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NC governor considers tribal casino with SC tribe

By Associated Press
Published On: Aug 16 2013 10:48:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 10:51:27 PM CDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration is considering an agreement to allow a South Carolina-based Indian tribe to open a casino near the state line.
    
Cleveland County Commission Chairman Ronnie Hawkins says officials in his county met last month with a senior economic adviser to the governor to talk about a potential casino operated by the Catawba Indian Nation.
    
Hawkins says the site along Interstate 85 south of Kings Mountain could include a casino, hotel and other retail businesses.
    
A spokesman for McCrory would not talk about the possibility because the project is still under discussion.
    
A spokeswoman for the Catawbas denied the tribe is seeking to operate in North Carolina.
    
The project would require a gambling compact, which McCrory could authorize without lawmakers' approval.