Speedway Chief: Smoking Ban Could Nix Kan. Casino

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Speedway's chief executive officer suggests a smoking ban in Wyandotte County might prevent construction of a new state-owned casino in Kansas City, Kan.

Speedway CEO Jeff Boerger said Thursday night revenue projections for the planned casino assumed it would not be subjected to a smoking ban.

He said if Wyandotte County adopted the proposed ban, the project's developers would have to go back to the drawing board.

The speedway and The Cordish Co., of Baltimore, won a contract last month for the only state-owned casino permitted in Wyandotte County. It's one of four new casinos allowed by a 2007 law.

The county-Kansas City, Kan. Unified Government's commission had a hearing on the proposal Thursday but hasn't scheduled a vote.

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