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8:20 PM, Jul 17, 2010   |    comments
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Voters in Cape Girardeau will be asked in November if they want a casino docked along their southeast Missouri riverfront.

One of Missouri's 13 casino licenses is up for grabs with the closing of the President in St. Louis, and two companies are pursuing Cape Girardeau's endorsement for a casino plan.

The Southeast Missourian newspaper reports that a group backing the idea submitted nearly 3,100 signatures from registered voters on a petition for a November ballot question. City Clerk Gayle Conrad said Friday that was more than enough to put the issue on the November 2 ballot.

The measure asks if Cape Girardeau will "allow the licensing of excursion gambling boats in the city."

Developers have also expressed interest in opening a casino in St. Louis, St. Louis County and the Kansas City suburb of Sugar Creek.

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