Four companies compete for casino license

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 | 8:26 p.m. CDT; updated 8:10 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 28, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — The competition for Missouri's last available casino license has been narrowed to four companies.

Five entities had submitted applications to the Missouri Gaming Commission.

But commission spokeswoman LeAnn McCarthy said Tuesday a proposal from Sunway Gaming LLC for a casino in Sugar Creek was rejected because it was incomplete.

A second group also has proposed a casino for the Kansas City suburb of Sugar Creek. Others in the running would place a casino in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis or north St. Louis County.

Public hearings are tentatively scheduled for the end of this month in Cape Girardeau, St. Louis and Kansas City.

Missouri has an available casino license because of this summer's closing of the President Casino in St. Louis.

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