Bristol casino bill "down to the wire"

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    It's "down to the wire" on whether the state will allow Bristol Virginia residents to vote on a casino this year.

    A $250-million casino-resort project is proposed for the vacant Bristol Mall. It’s to be funded by coal industry veterans Jim McGlothlin and Clyde Stacy.

    Virginia Senate and House conferees have been trying to reach a compromise on different bills they passed involving that project and other casinos proposed across the state.

    Senator Bill Carrico says of all the proposals, only Bristol’s project is ready to go in terms of design, location and funds. He also notes it’s facing potential competition from a similar project planned in the Jenkins, Ky., area.

    Carrico continues to press for allowing Bristol to have a vote before any study that might delay the project at least a year.

    The General Assembly adjourns Saturday so Carrico describes his efforts as “down the wire.”

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