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State extends deadline for southeast Kansas casino applications

The state has extended the application deadline for applications for a new casino in southeast Kansas to Jan. 30.
The state has extended the application deadline for applications for a new casino in southeast Kansas to Jan. 30. File photo

The Kansas Lottery Commission has extended the deadline for applications for managers of a planned casino in southeast Kansas to Jan. 30.

The original deadline was Friday. The state-owned casino is planned for a region that includes Cherokee and Crawford counties.

Executive Director Terry Presta said the deadline was extended to allow recently appointed board members time to learn the duties.

The Joplin Globe reports two developers have already said they will compete to build a casino in Crawford County. Another developer has indicated interest in building a casino in Cherokee County.

After the Jan. 30 deadline, the lottery will have 90 days to negotiate contracts with qualified applicants. A lottery review board will select the contract and the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission will approve or reject the applicant.

Among those interested in building a casino is a group of Wichita investors that include businessmen Brandon and Rodney Steven.

They unveiled their Castle Rock Casino Resort, which would be in extreme southeast Cherokee County, earlier this month.

The state approved building of four casinos, including one in Cherokee or Crawford counties, in the southeast corner of the state, in 2007. The other three have since opened in Mulvane, Dodge City and Kansas City, Kan.

But earlier casino proposals for the southeast location were withdrawn when economic times got difficult.

This year, the state Legislature lowered the financial requirements for the southeast location and the state offered the proposal again.

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