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Kansas House passes bill that would use gambling revenue to shore up state pension system

Gamblers at state-owned casinos in Kansas would help prop up the pension system for teachers and government workers with each hand of blackjack and spin of the roulette wheel under a bill approved Tuesday by the state House.

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8/25/2016

article Kansas Crossing Casino and Resort infrastructure funding approved
(Kansas) -- The City of Pittsburg approved a $6.5 million bond to pay for the casino's sewer, storm drain and water. Casino representatives asked the city to cover...

8/11/2016

article Hollywood Casino revenues up for July
(Kansas) -- Gaming revenues at the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway increased in July, according to figures released today by the Kansas Lottery Commission.

8/10/2016

article Kansas Crossing sets up employment website
(Kansas) -- The final piece of the frame of the Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel in Pittsburg went up Tuesday, as did a website to help find the 300 people who will work...

8/9/2016

article Kansas Crossing Casino beam signing ceremony
(Kansas) -- The event celebrated the placement of the final steel beam. The signing kicks off the beginning of the remainder of the construction. Casino representatives...

7/15/2016

article Pittsburg to issue $6.5M in bonds for casino’s utilities
(Kansas) -- The city of Pittsburg plans to issue $6.5 million in bonds to fund construction costs for utilities at its new state-owned casino. The Joplin Globe reports...

7/13/2016

article June revenues down from May at Hollywood Casino
(Kansas) -- Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway reported revenues of $11.3 million for June, a decline of about $1 million compared to May’s $12.3 million....

7/3/2016

article General manager named for Kansas Crossing
(Kansas) -- A general manager has been named for Kansas Crossing, the $80 million, state-owned casino that is being built in Crawford County.

6/23/2016

article Kansas Crossing GM named — Construction work continues as appeal moves forward
(Kansas) -- Although Construction is not yet complete, the manager for the new Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel has been named. In a press release earlier this week, the...

6/13/2016

article Kansas Crossing construction on schedule
(Kansas) -- Construction is proceeding apace on the Kansas Crossing Casino south of Pittsburg. "We're humming along on construction and are tracking on schedule...

6/8/2016

article Gaming revenues up slightly in May at Hollywood Casino; generally flat for Kansas casinos
(Kansas) -- Gaming revenues at the Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kan., were up slightly in May as compared to April, according to figures released today by the Kansas...

5/11/2016

article Man charged with capital murder in Kansas detective's death
(Kansas) -- A man accused in the fatal shooting of a Kansas City police detective was charged with capital murder in Kansas Wednesday, a day after Missouri authorities...

5/9/2016

article Casino buys naming rights
(Kansas) -- The conference center at United Wireless Arena has a new name as of May 1. An agreement between VenuWorks of Dodge City LLC and Boot Hill Casino & Resort...
article Detective dies from injuries in shooting near casino
(Kansas) -- A Kansas City, Kan., police detective has died from injuries in a shooting near the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. A police...
article Man who drove suspected cop killer to casino: ‘Nothing on car ride could’ve told me this was going down’
(Kansas) -- Police ran to take cover as they surrounded a small apartment building off of State Avenue at East 2nd Street in Tonganoxie on Monday afternoon. Chris Ayers...

5/7/2016

article Kansas casino holds groundbreaking in Pittsburg after legal battle
(Kansas) -- More than 80 Pittsburg-area community members have gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking of a new casino that was delayed for months because of legal...

5/5/2016

article Casino groundbreaking "a beautiful day in Pittsburg"
(Kansas) -- It was bright and sunny Thursday as more than 80 dignitaries and Pittsburg-area residents gathered under a yellow-and-white tent before the ceremonial...
article County firefighters union: Casino revenue could pay for pay raise
(Kansas) -- Sedgwick County firefighters and the county commission remain at an impasse over pay raises, as commissioners say there may not be enough money in the budget...
article Kansas Crossing Casino Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony
(Kansas) -- Kansas Crossing held its long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony at the project site to celebrate and resume construction. The Kansas Crossing Casino + Hotel,...

5/3/2016

article Legislature takes no action on racino bill affecting Woodlands
(Kansas) -- Although The Woodlands received a special use permit from the Unified Government April 28 to reopen its horse racetrack facility at 97th and Leavenworth Road...

4/30/2016

article Last-ditch horse, dog racing offer gains no ground in Kansas
(Kansas) -- Activity to close out the 2016 legislative session took an unexpected turn Saturday when a negotiator unleashed the idea of making a fresh run at modifying...

4/29/2016

article Cherokee County appeals Kansas Crossing decision
(Kansas) -- Monday Cherokee County Commissioners voted to appeal District Court Judge Larry D. Hendricks’ decision not to allow judicial review of the commission...

4/25/2016

article Attorney General Opinion Casts Doubt on Wichita Slots
(Kansas) -- The Kansas attorney general says any legislation that would allow Sedgwick County residents to cast another vote on allowing slot machines at the Wichita...
article Cherokee County to appeal ruling on lawsuit over Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- Cherokee County commissioners voted Monday to appeal a Shawnee County judge's decision that upheld how Kansas awarded a license for a state casino being...

4/24/2016

article Attorney general opinion casts doubt on Wichita slots
(Kansas) -- Legislation that would permit Sedgwick County residents to cast another vote on whether to allow slot machines at the Wichita Greyhound Park would breach the...

4/23/2016

article KS Attorney General Issues Opinion Gaming Revote In Sedgwick Co.
(Kansas) -- Efforts to bring slot machines to a racetrack facility in Sedgwick County face a new roadblock. Kansas’ attorney general issued a legal opinion on...

4/22/2016

article AG opinion: Revote on slots at racetrack would violate contract, Kansas law
(Kansas) -- The prospects for slot machines in Sedgwick County took a hit Friday. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt ruled that legislation allowing Sedgwick County...

4/14/2016

article LETTER: It’s a ‘Win! Win!’ for Kansas
(Kansas) -- Kansas legislators have the opportunity to pass legislation that will bring the State 4,475 new jobs, $291 million in annual wages, $23 million annual state...

4/12/2016

article Officials advance permit request to reopen Kansas racetrack
(Kansas) -- Officials are recommending approval with multiple conditions for a request to allow a Kansas City, Kan., business to reopen as a racetrack, electronic...

4/4/2016

article Judge's ruling clears way for $70M Kansas Crossing Casino construction near Pittsburg
(Kansas) -- Developers say a judge’s ruling last week clears the way for construction to begin on a $70 million casino project in southeast Kansas that should be...
article Kansas Crossing Casino moves forward with construction
(Kansas) -- After the commissioners went into a closed session, they decided they would revisit the issue during their next meeting. The county planned to discuss...

4/2/2016

article Judge’s ruling allows Kansas Crossing to start construction
(Kansas) -- The lead investor of the Kansas Crossing casino project has announced that construction can continue after a Shawnee County Judge ruled in favor of the...

4/1/2016

article Shawnee County judge tosses southeast Kansas casino lawsuit
(Kansas) -- A primary investor in a proposed southeast Kansas casino on Friday praised a Shawnee County District Court judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit, filed...

3/21/2016

article Kansas legislators debate reopening racetracks
(Kansas) -- In the hopes of reinvigorating the state’s economy, Kansas legislators are considering amending state gambling laws to provide greater financial...

3/17/2016

article Horse, dog racing enthusiasts seek adjustment of Kansas state gambling law
(Kansas) -- Champions of a return to Kansas of gambling facilities featuring horse or dog racing Wednesday attempted to gain traction with legislation changing state law...

3/13/2016

article Greyhound racing should be a dying industry
(Kansas) -- House Bill 2322, if passed, will reopen three long-closed Kansas dog racing tracks, complete with thousands of slot machines.

3/12/2016

article State legislators debate reopening horse, greyhound racetracks at the Woodlands; Jo Co resident testifies
(Kansas) -- Legislators are considering measures to reopen the Woodlands, a horse and greyhound racing track in Kansas City, Kan., in hopes of boosting the state’s...

3/7/2016

article Kansas Crossing granted third extension by lottery
(Kansas) -- At the request of Kansas Crossing Casino, Terry Presta, the executive director of the Kansas Lottery, has granted a third 90-day extension in which to open a...

2/29/2016

article Lottery grants third Kansas Crossing extension
(Kansas) -- A casino project with Wichita ties has stalled as a legal dispute persists.
article Race is on to revive The Woodlands
(Kansas) -- The owner of The Woodlands is ramping up efforts to have it reopened, while the owners of Hollywood Casino would just as soon the push fold. Phil Ruffin,...

2/9/2016

article Casino company has until end of month to seek another extension
(Kansas) -- Kansas Crossing, the company whose plans to build a state-owned casino in Crawford County are on hold because of a lawsuit, has until the end of the month to...

1/14/2016

article Opinion / Don’t expand gambling with poker
(Kansas) -- Hardly a legislative session passes without an attempt to expand gambling in Nebraska, and 2016 will be no different thanks to a bill by state Sen. Tyson...

1/3/2016

article Year in Review
(Kansas) -- In early 2015, hope abounded that construction on one of four promising casino options would be well under way by the end of the year.

1/2/2016

article Appeals panel sides with tax board on Dodge City casino
(Kansas) -- A Kansas Court of Appeals panel has ruled a Dodge City casino doesn't have to pay the state's "use tax" on electronic gambling machines it...

1/1/2016

article Attorneys turn to dictionary, baseball analogy in casino lawsuit
(Kansas) -- Attorneys for the state board that ultimately decided which of three businesses was picked for a casino license for Southeast Kansas used a baseball analogy...

12/31/2015

article Kansas Court of Appeals sides with Boot Hill casino on tax challenge
(Kansas) -- A Kansas Court of Appeals panel ruled Thursday that Boot Hill Casino and Resort in Dodge City is not required to pay the state's “use tax” on...

12/29/2015

article Casino lawsuit discussed
(Kansas) -- The delay in construction for Kansas Crossing Casino has cost more than future earnings and future jobs — it has cost people their job just in the last...

12/6/2015

article Development of new Kansas-owned casino delayed again
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery has granted an extension to a planned state-owned casino for a second time due to a lawsuit filed by Cherokee County and another casino...
article 'Casino' opens in Arma
(Kansas) -- While the future of one casino in Crawford County is caught in litigation, another has sprung up in Arma. Although, it is only “funny money.”

12/3/2015

article Kansas Crossing casino project granted second completion extension amid legal dispute
(Kansas) -- Kansas Crossing casino project granted second completion extension amid legal dispute

12/2/2015

article Another delay for future Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- It's looking more likely there's going to be another delay in the construction of a new casino in Southeast Kansas. The Kansas Lottery Commission has...
article Residents split on second delay for Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- Hairstylist Brian Hendrickson remembers with fondness when the greyhound racetrack was open in nearby Frontenac. Those were the days when women from Kansas...

12/1/2015

article Kansas Crossing seeks second delay in opening casino
(Kansas) -- Kansas Crossing, the beleaguered company that was approved to build a state-owned casino in Crawford County, is seeking a second 90-day extension for its...

11/25/2015

article Hollywood Casino voices opposition to The Woodlands
(Kansas) -- Reopening The Woodlands with the aid of incentives and reduced taxes would be "opening a can of worms," a Penn National Gaming lobbyist said. Both...

11/15/2015

article Pittsburg officials not concerned with casino lawsuit
(Kansas) -- Pittsburg officials say they have no concerns about the pending court ruling involving the state's decision to award the city a casino.

11/14/2015

article Pittsburg officials not concerned with casino lawsuit
(Kansas) -- Pittsburg officials say they have no concerns about the pending court ruling involving the state's decision to award the city a casino. Earlier this year...

11/5/2015

article ALL IN, Part 1
(Kansas) -- Just South of the construction site, it's not in a destination spot, but Terry Sims has operated an adult outlet store since 2008 on the corner of 160...
article Cherokee County officials sign agreement to cover legal costs in casino fight
(Kansas) -- Cherokee County’s legal bills to fight a casino proposed for nearby Crawford County — bills that are close to $150,000 so far — will be...

11/2/2015

article Construction delay continues for new Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- Construction of a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas won’t resume for a while. Kansas Crossing spokeswoman Carrie Tedore told The Pittsburg Morning...

11/1/2015

article Casino construction will not resume
(Kansas) -- Despite winning a significant victory Friday, Kansas Crossing will not resume construction south of Pittsburg just yet. "Kansas Crossing will deliver a...

10/31/2015

article Judge Hendricks denies motion for discovery in casino suit
(Kansas) -- Judge Larry Hendricks dealt a significant defeat to Castle Rock and Cherokee County Friday in Shawnee County District Court. Lawyers for the failed casino...

10/17/2015

article Billionaire owner of shuttered Frontenac racetrack has long view with hopes to reopen
(Kansas) -- Las Vegas billionaire Phil Ruffin may not have received a single vote from Kansas gambling regulators for his plans to open his mothballed Camptown Greyhound...

10/11/2015

article Kansas Gambling Study Finds Asian & Pacific Islander Ethnicities Dominate Self-Exclusion List
(Kansas) -- A Kansas gambling investigation reviewing the state’s Voluntary Exclusion Program found that Asian and Pacific Islanders accounted for 19 percent of...

10/9/2015

article Castle Rock developer arrested
(Kansas) -- One of the investors behind the failed Castle Rock Casino bid found himself in hot water recently, after being arrested for public nudity in Wichita.

10/5/2015

article Restaurant or casino? Viewers ask if machines are legal
(Kansas) -- Look inside Cathy’s Westway Café, or the smoke shop attached to it and it may appear more like a casino than a restaurant.

10/3/2015

article Cultural tradition factor in enrollment on Kansas' gambling self-exclusion list
(Kansas) -- Cultural traditions likely explain a high incidence of problem gambling during the past five years among Asians and Pacific islanders in Kansas far exceeding...

9/19/2015

article Casino lawsuit alleges improper $100K "sweetener" in Kansas Crossing proposal
(Kansas) -- A lawsuit that has stalled the $70.2 million Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel project planned for Pittsburg accuses the backers of that project of improperly...

9/15/2015

article Cherokee County Commissioners discuss casino lawsuit but take no action
(Kansas) -- Backers of the stalled casino chosen for Southeast Kansas sent out about 9,000 fliers last week to Cherokee County residents, urging them to attend Monday...
article Commissioners hear from both sides on casino lawsuit issue
(Kansas) -- Both supporters and opponents of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners lawsuit against the choice of Kansas Crossing Casino (the proposed site in...

9/13/2015

article Fliers urge casino backers to voice displeasure with lawsuit
(Kansas) -- Supporters of a stalled southeast Kansas casino are urging backers of the project to attend commission meetings in a county whose lawsuit prompted the delay.

9/2/2015

article Casino delay has economic impact on region
(Kansas) -- The decision by Kansas Crossing to cease construction on the proposed destination casino south of Pittsburg will have an economic impact on the region and...
article Extension granted in 2016 opening of Southeast Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- The planned July 2016 opening of the Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel will be pushed back at least 90 days. Terry Presta, the executive director of the...
article Legal dispute halts construction on Kansas Crossing Casino project
(Kansas) -- A southeast Kansas casino project with Wichita ties is in limbo pending the outcome of a lawsuit from a competing development group. Construction on the $72...

9/1/2015

article Kansas Crossing stops construction
(Kansas) -- Representatives for Kansas Crossing would only confirm that construction was stopped following the issuance of a 90 day extension of the "commencement...

8/20/2015

article Does a state-sponsored casino belong in panhandle?
(Kansas) -- Recently, the Panhandle Citizens for Truth in Gaming, hosted an information dinner for church leaders which was endorsed by the Guymon Ministerial Alliance....

8/8/2015

article Castle Rock Casino sues Kansas gaming commission, others
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, Kansas Gaming Facility Review Board and members of both groups, along with the Kansas Lottery and its executive...
article Investors who lost bid for southeast Kansas casino sue
(Kansas) -- Attorneys for a group of investors who lost a bid to build a casino in southeast Kansas have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s choice of...

8/7/2015

article Castle Rock Casino developers suing gaming commission
(Kansas) -- The Wichita-tied developers behind the Castle Rock Casino proposal aren't backing down from their push to be awarded the contract to build a state-owned...
article Castle Rock files suit against Kansas Crossing
(Kansas) -- A new lawsuit has been filed against the Kansas Crossing Casino by one of the companies which was competing for the contract to build in the Southeast Zone.
article Wichita investors sue to overturn southeast Kansas casino decision
(Kansas) -- The mostly Wichita investors who lost a bid to build a casino in southeast Kansas have filed suit to reverse the state’s decision. Castle Rock Casino...

8/4/2015

article Judge denies Cherokee Co. bid to stop casino
(Kansas) -- A Kansas judge has denied Cherokee County's request for a temporary injunction to stop construction of a casino in Crawford County. Cherokee County sued last...
article Judge denies Cherokee County's temporary injunction
(Kansas) -- Cherokee County has lost a bid for a temporary injunction that would have stopped construction of a new state-owned casino in southeast Kansas.
article Pittsburg zoning panel OKs four-story hotel plan for casino
(Kansas) -- The group of investors developing a state-owned gambling casino in Crawford County has received permission to build a four-story hotel. The Pittsburg Board...

8/2/2015

article Audit finds casino regulations are costing state coffers
(Kansas) -- By tediously regulating revisions to slot machines and table games at three-state owned casinos, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission is costing state...

7/29/2015

article Kansas casino company seeks to build 4-story hotel in Pittsburg
(Kansas) -- Investors developing a state-owned gambling casino in southeast Kansas are seeking permission to build a four-story hotel. While area zoning restrictions...

7/28/2015

article Kansas Crossing seeking zoning approval for four-story hotel
(Kansas) -- The group of investors developing a state-owned gambling casino in Crawford County is seeking permission to build a four-story hotel. Zoning for the area...

7/25/2015

article New owner hopes to revive The Woodlands, but a return to glory won’t be easy
(Kansas) -- The racetrack is a ghost of its former self. There are no cheering crowds at what remains of The Woodlands. No horses or dogs preparing to race, no bustling...

7/22/2015

article Kansas Crossing attorney questions appeal decision
(Kansas) -- Kyle Fleming, a local attorney for Kansas Crossing Casino, addressed the Cherokee County Commission Monday, to make a statement on behalf of the casino....

7/17/2015

article Billionaire buyer may bring back Woodlands racetrack
(Kansas) -- A Las Vegas casino owner and Kansas native has paid an undisclosed amount for The Woodlands and could bring back greyhound and thoroughbred racing to the...
article Wichita casino owner buys Woodlands track in Kansas City, Kan.
(Kansas) -- There hasn’t been racing at The Woodlands racetrack in Kansas City, Kan., since 2008, but that could change in the near future. The Woodlands, which...

7/16/2015

article Phil Ruffin buys Woodlands racetrack in Kansas City, Kan.
(Kansas) -- Billionaire businessman Phil Ruffin has purchased the Woodlands racetrack in Kansas City, Kan., from Howard Grace for an undisclosed amount. “It was a...
article Kansas Lottery makes record $155.3M transfer to state
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery was anticipating a record year from fiscal year 2015. Now, the organization has the numbers to back it up. The lottery says it transferred...

7/15/2015

article Kansas Lottery makes record $155.3M transfer to state
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery was anticipating a record year from fiscal year 2015. Now, the organization has the numbers to back it up. The lottery says it transferred...
article Kansas Lottery transfers $155 million to State of Kansas in Fiscal Year 2015
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery set new records in Fiscal Year 2015, both for traditional lottery games and for the three casinos where games are owned and operated by...
article State lottery and gaming revenues set record
(Kansas) -- The state of Kansas took in $155 million in lottery and casino gaming revenues during the fiscal year that just ended, a record high for the state, the...

7/14/2015

article Cherokee County sues state commission over casino decision
(Kansas) -- Cherokee County on Monday sued the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and those members of that body who voted to award the contract for a new state casino...

7/4/2015

article Kansas gaming regulators formally approve Kansas Crossing Casino, work begins at site
(Kansas) -- Work has already begun at the site of a new casino in Pittsburg, KS. Today, Kansas gaming regulators gave formal approval for the Kansas Crossing Casino.
article Kansas gambling regulators OK Kansas Crossing
(Kansas) -- Kansas gambling regulators have given final approval for a business partnership to begin building a casino in southeast Kansas for the state lottery.

7/3/2015

article Kansas Crossing casino earns final approval
(Kansas) -- Gambling regulators in the state of Kansas have given final approval to the Kansas Crossing Casino proposal, giving the go ahead for construction to begin in...

6/30/2015

article Cherokee County wants Crawford County casino to be blocked
(Kansas) -- Cherokee County commissioners plan to ask the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission to reject a recommendation for a casino in southeast Kansas and to start...
article Clock is Ticking for Opponents of "Kansas Crossing" Casino
(Kansas) -- Southeast Kansas residents say the battle for a new casino in the area is not over. But time is running out.
article Kansas Crossing casino proposal receives OK from Pittsburg for preliminaries
(Kansas) -- Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel doesn't have final approval yet from state regulators, but the business leaders behind the proposed casino are trying to...

6/29/2015

article Cherokee County panel hopes to block casino tabbed in Crawford County
(Kansas) -- Cherokee County is trying to block the casino that was recommended for Southeast Kansas and asking for the selection process to start over. County...

6/26/2015

article Alexander explains casino choices
(Kansas) -- The accessibility of the concert venue and restaurants, location of the facility and financial stability of the company led a Parsons man to cast one of the...
article Wheels in motion on Kansas Crossing
(Kansas) -- Although technically the Kansas Crossing Casino has not yet cleared the final political hurdles for construction, Tuesday’s selection by the Kansas...

6/25/2015

article Pittsburg happy with casino outcome; Frontenac disappointed
(Kansas) -- Pittsburg resident Joella Reid-Sykes watched news of deliberations by the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facilities Review Board closely Tuesday evening and hoped the...

6/23/2015

article Board mulls casino developer for competitive market
(Kansas) -- A Kansas board is preparing to decide which of three proposals for a new casino in the state’s southeast corner it believes would best withstand strong...
article Casino decision expected today
(Kansas) -- Millions of dollars are on the line. Years of work for two groups will soon be for naught. Another group’s work will move into phase two. Today, the...
article Kansas board picks least costly proposal for new casino
(Kansas) -- A Kansas board has picked a group with ties to two other casinos in the state to develop a new one in the state’s southeast corner. The casino review...
article Kansas Crossing casino project chosen by state board
(Kansas) -- A state board picked the Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel in Pittsburg as the winning proposal in a 5-2 vote in an 11-hour meeting. The casino, a $70.2...
article Kansas state gaming board hears from applicants, consultants before casino decision
(Kansas) -- Members of the state’s Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board reconvened at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon to hear two more casino proposals before deciding...
article State board recommends Kansas Crossing Casino in Pittsburg by 5-2 vote
(Kansas) -- A state board tabbed the Kansas Crossing Casino & Hotel in Pittsburg as the winning proposal in a 5-2 vote in an 11-hour meeting Tuesday. The casino, a $...
article State board recommends Kansas Crossing for SE Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- Faced with betting big or playing it safe, the state board charged with recommending a casino for southeast Kansas decided on a near sure thing. The Kansas...

6/22/2015

article State board to decide Tuesday between southeast Kansas casino proposals
(Kansas) -- Members of the Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board will decide Tuesday which of three companies will be awarded a license for a state-regulated casino in...

6/21/2015

article Decision on Southeast Kansas casino could come Tuesday
(Kansas) -- The seven members of a Kansas board charged with selecting which casino might come to Southeast Kansas have been meeting since January.
article Our View — No-lose situation for Southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- Time can change the big questions. Just a year or two ago, the question was whether the Southeast Gaming Zone would ever get a long-promised casino.

6/20/2015

article Excitement as casino process wraps up
(Kansas) -- After years of local efforts to get the minimum investment for a casino lowered and months of hearing about proposals, rebuttals, plans and projections, the...

6/18/2015

article Southeast Kansas casino is getting close
(Kansas) -- Tuesday we will have a winner in the state-owned, but privately run casino game in Kansas. Lottery officials will announce their pick. But, in a crowded...
article Kansas Lottery makes record $75M transfer to state for FY 2015
(Kansas) -- A strong year for the Kansas Lottery means a record payday for the state. The lottery transferred more than $75 million to the state for fiscal year 2015,...

6/17/2015

article Casino bidder accused of entering business competitor's office
(Kansas) -- A Kansas exercise-club entrepreneur leading a $144 million bid to build and manage a state-regulated casino in southeast Kansas was accused Thursday of...

6/16/2015

article Castle Rock Casino backers refute consultant’s revenue analysis
(Kansas) -- The Wichita businessman behind the Castle Rock Casino & Resort proposal have filed a 110-page rebuttal to a consulting firm’s claims of overstated...
article Castle Rock Casino responds to consultant reports
(Kansas) -- A Kansas gaming board tasked with choosing one of three proposals to recommend as a state-owned casino has heard from consultants this week about how much...

6/11/2015

article Consultants offer projected revenues on 3 casino proposals for Kansas gaming board
(Kansas) -- A Kansas gaming board tasked with choosing one of three proposals to recommend as a state-owned casino has heard from consultants this week about how much...

6/10/2015

article Gaming board testimony details economic effects of proposed casinos
(Kansas) -- Members of a state gaming board heard three proposed casinos in southeast Kansas are projected to bring in between $35 million and $60 million annually after...

6/9/2015

article Ky. slot-like machines see less wagering in May
(Kentucky) -- Wagering on historical horse racing machines in Kentucky fell for the second straight month in May over the previous year, while the smaller of the two...

6/7/2015

article Kansas board continues steps toward tabbing operator for state-owned gambling establishment
(Kansas) -- English mathematician Sir Isaac Newton, as the story goes, came up with the law of gravity when an apple from the tree he was sitting underneath bonked him...

5/30/2015

article Investors flush for casino fight
(Kansas) -- Las Vegas billionaire Phil Ruffin was nostalgic about his days owning a former Howard Hughes property where the eccentric recluse had filled in the swimming...
article Three companies pitched their proposals for the license to a run a new, state-owned casino in southeast Kansas.
(Kansas) -- Three companies pitched their proposals for the license to a run a new, state-owned casino in southeast Kansas. The three presented their plans to the...

5/23/2015

article Ruffin consultant woos Frontenac officials on casino proposal
(Kansas) -- City Administrator Doug Sellars brought six dozen glazed doughnuts. Bar co-owner Mike Knaup had worries about whether a nearby casino might hurt his business...

5/22/2015

article Kansas Lottery receives $16.5M in privilege fees from Wichita-tied groups vying for SE casino
(Kansas) -- The three development groups vying to build a casino in Kansas’ southeast gaming zone have now paid $5.5 million apiece in privilege fees. Those fees...
article Study faults Castle Rock Casino proposal for being too big
(Kansas) -- The group proposing a $145 million casino in Cherokee County is overestimating revenue and underestimating building costs, according to a recent study...
article Study questions Castle Rock viability
(Kansas) -- A study funded by the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau claims that a proposed casino in Cherokee County uses misleading figures and would...

5/16/2015

article Independent evaluation shows Cherokee County casino site not viable
(Kansas) -- A recent report conducted on behalf of the Crawford County Convention and Vistors Bureau has determined that there are serious questions as to the viability...
article Kansas Senate committee moves on amended gambling bill
(Kansas) -- The Committee on Federal and State Affairs-Kansas has approved an amended version of Bill HB2074. HB2074 would permit a revival and reinjection of racetrack...

5/14/2015

article Kansas Senate advances energy, elections, gambling proposals
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Senate approved bills Wednesday to change the date of local elections and give legislators some say over emissions controls for power plants as...

5/13/2015

article Senate panel approves bill to revive KCK racing park
(Kansas) -- A Kansas Senate committee has approved a bill aimed at reviving a dog and horse racing complex in Kansas City, Kansas, with slot machines. The Federal and...

5/9/2015

article Editor's Column — Inside the Opinion Page
(Kansas) -- At the start of the year, we gathered an editorial board. We sought interested members of the community to join the board to help shape the positions taken...

5/7/2015

article Where does the money go? Delving into the gambling payouts to the public
(Kansas) -- Since it was started back in 1987, the Kansas Lottery has generated billions of dollars. Some of it goes to lottery players, and the part of it is given back...

4/25/2015

article Gambling on greyhounds (video)
(Kansas) -- “Here comes Buddy” echoed loudly over the speakers at the National Greyhound Association racetrack for four days this week. Each time the...

4/24/2015

article All three southeast Kansas casino applicants meet test
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission affirmed Friday all three investor groups interested in development of a casino in southeast Kansas met minimum financial and...
article Kansas Lottery Commission approves each of the three casino contracts for Southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission unanimously approved contracts today with each of the three groups vying to be selected as the manager of a state-owned casino...

4/22/2015

article Supporters, opponents speak about proposed casino projects
(Kansas) -- Salvation Army Maj. Gary Gugala said today that opening a casino in Southeast Kansas would “create a tsunami of broken families.”

4/16/2015

article Casino Leaders Respond to Fire and Police Protection Concerns
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission heard from all three groups proposing a casino in Southeast Kansas on Wednesday, asking questions along the way. However, a...
article Casino proposals seek to move onto next stage in selection process
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission will vote next week on which of three southeast casino applicants can pass on to the next round. The commission will vote April...
article Las Vegas Billionaire Gets More Time On Casino Proposal
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission is giving Las Vegas billionaire Phil Ruffin more time to provide information about a proposed southeast Kansas casino. The...

4/15/2015

article Lottery hears casino proposals
(Kansas) -- In theory, the Kansas Lottery Commission doesn’t have a lot of power to choose a casino for the Southeast Gaming Zone. Their role is limited to...

4/14/2015

article Hollywood Casino cites Kansas legislation in delaying hotel project
(Kansas) -- Hollywood Casino officials are opting to pay the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, more than $1 million rather than starting...
article Kansas casino cites legislation in delaying hotel project
(Kansas) -- Operators of an eastern Kansas casino said this week "ongoing attempts" in the state Legislature to make it easier for the nearby Woodlands...
article Lottery commission to hear casino proposals
(Kansas) -- The three groups vying to be selected to manage a state-owned casino in Southeast Kansas are expected to make their presentations Wednesday in Topeka to the...

4/13/2015

article Developers shelve proposed hotel near Hollywood Casino in Wyandotte County
(Kansas) -- Plans for a $200 million, 248-room hotel near Hollywood Casino in western Wyandotte County are on hold. The owners and operators of the casino — Kansas...
article Hollywood Casino hotel on hold; operator faces big penalty
(Kansas) -- The operator of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is folding plans to start work on a new hotel next to the casino this month, and they'll have to ante...

4/11/2015

article Wichita-tied developers to present casino projects next week
(Kansas) -- The three development groups vying to build a casino in southeast Kansas will make their proposals to the Kansas Lottery Commission next week.

4/10/2015

article Kansas Crossing announces three partnerships worth $4.5 million in pitch for SEK casino
(Kansas) -- The agreement with PSU calls for Kansas Crossing to provide $50,000 annually to co-market cultural and other events at the university.
article Kansas Crossing bid announces local partnerships
(Kansas) -- It’s no surprise that if a casino comes to Crawford County, it could have a big effect on local schools and tourism. However, Kansas Crossing Casino...

4/5/2015

article Driveway Tax Squashes Reappointment Bid Of Former Mayor
(Kansas) -- Lawmakers have rejected the reappointment of the former mayor of Mission to the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission because of a special tax she championed...

4/3/2015

article Horse racing reform bill struggling for footing
(Kansas) -- Racehorse owners Starlet and Charley Hunt call Kansas home, but devote much of their lives to work in three other states. Kansas is where they married and...
article Interest in horse racing fails in Kan. legislature for second year
(Kansas) -- Racehorse owners Starlet and Charley Hunt live and work in four states during the year but they call Kansas home. It’s where they married. It’s...
article ‘Driveway tax’ derails former Mission mayor’s reappointment to Kansas gaming commission
(Kansas) -- The controversy over Mission’s so-called driveway tax has derailed the reappointment of the city’s former mayor to the Kansas Racing and Gaming...

4/2/2015

article Kansas residents raise concerns about potential new casino
(Kansas) -- The Rev. Aaron Schumann and his wife, Ruth, live in the parsonage of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, just about half a mile north of where a state-owned...

4/1/2015

article LGFRB chooses consultant
(Kansas) -- In the coming months, the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facilities Review Board (LGFRB) will have to make a multi-million dollar decision as to which casino manager...

3/27/2015

article Casino bids carry revenue percentages for local governments
(Kansas) -- Cherokee County could receive $400,000 or more in annual revenue from a new state-owned casino, according to projections from two of the three groups vying...

3/8/2015

article 1 applicant drops its southeast Kansas casino bid
(Kansas) -- One of the four applicants seeking to build a casino in southeast Kansas with the state’s last remaining casino license has dropped its bid.
article BOOM OR BUST — Inside the economic impact of a casino
(Kansas) -- Casino gambling lives largely off game of chance. And games of chance are built on hope. The regional hope is that a destination casino in Southeast Kansas...

3/7/2015

article Only bidders with Wichita ties remain for southeast Kansas casino project
(Kansas) -- The number of development groups vying to build a casino in southeast Kansas is down to three. SE Kansas Casino Partners sent the Kansas Lottery a letter on...

3/6/2015

article Developer withdraws application for Cherokee County casino
(Kansas) -- SE Kansas Casino Partners, LLC, is withdrawing its application to be the Lottery Gaming Facility Manager in the Southeast Kansas Gaming Zone. The group...
article Applicant drops bid for southeast Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- Southeast Kansas Casino Partners is withdrawing its application for the state’s last remaining casino license, the Kansas Lottery said Friday. Kansas...
article SEK Casino Partners withdraw casino proposal
(Kansas) -- And then there were three. SEK Casino Partners, LLC, have officially withdrawn their proposal to build a casino in Southeast Kansas. “Well it’s...

3/5/2015

article Senate bill offers tax incentive to restart horse racing
(Kansas) -- Horse racers, breeders and ranchers sought legislative support Thursday for reopening the Woodlands Racetrack in Wyandotte County as a means of inspiring a...

2/26/2015

article House bill targets gamblers who owe child support
(Kansas) -- House members wagered Tuesday legislation targeting gamblers striking it rich at the three state-owned casinos could contribute cash to cover delinquent...

2/25/2015

article Gambling for pampers
(Kansas) -- House lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday on a bill that would check whether gamblers who hit the jackpot at state-run gambling facilities have overdue child...

2/24/2015

article House bill targets gamblers who owe child support
(Kansas) -- House members wagered Tuesday legislation targeting gamblers striking it rich at the three state-owned casinos could contribute cash to cover delinquent...

2/16/2015

article Proposals for southeast Kansas casino a contrast in approaches
(Kansas) -- The four proposals submitted for a southeast Kansas casino offer a sharp contrast of approaches to obtain the final license to operate a state-owned gambling...

2/14/2015

article Proposals for SE Kansas casino a contrast in approaches
(Kansas) -- Developers hoping to operate a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas have offered four proposals that provide a sharp contrast in approaches. The two most...

2/13/2015

article Kansas casino proposals offer distinct choices for gamblers
(Kansas) -- When there are big bets on the line, you can expect strong opinions and plenty of controversy. Four proposals for casino projects in southeast Kansas were...

2/3/2015

article AP: 4 casinos submit applications for southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- The bids are in, so now it’s up to state officials to choose the winner in a contest to build a new casino in southeast Kansas. Four groups submitted...
article Kansas City area casinos overall see revenue decline
(Kansas) -- Pity the Kansas City area’s five casinos. They didn’t rake in as much money this year as they did last. Revenue for 2014 was $719 million, a...

2/2/2015

article Area casinos hoping for bigger payoff in 2015
(Kansas) -- The Kansas City casino market is hoping for a bigger share of the economic recovery this year after seeing its overall business continue to slip in the...

2/1/2015

article Kansas tribes, governor's office in early talks about compact
(Kansas) -- The northeast Kansas tribes are talking to the state government on a compact that could give them more control over revenue and spending on their land.

1/31/2015

article Fourth Application for SEK Casino Accepted
(Kansas) -- Emerald City Casino and Resort is a name that could be echoed across the Four State area if the Kansas Lottery approves Frontenac Development's...

1/30/2015

article State receives 4 proposals for southeast Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- Four proposals for casino operations in southeast Kansas were made to the Kansas Lottery by the time the deadline arrived at 11 a.m. Friday.

1/29/2015

article Another developer proposes new casino near Downstream
(Kansas) -- The deadline for submitting proposals for a new Southeast Kansas casino is tomorrow, and the number of plans now before the state stands at four. Kansas will...
article Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel proposal includes developer George Laham
(Kansas) -- A group that includes the same people who helped develop the Kansas Star Casino and the Boot Hill Casino & Resort in Dodge City now hopes to build a $62...

1/28/2015

article Pittsburg commission supports casino proposal
(Kansas) -- The Pittsburg City Commission is betting on a proposal for a $62 million casino complex that could bring 300 jobs to the southeast Kansas city. The...
article Pittsburg commission endorses casino; developers say deal holds 300 jobs
(Kansas) -- The Pittsburg City Commission unanimously endorsed Tuesday a $62 million casino, hotel and restaurant project proposed for property the commission recently...

1/27/2015

article Third proposal for SEK casino submitted
(Kansas) -- A third proposal to build a casino in Southeast Kansas has been put forth. The original deadline for filing had been Dec. 19, however the Kansas Racing and...

1/25/2015

article Proposed Casino Endorsement
(Kansas) -- Pittsburg City Commissioners will be asked to endorse a proposed casino in Crawford County at their meeting on Tuesday. The proposed casino in Crawford...

1/17/2015

article Casino Revenues Level Off After Newness Wears Off
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission was busy receiving revenue reports from the state’s casinos Friday. At the meeting casinos gave their financial...

1/15/2015

article Casino board meets for first time
(Kansas) -- The opening meeting of the Lottery Gaming Facilities Review Board (LGFRB) included plenty of table-setting for the main course that will come in a few months.

1/13/2015

article Kansas Lottery sales hot; casino revenue slumps
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery reported near-record sales of $245 million in the last fiscal year, while revenue from the state's casinos in Dodge City, Mulvane and...
article Revenue dips at Kansas Star, Boot Hill casinos
(Kansas) -- Kansans are spending more on lottery tickets and less on gambling at two of the state-owned casinos. Income at the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane dropped in...

12/25/2014

article Churchill could spark change
(Kentucky) -- Imagine a run-up to the Triple Crown that didn't include the Florida Derby or the Fountain of Youth or the Louisiana Derby. Such an upheaval to so...

12/17/2014

article Southeast Kansas casino application deadline moved to Jan. 30
(Kansas) -- The Kansas Lottery Commission has extended the deadline for submitting applications to become the casino manager in the Southeast Kansas Gaming Zone to Jan....

12/10/2014

article Kansas casinos have $673 million impact on state’s economy, study says
(Kansas) -- The three state-owned casinos in Kansas contributed $673 million to the state's economy and supported approximately 4,000 jobs in 2013, according to a...

11/24/2014

article A New Casino Could Soon Be Coming to Cherokee County
(Kansas) -- "I think it's just going to be a, you know, huge economic boost for this county," said Rodney Steven II, Castle Rock Casino Partner. The total...
article Kansas investors proposed $130M casino in SE Kansas
(Kansas) -- A collection of Kansas investors proposed on Monday building a $130 million casino in southeast Kansas’ Cherokee County, becoming the third such group...
article Plans for $130 million casino presented to Cherokee County Commissioners
(Kansas) -- Plans for a $130 million casino and resort were presented to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners on Monday morning by representatives from Castle Rock...
article Wichita business leaders behind development of Castle Rock Casino
(Kansas) -- The announcement Tuesday of plans for the Castle Rock Casino Resort in southeast Kansas comes with a tie to Wichita to the tune of nearly $150 million...
article Wichita investors announce plan for southeast Kansas casino
(Kansas) -- A group of Wichita investors is announcing Monday its plans for a casino in Cherokee County in southeast Kansas. Representatives of Castle Rock Casino Resort...
article Wichitans push for $147 million casino in southeast Kansas
(Kansas) -- A year ago, Wichita businessmen Brandon and Rodney Steven were looking at whether to put a minor league hockey team in Joplin, Mo. On Monday, they and a...

11/12/2014

article Gambling revenue at Kansas Star Casino up in October
(Kansas) -- October gambling revenue at the Kansas Star Casino was higher than the previous month, according figures released Wednesday by the Kansas Lottery. The casino...

11/5/2014

article Kansas voters legalize charity fundraising raffles
(Kansas) -- Kansas has legalized charity fundraising raffles. Voters approved an amendment to the state constitution in Tuesday’s election. The measure allows...

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