000 applications for jobs, and we picked the 700 best people you are going to meet when you go through those doors," McDowell said. "And I am proud to say 80 percent of those people live within 50 miles of Cape Girardeau."</p><p>The project cost $135 million.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:49:16 +0000 Jacob McCleland 23723 at http://kbia.org Cape Girardeau casino opens two months early Missouri Gaming Association watches carefully for minors slipping into casinos http://kbia.org/post/missouri-gaming-association-watches-carefully-minors-slipping-casinos <p>The Missouri Gaming Association told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.</p><p>The head of the Missouri Gaming Association told state gaming commission members that the use of fake identification is the most common way minors try to get in – but there have also been cases where they tried to climb over walls, blend in with crowds, and in a few cases, sneak in with the help of their parents.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:03:48 +0000 Marshall Griffin 21885 at http://kbia.org Missouri Gaming Association watches carefully for minors slipping into casinos Newscast for September 26, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-september-26-2012-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul style=""><li>State fines Aetna over autism, abortion coverage violations</li><li>Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin in Mo. Senate race</li><li>Branson mourns loss of singer Andy Williams</li><li>Mo. casino industry "doing a good job" at keeping minors out</li><li>Storms cause outages, damage in St. Louis area Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:24:01 +0000 Rehman Tungekar 21850 at http://kbia.org Mo. casino industry "doing a good job" at keeping minors out http://kbia.org/post/mo-casino-industry-doing-good-job-keeping-minors-out The <a href="http://www.missouricasinos.org/">Missouri Gaming Association</a> told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.<p>Mike Winter, the association's&#160;Executive Director, told state gaming commission members that the use of fake&#160;ID's is the most common way minors try to get in – but there have also been cases where they tried to climb over walls, blend in with crowds, and in a few cases, sneak in with the help of their parents.&#160; <a href="http://www.mgc.dps.mo.gov/Commissioners.htm">Barrett Hatches</a> is chairman of the<a href="http://www.mgc.dps.mo.gov/index.html"> Missouri&#160;Gaming Commission</a>. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:49:20 +0000 Marshall Griffin 21845 at http://kbia.org Mo. casino industry "doing a good job" at keeping minors out Missouri veterans nursing homes to get casino fees http://kbia.org/post/missouri-veterans-nursing-homes-get-casino-fees <p>Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation redirecting casino fees to nursing homes for military veterans.</p><p>The legislation signed into law Wednesday provides a dedicated funding stream for the state&#39;s seven nursing homes that serve about 1,300 veterans.</p><p>Casinos already pay a per-person fee to the state. Most of that money has gone to early childhood programs. But the new law redirects the bulk of those fees to veterans homes.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 21:37:06 +0000 Associated Press 15027 at http://kbia.org Missouri veterans nursing homes to get casino fees Lawmakers consider allowing casinos loan money to patrons http://kbia.org/post/lawmakers-consider-allowing-casinos-loan-money-patrons <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Missouri lawmakers are considering a measure allowing casinos to loan money to patrons, something opponents say could make things worse for those with gambling addictions.</span></p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 22:26:10 +0000 Associated Press 13185 at http://kbia.org Lawmakers consider allowing casinos loan money to patrons Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes http://kbia.org/post/missouri-casino-operators-resist-tax-fund-state-operated-veterans-homes <p>Missouri casino operators say they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans&#39; homes.</p><p>Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon&#39;s administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans&#39; homes and possibly pay for one more.</p> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:21:27 +0000 Associated Press 7661 at http://kbia.org Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes Newscast for December 7, 2011 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-december-7-2011-0 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Missouri women&#39;s stagnant earnings gap</li><li>Missouri House committee&#39;s recommendation of Rainy Day funds oversight</li><li>Duplicate voter registrations audited</li><li>Casino exclusion list rule change</li><li>New trail in Columbia connecting MKT and Bonnie View</li></ul> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 23:20:56 +0000 Leanne Butkovic 4951 at http://kbia.org