Kansas Casino Board Meets to Consider Ford County

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A state review board is meeting to award a contract to manage a state-owned casino in Dodge City.

The Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board is considering Butler National Service and Dodge City Resort and Gaming. If there's no selection Friday, both applications go back to the Kansas Lottery, where the process begins anew.

The board has picked managers for three of the four casinos created by law last year. It picked Harrah's Entertainment Inc. for Sumner County and a partnership that includes Kansas Speedway and Cordish Company, of Baltimore, for Wyandotte County.

It also picked Penn National Gaming Inc. for Cherokee County but Penn walked away from the deal, saying it couldn't compete with a nearby Oklahoma tribal casino.

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