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Apr 9, 2002 2:37 AM

MGM awaits bid

The MGM Grand Detroit will be part of the bidding April 12 to acquire the Michigan State Plaza building.

Bids are due at 10 a.m. Friday.  State officials plan to reveal the winner as soon as possible. The hotel has until April 30 to find a location for a permanent casino.

 Last week, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick ended a stalemate with the City Council and gained a 30-day extension of the temporary casino agreements.

 The three casinos (MGM Grand, Motor City and Greektown) are required to build 400-room hotels by January 2006, in time for the Super Bowl, to be held in Detroit.

Kansas, Nebraska balk

Despite the fact that gaming has produced million of dollars in revenue for a growing number of states, Kansas and Nebraska has decided to take a hard line on the industry’s expansion.

This past week, the Kansas legislature voted 64-58 to kill a measure that would have allowed slot machines at racetracks. In neighboring Âí­Nebraska, the lawmakers rejected a bill authorizing Indian casinos.

The Kansas decision came despite studies estimating that slot machines and electronic games such as video poker would net the state government $102 million per year. The gambling opponents cited that the money wasn’t worth the Âí­social costs.

The Nebraska measure needed 25 votes to advance in the Senate, but received just 20.