Penn National Wants Return of $25 million

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A state judge will decide soon whether Penn
National Gaming Inc. should get its $25 million privilege fee back after walking away from a contract to manage a state-owned casino in Cherokee County.

Last week, Cherokee County filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Penn and got a court order preventing the $25 million from being returned. On Friday, Penn National asked Shawnee County District Judge Frank Theis to lift the order and let the money be returned. Theis said he hoped to rule in about a week.

Penn National announced last week that it was leaving the project because it couldn't compete with the Quapaw tribal casino just across the state line in Oklahoma.

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