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Ohio's first casino gets 2.6M visitors

Nov. 17, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

CLEVELAND -- Operators say the first of Ohio's four new casinos has had more than 2.6 million visitors during its first six months of operation.

The Horseshoe Casino Cleveland opened in May at the old Higbee department store with the promise of a tax windfall and jobs for about 1,600 employees.

The head of the Cleveland's marketing and tourism agency says the casino developers have followed through on a promise to incorporate other city attractions and promote local tourism.

The downtown casino has nearly 90 table games, 1,900 slots and a 30-table poker room. Developers say the casino plans to add two dozen more table games.

Casinos also have opened in Toledo and Columbus. Cincinnati's casino is slated to open next spring.

Pilots at American Airlines hold second vote on contract offer

DALLAS -- Pilots at American Airlines will vote again on whether to approve a contract offer from the company, which has been operating under bankruptcy protection for nearly a year.

The Allied Pilots Association board on Friday accepted a tentative agreement with the airline and will send it to union members to consider.

The 7,500 pilots rejected a previous company offer in August, and American responded by getting bankruptcy court approval to impose pay and benefit cuts.

The pilots are the last union group that hasn't approved a cost-cutting contract since American and parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection. Approval of the contract would help AMR emerge from bankruptcy protection by locking down long-term labor savings. American aims to reduce annual labor costs by about $1 billion.

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