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Missouri's Capitol Building in 2017.
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A Missouri House panel has endorsed a plan that could allow casinos to be built near the Lake of the Ozarks. 

The proposal endorsed Thursday would ask voters whether to amend the state constitution to allow casinos on the Osage River between the Bagnell Dam and the point where the Osage River meets the Missouri River.

House member Rocky Miller, who represents the lake area, said he filed the proposal to try to preempt a potential initiative petition drive to allow casinos on the popular tourist lake in central Missouri.

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A recent decline in Missouri's casino revenues is raising questions among lawmakers about the extent to which the state can continue to rely on gambling to fund key programs.

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Casinos across Missouri are reporting decreased revenue this summer, continuing a trend seen at most of the state's 13 riverboat gambling sites last year.

Overall revenues for July were more than $9.5 million less than in July 2012, a 6.3 decline. That means nearly $2 million less for state education spending derived from a gambling tax compared with this time last year.

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A Missouri House bill aims to restrict the use of cash welfare benefits at casinos and liquor stores.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

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  • Missouri lawmakers considering allowing casinos to loan money to their patrons
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  • Kirksville shows highest growth of any NE Missouri city
  • University of Missouri hosting Rwanda symposium for public

Newscast for January 25, 2012

Jan 25, 2012

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Defeated voter ID bill resurfaces
  • A proposed tax increase on hotel rooms could help finance improvements to the Columbia Regional Airport
  • Missouri casino operators resist tax to fund state-operated veterans' homes
  • MU leaders discuss budget constraints 
  • Threatening stickers planted outside Missouri congressional offices