Kansas Gambling Landscape Changes

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A slumping national economy and potential
competition from other states has altered the gambling landscape in

And it's an issue as a state board prepares to pick developers for each of four resort casinos.

Two prospective developers have pulled out of the competition for casino contracts. A third's position may leave one area -- southeast Kansas -- without any proposal.

Also, both racetracks that are allowed to have slots failed to negotiate a deal with the Kansas Lottery. Neither expects to be operating by next month.

State and industry officials say they aren't alarmed because developments reflect decisions made by individual developers for
various reasons.

But they say the economy underlies them all.

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