Layoffs Announced by Kansas Gambling Regulators

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission is
laying off 11 staff members and cutting the hours for another 10.

Executive director Stephen Martino said Tuesday the cuts were because plans for increased gambling in the state failed to
materialize as expected.

A 2007 law created four state-owned casinos and allowed slot machines at two race tracks. But three of the four applicants to
operate casinos withdrew their applications last year mainly
because of the economy.

The two tracks never reached agreement with the Kansas Lottery
which owns the gambling.