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6:30 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Remembering Rockingham Park: A Story Of Prestige And Decline

First Race at Rockingham
Leslie Jones, 1933 Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library

This week, NHPR has been taking a close look at what a casino would mean for the town of Salem, a likely location for a gambling establishment.  On Wednesday, the House voted down the idea of expanded gaming.  We end our series today with a look back at the best—and worst—times The Rock has faced.

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NH News
4:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

House Kills Senate Casino Bill, May See Strained Relations

The democratically-controlled NH House voted yesterday to kill a bill authorizing a casino with as many as 5000 slot machines and 150 table games. The vote is blow to Governor Maggie Hassan, who lobbied hard for the bill.  As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the 199-164 vote was consistent with the house’s longstanding opposition to casino gambling, but may strain its relations with the state Senate, which had backed the plan by a supermajority.

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All Things Considered
6:15 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

By 199-164 Vote, N.H. House Says No To Senate Casino Plan

House lawmakers prepare for debate on SB 152, a bill to legalize a casino in southern New Hampshire.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The State House has rejected a bill to legalize a casino in southern New Hampshire, by a vote of 199 to 164.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley was on hand for the debate today in Representatives Hall. He joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with the latest.

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NH News
10:11 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Live Blog: House Votes 199-164 To Kill Casino Bill

A supporter of SB 152, a bill legalizing a casino, walks out of the Statehouse Wednesday morning.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

4:40: The House has voted 199-164 to kill SB 152. This means amendments will not be considered to the gambling legislation and the bill is dead.

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NH News
6:29 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Whether A Casino Brings Big Bucks To Businesses Depends On These Factors

Seven hotels have popped up along Racetrack Rd in North Strabane, PA, since The Meadows opened in 2007. Three more are on the way.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Whether a casino would be a boon for businesses in Salem  depends on a number of factors. Based on anecdotal evidence from a trip to Washington County, PA, these are a few important ones.

1. Is your business a restaurant or shopping mall within a half mile of the casino? 

2. Does the casino bring in out-of-town visitors?

3. Are casino employees local residents? 

To get the whole story, have a listen:

Geraldine Pajak and her friend Pauline Stripp feed dollar bills into a Gladiator-themed slot machine at The Meadows in PA.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

House Prepares To Vote On Casino Bill

The New Hampshire House will vote Wednesday on whether to legalize one casino along the  Massachusetts border.

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NH News
12:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

NH Casino Would Mean Building Addiction Services From The Ground Up

Ed Talbot is among a small core of people working to start a Council on Problem Gambling in New Hampshire.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

As the New Hampshire House prepares to vote on a casino bill this week, NHPR is bringing you a series of stories that look at the implications of opening a casino in the Granite State.  Today we turn our focus to the potential social costs related to gambling addiction: how the state is handling problem gambling now, and how it could in the future.

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Morning Edition
11:24 am
Tue May 21, 2013

What About Charitable Gaming?

If a casino is built in the state, charities in New Hampshire worry their low-stakes table games and bingo nights just won’t be able to compete. Many hold annual charity gaming events to raise funds, and fear big losses. Annmarie Timmins has been covering the casino debate for the Concord Monitor. She joined Morning Edition to talk about the possible effects to charitable gaming.

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NH News
8:37 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Problem Gambling By The Numbers

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR
NH News
4:03 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Casinos In New Hampshire: Frequently Asked Questions

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR
Politics
9:31 am
Mon May 20, 2013

On The Political Front For May 20

The gambling bill goes to the floor of the NH House for a full vote on Wednesday, after receiving a narrow 23-22 supercommittee vote resulting in a recommendation to kill the bill; the recommendation means that none of the amendments being debated in the House will be under consideration unless Wednesday's vote also fails to approve the bill. One such amendment would look to beef up regulation, while allowing for more revenue. Issues on the docket in the NH Senate include the Stand Your Groud repeal, Voter ID, the gas tax, the tobacco tax, medical marijuana, and the minimum wage.

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Millennium Gaming Focuses On The Basics, Not The Glitz

The Meadows, one of Millennium's casinos.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

No prospective casino developer has been in the news more than Bill Wortman and his firm, Millennium Gaming. Wortman has been courting the town of Salem for years and recently unveiled his concept for a casino at Rockingham Park.

Wortman may have started off as a CPA but he clearly enjoys the role of casino developer that he's morphed into. A beefy man who favors a casual, open collar look, Wortman began his gaming career in 1978 at one of the iconic casinos on the Las Vegas strip:

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon May 20, 2013

What Casino Money Can Buy: 48 Hours In Washington County, Pennsylvania

Emily Corwin NHPR

What would a casino at Rockingham Park mean for Salem city government? We traveled to Western Pennsylvania to find out. There, a $550 million casino and racetrack called The Meadows has injected millions into local government.

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