Judge denies Cherokee Co. bid to stop casino

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas judge has denied Cherokee County's request for a temporary injunction to stop construction of a casino in Crawford County.

Cherokee County sued last month after the state awarded a contract for a state-owned casino in southeast Kansas to Kansas Crossing Hotel & Casino, to be built south of Pittsburg. Cherokee County supported a competing proposal for a casino that would have been built in their county.

The Joplin Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1IEAvHk ) District Court Judge Larry Hendricks ruled Friday that the board that recommended the Crawford County Casino did so after having numerous hearings and based on advice from independent experts.

Richard Hilderbrand, chairman of the Cherokee County Commission, said commissioners still want to block the Crawford County casino and are evaluating their next move.