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Business
8:49 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Cape Girardeau casino opens two months early

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Missouri’s newest casino, the Isle of Capri Casino, opened Tuesday morning in Cape Girardeau two months ahead of schedule.

Isle of Capri president and CEO Virginia McDowell lauded  her company’s efforts to build the casino so quickly and hire local workers.

“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."

The project cost $135 million.

Politics
12:03 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Missouri Gaming Association watches carefully for minors slipping into casinos

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The Missouri Gaming Association told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.

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.

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PM Newscasts
6:24 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Newscast for September 26, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • State fines Aetna over autism, abortion coverage violations
  • Santorum, DeMint endorse Akin in Mo. Senate race
  • Branson mourns loss of singer Andy Williams
  • Mo. casino industry "doing a good job" at keeping minors out
  • Storms cause outages, damage in St. Louis area
Politics
5:49 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Mo. casino industry "doing a good job" at keeping minors out

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Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 9:33 am

The Missouri Gaming Association told regulators Wednesday that it is trying hard to keep underage patrons from getting into the state’s casinos.

Mike Winter, the association's Executive Director, told state gaming commission members that the use of fake 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.  Barrett Hatches is chairman of the Missouri Gaming Commission.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Missouri veterans nursing homes to get casino fees

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation redirecting casino fees to nursing homes for military veterans.

The legislation signed into law Wednesday provides a dedicated funding stream for the state's seven nursing homes that serve about 1,300 veterans.

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.

Politics
5:26 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Lawmakers consider allowing casinos loan money to patrons

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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.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the House Financial Institutions Committee added the change onto a banking bill Wednesday with no debate. Committee members endorsed it by a 13-1 vote, sending the measure to the full House after the Rules Committee approves it.

Gamblers who pass a credit check would be able to borrow money and exchange it for electronic tokens and chips for wagering.

Business
10:21 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes

Missouri casino operators say they should not be solely responsible for boosting funding to state-operated veterans' homes.

Missouri House members have suggested adding $1 to the $2 per-patron entrance fee that casinos already pay the state. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has said the fresh revenue could provide a dedicated funding source for the seven existing veterans' homes and possibly pay for one more.

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PM Newscasts
5:20 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Newscast for December 7, 2011

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Missouri women's stagnant earnings gap
  • Missouri House committee's recommendation of Rainy Day funds oversight
  • Duplicate voter registrations audited
  • Casino exclusion list rule change
  • New trail in Columbia connecting MKT and Bonnie View