Kansas County Would get Millions in Settlement


COLUMBUS, Kan. (AP) Penn National Gaming is proposing a $7.25 million settlement with Cherokee County in a dispute over a casino that was never built.

Cherokee County sued Penn National for $53 million in 2008 after the company decided not to build a casino in southeast Kansas. The company cited competition from a resort just south of where it planned to build the casino.

A Shawnee County judge in November accepted the county’s argument that the company backed out after deciding it could make more money elsewhere. Penn National has the state contract for a casino in Kansas City, Kan.

The Joplin Globe reports the settlement includes $4.75 million and 200 acres of property worth about $2.5 million.

The commission has not formally accepted the settlement, which the judge also must approve.


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