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Slots measure passes through Kentucky House committee (KENTUCKY) -- The prospect of slot machines in Kentucky got one step closer to legislative approval Thursday evening as a committee of lawmakers gave the nod to a proposal that would put the gaming devices at Kentucky racetracks.

Kentucky tracks offer $400-million to state if slots approved (KENTUCKY) -- Trying to sweeten the pot for the Kentucky legislature to approve slots at state racetracks, the owners of those tracks have offered $400-million in upfront money if slots were approved plus additional payments of $200-million a year for four more years.

Virginia Racing Bill Clears House of Delegates (VIRGINIA) -- While many Virginia horsemen were digging out from the President's Day weekend snowstorm, a bill to rework the Virginia Racing Act cleared the floor of the House of Delegates by a 54-42 vote.

Ky. poll shows support for expanded gambling (KENTUCKY) -- More than half of Kentuckians support adding slot machines at the state's eight horse tracks.

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.

Kentucky governor says slots not answer to budget woes (KENTUCKY) -- Racing industry efforts to install slot machines at Kentucky racetracks may have been dealt a setback when Governor Paul Patton said he would not support slots as a way of easing the state’s projected $500-million budget deficit.

Ky. gambling bill winning support Lawmaker, polls say it's apt time to roll the dice (KENTUCKY) -- As Tuesday's opening of the Kentucky General Assembly draws closer, so does the possibility that a Vegas-style casino may spring up just 1,736 feet across the Ohio River from Paul Brown Stadium.

Gambling still high-stakes controversy Video slots, casinos mulled as budget aid (KENTUCKY) -- Several Northeast states — New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland — are jockeying to either protect or get a slice of increasingly competitive gambling dollars.

Butler pushes for Ky. casinos Developer wants profits shared locally (KENTUCKY) -- Developer Bill Butler has begun circulating his concept for bringing casino gambling to Northern Kentucky among the lawmakers who will ultimately decide the plan's fate.

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. 

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.

Developer to push for expanded gambling (KENTUCKY) -- A northern Kentucky commercial development executive believes it's only a matter of time before the state legalizes casino gambling.

Poll: Majority of Kentuckians favor slots at tracks (KENTUCKY) -- A slight majority of Kentuckians favor slot machines at the state's horse-racing tracks, according to a Bluegrass Poll by The Courier-Journal of Louisville.

States bet on gambling to fill their budget gaps (CALIFORNIA) -- Faced with the twin dilemmas of gaping budget deficits and tax-wary voters, legislative shepherds across the country are taking a long look at another way of shearing revenue from their constituents: gambling.

Beware the rising stench of casino money Somebody's gotta lose, why not you?  (KENTUCKY) -- Ah, the stench of casino money as it drifts across the river. I hope Kentucky legislators inhaled a big breath.

Tight Times For States Improve Gambling's Odds (USA) -- Faced with massive, unexpected debts, many states are taking a fresh look at gambling as a possible cure to their fiscal woes, triggering what could become the first broad expansion of casinos and slot machines in a decade

Tracks Won't Concede Slots Battle (KENTUCKY) -- The horse-racing industry is not giving up on its effort to bring video slots machines to Kentucky race tracks.

Honoring Slew: Ceremony Set For July (KENTUCKY) -- A public memorial service honoring the deceased Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew has been scheduled for 8:00 p.m. July 19 at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington, Ky.

Trainer Baffert wins third Kentucky Derby with War Emblem (KENTUCKY) -- War Emblem did what he was expected to do at the start, and then what he wasn't supposed to do at the finish: Bob Baffert's colt went wire to wire and won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

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.

Ky. lottery bill likely dead for session Decision good news for W.Va. racetracks (KENTUCKY) -- As the Kentucky legislative session winds down, it seems certain that a bill legalizing video lottery at the state's tracks will fail.

Riverfront casino possible (KENTUCKY) -- Casino gambling could be part of Covington's Riverfront West development, said developer Bill Butler, who is conducting a market feasibility study for the area.

Carroll looks at N. Ky., sees casinos Hurdle 1: Getting law passed in Ky. (KENTUCKY) -- The man who built Kentucky Speedway wants to build casinos.

House committee approves charitable gaming bill (KENTUCKY) -- A bill meant to give Kentucky's bingo halls an infusion of new players by modernizing and expanding the games was approved Wednesday by a House committee

Lawyers debating gambling issue (KENTUCKY) -- With just days until legislation legalizing casino-style gambling is unveiled, a legal debate is under way over who will have final say on the issue — lawmakers or voters.

Gaming Talk Escalates in Kentucky (KENTUCKY) -- The same week Kentucky's Thoroughbred racetracks and horsemen agreed on how to divvy up revenue from video lottery terminals or slot machines, a state legislator unveiled a plan for land-based casinos that could be operated by parties other than tracks.

Owensboro, Ky., Developer Says He's Ready to Give Up Casino Idea (KENTUCKY) -- Owensboro's biggest problem, John Bays told the Owensboro Rotary Club on Wednesday, is that people who are in favor of something won't stand up for it. But people who are opposed to it will.


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