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Supporters Seek To Turn Defunct Greyhound Park Into Casino

Supporters of a bid to bring a casino to southeast Kansas say the long-closed Camptown Greyhound Park could be converted quickly into a gambling facility if state regulators approve.

The park has applied to the Kansas Lottery Commission for the lone remaining casino slot. That slot has gone unfilled since the state legalized casino gambling in 2007.

Legislation that went into effect on Tuesday lowers the investment required for a prospective casino developer from $225 million to $50 million. It also drops the fee the state charges to developers from $25 million to $5.5 million.

Camptown is just north of Pittsburg. It opened in 1995 but ran live dog races for fewer than six months before its owners filed for bankruptcy in early 1996.