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  • Deadline focuses field of NY casino contenders

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The field of contenders vying to build casinos in upstate New York came into focus Wednesday, the deadline for interested parties to submit a $1 million application fee. The pitches come from some of the world's largest casino operators and local business owners, each hoping to win a license to open one of up to four...

  • US investigates immigrant teacher hiring in Texas

    DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas school district that discovered problems in its program to hire international teachers faces a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to those whose recruitment didn't follow regulations. "Real taxpayer dollars were wasted, real people were hurt and the reputation of this district was damaged by...

  • Culinary school proposed for former hall of fame

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — City officials are backing a proposal to transform the former College Football Hall of Fame museum in downtown South Bend into a new culinary education center for Ivy Tech Community College. Under the Culinary Center Coalition's plan, the museum would undergo a $6 million remodeling to include bakeries and kitchens,...

  • Horse track warns 2014 racing season could be last

    BOSTON (AP) — Suffolk Downs, New England's only thoroughbred facility, warned on Wednesday that the 2014 racing season would likely be the last one at the 79-year-old track unless Mohegan Sun is awarded the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Suffolk Downs has promised to continue racing for at least the next 15 years if the...

  • Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said Naomi Coleman was detained at Colombo's airport after she arrived from India on Monday when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha seated on a lotus...

  • 5 Milwaukee museums offer free, reduced admission

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Five Milwaukee museums are offering free or reduced admission to help promote each other. They are part of the Milwaukee Museum Mile, which includes five small and medium museums located within a mile of each other along Lake Michigan. The museums are the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, The Charles Allis Art Museum, Museum of...

  • Forest Services plans fires in Vermont

    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain National Forest is planning fires this spring to treat about 300 to 400 acres of national forest land in Vermont. The Forest Service says the prescribed fire will be used to reduce heavy accumulations of brush to restore critical wildlife habit, regenerate growth and improve watershed conditions. Officials...

  • Governor to discuss future of hot springs park

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead plans to hear from Thermopolis residents Saturday regarding their concerns about operations at Hot Springs State Park following his administration's notice last month that it intends to cancel its contract with a longtime pool operator. Milward Simpson, director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks...

  • Vegas boutique hotel Cromwell opens casino floor

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Slot machines are now ringing at the boutique hotel replacing Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The Cromwell celebrated its soft opening Monday evening by welcoming guests into a 40,000-square-foot casino featuring 434 slot machines and 66 table games. The hotel's 188 rooms and suites are...

  • Senate sides with ridesharing services Uber, Lyft

    PHOENIX (AP) — Calling Uber a cutting-edge concept, the Arizona Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that exempts it and other rideshare companies from the same regulations that traditional taxi and limo companies have. The amended bill exempts rideshare companies from the commercial insurance requirement that affects traditional taxi, limo and...

  • SD tribe's park expansion for bison irks ranchers

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Rangeland outside of Badlands National Park has become contested territory. The Oglala Sioux Tribe and National Park Service are working on a plan outlined nearly 40 years ago to turn the current park's South Unit and surrounding property into the first tribal national park and introduce a herd of buffalo. Opponents of...

  • Gansler: Md. should study high-speed rail options

    BALTIMORE (AP) — State Attorney General Doug Gansler wants Maryland's government to take the initiative on building high-speed rail from Baltimore to Washington. The Democratic candidate for governor said that, if elected, he'll form a task force to develop recommendations on high-speed rail by the end of his first year on the job, campaign...

  • Detroit Metro Airport opens up pooch potty area

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — There's a new spot at Detroit Metropolitan Airport where dogs can do their business. Delta Air Lines worked with the airport to create the new Service Animal Relief Area. It's located near gate A-34 of the McNamara Terminal and has been dubbed "Central Bark" by some employees. A "ribbon-biting" ceremony was held...

  • Excerpts of editorials from Illinois newspapers

    April 21, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times Casino bill must include Chicago — and safeguards Haggling over legislation to bring a casino to Chicago has become a springtime ritual. This time around, state Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, has dealt out two new amendments that just might get the job done. To our way of thinking, that's welcome news, but...

  • Frank Lloyd Wright tower opens for public tours

    RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring. The 15-story tower at SC Johnson's headquarters in southeastern Wisconsin is regarded...

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