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County approves new southwest Ohio racino project

6:21 AM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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LEBANON, Ohio -- Commissioners in southwest Ohio's Warren County have approved plans for a $175 million "racino" about 30 miles north of Cincinnati. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the facility approved Tuesday will combine horse racing with up to 2,500 slots-like gambling terminals.

Construction is expected to start in December, and it's slated to open in 2014 if the state approves.

The 120-acre site near Interstate 75 will employ about 700 people. It is expected to include a grandstand, restaurants and other buildings.

It wouldn't be the state's first so-called racino. Scioto Downs in Columbus opened one in June, and others are in the works.

Cincinnati also is getting a new casino, which is scheduled to open next spring.

The Associated Press

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