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4/29/07 TO 5/5/07

Republican leader backs casino bill that defies party platform

MO - The Missouri Republican Party platform is clear: Republicans oppose the expansion of gambling. The $500 loss limit was included in the original casino measure passed by lawmakers in 1991 and referred to the November 1992 statewide ballot. Twenty-one of the 65 Republican House members, including Shields, voted for the final version. Im just opposed to repealing the loss limits without a vote of the people, Gibbons (Sen. President Pro Tem) said. Ive always supported loss limits and continue to have real reservations about taking them off, said Jetton, R-Marble Hill. Im with that platform, I like it. Sen. Chuck Purgason, R-Caulfield, an opponent of Shields bill, angrily asserted... That some Republicans seemed to be selling out to the casino industry for campaign contributions. / The Associated Press / April 30, 2007

Alderman candidates get second chance

MO - The issue that dominated the campaigns was economic development. In 2004, the town of 577 that is 15 miles east of Branson lost its statewide bid to win approval for a casino on Lake Taneycomo. Each of the seven candidates who ran for office said they would support another run for a casino. / Kathryn Buckstaff / May 2, 2007

Gambling concerns

MO - My husband and I fight a lot because of his gambling. I say... He's addicted. / 5/3/2007

Missouri loss-limit bill loses casinos' support

MO - When Missouri voters legalized riverboat gambling in 1992, supporters talked of picturesque paddle-wheel boats plying the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Instead, most casinos float in moats, and only one of the original promises remains intact: the $500 loss limit. Mike Winter, a lobbyist for the Missouri Gaming Association, said the group "is opposed to moving the bill forward" with the tax increase. Two gambling opponents Sens. John Loudon, R-Chesterfield, and Matt Bartle, R-Lee's Summit stalled the bill for two days. / By Virginia Young / 4/30/2007

Shields goes against Republicans on gambling limits

MO - "The Missouri Republican Party supports the maintenance of Missouri's visionary casino loss limits to protect all citizens from terrorist and other criminal elements, (and the) laundering of cash capital used to fund their activities," the resolution states. Asked how Shields' legislation meshed with the Republican Party platform, Gibbons replied simply: "Well, it doesn't." / The Associated Press / David A. Lieb / April 30, 2007

KC man pleads guilty to kidnapping and rape

KC - A Kansas City man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a casino waitress has pleaded guilty. Martin, 40, pleaded guilty to forcible rape... She had agreed to meet Martin, a regular customer, after her shift at Harrahs... / By GLENN E. RICE / May. 03, 2007

Pinnacle CEO Discusses Minority Worker Inclusion On New Casino Project

MO - Minority Inclusion Alliance spokesperson Eric Vickers, who had threatened to shut the construction down through civil disobedience, is optimistic that Pinnacle will get to that 20 percent. But the alliance is still pressing for an even higher percentage of at least 25 percent. / By Mike Garrity / 5/2/2007

Four Seasons named as Pinnacle's downtown hotel

MO - The Lodge, [Four Seasons] based at the Lake of the Ozarks, has long claimed the name "Four Seasons" and barred its use elsewhere in the state. The Lodge of the Four Seasons and Pinnacle have been negotiating for months on an agreement for Pinnacle to use the name, "We will own it, and (Four Seasons) will manage it." / by Lisa R. Brown / May 2, 2007

Nodler awash in money from gambling interests, lobbyists

MO - Nodler's MOHELA bill has been criticized as a paean to special interests, while he was on the winning side last Tuesday of a 17-16 vote to raise the loss limit on Missouri casinos, a stance which puts him at odds with his own party's platform. During the 2006 calendar year, the Elect Nodler Committee picked up approximately $6,000 connected to gambling, / April 30, 2007

Pinnacle chief opposes proposed loss limits change

MO - Daniel Lee, chief executive of Pinnacle Entertainment Inc., said his company is strongly opposed to legislation that would remove the state's loss limit in exchange for a tax increase of 4.25 percent... "It is a loser for us," Lee said. "If it did pass, we would look really hard at trying to cut our investment here. Actually, Lee and others in the industry would like to see the loss limits go away. But they object to the proposed trade-off. / By Tim Barker / 5/02/2007

GAMBLING: Isle of Capri to maintain Bahamas operation


A local woman warns others about a check scam

MO - She received a letter and a check from a phony lottery. / 5/2/2007

Missouri's missing out

MO - Thats right, though pari-mutuel horse betting is legal in Missouri, youll be out of luck trying to find somewhere to legally throw down some cash on Street Sense or Stormello. In order to bet on a simulcast race, Missouri law states that a live race must be conducted at the track on that same day. Problem is, there are no horse tracks in Missouri. The bill has been patiently lingering on the informal calendar since 2002, which doesnt make much sense since Missouri likely wouldnt mind the extra cash that could come from horse racing. [Gov] Blunt will be sitting on the Millionaires Row today at the Derby, a spot with a mint julep in every cupholder reserved for those who can shell out the $25,000 donation required for the seats. / By Bryan Wendell / May 6, 2007

Blunt reappoints 2 to gaming panel

MO - He [Gov. Blunt]nominated Suzanne Bradley and Larry Plunkett to full terms on the five-member panel [MO Gaming Commission], [oversees] gambling and the state's riverboat casinos. / 5/01/2007