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The Wheelhouse Digest
Fri September 27, 2013
Keno Gets Closer; Anchoring Bass Pro; Rail Headaches
Connecticut has been dancing around the idea of keno for a while now. The state made another move across the room to commit some spending that would help to bring keno to hundreds of locations in the state. Meanwhile, the bond commission is working to get Bass Pro Shops in place in Bridgeport, and miserable commuters continue to cope with a broken Metro-North. Read about it in today's Wheelhouse Digest.
CONNECTICUT TO KENO: MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?
Edging closer to keno, lottery officials approve spending.
The Connecticut Lottery Corporation's board of directors on Thursday approved spending $5.4 million over two years to bring keno to at least 600 locations. It also approved offering keno to retailers that already sell lottery tickets. Still pending: an agreement between the state and two Indian tribes that have an exclusive right to offer gambling on their reservations. It would establish state policy that keno does not void the compacts between the state and the federally-recognized Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations.
BAIT FOR BASS PRO SHOPS
A possible plan takes shape to put the right lure on the hook in Bridgeport.
The State Bond Commission meets today, and will consider a $22 million financing package for a planned Bass Pro Shops store in Bridgeport. The store is a likely anchor for the city's Steelpointe Harbor waterfront development project. Bass Pro sells fishing, boating, hunting and camping equipment, and estimates that it will attract 3 million annual visitors to its Bridgeport location.
METRO-NORTH: DOWN AND OUT
A transit blip for Connecticut is affecting the entire northeast.
Governor Dannel Malloy called this week's electricity outage, taking out the Metro-North New Haven line, a "catastrophic failure" for which there seems to be no plan. A commuter called his new travel routine a "post-apocalyptic commute." A Con Edison union spokesman said, "Things like this are going to happen over and over again." Don't you feel better now?