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Casino applicant makes case to Pope County ahead of upcoming commission meeting

The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet Thursday to decide what a company has to do to apply for a casino license. One company thought it had good odds to get a license in Pope County, only to see the rules of the game changing on it.

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5/13/2019

article Work underway on $100 million expansion at Oaklawn
(Arkansas) -- Construction is now underway on a $100 million expansion at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs. The expansion was announced shortly after Arkansas...

5/6/2019

article $250 million expansion for Southland casino could bring 1,500 construction jobs, 400 permanent jobs
(Arkansas) -- Construction of the $250 million Southland Casino Racing expansion project started Friday. The expansion will include a new casino complex and a 20-story...

5/1/2019

article Casinos at Oaklawn, Southland top $5.2 billion in wagers in 2018
(Arkansas) -- It was another record year for casino-style gambling in Arkansas and the biggest numbers are still to come. Electronic games of skill (EGS) wagers at...

4/26/2019

article Hard Rock and Warner Gaming join forces to obtain a casino license in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- A week away from the opening of the application window for two casino licenses in the state, the Las Vegas-based hospitality and entertainment company has...

4/25/2019

article Pottsville says no to casino
(Arkansas) -- It took the City Council about 20 minutes to decide it will not write a letter of support for any casino in the community. The City Council voted 5-0...
article $250M casino resort proposed for Pope County; opinions remain split
(Arkansas) -- Getting a first look at the proposed river valley casino resort, Bob Balkman can't get enough. "It's only a dream to come to Pope county, just...
article Developer takes plan for casino to people
(Arkansas) -- It was on a duck-hunting trip deep in the Arkansas Delta where casino developer Terry Green first heard of Pope County, Ark. In a periwinkle plaid suit...

4/24/2019

article BLOG: Casino sales pitches continue
(Arkansas) -- Here's another announcement from a casino operator hoping to persuade Pope County to invite them to open a casino there under the new casino amendment...
article Hard Rock Proposes Arkansas Casino Resort in Pope County, But Residents Oppose Gambling
(Arkansas) -- Hard Rock International – owned by the Seminole Tribe in Florida – and Warner Gaming, a Las Vegas-based casino operator, are partnering in...
article Hard Rock proposes Pope County casino resort
(Arkansas) -- A gambling company says it is partnering with the Hard Rock International brand to build a resort in Pope County, but the proposal faces legal hurdles....
article Gulfport’s Roy Anderson Corp. wins $200M contract to build Arkansas casino complex
(Arkansas) -- Gulfport-based Roy Anderson Corp. has landed a $200 million contract to build a casino and hotel at Southland in West Memphis, Arkansas, its parent company...

4/21/2019

article Arkansas Constitution threshold questioned
(Arkansas) -- Questions linger over a 68-year-old Arkansas Supreme Court opinion that denied lawmakers the ability to alter constitutional amendments, after attempts to...

4/18/2019

article Dover mayor contacted by casino companies
(Arkansas) -- Mayor Roger Lee told the Dover City Council at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday that he had been contacted by two casino companies each soliciting a...

4/13/2019

article Hot Springs official seeks reserve fund for casino revenue
(Arkansas) -- An additional $3.65 million in tax revenue expected following the passage of a casino gaming amendment could be used to finance Hot Springs' unfunded...

4/11/2019

article Hot Springs official seeks a reserve fund for casino revenue
(Arkansas) -- A Hot Springs official is proposing to finance the city's unfunded debt with additional tax revenue expected following last year's passage of a...
article Hot Springs official seeks reserve fund for casino revenue
(Arkansas) -- An additional $3.65 million in tax revenue expected following the passage of a casino gaming amendment could be used to finance Hot Springs' unfunded...

4/10/2019

article Spa City looks at allocating additional casino-tax revenue
(Arkansas) -- The city of Hot Springs is projecting a revenue windfall from last year's passage of the casino gaming amendment, posing questions about how to...

4/3/2019

article Once a dog track in West Memphis, now it's Southland Casino Racing, the region's largest
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4/2/2019

article Oaklawn starts full casino operations (with video)
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article Southland Casino Racing Opens Live Gambling Operations
(Arkansas) -- A West Memphis, Arkansas, greyhound racetrack got a new name and a new game early Monday morning. Formerly known as Southland Gaming & Racing, the...

4/1/2019

article Arkansas Race Tracks Start Full Scale Gambling Operations, Sports Betting To Start Soon
(Arkansas) -- The two race tracks in Arkansas have begun full-scale operations making Arkansas another US state which has legal and operational gambling facilities. Last...
article Two Arkansas Race Tracks Launch Full-Scale Casinos Today
(Arkansas) -- Two state race tracks are set to launch today full-blown casino gambling offering after their license applications were issued by the Arkansas Racing...
article Arkansas Casinos Commence Operations, Becomes 29th Commercial Gaming State
(Arkansas) -- Two Arkansas casinos open for play today fewer than five months after state voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize commercial gambling.
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(Arkansas) -- Less than five months after voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize casinos, Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs and Southland...
article Southland Gaming & Racing gets new name and live table games
(Arkansas) -- Southland Gaming & Racing President and General Manager David Wolf says it is probably ‘one of the biggest things’ he’s been involved...

3/31/2019

article Southland Gaming will now be known as “Southland Casino Racing” on Monday.
(Arkansas) -- Southland Gaming will now be known as “Southland Casino Racing” on Monday. For the first time, live table games will be offered just minutes...
article Arkansas casinos set to begin operations at 2 racetracks
(Arkansas) -- The wait for Arkansas gambling fans ends next week when casinos at two racing tracks formally begin operations. Fewer than five months after voters...

3/29/2019

article Arkansas casinos set to begin operations at 2 racetracks
(Arkansas) -- The wait for Arkansas gambling fans ends next week when casinos at two racing tracks formally begin operations. Fewer than five months after voters...
article Bill pitched for alternate sites for casino falls in House vote
(Arkansas) -- Two River Valley counties that had been pitched as possible alternative sites for a new casino saw their chances sink Friday, as the House voted down...

3/28/2019

article House panel endorses 2 counties as casino options
(Arkansas) -- Proponents for putting a new casino in Arkansas' River Valley received a potential boost Wednesday from lawmakers who advanced a measure that would...

3/27/2019

article The Wait Is Over For Gamblers In Arkansas – First Ever Casino To Operate From May 1
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas has been conservative towards adopting progressive gambling laws in comparison to the other US states. For those in Arkansas the only legal...

3/25/2019

article BLOG: The casino political fun continues with Pope County judge op-ed
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission is preparing to take applications for casino permits in Pope and Jefferson Counties, but the high-powered politicking is...

3/24/2019

article Casinos at racing sites get state OK
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission on Saturday unanimously approved a license application form for prospective casino proprietors and gave its blessing for two...

3/23/2019

article Casino gaming set to start April 1 in 2 AR locations
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas State Racing Commission approved Oaklawn and Southland's request to begin Casino Gaming on April 1, 2019. The approval happened during the...
article Arkansas Racing Commission approves licenses for 2 casinos
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(Arkansas) -- A draft of the proposed application form for casino licenses in the state does not include a caveat that the constitutionally required endorsements must be...

3/22/2019

article Oaklawn, Southland casino licenses to be considered Saturday
(Arkansas) -- Two Arkansas race tracks could be one step closer to being officially licensed for casino gambling at an upcoming state racing commission meeting. Arkansas...
article Casino panel to vote on start of operations
(Arkansas) -- A draft of the proposed application form for casino licenses in the state does not include a caveat that the constitutionally required endorsements must be...
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(Arkansas) -- Two Arkansas race tracks could be one step closer to being officially licensed for casino gambling at an upcoming state racing commission meeting. Arkansas...

3/21/2019

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(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission will meet Saturday and is expected to begin the licensing process for full-fledged casino operations at Oaklawn Park in Hot...
article Oaklawn, Southland casino licenses to be considered Saturday
(Arkansas) -- Two Arkansas race tracks could be one step closer to being officially licensed for casino gambling at an upcoming state racing commission meeting. Arkansas...

3/19/2019

article Split Rebel Stakes Leads to Record Day at Arkansas’ Oaklawn
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3/17/2019

article Atlantic City sportsbooks prepared for March Madness
(Atlantic City) -- Sports betting is legal in New Jersey for the first time during March Madness and the resort’s sportsbooks are ready for college basketball...
article Arkansas casino filings, table games at starting gate
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission is on track to begin accepting casino license applications by early May, while the state's two racetracks can start...

3/16/2019

article Bill allows cities to use casino tax to secure debt
(Arkansas) -- Legislation allowing Hot Springs voters to pledge casino gaming tax receipts to repayment of debt issued for capital improvements or economic development...
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3/13/2019

article Atlantic City casino revenue continued to grow in February
(Atlantic City) -- Casino gaming revenue was up for the ninth consecutive month in February, according to state gaming regulators. Total gaming revenue for the month was...

3/12/2019

article The First Arkansas Sportsbook Is ‘Coming Soon’ To West Memphis
(Arkansas) -- How close is Arkansas sports betting to becoming a reality? It depends on how one of the state’s racetrack casinos defines “soon.”...
article Gambling losses measure stalls
(Arkansas) -- A bill that would ax the individual state income tax deduction for gambling losses and use the increased revenue to reduce the developmental disabilities...
article Legislation to eliminate Arkansas income tax gambling loss deduction fails in committee
(Arkansas) -- State Representative Julie Mayberry thought she had support for her bill she ran on Tuesday. But when it came time for a motion in the House Taxation...

3/6/2019

article House favors rule on casino support
(Arkansas) -- The House on Tuesday approved a bill that would require local letters of support for casinos to come from county judges and mayors in office at the time a...

2/27/2019

article Arkansas House panel advances highway funding proposal
(Arkansas) -- An Arkansas House panel endorsed a proposal Tuesday to raise fuel taxes for the first time in 20 years and tap into expected casino revenue to increase...
article Casino-measure change rejected by House panel
(Arkansas) -- The House Rules Committee on Wednesday voted down a proposal to change the county where one of Arkansas' four new casinos may locate. House Bill 1563...

2/26/2019

article Arkansas panel OKs 314-page casino rulebook in 2 minutes
(Arkansas) -- It took less than two minutes Monday for a legislative committee to approve 314 pages of rules to govern casino gambling in the state. No legislators on...

2/25/2019

article Planning underway for Jefferson County casino, resort
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(Arkansas) -- Republican Rep. Aaron Pilkington introduced today his promised legislation to alter the brand-new Amendment 100 to move one of the two newly authorized...

2/22/2019

article Arkansas Sports Betting Rules Clear Key Hurdle As State Inches Toward Launch
(Arkansas) -- The state racing commission pushed Arkansas sports betting a step closer to reality Thursday by approving governing rules. The Arkansas Racing Commission...
article Arkansas Racing Commission approves new rules for casinos
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved regulations for the state's new casinos, including one that could affect plans for a casino in Pope County...

2/21/2019

article Arkansas Senate approves funding plan for state’s highways
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Senate on Thursday approved a proposal to raise fuel taxes and tap into expected casino revenue for state highways, advancing the first part...
article Company urges commission to follow casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will be in breach of the state constitution if it doesn't follow a recently passed amendment and issue four casino...
article Gambling on the Constitution a hot topic at public hearing
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article Johnson Co. leaders hope for casino that was planned for Pope Co.
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has approved a rule that would require a letter of support for a casino from the current county judge and mayor. Johnson...
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(Arkansas) -- Amid threats of legal action and the promise of legislation to change a constitutional amendment, the Arkansas Racing Commission on Thursday unanimously...

2/20/2019

article Arkansas Racing Commission to either accept or reject proposed casino rules at upcoming meeting
(Arkansas) -- The rules on casinos in Arkansas could officially be in place as early as next week. More than 160 public comments were submitted and on Thursday, Feb. 20...
article Company urges Arkansas commission to follow casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will be in breach of the state constitution if it doesn't follow a recently passed amendment and issue four casino...
article Arkansas athletic chiefs suggest sports betting rule changes
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission has received almost 150 comments on proposed sports betting rules for casinos, including suggestions from four state...

2/19/2019

article Filing: 4 casino licenses means 4
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission must issue four casino licenses or be in breach of the state constitution, attorneys for a proposed multimillion-dollar...

2/18/2019

article Arkansas Religious Leaders Pray State Officials Will Slow Casino Regulatory Process
(Arkansas) -- Faith-based Family Council President Jerry Cox, Rev. Stephen Copley, and attorney Scott Trotter – who represents Ensuring Arkansas’ Future, a...
article State agency updates forecast for casino tax's proceeds
(Arkansas) -- The state Department of Finance and Administration has updated its projection of how much the state will receive from casino tax revenue, with a prediction...
article Arkansas agency updates forecast for casino tax's proceeds
(Arkansas) -- Casino tax revenue would provide $20.8 million to the Department of Transportation in fiscal 2021, and the funding would eventually grow to $43.2 million...
article Caution Urged as Arkansas Racing Commission Creates Casino Rules
(Arkansas) -- Three individuals came forward recently in Arkansas to petition the state’s Gaming Commission regarding casino operation rules and sports betting.
article Asa uses casinos as a cover to raid general revenues for highways
(Arkansas) -- Michael Wickline of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports today on a state revision in financial estimates to support Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to...

2/16/2019

article Petitioners urge Arkansas casino caution, ask state panel to slow rule-setting process
(Arkansas) -- A Little Rock attorney and two faith-based leaders petitioned the state Racing Commission in a joint effort Friday to slow down the process of adopting...
article Johnson County Court Approves Bringing Casino To Town
(Arkansas) -- On Thursday (Feb. 14) the Johnson County court voted 7 – 4 to approve an amendment that allows a casino to come to the area, according to Shirley...

2/12/2019

article Arkansas governor unveils $300M highway plan
(Arkansas) -- Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposed levying a new wholesale sales tax on gas and diesel fuel, permanently extending the state's half-percent sales tax for...

2/11/2019

article Senator pushes back at notion of county switch for new casino
(Arkansas) -- State Sen. Ron Caldwell, chair of the Senate State Agencies Committee, has written Johnson County officials to pour cold water on the idea of the...
article Legislators go to the dogs tonight for drinks. It's a good time to talk about dog racing
(Arkansas) -- Legislative freebies today are courtesy of the Arkansas Greyhound Kennel Association, which races dogs at the Southland track in West Memphis and just got...

1/31/2019

article Gambling on the Future of Hot Springs
(Arkansas) -- The city of Hot Springs has always found a way to heal itself and survive. During the Civil War it was decimated, looted and ransacked, but it bounced back...

1/28/2019

article Arkansas Racetracks Taking Different Approaches To Expand Casino Gaming
(Arkansas) -- With the passage of November's constitutional amendment legalizing casino gambling in Arkansas, two of the state's mainstays of gaming are taking...
article Southland Park Plans Major $250 Million Casino and Hotel Expansion
(Arkansas) -- The Memphis city skyline is about to get some competition from the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River as Southland Park Gaming & Racing made a...
article Lawmakers introduce bill to clarify 'letter of support' rule for casino applicants
(Arkansas) -- Several state legislators are introducing a bill to help clarify the 'letter of support' rule for casino applicants ahead of the Arkansas State...
article The casino battle continues with clarifying legislation
(Arkansas) -- Sen. Breanne Davis of Russellville has proposed legislation to make it clear that local approval for a casino in Jefferson or Pope counties must come from...

1/27/2019

article Bet on the Hogs? Soon, Sports Gambling Will Be Legal in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- Sports wagering is coming to Arkansas although its final form and true impact remain unknown. Arkansas voters approved Issue 4 by a margin of 54 percent to...

1/26/2019

article Southland plans call for casino, hotel, hundreds of jobs in West Memphis
(Arkansas) -- Tunica casinos could have some competition headed their way as Southland Gaming and Racing begins a multi-million dollar expansion that is set to bring...

1/25/2019

article Arkansas Dog Track Launches $250 Million Bid to Become State’s First Casino
(Arkansas) -- West Memphis greyhound track Southland Gaming and Racing has announced a $250 million expansion as it seeks to become Arkansas’ first full-scale...

1/24/2019

article Arkansas greyhound track announces $250M casino, hotel
(Arkansas) -- A greyhound track in east Arkansas is spending $250 million to build a new casino complex and high-rise hotel. Delaware North, the parent company of...
article Southland plans expansion at amendment-protected West Memphis casino
(Arkansas) -- As predicted months ago, the owners of the Southland Park casino and dog track in West Memphis will announce today a major expansion thanks to Amendment...
article Southland's $250M Expansion Will Include Casino, 300-Room Hotel
(Arkansas) -- The owner of Southland Gaming & Racing in West Memphis plans a $250 million expansion — including a 96,000-SF casino complex and a 20-story high-...

1/21/2019

article Casino proposal creates no buzz / State notes lack of rules feedback
(Arkansas) -- A week after the Arkansas Racing Commission published its proposed rules on licensing and running gambling facilities, no written comments have been...

1/15/2019

article Johnson County City Writes Casino Letter of Support
(Arkansas) -- The newly passed state law regarding casinos says gaming facilities can only be in four counties, Crittenden, Garland, Jefferson and Pope. However, there...

1/14/2019

article Why are casinos only allowed in 4 Arkansas counties?
(Arkansas) -- Questions remain over casinos in Arkansas, two months after voters approved an amendment authorizing four to be built in the state. Some ask, "Why not...

1/13/2019

article State lottery revenue rises in December
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's revenue in December increased by $1.1 million over the same month a year ago to $45.8 million, exceeding the record...

1/12/2019

article Anti-casino suit in Arkansas now moot, lawyer says
(Arkansas) -- A day after the Arkansas Racing Commission agreed to put its proposed draft of casino rules and regulations out for public vetting, a casino opponent asked...

1/11/2019

article Arkansas Gaming Expansion Takes Key Next Step
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article Meeting on Arkansas casino rules gets a crowd
(Arkansas) -- The timing of support by local officials for proposed casinos was debated Thursday by speakers before the Arkansas Racing Commission, which then moved...

1/10/2019

article Arkansas: The Land of Gaming Opportunity?
(Arkansas) -- During the 2018 midterm elections, Arkansas voters weighed in on Issue 4, a referendum to amend their state constitution to allow full-scale casino...
article BLOG: Racing Commission reviews casino rules
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission, which regulates casinos, today heard comments about a draft of rules to license and govern the four full-fledged casinos...

1/9/2019

article Court asked to toss casino foe's suit over letter
(Arkansas) -- A former county judge asked a court Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit filed over his last-minute endorsement of a proposal by a Mississippi company to build a...
article Draft casino rules to be considered Thursday
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission, which will regulate casino gambling under the new Amendment 100, meets at 11 a.m. Thursday and is expected to begin a 30-day...
article Rule change could invalidate Pope County casino support
(Arkansas) -- A proposed rule change for regulating Arkansas casinos could invalidate letters of support for a casino in Pope County written by the now former county...
article Draft casino rules to be considered Thursday
(Arkansas) -- The state Racing Commission, which will regulate casino gambling under the new Amendment 100, meets at 11 a.m. Thursday and is expected to begin a 30-day...
article Firm vows school aid if county backs casino
(Arkansas) -- The developer of a proposed hotel-casino in Russellville pledged Tuesday to donate $20 million to education in Pope County -- where voters last year...
article Former Pope County judge challenges local casino ordinance
(Arkansas) -- Jim Ed Gibson, the former Pope County judge who gave lame-duck approval to Mississippi casino operators should they apply for a license in Arkansas, has...

1/8/2019

article Arkansas: Rule change could invalidate Pope County casino support
(Arkansas) -- A proposed rule change for regulating Arkansas casinos could invalidate letters of support for a casino in Pope County written by the now former county...
article Casino group promises charitable foundation if it gets casino license
(Arkansas) -- The Mississippi casino group that wants to get a license in Pope County is dangling the promise of $1 million a year in local charitable contributions if...
article Casino applicant makes case to Pope County ahead of upcoming commission meeting
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission will meet Thursday to decide what a company has to do to apply for a casino license. One company thought it had good odds to...
article Gulfside Casino Partnership proposes Pope Co. Education Foundation
(Arkansas) -- Pope County residents have shown resistance when it comes to a casino, but plans for one are already in the works. The company planning to build a casino...

1/7/2019

article Racing Commission working on a draft for new casino rules that could have major impact
(Arkansas) -- The state is moving fast on casinos, but the debate over whether or not Pope County will get one continues. The Racing Commission has been working on a...

1/5/2019

article Clearance for a Pope County Casino Is Still Under Review
(Arkansas) -- A change to a proposed rule could derail casino plans in Pope County. State Senator Breanne Davis, who represents Russellville, requested an Attorney...
article Endorsement changes proposed for Arkansas casinos
(Arkansas) -- Changes that toughen endorsement requirements in proposed casino licensing rules were part of the refinement process and not a response to an ongoing...

1/4/2019

article As the Pope County casino turns
(Arkansas) -- Here's a brief update on the machinations about the possibility of a casino in Pope County under the new Amendment 100, which expanded casino gambling...
article Change to Proposed Rule Could Derail Casino Plans in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- A lot can change in a week. Just look at the casino issue in Pope County. A lawsuit still waiting for its day in court seeks to nullify a letter of support...
article Proposed change to Ark. draft casino regulations could render support letters invalid
(Arkansas) -- A minor tweak to draft rules regulating casino expansion in Arkansas could have major implications for two out-of-state resort casino developers. Legal...

1/3/2019

article Arkansas attorney general releases response to Pope County casino opinion request
(Arkansas) -- State Senator Breanne Davis requested an opinion from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on December 27, 2018, concerning a Pope County Judge’...
article New official added to suit by casino foes
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission and a newly sworn-in county judge were added to a lawsuit that seeks to nullify a letter of support for a Mississippi...
article Racing Commission rules get a tweak in apparent response to Pope County casino furor
(Arkansas) -- Byron Freeland, attorney for the Arkansas Racing Commission, has distributed a proposed change in draft rules for the regulation of casino gambling that...

1/2/2019

article BLOG: Rocky transition in the Pope County judge's office
(Arkansas) -- A new wrinkle in Pope County, where controversy brews over a casino project. Ben Cross, the new county judge, took office Jan. 1 to find the previous judge...

1/1/2019

article New Russellville Mayor Sworn In, Speaks Out Against Casinos
(Arkansas) -- The newest mayor of Russellville, Richard Harris, got sworn into office Tuesday. Photos show the moment Harris became the newest Russellville mayor. Just a...
article Outgoing Arkansas mayor backs casino plan on last day
(Arkansas) -- The outgoing mayor of Russellville chose his last day in office to express support for a Mississippi company's proposal to build a $254 million, 600-...

12/31/2018

article $250 million casino proposal for Pope County stirs controversy
(Arkansas) -- An announcement that a Mississippi-based casino plans to build a $250 million complex in Pope County was met with opposition from local elected officials...
article Mississippi casino draws endorsement from another lame duck
(Arkansas) -- Lame duck Russellville Mayor Randy Horton said in a letter released today by a Mississippi casino operator that he believes the Mississippi group would be...
article Oaklawn top newsmaker of the year
(Arkansas) -- The announcement of potentially the largest private tourism development in the state's history, a seismic shift in the racing schedule and the passage...

12/30/2018

article Gulfside Casino Partnership annnounces $250m Arkansas resort casino proposal
(Arkansas) -- Mississippi-based operator, Gulfside Casino Partnership LLC, on Thursday announced plans for a three-phase $250-million resort casino in Pope County...

12/29/2018

article Pope County official's support for Arkansas casino raises outcry, lawsuit
(Arkansas) -- The release of plans for a 600-room, $254 million hotel and casino in Russellville was beset with controversy this week surrounding the outgoing county...
article Group releases plans for Arkansas casino; lawsuit filed
(Arkansas) -- A group seeking to build a hotel and casino in central Arkansas has released plans for the $254 million project, but a lawsuit has been filed over whether...
article Pope County Casino Activity Stirs Controversy
(Arkansas) -- An announcement that a Mississippi-based casino plans to build a $250 million complex in Pope County was met with opposition from local elected officials...
article Pope County Citizens Take Legal Action to Reduce Odds of Casino
(Arkansas) -- As Pope County citizens take legal action to reduce the odds of a casino, plans for one have begun to take shape. A website for River Valley Casino Resort...

12/28/2018

article Court fight looms over casino plans in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- The fight over the fourth casino in Arkansas is heading for a court house. Voters statewide approved casino gaming in last month's election, but the...
article Mississippi group announces casino plans for Pope County
(Arkansas) -- A Mississippi casino operator announced plans today to build a casino in Russellville, a not-unexpected development given outgoing County Judge Jim Ed...
article Pope County Judge Endorses Mississippi Company's Plan for $250M Casino
(Arkansas) -- Outgoing Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson has written a letter in support of Mississippi-based Gulfside Casino Partnership's plan to build a $250...
article BLOG: Calling all casino nerds, draft casino regulations released
(Arkansas) -- Byron Freeland, attorney for the state Racing Commission, has provided me with a copy of draft rules for regulating expanded casino gambling in Arkansas....

12/27/2018

article Lawsuit filed to stop move to clear way for casino in Pope County
(Arkansas) -- Legal action developed on a couple of fronts today because outgoing Pope County Judge Jim Ed Gibson has issued a letter approving a casino in Pople County...
article Arkansas racing panel favors 2 rules tied to casinos
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission on Wednesday gave tentative approval to two new rules related to casino gambling, including one that would validate local...

12/23/2018

article PALERMO: Arkansas Embraces Legal Gambling
(Arkansas) -- Two years ago, when the religiously conservative state of Arkansas voted to legalize medical marijuana, lobbyist Don Tilton asked himself why—unlike...

12/17/2018

article Odds Long of Arkansas Casino Coming to Pope County, as Local Leaders Oppose Gambling Venue
(Arkansas) -- The statewide Arkansas casino ballot question that passed during the November election earmarks a gaming venue for Pope County, but local leaders are...

12/15/2018

article Casino backers spent $9.7M, files show
(Arkansas) -- The committees that backed a voter-approved constitutional amendment to authorize four full-fledged casinos in Arkansas spent $9.7 million of the $9.8...

12/14/2018

article Multiple casino operators eyeing Pope County despite apparent local opposition
(Arkansas) -- Despite apparent opposition to the possibility of a casino in Pope County, it hasn't stopped casino operators from scouting out the River Valley and...

12/8/2018

article Arkansas Racing Commission preparing to draft casino rules
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission is set to draft rules for operating the state’s first fully developed casinos after voters approved a measure to...

12/6/2018

article Arkansas Racing Commission preparing to draft casino rules
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission is preparing to draft rules for operating the state's first fully developed casinos after voters approved a measure to...
article Casino operating rules 1st on Arkansas Racing Commission's to-do list
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission plans, by the end of the month, to draft and begin the process for approving rules for operating Arkansas' first full-...

12/5/2018

article Casino operating rules 1st on panel's to-do list
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Racing Commission plans, by the end of the month, to draft and begin the process for approving rules for operating Arkansas' first full-...

12/4/2018

article County, city officials back tribe’s casino plan in Pine Bluff area
(Arkansas) -- Local leaders in an Arkansas county are backing an American Indian tribe’s plan to apply for a casino license under a constitutional amendment...

11/20/2018

article Oaklawn Racing owners plan $100M casino-hotel
(Arkansas) -- The owner of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming on Monday announced a plan to spend more than $100 million the next two years to build a 200-room hotel and expand...

11/19/2018

article Oaklawn to build $100 million gaming, hotel complex, ready by early 2020
(Arkansas) -- Less than two weeks after Arkansas voters approved a constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in Arkansas, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming on Monday (...
article Oaklawn announces major expansion with hotel, events center
(Arkansas) -- Oaklawn Jockey Club, which operates the racetrack and casino in Hot Springs, announced plans for a $100 million investment at the track including a hotel...
article Oaklawn Plans $100M Expansion, High-Rise Hotel, More Casino Space
(Arkansas) -- Less than two weeks after voters approved casino gambling in Arkansas, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming on Monday announced a $100 million expansion that will...

11/16/2018

article 3 ballot issues pass muster with voters
(Arkansas) -- The Nov. 6 mid-term election included three ballot issues that were approved by voters. Arkansas voters have approved a measure legalizing casinos in four...

11/14/2018

article Arkansas becomes casino country
(Arkansas) -- On Nov. 6, for the second election cycle in a row, Arkansas voted for vice. Issue 4, a constitutional amendment authorizing four casinos in the state, was...
article Arkansas casinos coming, but where and when unclear
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution allowing licenses for four casinos: two existing gambling facilities and two others...

11/13/2018

article Expanded Arkansas casino gambling is bad for Shreveport-Bossier City
(Louisiana) -- Does a cat have climbing gear? How could it not? On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Arkansas voters approved a state constitutional amendment to allow full-scale casino...

11/11/2018

article Arkansas and Louisiana Voters Lean in Favor of Gambling Expansions
(Arkansas) -- Florida isn’t keen on gambling expansion plans as is evident with the results of the mid-term elections. On the other hand, the states of Arkansas...

11/9/2018

article Arkansas casinos coming; where, when unclear
(Arkansas) -- About 54 percent of voters approved of the amendment Tuesday. Retired Little Rock resident Robert Bradley said he voted for casinos to keep gambling money...
article Casino initiative creates uncertain revenue forecast
(Arkansas) -- The city of Hot Springs said it has not projected how the casino gaming amendment voters approved Tuesday night will affect general fund revenues.
article Cherokee Nation Businesses donations to Arkansas casino initiative tops $2M
(Arkansas) -- According to Arkansas Ethics Commission records, Cherokee Nation Businesses has donated more than $2.2 million to a group that’s attempting to get...
article Quapaw Tribe Points to Early 2020 Opening for Pine Bluff Casino
(Arkansas) -- John Berrey, chairman of the Oklahoma-based Quapaw Tribe, says he hopes to have a permit for a casino in Pine Bluff by the end of April, to be "...
article Isn’t Oaklawn Park considered a casino? | 11 Listens
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have now legalized casinos in four counties, but some say they thought Oaklawn was already a casino. So, 11 Listens went to explain the law...

11/8/2018

article Arkansas voters approve new casino licenses and sports betting
(Arkansas) -- Voters in Arkansas approved Issue 4 on Tuesday 6 November, allowing the state to issue four new casino licenses. These casinos will also be allowed to...

11/7/2018

article Arkansas Becomes 8th State to Legalize Sports Betting, First Casino Licenses Issued
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters on Tuesday legalized sports betting on the only mid-term election ballot initiative in the country dealing directly with sports betting....
article Arkansas voters legalize 4 casinos, including one in West Memphis
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have made it possible for Southland Gaming and Racing to become a major gambling destination. A ballot measure approved last night made it...
article Casino gambling still a hot issue in Arkansas despite voter approval
(Arkansas) -- Casino gaming remains a hot issue in Arkansas even after voters approved to expand gaming in the state Tuesday night. With 98 percent of precincts...
article Casino Issue Not Over in One Arkansas County
(Arkansas) -- In Arkansas, voters decided to keep Republican Asa Hutchinson in the Governor's office. They also approved casino gambling, a minimum wage increase and...
article Casinos OK’d for PB, other areas of state
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have approved a measure legalizing casinos in four counties, including at a horse track and dog track that already offer video poker and...

11/6/2018

article AR Voters Approve Casino Gaming Measure
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have passed Issue 4, a constitutional amendment on casino gaming. With 87% of precincts reporting Tuesday night, the vote was 54% for and...
article Arkansas voters legalize casinos in 4 counties
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters have approved a measure legalizing casinos in four counties, including at a horse track and dog track that already offer video poker and...
article Voters pass casino issue
(Arkansas) -- Voters decided to pass an amendment to bring more casinos to the state, according to Talk Business & Politics' Roby Brock. With 48 percent of...

11/5/2018

article Arkansas, Louisiana Voters to Decide on Legal Sports Betting, DFS
(Arkansas) -- Voters in six states will decide issues related to gaming during the mid-term elections on Tuesday, but only two will consider measures directly related to...
article Voter ID, Casinos, Wage Hike on Arkansas' Ballot
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas' voters will decide Tuesday whether to raise the state's minimum wage, legalize casinos in four counties and enshrine a voter ID requirement in...

11/4/2018

article West Memphis could get $200 million hotel and convention center if casino measure passes
(Arkansas) -- If the casino ballot initiative passes in Arkansas on Tuesday (Nov. 6) Delaware North, the parent company of Southland Gaming and Racing will attempt to...

11/1/2018

article HALL: Barry Switzer's casino support raises eyebrows
(Arkansas) -- It seemed odd from the get-go. Barry Switzer, one of the most successful coaches in Oklahoma football history and one of only a few to win both a national...

10/30/2018

article Arkansas casino bid opposed by faith group
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Family Council released a letter Monday signed by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, the Rev. Ronnie Floyd of Springdale and more than 100 other...
article Arkansas casino campaign raises more than $2.7 million
(Arkansas) -- A campaign to legalize casinos in Arkansas has raised more than $2.7 million this month from two American Indian tribes in Oklahoma and the parent owner of...
article Battle over casino gaming in Arkansas continues
(Arkansas) -- The battle over casino gaming in Arkansas continues, despite recent poll numbers showing 49 percent of Arkansans are in favor of more casinos. On Monday,...
article Casino group cash investment up to $7 million
(Arkansas) -- Driving Arkansas Forward, the group formed to advocate Issue 4 to expand casino gambling in Arkansas, reported today an additional $2.7 million in...
article Editorial: Just vote No (except for Amendment 4)
(Arkansas) -- Of the 12 amendments to the Florida Constitution on Tuesday’s ballot, only Amendment 4 deserves your vote. It would automatically restore voting...

10/29/2018

article Conference held in opposition to casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Leaders from churches and multiple organizations held a joint news conference in opposition to Issue 4. Issue 4 is the proposed state constitutional...
article Faith Leaders, Lawmakers Oppose Arkansas Casino Amendment
(Arkansas) -- As early voting continues, more than 100 faith leaders from across the state have signed a petition to fight Issue 4. The constitutional amendment would...

10/28/2018

article Breaking Down Ballot Issue 4: Casino Gaming in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled on October 11 that votes cast in November on a proposed casino legalization ballot initiative should be counted,...
article Details of proposed amendment to authorize casino gambling in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- If approved by voters Nov. 6, the Arkansas Casino Gaming Amendment of 2018 would: Take effect Nov. 14. Require the Racing Commission to oversee casino...
article Sides square off on Arkansas casinos issue
(Arkansas) -- For the first time in 18 years, Arkansans are casting ballots on a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize full-fledged casinos in the state...

10/27/2018

article EDITORIAL: Know when to hold 'em And know when to vote ‘no’ on Issue 4
(Arkansas) -- Oooooh-klahoma where the wind comes sweepin' down the plains! Where the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet, and the casinos ring up the suckers...

10/26/2018

article Are casinos a good bet for Arkansas?
(Arkansas) -- On Election Day, Arkansas voters will cast ballots for or against Issue 4. It would amend the Arkansas Constitution to authorize four casinos to operate in...
article Arkansas Casinos: Issue 4 not the best plan for exanded gambling
(Arkansas) -- Over the years, Arkansas has seen several proposed constitutional amendments to legalize casino gambling. Most never got to the ballot. And that's good...
article Arkansas voters to decide on casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Voters will determine next month whether casinos are a good bet for Arkansas. Issue 4 would amend the Arkansas constitution to authorize four casinos to...

10/25/2018

article Arkansas residents to vote on casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- Recent polling shows Arkansas voters may be on board for the creation of true casinos. Arkansas resident Dennis Russell said it’s time to allow true...
article Casinos: A Good Gamble for Arkansas?
(Arkansas) -- On Election Day, Arkansas voters will cast ballots for or against Issue 4. It would amend the Arkansas Constitution to authorize four casinos to operate in...

10/24/2018

article Arkansas Community Organizations announce endorsements
(Arkansas) -- The Pine Bluff Chapter of Arkansas Community Organizations announced its endorsements for candidates, according to a news release.
article Poll: Casino amendment sees growth in support as voters head to polls
(Arkansas) -- A plurality of voters just shy of a majority are in favor of Issue 4, with a pollster saying this week that the issue remains anything but a sure bet....
article Poll: More Voters Supportive of Casino Ballot Issue
(Arkansas) -- A new poll reveals support for a measure to expand gaming and casinos in Arkansas is growing. A Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College survey...
article When it comes to casinos, Arkansas politics still gets wacky – with Memphis and Tunica in the crosshairs
(Tennessee) -- Early voting started in Arkansas on Monday. Memphis and Tunica aren’t on the ballot, but they may as well be. Arkansans are once again deciding...

10/23/2018

article Poll: Arkansas Supreme Court race undecided, support grows for casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- The race for the Arkansas Supreme Court looks largely undecided two weeks before Election Day. And, an amendment proposal to expand casinos in Arkansas has...

10/16/2018

article Tribes give over $1.8M in month to Arkansas committee behind proposed casino amendment
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Tribe and Cherokee Nation collectively contributed more than $1.8 million in September to the ballot committee behind a proposed constitutional...

10/15/2018

article Arkansas court clears way for public casino vote
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters will mark their ballots on 6 November after the state’s Supreme Court cleared the way for a public vote on whether to allow four...
article Casinos bid hauls in funds: Tribes gave over $1.8M last month
(Arkansas) -- The Quapaw Tribe and Cherokee Nation collectively contributed more than $1.8 million in September to the ballot committee behind a proposed constitutional...

10/14/2018

article HARTON: Arkansans held hostage? Just say "no"
(Arkansas) -- Mary Poppins was right: A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down. That probably wouldn't earn Mary any awards for Nanny of the Year. But her...
article ICYMI: Arkansas Casino Legalization Measure Votes Will Be Counted
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that votes cast in November on a proposed casino legalization ballot initiative should be counted, dismissing two...

10/13/2018

article Arkansas Casino Question Will Go Before Voters After State Supreme Court Rejects Two Lawsuits
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas casino ballot referendum known as Issue 4 will go before voters in November after the state’s supreme court rejected two lawsuits...

10/12/2018

article Arkansas casino legalization measure votes will be counted
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday that votes cast in November on a proposed casino legalization ballot initiative should be counted, dismissing two...

10/11/2018

article Arkansas casino ballot question gets state supreme court okay
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas voters will have their say on whether to legalize casino gambling in the state, after the state’s highest court struck down a pair of legal...
article State Supreme Court Rules Casino Amendment Can Stay On Ballot
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday (Oct. 11) ruled that Issue 4, an amendment to legalize casinos in Arkansas, will stay on the November ballot,...
article Supreme Court denies casino amendment challenges
(Arkansas) -- The Arkansas Supreme Court today turned down two challenges to the proposed constitutional amendment to expand casino gambling in the state. It also...

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