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6/15/08 TO 6/21/08


Bets off on new casinos

MO - We support the decision of the Missouri Gaming Commission to place a moratorium on licensing new casinos... Casino projects at Sugar Creek, in eastern Jackson County, and at Cape Girardeau were put on hold by Monday's decision. That's a much better outcome than allowing these projects to go forward during this uncertain time. Statewide numbers are down about 1 percent.

www.stjoenews.net / June 18, 2008

Big DREAMs for revitalizing downtown

MO - The [Cape Girardeau casino] project was almost ready to unveil, they said, when the Missouri Gaming Commission forced their hand by calling a meeting today to talk about a statewide moratorium on new casino licenses. The commission is acting in response to an initiative petition, which includes a moratorium, that is being checked now to determine if it will be on the November ballot. Cape Girardeau missed out on the first rush of casino development following the 1992 approval of riverboat casino gambling in Missouri. While the city lured Boyd Gaming Co. to town in early 1993 to start the process, an April 1993 vote against a local casino caused the project to stumble.

www.semissourian.com / June 16, 2008

Cape casino idea may have to wait

MO - Knight said Friday he had a meeting scheduled for Wednesday with David Welch, director of policy and legislative affairs for the commission. The meeting was to go over an application Knight was preparing to put a proposal [for a casino in Cape Girardeau] before the commission at its regularly scheduled June 25 meeting. Knight intends to travel to Jefferson City on Monday and argue against the moratorium before the commission. The resolution the commission will consider would put off any consideration of new applications until November... "There became a feeling, with the amount of interest in new locations throughout the state of Missouri for new gaming that there was a need to consider how we would proceed... Welch said. Public surveys [prepared by two University of Missouri-St. Louis economists and presented to the commission in January] showing a majority of Missourians support keeping the loss limits.

www.semissourian.com / Southeast Missourian / By Rudi Keller / June 14, 2008

Commission puts hold on riverboat casinos

MO - The Missouri Gaming Commission on Monday all but killed the chances for a group of Cape Girardeau investors to apply for a casino license before November. In a meeting held less than 10 days before the commission's regularly scheduled monthly session, the five-member commission voted unanimously to approve the [casino] moratorium. "Cape Girardeau was the most obvious situation," [said Gene McNary, executive director of the commission] said. "We knew they would be quick to get an application in. It was also a notice to every other prospective applicant. With the likelihood that the measure will be on the ballot, the commission needed to act to prevent a rush of new applications before the November vote. In 1994, after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that boats could not have slot machines, the ruling was reversed by Amendment 6. In 1998, when the court called into question the placement of casinos in ponds near the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, the casino companies successfully pushed Amendment 9 allowing the so-called boats in moats. In each case, casinos donated nearly $10 million to gather signatures and pay for election advertising.

www.semissourian.com / Southeast Missourian / By Rudi Keller / June 17, 2008

Fired officers alleged drug use, poker acquaintances at issue

MO - Joplin police Lt. Geoff Jones was fired this year because of alleged associations with known criminals at poker tournaments, a resultant distrust of him by the FBI in an investigation and a failure to disclose his use of prescription drugs... Roberts testified that he called Jones into his office Feb. 5 to confront him about the matter, and his purported denial to the FBI during the polygraph exam of any knowledge of gambling and bookmaking in Joplin. Roberts said he specifically asked about a departmental memo concerning gambling and bookmaking that was believed to have been circulated by Jones. Roberts said Jones also acknowledged that he knew certain convicted felons through card-playing tournaments, and acknowledged getting an inmate with a connection to a friend of Jones' wife out of a cell at Joplin City Jail on one occasion and allowing him to use his cell phone.

www.joplinglobe.com / By Jeff Lehr / June 18, 2008

Gaming Commission places casino moratorium

MO - The Missouri Gaming Commission placed a moratorium Monday on new casinos until voters can decide this November on a ballot issue imposing a permanent casino cap and allowing existing facilities to win more money from bettors.

www.therolladailynews.com / The Rolla Daily News / Jun 16, 2008

Herbst: Wet and worried

MO - Herbst's Terrible's Mark Twain Casino & RV Park in LaGrange, Mo., was closed today in anticipation of cresting Mississippi River waters over the next few days. "The RV park is under water and you can't get to the casino except by boat," said Higgins. "We're assuming water's going to be inside by tommorow.

luckynumbers.kansascity.com / by Rick Alm / June 19, 2008

Its the money, stupid!

MO - Have you been watching the lopsided votes pile up in the current Lucky Numbers poll? We asked readers what part of their casino entertainment experience was the single most important factor that keeps them coming back. It's the money and the casino comps that tip the scale [not loss limits].

luckynumbers.kansascity.com / Rick Alm / June 20, 2008

Judge to Hear Businesses Arguments Against Smoking Ban

MO - A judge will hear arguments on Friday from nine local businesses who filed a lawsuit over the city's voter-approved smoking ban.

www.myfoxkc.com / 20 Jun 2008

KC Isle may tap competitor for new GM

MO - Isle of Capri is expected to name a top executive at a competing Kansas City casino as its new general mangager. "We have identified a candidate for GM at KC. We are working through the process and will make an announcement soon,"

luckynumbers.kansascity.com / by Rick Alm / June 17, 2008

Lumiere Place looms over historic warehouses

MO - Concerning the immediate surroundings, many remaining buildings were wrecked for Lumiere Place but an impressive pocket to the north contains large buildings, including the Ashley Street and Laclede power houses and McPheeters' later buildings. These buildings comprise the North Riverfront Historic District National Register of Historic Places, listed in 2002 in response to renewed interest in developing the area. Although I cannot profess much respect for the execution of the Lumiere Place architecture and site plan, I was hopeful that its presence would not be a huge intrusion into the historic fabric of our riverfront. The casino is visually at odds with surrounding architecture, and its construction entailed demolition of historic fabric,

thevitalvoice.com / By Michael R. Allen / June 13 2008

Man sentenced to life in double-murder case

MO - A judge sentenced a former St. Peters man Monday ((June 16)) to two consecutive terms of life in prison for murdering his father and his father's business associate in 2000. Each man was shot once in the head. A key piece of evidence in the case was videotape of Dale Speaks' truck pulling into a parking garage at what then was known as Station Casino St. Charles...

www.stltoday.com / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Shane Anthony / 06/16/2008

Missouri Gaming Commission approves casino moratorium

MO - The timing of Monday's decision was critical. The commission had been set next month to consider the Sugar Creek project for "priority investigation," a status that could add it to the list of casinos under construction and exempt from the ballot measure. Gaming industry representatives, stock market analysts and some lawmakers have sharply criticized the gaming commission for its unanimous decision earlier this year to consider an additional casino in the Kansas City market at a time Kansas is preparing to build two state-owned gambling facilities in Wyandotte County.

www.kansascity.com / The Kansas City Star / By RICK ALM / Jun. 16, 2008

Missouri Gaming Commission places moratorium on new casinos

MO - The commission's unanimous vote Monday will, at a minimum, delay casinos sought by the Kansas City suburb of Sugar Creek and by businessmen in Cape Girardeau.

www.stltoday.com / ASSOCIATED PRESS / 06/16/2008

Missouri Gaming Commission to consider moratorium on casino licenses

MO - The Missouri Gaming Commission is to meet in a special session Monday to consider a moratorium on future casino licenses. If approved, the measure would appear to dash, at least in the short term, any hopes for a casino in Sugar Creek, which the commission has been considering for more than a year.

www.kansascity.com / The Kansas City Star / By RICK ALM / Jun. 13, 2008

Missouri Gaming Commission votes unanimously for riverboat casino moratorium

MO - The commission, voting unanimously, imposed a moratorium on new applications until Novermber, when voters may see a ballot measure on casino gambling. The moratorium was not urged on the commission by any gambling company or lobbying group, McNary said. But with the likelihood that the measure will be on the ballot, the commission needed to act to prevent a rush of new applications before the November vote. "For us to move now" on new applications "would be for us to pre-empt a vote of the people," McNary said.

www.semissourian.com / Southeast Missourian / By Rudi Keller / June 16, 2008

Missouri commission enacts casino moratorium

MO - "The agency's action will not stop Pinnacle Entertainment's $450 million River City casino project in Lemay, Mo.

www.casinocitytimes.com / 17 June 2008

Missouri commission puts moratorium on new casinos

MO - The commission's unanimous vote Monday will, at a minimum, delay casinos sought by the Kansas City suburb of Sugar Creek and by businessmen in Cape Girardeau.

money.cnn.com / Associated Press / June 16, 2008

Mo. commission places moratorium on new casinos

MO - An initiative financed by incumbent casinos Ameristar Casinos Inc. (nasdaq: ASCA - news - people ) and Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. (nyse: PNK - news - people ) Would repeal a unique Missouri law limiting gamblers to losing no more than $500 every two hours... Supporters of the initiative said in early May that they had turned in far more than the number of petition signatures necessary to qualify for the Nov. 4 ballot. But those signatures still are being verified, and the secretary of state's office has not yet certified the measure for the ballot. Because the initiative petition is pending, the Gaming Commission said it makes sense to hold off on approving any additional casinos.

www.forbes.com / Associated Press / By DAVID A. LIEB / 06.17.08

No more casinos in Missouri, for now

MO - In an unusual alliance, gambling opponents joined the casino industry in praising the freeze. "I wouldn't call it a coalition," said Evelio Silvera, executive director of Casino Watch. "We just happen to be agreeing that we shouldn't be eager to expand gambling." Silvera said Casino Watch will part ways with the industry on the ballot initiative because it repeals the $500 loss limit, the last remnant of the rules voters approved when they legalized riverboat gambling in 1992. "There's nothing that remains from the original deal except the loss limits," Silvera said.

www.stltoday.com / POST-DISPATCH / By Virginia Young / 06/17/2008

No new Mo. casinos until after Nov.

MO - The Missouri Gaming Commission decided today to postpone consideration of licensing any new casinos until after the November election. "We think this is a matter of showing discretion at a particular time rather than closing the door," said Gene McNary, the commission's executive director.

www.stltoday.com / POST-DISPATCH JEFFERSON CITY BUREAU / By Virginia Young / 06/16/2008

No new casinos any time soon

MO - Gaming industry representatives, stock market analysts and some lawmakers have sharply criticized the gaming commission for its unanimous decision earlier this year to consider an additional casino in the Kansas City market at a time Kansas is preparing to build two state-owned gambling facilities in Wyandotte County. Casinos are coming in Kansas, and "the casino industry is going through a downturn," he said.

luckynumbers.kansascity.com / by Rick / June 16, 2008

No new casinos due to commissions moratorium

MO - Because the initiative petition is pending, the Gaming Commission said it makes sense to hold off on approving any additional casinos. Otherwise, the commission said, it might be accused of rushing to expand gambling venues before a potential voter-imposed moratorium. Monday's meeting was intended to pre-empt an expected casino license application Wednesday from a pair of Cape Girardeau businessmen who for the past decade have been quietly assembling land along the Mississippi River for a downtown casino, entertainment, commercial and residential development.

www.news-leader.com / The Associated Press / David A. Lieb / June 17, 2008

Republicans and donors to party at casino

MO - [Senate Majority Leader Charlies Shields, R-St. Joseph, and Sen. Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville] will raise campaign funds tonight at what they're billing as "a tropical cocktail hour underneath the cabanas on the pool deck of Ameristar Casino" in St. Charles.

www.stltoday.com / By Virginia Young / 06.19.2008

State looks to get back into horse racing business

MO - The Missouri Horse Racing Commission, which met this month for the first time in 10 years, decided to examine ways to rejuvenate the industry by building up races at the state fair and possibly attracting a "racino," a racetrack with slot machines. "A racetrack cannot sustain itself in Missouri," Mr. Duncan said. Voters in 1984 approved limited wagering at horse tracks in Missouri. Legislative attempts to expand state law to allow for year-round simulcast betting failed in 2002. The betting now only is permitted on days racing occurs. Also, casinos only can operate on Mississippi River and Missouri River boats.

www.stjoenews.net / by Alyson E. Raletz / June 14, 2008