Kansas Casino Efforts Making Progress

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Efforts to have state-owned casinos in Wyandotte and Sumner counties are moving along.

Two applicants in Wyandotte County has cleared a major hurdle. And a bidder in Sumner County offered to add a hotel to gain the required county approval.

The Kansas Speedway partnership and Penn National Gaming Inc. in Wyandotte County on Monday received the local planning commission's approval. On June 4, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., will decide whether to endorse the plans.

In Sumner County, South Central Gaming Partners told commissioners it would add a hotel to its first phase along with a casino. The commission already endorsed two other applicants. It met Tuesday but took no action.

Local approval is required before the Lottery can negotiate contracts with the applicants.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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