gaming http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's headlines: Anti abortion coverage, casino dispute, wolf hunt http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-anti-abortion-coverage-casino-dispute-wolf-hunt <p><strong>Anti abortion coverage proposal could move forward today</strong></p><p>"A proposal to require insurance companies to stop offering abortion coverage as part of basic health insurance plans takes a critical step today. Right to Life advocates want insurance companies to offer abortion coverage only as a separate rider to women. The Board of State Canvassers is expected to certify that the group collected enough signatures to put the proposal before the legislature," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-make-michigan-women-buy-separate-health-insurance-abortion-coverage-moving-forward">reports. </a></p><p><strong>U.P. tribe and the state in U.S. Supreme Court over off-reservation casino</strong></p><p>"An Upper Peninsula Indian tribe will defend itself today before the United States Supreme Court against a lawsuit filed by the state of Michigan. The state is trying to stop the tribe from opening an off-reservation casino in the town of Vanderbilt in northern lower Michigan," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/tribal-sovereignty-issue-us-supreme-court-case-out-michigan">reports. </a></p><p><strong>Group to gather signatures to have wolf hunt next year</strong></p><p>"A pro-hunting coalition is launching a campaign to collect petition signatures seeking a possible third statewide vote next November on hunting wolves in Michigan. Their measure would let the Natural Resources Commission name game species, protecting Michigan's new wolf hunt. The state says that hunters had killed 17 wolves in the Upper Peninsula through Sunday morning," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:42:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15494 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Anti abortion coverage, casino dispute, wolf hunt In this morning's headlines: Campaign finance, fungal meningitis and gaming compact http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-campaign-finance-fungal-meningitis-and-gaming-compact <p><strong>Governor Snyder supports campaign finance law changes</strong></p><p>"Governor Snyder says he tentatively supports some major changes to Michigan’s campaign finance laws. The State Senate acted earlier this month to double the amount individuals can donate to state lawmakers’ campaigns. It would require some additional financial disclosure from those campaigns," Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p><strong>Officials to discuss a development in last years fungal meningitis outbreak</strong></p><p>"Victims of last year's fungal meningitis outbreak aren't holding out much hope they'll receive compensation for the deaths and illnesses caused by tainted steroids traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy. Officials will hold a news conference today to discuss a development in the investigation. Twenty two people from Michigan died in the outbreak," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>Gaming compact expires Saturday</strong></p><p>"At the end of this week the 1993 gaming compact between the state of Michigan and six native American tribes officially expires. Some say theoretically, if the gaming compact is allowed to expire, the tribes should not be able to legally operate their casinos. However it’s doubtful the state would attempt to force the casinos to close," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-looms-major-gaming-compact-between-state-michigan-and-tribal-governments">reports.</a></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:22:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15417 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Campaign finance, fungal meningitis and gaming compact Deadline looms for major gaming compact between the state of Michigan and tribal governments http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-looms-major-gaming-compact-between-state-michigan-and-tribal-governments <p>A big deadline looms on November 30th that may affect the state’s casino industry.</p><p>Since 1993, <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mgcb/0,1607,7-120-1380_1414_2182---,00.html">six Native American tribes </a>(The Bay Mills Indian Community, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Hannahville Indian Community, the Lac Vieux Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa) have had deals in place with the state of Michigan to operate gambling facilities. The tribes operate 13 casinos.</p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15412 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline looms for major gaming compact between the state of Michigan and tribal governments Crackdown on Michigan charity poker rooms brings backlash http://michiganradio.org/post/crackdown-michigan-charity-poker-rooms-brings-backlash <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Poker's rise in popularity has helped Michigan's charities and civic groups stay afloat at a time of dwindling donations from elsewhere.<br /><br />And <a href="http://www.pokernewsdaily.com/michigan-charitable-poker-room-supporters-come-out-in-force-to-support-industry-24977/">efforts to rein in a charitable gambling industry </a>that has grown more than 20-fold in a decade are sparking backlash.<br /> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 16:22:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15097 at http://michiganradio.org Crackdown on Michigan charity poker rooms brings backlash Striking a new deal with some Michigan's Native American tribes on gaming revenue http://michiganradio.org/post/striking-new-deal-some-michigans-native-american-tribes-gaming-revenue <p>The state of Michigan is trying to negotiate a new agreement with six Native American tribes that could mean a lot of money for the state.</p><p>Since 1993, the state of Michigan has had an agreement with the tribes (Saginaw Chippewa, Grand Traverse, Lau Vieux Desert, Sault Ste Marie, Bay Mills and Hannahville) concerning gambling revenues.&nbsp;&nbsp; That gaming compact is up for its regular review this year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Snyder wants to renegotiate the compact.&nbsp; A spokesman for the governor declined to say what’s being discussed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Aaron Payment is the chairman of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, which operates five casinos in the U.P. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13950 at http://michiganradio.org Striking a new deal with some Michigan's Native American tribes on gaming revenue Tribe appeals injunction blocking Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-appeals-injunction-blocking-lansing-casino-project <p>Backers of a proposed casino in downtown Lansing are asking a federal appeals court to toss out a legal ruling that threatens to bring their plans to a halt.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Last month a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians’ plans to build a $245 million casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s attorney general sought the injunction claiming the tribe’s plans violated federal law and a state gambling compact.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:20:06 +0000 Steve Carmody 12237 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe appeals injunction blocking Lansing casino project Native American casinos in Michigan testing the water for online gambling http://michiganradio.org/post/native-american-casinos-michigan-testing-water-online-gambling-0 <p>MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - The Soaring Eagle Casino is planning a new website that won't take bets for money unless Congress changes restrictions on online gambling.<br><br>The casino's marketing director Raul Venegas tells the Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant that the website will be for marketing and fun.<br><br>Venegas says the casino has "no intentions to offer real money gaming online, but people can play for free."<br> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:59:38 +0000 The Associated Press 12005 at http://michiganradio.org Native American casinos in Michigan testing the water for online gambling Going "full tilt" at the Michigan Pinball Expo http://michiganradio.org/post/going-full-tilt-michigan-pinball-expo <p></p><p>The Who's "Pinball Wizard" was an anthem for the baby boom generation who grew up going to arcades where dozens of pinball machines would be lined up.</p><p>But, in these days of Xbox and PlayStation 2 there are still young Pinball Wizards.<br><br>The Michigan Pinball Expo is coming to Oakland University this week. The expo is a family friendly event which hosts over 125 pinball machines over 15,000 square feet of space. Here's the catch: all of the machines are free to play, so no quarters are required. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:59:31 +0000 Stateside Staff 11992 at http://michiganradio.org Going "full tilt" at the Michigan Pinball Expo Tribe asks federal court to dismiss "meritless" state lawsuit to block Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-asks-federal-court-dismiss-meritless-state-lawsuit-block-lansing-casino <p>The Upper Peninsula Native American Tribe says a lawsuit trying to prevent it from building a casino in Lansing is “utterly without merit”.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit in September challenging the right of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians to build a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p></p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette says the casino project would violate federal law, as well as a gaming compact with the state.</p><p></p><p>But in its response to the state’s lawsuit this week, the tribe describes the state’s case as “meritless”.</p><p></p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:25:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 9893 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe asks federal court to dismiss "meritless" state lawsuit to block Lansing casino Deadline ahead for Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/deadline-ahead-lansing-casino-project <p>A deadline is looming for a proposed downtown Lansing casino.</p><p>The proposed $245 million casino project involves a complicated business and land deal between the city of Lansing, private developers and an indian tribe from the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp;</p><p>So complicated those involved were not able to reach an agreement on the various aspects of the project by an August deadline.&nbsp;&nbsp; So they gave themselves an extension until November 1<sup>st</sup>.</p><p>But with two weeks before the extended deadline there’s still no final agreement.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 11:22:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 9512 at http://michiganradio.org Deadline ahead for Lansing casino project Michigan's Attorney General files suit to block proposed Lansing casino http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-attorney-general-files-suit-block-proposed-lansing-casino <p>Michigan’s Attorney General has filed <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/105520532/State-of-Michigan-v-The-Sault-St-Marie-Tribe-of-Chippewa-Indians">a lawsuit</a> to block plans for a casino in Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians announced plans in January to build a $245 million casino next to Lansing’s convention center.</p><p></p><p>Attorney General Bill Schuette claims the casino project violates federal law and a gaming compact with the state.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 01:18:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 9019 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Attorney General files suit to block proposed Lansing casino Lansing casino project misses self-imposed deadline http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-casino-project-misses-self-imposed-deadline <p>Plans for a casino in downtown Lansing are taking longer to pull together than developers had originally planned. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:41:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 8440 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing casino project misses self-imposed deadline Detroit Works online game offers residents a chance to help shape the city http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-works-online-game-offers-residents-chance-help-shape-city <p>Community meetings about the future of Detroit neighborhoods wrap up this week.</p><p>The Detroit Works Project focuses on how to make neighborhoods more viable, and how to keep current residents while attracting new people to the city.</p><p>Dan Pitera is co-leader of Civic Engagement for Detroit Works long-term planning. He is also also a professor of architecture at the University of Detroit-Mercy.</p><p>Some main concerns from Detroit residents, Pitera said &ldquo;are safety for everybody, education and health for everybody in the city.&rdquo;</p><p>Detroit Works has used several methods to engage the Detroit community. One of the newest is an online video game called <a href="http://communityplanit.org/en-us/">Detroit 24/7</a>. &ldquo;Some people love to go to meetings, other people don&rsquo;t,&rdquo; Pitera said.</p><p>So far more than 900 people are playing the game, which lets players describe what they encounter everyday as they move around the city of Detroit, point out the pros and cons, and then suggest strategies that can improve the city. The idea is to engage a younger population, those ages 18 to 35.</p><p>&ldquo;It actually deals with many of the same issues we are dealing with in the community conversations but done online, and we are attracting those people that are not going to meetings.&rdquo;</p><p>According to Pitera, the intention of the project has been to first collect data from city residents, and then create city wide strategies that are informed by what is happening in different neighborhoods.</p><p> Wed, 23 May 2012 22:32:15 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 7590 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Works online game offers residents a chance to help shape the city Tribe votes in favor of Lansing casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-votes-favor-lansing-casino-project <p>A majority of Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians members have voted in favor of their tribe building a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p>The vote clears the way for what is sure to be bigger challenges to the casino project.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Tribal leaders had predicted the outcome of the referendum from the start. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The voting started last month when the tribe mailed ballots to more than 14 thousand tribal members.</p><p>In the end, more than 39 hundred Sault Ste Marie tribe members voted in favor of the Lansing casino project.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;23 hundred members voted against it.</p><p>Roger Martin is the tribe&rsquo;s spokesman. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;He says the next phase of the project will involve paperwork.</p><p>&ldquo;The hope is the have the land purchase completed and the application to take the land into trust by the Department of the Interior by Summer,&rdquo; says Martin.</p><p>The federal government must agree to take the land into trust for the tribe so it can be used for gaming.&nbsp;</p><p>Other tribes that operate casinos near Lansing, as well as Governor Snyder,&nbsp; oppose a casino in the capital city.&nbsp; Legal challenges to the project are expected.</p><p>Lansing mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement thanking the tribe for its affirmative vote.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&quot;I am more convinced than ever that this is the right project at the right time with the right partners.&nbsp; The Lansing Kewadin casino will create thousands of good jobs, fully-fund college scholarships for Lansing public school children, and generate hundreds of millions in new economic activity for the Lansing region.&quot; Bernero said in his statement.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 01:36:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 7329 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe votes in favor of Lansing casino project Tribal vote on Lansing casino project nearing an end http://michiganradio.org/post/tribal-vote-lansing-casino-project-nearing-end <p>Voting wraps up this week in a referendum that may decide if plans for a casino in downtown Lansing can move forward.</p><p>Ballots were mailed to 14 thousand members of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians earlier this month.</p><p>The basic question is should the tribe move ahead with plans to build a $245 million casino adjacent to Lansing&rsquo;s downtown convention center.</p> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 20:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7236 at http://michiganradio.org Tribal vote on Lansing casino project nearing an end Tribe members start voting this week on a proposed casino in Lansing http://michiganradio.org/post/tribe-members-start-voting-week-proposed-casino-lansing <p>Ballots are being mailed this week to more than 14 thousand members of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.&nbsp;&nbsp; The vote may decide if the tribe will go ahead with plans to build a casino in downtown Lansing.</p><p>The proposed casino is controversial, not just among those who generally oppose any effort to expand gambling in Michigan, but also among some Sault Ste Marie tribe members.</p><p>The tribe already operates five casinos in the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp; But some tribe members don&rsquo;t like the way revenue from a Lansing casino would be divided.</p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 19:39:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6998 at http://michiganradio.org Tribe members start voting this week on a proposed casino in Lansing Does Michigan need more casinos? It's a question voters may answer this fall http://michiganradio.org/post/does-michigan-need-more-casinos-its-question-voters-may-answer-fall <p>A petition drive is underway that may end with asking Michigan voters if they want more casinos.</p><p>The state Board of Canvassers approved the form of&nbsp;the petition today.</p><p>If enough signatures are collected, voters this fall will be asked to approve expanding the number of private casinos in Michigan by eight. The expansion is opposed by Michigan&rsquo;s existing casino owners.</p><p>Emily Palsrok is with the Citizens for More Michigan Jobs, the group behind the petition drive.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Well we think there&rsquo;s more room for competition.&nbsp; We don&rsquo;t think anyone should be afraid of that,&quot; says Palsrok, &quot;The gaming industry in Michigan is doing very well.&nbsp; If we look at the numbers that just the three Detroit casinos posted&hellip;they&rsquo;re doing very well&hellip;there&rsquo;s room for more competition.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>There are several other proposals that could eventually double the number of casinos in Michigan.</p><p>Supporters of the campaign would have to collect more than 300,000 voter signatures to make a statewide ballot.</p><p>Among the locations that would get new casinos through the proposal are Detroit, Pontiac, Grand Rapids and Romulus. Others would be in Birch Run, Macomb County&#39;s Clinton Township, Wexford County&#39;s Clam Lake Township and DeWitt Township in the Lansing area. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 16:15:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 6890 at http://michiganradio.org Does Michigan need more casinos? It's a question voters may answer this fall Lansing city council gives OK to controversial casino project http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-gives-ok-controversial-casino-project <p>A controversial plan to build a casino in downtown Lansing cleared an important hurdle last night.&nbsp;</p><p>The Lansing city council gave its approval for the Sault Ste Marie&nbsp;Tribe of Chippewa Indians&rsquo; plan to build a casino next to the city&rsquo;s convention center.&nbsp;</p><p>Council members who voted for the casino cited the jobs it will create &nbsp;and a&nbsp;college scholarship program for Lansing children it will fund.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 03:57:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 6702 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing city council gives OK to controversial casino project Proposed Lansing casino faces key hurdle tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-lansing-casino-faces-key-hurdle-tonight <p>The Lansing city council has several items dealing with the casino project on its agenda tonight.</p><p>All the items must pass for the $245 million&nbsp;project to move forward.</p><p>City council president Brian Jeffries last week questioned if the city is giving up too much in the deal with the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and a group of local investors.</p><p>The proposal has drawn opposition from critics of casino gambling.,&nbsp;other tribes that operate casinos,&nbsp;as well as the governor and state attorney general.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6682 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed Lansing casino faces key hurdle tonight Opponents plan to pack Lansing casino public hearing tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/opponents-plan-pack-lansing-casino-public-hearing-tonight <p>&nbsp;A public hearing tonight&nbsp;in Lansing is expected to draw a large crowd of opponents to a casino in in the city&rsquo;s downtown.</p><p>The Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians wants to build a new casino next to Lansing&rsquo;s downtown convention center.</p><p>Supporters say the casino would bring much needed jobs to the capitol city,&nbsp;boost&nbsp;the city&rsquo;s convention business and provide funding for a college scholarship program for Lansing school children.</p><p>But opponents&nbsp;say the costs are too high.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6587 at http://michiganradio.org Opponents plan to pack Lansing casino public hearing tonight