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Woodlands to close

24 July 2008

KANSAS -- As reported by the Mirror: "Wyandotte County got hit with two loads of bad business news this week, and both had to do with gambling.

"On Monday, Kansas Racing LLC announced it would be closing the Woodlands Race Park on Aug. 24. The following night Sands Las Vegas announced it was dropping its pursuit of a casino proposal in Edwardsville.

"The Woodlands had been cleared to install up to 800 slot machines under the state's expanded lottery law that also provided for four state-owned casinos to be built.

"Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Joe Reardon said the Woodlands announcement was bad news but he was hopeful an alternative to the track's shuttering could be found to avert the loss of more than 200 jobs.

"...Mike Deines, a spokesman for the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission, said it was possible that another site could be permitted to have the same number of slot machines that were authorized for the Woodlands.

"...Sands' decision was made, said Las Vegas Sands president William Weidner in a press release, after 'a thorough evaluation of the impact of proposed statutory changes in the neighboring Missouri gaming marketplace.'..."

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