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Kansas Board Picks Least Costly Proposal For New Casino

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A Kansas board has picked a group with ties to two other casinos in the state to develop a new one in the state's southeast corner.

On Tuesday the casino review board selected a $70 million proposal from Kansas Crossing that was less expensive than two rival plans. The others included the $145 million Castle Rock casino that would have been within 2 miles of a Quapaw tribal casino in northeast Oklahoma.

The board split 5-2 between Kansas Crossing and Castle Rock.

Board members supporting Kansas Crossing said its project is the right size for the market. Also, investors in the group have been involved in casinos in Dodge City and south of Wichita.

The Kansas Lottery will own the new casino. The casino would be south of Pittsburg.