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North Carolina, Catawba tribe, ink casino revenue agreement

Jan. 24, 2021 4:33 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor has signed a revenue-sharing agreement with the Catawba Indian Nation that clears the way for Las Vegas-style gaming to be offered at a planned resort in Kings Mountain, officials said. Federal approval is still needed for the type of gaming agreed to...

Hawaii reports decline in December hotel occupancy rate

Jan. 24, 2021 11:24 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has reported its hotel occupancy rates have declined by more than half in December compared to the same time in 2019, although the rates have gradually increased in recent months. Hawaii Tourism Authority data shows that 23.9% of hotel rooms in the state were full last month as a...

Deal would allow expanded gambling at tribe's Indiana casino

Jan. 23, 2021 9:39 AM EST

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The tribal casino in South Bend could become a full-fledged competitor to Indiana’s other casinos later this year under a deal reached between state officials and the tribe. The Four Winds South Bend Casino owned by the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi has been limited under...

FILE - In this July 18, 2020, file photo a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif. California's unemployment rate edged up nearly 1 percentage point last month as the state shed more than 52,000 jobs led by the pandemic-hobbled restaurant and lodging industries, the state's beleaguered Employment Development Department reported Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California jobless rate edges up amid 52,000 lost jobs

Jan. 22, 2021 8:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s unemployment rate edged up nearly 1 percentage point last month as the state shed more than 52,000 jobs led by the pandemic-hobbled restaurant and lodging industries, the state’s beleaguered Employment Development Department reported Friday. The jobless...

Gambling regulators give preliminary OK to new Rio operator

Jan. 22, 2021 2:13 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada gambling regulators granted preliminary approval to the new owners of the Rio hotel-casino to operate the off-Strip property. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday that the Nevada Gaming Commission's preliminary finding of suitability for executives of Dreamscape Companies...

Massachusetts unemployment rate climbs to 7.4% in December

Jan. 22, 2021 11:51 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' unemployment rate increased to 7.4% in December as the state lost 600 jobs, state officials announced Friday. The December rate was up 0.7% over the previous month, according to the state's Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was also 0.7% more than the national unemployment rate of...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, patrons place in person bets during the launch of legalized sports betting in Michigan at the MGM Grand Detroit casino in Detroit. Online sports betting and casino games will start in Michigan at noon Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, an expansion of options for gamblers who now wager through offshore sites. State regulators have authorized licenses for all three Detroit casinos and seven of the dozen tribes with

Michigan launches online sports betting, casino games Friday

Jan. 21, 2021 11:51 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Online sports betting and casino games will start in Michigan at noon Friday, an expansion of options for gamblers who now wager through offshore sites. State regulators have authorized licenses for all three Detroit casinos and seven of the dozen tribes with “Class III”...

From left, Senate Minority Leader Gregory Baca, R-Belen, Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, talk on the Senate Floor before the start of the 2021 legislative session in the State Capitol in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico lawmakers among beneficiaries of relief grants

Jan. 21, 2021 7:45 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Direct grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are a hallmark of New Mexico's coronavirus relief effort have been awarded to several state legislators as well as enterprises that have sued the state over Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's aggressive public health...

South Dakota 2020 tourism declined, but industry optimistic

Jan. 21, 2021 6:34 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A reduction in visitors and tourism income broke a 10-year streak of industry growth last year, the Department of Tourism reported Thursday, although the state fared better than others during the pandemic. The number of visitors to South Dakota dropped by 13% in 2020 to 12.6 million,...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. Trump is en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump returns to a business empire ravaged by pandemic

Jan. 21, 2021 5:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump is returning to a family business ravaged by pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, with revenue plunging more than 40% at his Doral golf property, his Washington hotel and both his Scottish resorts over the past year. Trump's 2020 financial disclosure released as he left office...