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Development of Kansas-Owned Casino Delayed for Second Time

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Lottery has granted an extension to a planned state-owned casino for a second time due to a lawsuit filed by Cherokee County and another casino company that wanted the contract to build and run it. The Joplin Globe reports that the lottery granted a 90-day extension to the Kansas Crossing Casino and Hotel Wednesday. The casino was originally supposed to open in July 2016. Cherokee County and casino company Castle Rock filed a lawsuit claiming that the decision by state regulators to award the casino contract to Kansas Crossing in Crawford County was arbitrary. Kansas Crossing got the contract even though its $70 million proposal was dwarfed by Castle Rock's plans for a $145 million development. Developer Bruce Christenson, the lead investor in the project, said the delay is a frivolous legal action.


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