Kansas regulators to rule on casino plan Jan. 14

TOPEKA | Kansas regulators expect to decide Jan. 14 whether an Iowa developer can move forward with plans to build a state-owned casino south of Wichita.

The state Racing and Gaming Commission will meet on that day to review a background check on Peninsula Gaming and its top officials. The commission's approval is the last hurdle for Peninsula to start its $260 million project in Sumner County

The commission would regulate the new casino. The Kansas Lottery would own the rights to the new gambling and the gambling equipment, and the state would claim 22 percent of the revenues.

Peninsula plans to build the casino in Mulvane near the Kansas Turnpike, 18 miles south of Wichita.