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1/11/09 TO 1/17/09

Ameristar Casino, health research groups pour money into PAC associated with Speaker Richard

MO - Other contributions reported during the last quarter were $4,000 from Ameristar Casinos ($2,000 each from Ameristar in St. Charles and Ameristar in Kansas City), and $5,000 from Eagle Picher... / BY RANDY / JANUARY 11, 2009

Court records show pattern of heavy gambling

MO - Williams led a suburban St. Louis school district, he gambled... And lost $176,000. He siphoned more than $100,000 from the struggling Riverview Gardens School District. / Associated Press / January 16, 2009

Argosy Casino Parkway opens

MO - The parkway provides access from Interstate 635 to the Argosy Casino and to an area of land south of I-635 that is slated for development in Horizons, Riverside paid for design costs, and the city and Argosy split the construction costs, Duffy said. / The Kansas City Star / By BILL GRAHAM / Jan. 13, 2009

Casino cash for kids

MO - Six scholarships totaling $7,000. College-bound... Seniors are invited to submit articles, posters or videos that address the issue of underage gambling. / by Rick Alm / January 16, 2009

Casino unanimously OK'd for licensing

MO - Terrible's St. Jo Frontier Casino is good for another two years. City officials and casino management attended a meeting in Jefferson City, Mo., Wednesday to give a licensing presentation to the Missouri Gaming Commission. The commission approved the casino's request unanimously. Terrible's admissions were down for 2008... / by Jennifer Hall / January 15, 2009

Chamber to Kick Off Networking Series at Argosy

MO - The Chamber's number one event for business connections is set to kick -on... At the Argosy Casino Hotel... The event sponsor is Sprint... The Kansas City Star, and... KCPT Public Television... / infoZine / January 13, 2009

Charges Filed Against Spain Dominick Bady In Glendale/Rock Hill Robberies

MO - Six days after his arrest on Jan. 7, the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office on Tuesday charged Spain Dominick Bady, age 24, for a week-long crime spree that included five robberies. Two Glendale home invasions on Jan. 2 and 5; the robbery of a Hacienda Mexican Restaurant manager on Jan. 1; the robbery of the Boulevard Bank in Rock Hill on Jan. 6; and an armed robbery at an ATM in Sunset Hills on Jan. 2. A gambling habit played a role in the reason he began this recent crime spree. / 01/13/2009

Gambling may have played a role in Riverview Superintendent Henry Williams' theft

MO - To completely understand why a former school superintendent siphoned more than $100,000 from a struggling north St. Louis County district, prosecutors say, you must also understand his gambling. Henry P. Williams liked the slots. They describe a man who repeatedly tapped into his district-funded life insurance policies, and gambled away similar amounts at the casinos - almost entirely on slot machines. "He stole from the kids to support a habit. That's not right," Riverview Gardens School Board treasurer Selena Melton said. "At least we're getting some of the money back. That gives me some satisfaction." The court records begin with a printout from the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles. In January 2002, just a few months before Williams started as superintendent in Riverview Gardens, casino records subpoenaed by prosecutors show he gambled 21 of 31 days. In February, he gambled 27 of 28 days. By November 2006, the last month of records held by the court, Williams had visited Ameristar and Harrah's more than 930 times over five years, lost $42,529 in total at Ameristar and $133,704 at Harrah's, and spent in excess of 1,100 hours at Harrah's slot machines alone. Williams left the district in ruins. Riverview savings had dipped from $12 million to less than $2 million, and academics had sunk to the point that the district met just three of 14 state accreditation standards. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By David Hunn / 01/16/2009

KC Casino Revenues Fall For First Time

MO - For the first time since Missouri casinos opened in 1994, Kansas City's riverboat gambling venues took in less money than the previous year. / January 13, 2009

KC casino revenue suffers a decline

MO - Kansas City riverboat casino revenues shrank in 2008 for the first time since Missouri's casinos opened in 1994. Revenue isn't made public for the [KS] tribal casino, which opened last January and has established a niche. But based on the tribe's revenue-sharing payments to Wyandotte County's Unified Government, the casino's 500 bingo-based slot machines in 2008 drained more than $10 million from the Missouri marketplace. During the year, the Ameristar and Isle of Capri casino chains announced layoffs. Mississippi gambling regulators documented 2,300 casino jobs were lost, nearly 10 percent of the state total. Other markets fared much worse. Illinois' casino revenues were down 28.2 percent in December and down 21.4 percent for the year. / The Kansas City Star / By RICK ALM / Jan. 12, 2009

Man charged in robbery string blames gambling habit

MO - The man charged Tuesday with a string of robberies in Glendale, Rock Hill and Sunset Hills told police he did it to pay for a gambling habit and because of the downturn in the economy. Police said they believe Bady robbed two women who were ordered at gunpoint to lie down in their homes by someone who burst in to take jewelry, cash and a cell phone. / ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / By Patrick M. O'Connell / 01/14/2009

Raffle sales still lagging

MO - Officials are still concerned Missouri Lottery's Million-Dollar Raffle game might not sell out. The lottery's sales problems trace back to decisions made in 2002 by the Missouri General Assembly to slash lottery advertising and shift those millions of marketing dollars into other state programs. / by Rick Alm / January 15, 2009

Records: Ousted Mo. school chief a heavy gambler

MO - A former suburban school superintendent who was sentenced earlier this month for looting the district visited casinos more than 900 times in five years and lost more than $175,000, They [prosecutors] found he had visited Harrah's St. Louis and Ameristar Casino in St. Charles more than 930 times from January 2002 to November 2006, court records indicated. / The Associated Press / Jan. 16, 2009

ST. LOUIS: Adviser admits fraud of over $200,000

MO - A St. Louis investment adviser Monday admitted bilking clients out of $200,000 to $400,000 over more than two years, thousands of dollars of which were used to feed his gambling habit. / 01/13/2009

ST. LOUIS: Caregiver admits stealing over $100,000 from client

MO - Talked her client into getting an ATM card, then used that card at local casinos for cash, / 01/13/2009

St. Louis Man Charged In Area Crime Spree

MO - Six days after his arrest on Jan. 7, the St. Louis County Prosecutor's office on Tuesday charged Spain Dominick Bady, age 24, for a week-long crime spree that included five robberies. Two Glendale home invasions... Mexican Restaurant manager... Armed robbery at an ATM... A gambling habit played a role... / 01/16/2009

St. Louis casino revenue dips in December

MO - Gamblers spent $82.1 million at six area casinos, That's off 2.8 percent from the same month last year, despite the removal of Missouri's $500 loss limit in November. / Tim Logan / 01/13/2009

St. Louis casino revenue down in Dec.

MO - The six local casinos reported $82 million in revenue in December, nearly 3 percent less than the same month last year, according to figures from the Missouri Gaming Commission and the Illinois Gaming Board. / St. Louis Business Journal / January 13, 2009