Pennsylvania Slot Hearings Approved - Monday 23rd of January 2006

State gaming regulators approved a tentative list of public hearings on slots applications Thursday, and said they'll consider adding a hearing in Gettysburg because of a hotly debated slots proposal there.

"The tentative list calls for a two-day hearing in Harrisburg for the Gaming Control Board to get input on three midstate slots plans, plus hearings in six other locations statewide. The Harrisburg hearing was meant to cover the Gettysburg-area plan plus proposals for a slots parlor in downtown Lancaster and at Penn National Race Course in Dauphin County.

"But board member Jeffrey Coy of Shippensburg, the only midstate resident on the seven-member board, asked for a hearing in Gettysburg.

"…A group of investors, led by Gettysburg businessman David LeVan, want to build the Crossroads Gaming Resort & Spa at routes 30 and 15. Opponents have claimed it would hurt the historical tourism industry and disrespect the soldiers who died there, while supporters claim it would provide jobs and tax revenue for the area…"

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