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Lobbyists realize dream as governor signs casino bill (INDIANA) -- After logging hundreds of miles traveling to the Statehouse in the past decade to plead for a casino, citizen lobbyists from southern Indiana made their last trip Tuesday to watch the governor sign into law a bill authorizing a riverboat.

Down-in-the-dumps Indiana town pins revival on casino (INDIANA) -- Decades ago, this town in southern Indiana's hill country was the playground of rich and privileged travelers who lounged in mineral springs by day and gambled the nights away.

Expanded gaming bill passes House committee
(INDIANA) -- A bill that would bring video pull-tab machines to Hoosier Park, Indiana Downs, and two off-track betting parlors in the state of Indiana passed through the House’s Public Policy, Ethics, and Veterans Affairs Committee by a 9-to-4 margin on Wednesday.

Tracks push for pull tabs (INDIANA) -- The state’s two horse tracks want pull-tab game machines, but they might have to sacrifice half of their off-track betting parlors to get them.

House bill would legalize video poker (INDIANA) -- A House committee will hear a bill this morning that would legalize gambling in every bar and fraternal club in the state.

The States Take the Bet (WASHINGTON, DC) -- Maryland Gov.-elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who wants to legalize slot machines at racetracks to help close the state's projected $1.2 billion deficit, isn't the only governor or legislator willing to turn to gambling -- again.

Indiana legislators considering expanded gaming bill (INDIANA) -- Indiana state Representative Scott Reske (D-Pendleton) has said that either he or another Democratic lawmaker will introduce legislation in the Indiana House that would allow 750 pull-tab machines at two Indiana racetracks and two off-track betting parlors.

SELF-HELP: Some request voluntary bans; process easier in other states (INDIANA) -- Jason Bagby has known for years that he can't control his gambling. In September, under pressure from his family to quit and get help, he asked officials at the Caesars Indiana riverboat in Harrison County to ban him.

Thousands not getting treatment they need Kentucky allocates no money (KENTUCKY) -- Despite the proliferation of legalized gambling, Kentucky and Indiana have failed to identify and provide treatment to thousands of residents who gamble to excess. 

EDITORIAL: The quest for tribal status is about promises, justice Our position is: Indiana's congressional delegation should fight to restore the Miami's status as a tribe. (INDIANA) -- John Dunnagan doesn't need a federal label to confirm his identity as a Native American.

EDITORIAL: A matter of justice for Indiana's Miami Our position is: Federal courts have been as inflexible toward the Miami as the Department of Interior. (INDIANA) -- In all their years battling the federal government, the Miami Nation of Indiana never once doubted that their treaty with the government was valid.

EDITORIAL: Tribal recognition tainted by gambling Our position is: Gaming interests have disproportionately influenced the tribal recognition process since the late 1980s. (INDIANA) -- The Miami Nation's failure to win back its tribal status might make sense if all tribes were treated equally by the federal government. They aren't.

Gary mayor ready to talk with Miamis (INDIANA) -- Gary’s mayor says he is ready to meet with representatives of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma to discuss their proposal to open a land-based casino in the northwestern Indiana city.

Mayor ready to talk with Miami Nation (INDIANA) -- Gary's mayor says he is ready to meet with representatives of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma to discuss their proposal to open a land-based casino in the northwestern Indiana city.

Three Indiana gaming boats post $53M winnings July report reflects tally before dockside operation (INDIANA) -- All three southeastern Indiana riverboat casinos posted increased gaming revenue in July, combining to win more than $53 million.

New hotel big gamble for casino 300 new rooms could boost attendance or put Belterra in red (INDIANA) -- Belterra Casino & Resort in Vevay, Ind., has been forced to roll the dice on a new $30 million hotel tower that it agreed to build as part of a settlement agreement with the Indiana Gaming Commission.

EDITORIAL: Machines crack lottery age limit Our position is: Lottery machine proliferation will contribute to young people's initiation into gambling. (INDIANA) -- The Hoosier Lottery has ordered another 500 vending machines to be placed in high-traffic retail outlets throughout the state. More machines means more young people are likely to engage in gambling.

Indiana prostitute incident cost Pinnacle $6 million (LOUISIANA) -- A scandal involving prostitutes at an Indiana casino is costing Pinnacle Entertainment more than $6 million, the company's chief financial officer said.

Dockside gambling welcomed at Indiana casinos (INDIANA) -- It looks like dockside gambling paid off handsomely at Aztar, one of seven casinos in the state that began offering flexible boarding today.

Recession Doesn't Sink Riverboats Hoosiers stay close to home to gamble; casino revenues rise in first half of 2002. (INDIANA) -- Indiana's riverboats cruised through the country's economic recession, reporting nearly $1 billion in revenue for the first six months of the year, a jump of 9 percent from the prior year.

Riverboat funds start squabbles Cities reap financial windfalls but have conflicts over how to manage money. (INDIANA) -- In an era of recession and fiscal belt-tightening, it's something many communities can only dream of -- having millions of dollars in the bank, and more pouring in every month.

EDITORIAL: Cruising farce is over for casinos (INDIANA) -- Our position: Dockside gambling means more money for the state, but at what cost? Surprise, surprise! All 10 of the state's riverboat casinos have applied to switch from cruising to dockside gambling.

All 10 riverboat casinos to offer dockside gambling (INDIANA) -- All 10 riverboat casinos in Indiana have decided to offer dockside gambling and be subjected to higher wagering taxes under a law enacted by the General Assembly last month.

7 riverboats seek dockside gambling (INDIANA) -- Seven of Indiana's 10 riverboats have told state officials they intend to offer dockside gambling and pay the higher taxes that legislators voted to impose on casinos that accepted the loosening of boarding restrictions.

Tribe lays claim to northern Indiana land Miamis seeking to build casino in state say 1826 treaty gave them title to 5 counties. (INDIANA) -- The Miami Nation of Oklahoma, negotiating to open a land-based casino in northwestern Indiana, is claiming it has legal title to land in five Indiana counties.

Indiana group fears state tribe casino plan (INDIANA) -- Officials of the Miami Nation of Indiana are afraid a proposal by Oklahoma Miamis to open a land-based casino in Gary, Ind., will undermine their own quest to be recognized as a tribe.

Gary open to casino proposal from tribe Native Americans try to claim land (INDIANA) -- A novel strategy to build a land-based casino in Gary has stoked the interest of the mayor, who expects to meet soon with an Oklahoma tribe of Native Americans intent on claiming a piece of the state for a gaming house.

Legislators bet on return of gambling bill (INDIANA) -- The outcome is far from certain, but pro-gambling interests will be flush with expectations when lawmakers reconvene next month to discuss the state's budget crisis and tax structure.

Northwest Indiana casinos hit jackpot Despite economic downturn, riverboats raked in record revenues last month. (INDIANA) -- The five casinos in northwest Indiana took in a record $90.4 million in March and $259.3million in the first three months this year.

National gaming expansion wave ebbs (USA) -- There will be no slot machines at Kentucky's racetracks. There will be no Indian casinos in Nebraska. There will be no dockside casino gambling in Indiana. There will be no casino resort in Hawaii. At least not any time soon.

Miami pursuing casino in northern Indiana (INDIANA) -- The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma has undertaken a change in strategy and is pursuing a land-based casino in Gary, Ind.

Culture of Indians celebrated (INDIANA) -- Six leather-tipped sticks pounded as one on a 24-inch cowhide drumhead Saturday during the First Nations at Indiana University pow wow in the IU Gladstein Fieldhouse.

Central Indiana gambling at crossroads Bill now in a conference committee would let tracks and betting parlors install pull-tab gaming machines. (INDIANA) -- Advocates call them pull-tabs. Opponents call them slot machines. And if some members of the Indiana General Assembly get their way, the computerized cash-wagering devices soon could arrive in central Indiana.

50 Indians rally to seek recognition (INDIANA) -- Saying they want a voice in the Statehouse, about 50 American Indians turned out Saturday for a rally at Capitol Commons Park.

State lottery's income swing badly needed (INDIANA) -- After two years of declining revenue, the Hoosier Lottery's fortunes are improving just as the state's finances deteriorate

Casino revenue continues to increase after hotel's opening (INDIANA) -- The Caesars Indiana riverboat casino has exceeded analysts' revenue and admissions expectations since the opening of its new hotel in late August.

Indiana lawmakers facing flurry of gaming proposals (INDIANA) -- The coming legislative session could be a busy one for gambling interests.


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