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Video slots appeal before high court (NEBRASKA) -- The Nebraska Supreme Court was asked Friday to put a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize video slot machines on the ballot

Santee Sioux finally get a fair shake (NEBRASKA) -- A recent federal appeals court unstuck almost a decade of legal maneuvering between the Santee Sioux and the U.S. attorney's office to keep the 50 pull-tab slot machines in the tribe's modest Knox County casino.

Court rules in favor of Santee Sioux in casino fight (NEBRASKA) -- A federal appeals court said Thursday that the Santee Sioux tribe can keep the 50 or so gaming machines that make up its modest casino in Knox County.

Compromise adopted on plan to allow casinos (NEBRASKA) -- Lawmakers approved amending a casino gambling measure Tuesday but adjourned for the day before voting on whether to advance the proposal.

Gambling debate opens in Legislature (NEBRASKA) -- Nebraska should offer voters a limited casino-gambling proposal to deter a more pervasive gambling expansion, Sen. DiAnna Schimek argued Wednesday.

Committee sends two gambling measures to floor for debate (NEBRASKA) -- Unable to reach a consensus on the issue of expanded gambling, a legislative committee advanced two measures for debate Wednesday that would ask voters to allow casinos in Nebraska.

Nebraska tribes hope for legal gaming at home (NEBRASKA) -- Nebraska lawmakers have hedged for years on approving Class III gaming for the state’s four American Indian tribes but this year could be different.

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.

Tribes unite to push for expanded gambling (NEBRASKA) -- Nebraska's four Indian tribes have formed a first-of-its-kind coalition to support expanded gambling in the state.

Casino gambling issue turns from 'if' to 'where' (NEBRASKA) -- There seems to be less debate these days about whether Nebraska should allow casino gambling and more talk about where such gaming will take place.

Nebraska governor not buying a Powerball ticket (NEBRASKA) -- Gov. Mike Johanns said he will not purchase a Powerball ticket, even though the jackpot for the multistate lottery's Christmas Day drawing is an estimated $280 million.

Casino backers see better odds Supporters of casino gambling believe they may have a better hand to play during the coming legislative session. (NEBRASKA) -- After years of unsuccessful efforts, supporters hope to gain the Legislature's approval to place before the voters in November 2004 a constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling.

Douglas County's board considering gambling resolution (NEBRASKA) -- Commissioners representing Nebraska's most populated county are considering a resolution that would ask for counties to receive proceeds if expanded gambling is ever approved by the state's voters.

DON WALTON: Casino tax fight coming to state (NEBRASKA) -- You could see it coming; now it's here. Omaha has signaled its intention to craft a Nebraska casino gambling proposal that captures a healthy chunk of the resulting tax revenue for the city.

Change could boost odds for tribal casinos Local businesses and city officials are reconsidering their opposition to casino gambling, which could boost Native tribes' attempts to set up their own casinos in Nebraska. (NEBRASKA) -- Despite years of effort, Nebraska's four tribes have failed to persuade the state to negotiate a gambling compact. The tribes also failed to persuade the Legislature to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to allow tribal casinos.

Omaha chamber now pro-gambling Omaha chamber of commerce turns toward gambling (NEBRASKA) -- After fighting expanded gambling for more than a decade, the state's largest chamber of commerce appears ready to change its stance in light of a shift in public opinion.

Three tribes come together in business deal Small Santee Tribe moves forward with economic development (NEBRASKA) -- In coming to the aid of the beleaguered Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, cooperating tribes have launched a business project that is helping open a new phase in Native economic development.

Santee tribe's casino remains open despite six-year legal fight (NEBRASKA) -- Blue, red and white lights flash on the slot machines as they purr and trill in the Santee Sioux Tribe's Ohiya Casino just off Nebraska Highway 12 -- the only casino in the state.

Tribes left out of gaming debate Tribes want to make sure casino talk isn't swept aside (NEBRASKA) -- Signature gathering, posturing and court action in a failed fight to allow voters to legalize video slot machines happened largely without the involvement of Native tribes, who have pushed for more than a decade to get casinos in Nebraska

Poncas await federal nod to open bingo hall (NEBRASKA) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska is just a federal decision away from opening a new bingo hall here.

Tribe presses luck with game (NEBRASKA) -- The signs atop the video gambling devices in the Santee Sioux Tribe's Ohiya Casino say they're "bingo" machines.

Santee Sioux continue to push case on gambling (NEBRASKA) -- The Santee Sioux tribe continues to push its case against Nebraska, arguing that the state should be required to negotiate in good faith to allow expanded gambling on the tribe's northeast Nebraska reservation.

Judge denies gaming petition There will be no vote on expanded gambling in Nebraska this year. (NEBRASKA) -- U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf on Tuesday denied a motion from backers of a video gambling initiative to suspend a state court ruling keeping the proposal off the November ballot.

Santee tribe continues push to legalize gambling on reservation (NEBRASKA) -- The Santee Sioux tribe continues to push its case against Nebraska, arguing that the state should be required to negotiate in good faith to allow expanded gambling on the tribe's northeast Nebraska reservation.

Federal judge will hearing lawsuit over video slots measure (NEBRASKA) -- Supporters of a constitutional amendment to legalize video slot machines in Nebraska have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in attempts to get the measure on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Video slot backers to let high court decide Proponents of the video gambling initiative decided Friday to pursue their case in the Nebraska Supreme Court and hope for the best. (NEBRASKA) -- "We'll argue the case and hope the court will find (the proposed initiative) constitutional and clear it for a vote," said Mary Campbell of Lincoln, spokeswoman for Nebraskans for Local Control.

Gambling issue won't be on ballot Scratch video gambling from a slot on November's ballot. (NEBRASKA) -- Although the Nebraska Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear an expedited appeal of a district court decision disqualifying the expanded gambling proposal, it said the case could not be settled in time to appear on this year's ballot.

GAMBLING & TOURISM: Council avoids hasty vote on convention venues (MISSOURI) -- Kansas City's convention industry dodged a bullet last week when the City Council wisely, albeit narrowly, rejected a hurry-up plan to turn the city's convention venues over to private management.

Call Of The Casinos (NEBRASKA) -- Every week, dozens of Lincoln senior citizens pile into an Arrow bus and journey to a place where success is measured by the thud of thick metal coins dropping into a plastic bucket.

Court considers allowing gambling on ballot After suffering a week of defeats, supporters of expanded gambling won a limited victory Friday. (NEBRASKA) -- The state Supreme Court has agreed to consider allowing the gambling initiative to be on the Nov. 5 ballot and to consider whether the issue will move immediately to the Supreme Court for a final decision, bypassing the lower Court of Appeals.

Gambling ruling stirs politics Stormy Dean called for a special legislative session; Gov Mike Johanns said he's got to be kidding. (NEBRASKA) -- Secretary of State John Gale said it's too late. And video gambling advocates huddled and decided to go to court, vowing "not to take no for an answer."

Video slot vote now in doubt The proposal that would allow video slots in bars and restaurants across the state has run into a judicial roadblock and may not appear on the November ballot. (NEBRASKA) --Lancaster County District Judge Paul Merritt ruled Monday that the nearly 2,600-word gambling proposal violates the single subject rule for initiative petitions and should not be placed on the November ballot.

Judge orders injunction against gambling petition
(NEBRASKA) -- An effort to bring video slot machines to bars and restaurants across the state was brought to a halt Monday when a judge prohibited the secretary of state from putting the question on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Man wanted for business skills Morgan: Winnebago tribe's success has others wanting to learn how it is done (NEBRASKA) -- On the Winnebago Reservation, Lance Morgan is a wanted man -- wanted nationally for his award-winning business development plan that has given new economic life to the tribe.

Challenge to gambling petition delayed in court A group hoping to keep a gambling proposal off the November ballot will have to wait nearly three more weeks before it can make its arguments in court. (NEBRASKA) -- Gambling with the Good Life's case had been scheduled to be heard Tuesday in Lancaster County District Court, but defendants were added to the lawsuit Monday, so the case was continued until Aug. 29.

Gubnatorial Candidate Wants Gambling Issue On Nov. Ballot (NEBRASKA) -- Stormy Dean, Democratic candidate for Nebraska Governor, participated in the Box Butte County Fair parade Saturday, and visited with fair-goers.

Report Considers Casino In Omaha Study Looks At Positives, Negatives (NEBRASKA) -- A report released Friday by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce said a casino in Omaha could have a positive effect on the city's economy, but would also bring problems.

LOTTERY SALES (NEBRASKA) -- Total annual sales for the Nebraska Lottery, including sales for Powerball and scratch games, since the state lottery's inception in 1993:

Casino proposal in Legislature is dead (NEBRASKA) -- It was a roll of the dice that didn't pay off. That's how some supporters described a proposal that could have allowed casinos in Nebraska, but was killed Thursday by the Legislature's General Affairs Committee.

Bet On This: Senators' Gambling Proposal Won't Be On Ballot
Not in this special session.
(NEBRASKA) -- Nebraska's 49 state senators will not put their own casino gambling proposal on the November ballot. You can bet on that.

Indian Properties: More Than Just Casinos (NEW MEXICO) -- Located in a New Mexico valley between Albuquerque and Santa Fe are 73,000 pristine acres of high desert land owned by The Pueblo Nation of Santa Ana.

Gambling issue likely to go on ballot (NEBRASKA) -- A petition drive to legalize video slot gambling gathered more than 170,000 signatures, far above the minimum needed to put the issue on the November ballot.

Nebraska Supreme Court bans account wagering (NEBRASKA) -- After more than seven months of account wagering in the state, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled that wagering on horse races via the telephone violates the state constitution, the Associated Press reports.

Gaming petition drive gains donations, support (NEBRASKA) -- The group working to get an expanded gambling question on the November statewide ballot has raised more than $90,000 in donations to help fund the petition drive, according to campaign finance reports.

Kansas threatens Winnebagos with extradition (NEBRASKA) -- Tax warfare is escalating between Kansas and the Winnebago tribe of Nebraska. Kansas state officials are threatening to seek extradition of Winnebago tribal chairman John Blackhawk and Lance Morgan, executive director of Ho-Chunk Inc., the tribe’s business arm.

Schimek finds she's leading fight on Native casinos bill (NEBRASKA) -- Sen. DiAnna Schimek is not a gambler. "I've been to a casino or two in my life. And I was frankly pretty bored with them," said the Lincoln senator who has become the driving force behind a constitutional amendment that would allow expanded gambling in the state.

Bill To Legalize Nebraska Tribal Gambling Moves Forward (NEBRASKA) -- A ''yes'' vote from the newest state senator allowed for a measure legalizing casino gambling on American Indian reservations in Nebraska to be advanced out of committee Friday.

Tribe wants more than video gambling (NEBRASKA) -- The Santee Sioux Tribe says video slot machines would be a nice first step, but it wants to offer full Las Vegas-style gambling at its casino in northeast Nebraska.

Santee Beat Government Freeze Win Court Ok for Ohiya Casino (NEBRASKA) -- The Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska can finally legally operate their casino and beyond that look to the future for economic development, thanks to a victory in federal court.

Debate rages over extent of gambling in Nebraska Governor battling tribe, bar owners on proposed constitutional amendments (NEBRASKA) -- Gov. Mike Johanns sees the cars streaming across the Missouri River from Omaha to casinos in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Casino's new location gets Santees' blessing (NEBRASKA) -- The state's one and only casino has moved to a new location with the blessings of the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska.

Tribes left with few alternatives
(NEBRASKA) A 1988 Indian gaming law requires states to negotiate casino-style gambling compacts with tribes in good faith.  In some cases, it hasn't happened yet


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