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Asbestos Concern Won't Delay Binion's Opening

30 January 2004

Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS -- The reopening of Binion's Horseshoe in downtown Las Vegas is not expected to be delayed by asbestos concerns, an official with Harrah's Entertainment Inc. said Thursday.

Harrah's isn't planning any major renovations or a demolition of the property, which would disturb the asbestos that exists in the walls and ceilings of the building and trigger a cleanup process that could delay the reopening, Harrah's spokesman Gary Thompson said.

Harrah's announced a deal this month to purchase the Horseshoe from owner Becky Behnen and has pledged to reopen the property, which closed Jan. 9 after funds were seized from the casino cage on behalf of union pension and welfare funds. The company has begun to assess the building and hasn't said when it will reopen the Horseshoe, a process that requires approval from state gaming regulators.

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