ST. LOUIS (AP) - Casinos across Missouri are reporting decreased revenue this summer, continuing a trend seen at most of the state's 13 riverboat gambling sites last year.
Overall revenues for July were more than $9.5 million less than in July 2012, a 6.3 decline. That means nearly $2 million less for state education spending derived from a gambling tax compared with this time last year. The local governments where the casinos are located will also receive less money from casino admission fees.
The Lumiere Place in downtown St. Louis reported the steepest drop, at 18 percent. Kansas City's Ameristar recorded a 10 percent revenue drop.
Pinnacle Entertainment wants to sell the Lumiere property in response to federal antitrust issues related to its planned purchase of Ameristar Casinos.
BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The president of the Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association has resigned after getting flak about a State Fair event that mocked President Barack Obama.
An attorney for Boonville School Superintendent Mark Ficken said Tuesday that his client resigned from the rodeo association to protest its response to the Saturday incident.
Ficken was the rodeo announcer.
But attorney Albert Watkins says it was a rodeo clown wearing a microphone - not Ficken - who riled up the crowd as a bull chased a man wearing an Obama mask. The act was widely criticized by Missouri officials as disrespectful of Obama.
Watkins says Ficken resigned because the association had not barred the rodeo clown from its group.
The Boonville School District is hiring an investigator to look into Ficken's role in the event.
St. Louis County police have identified the teenager shot and killed during a disturbance at a home Monday morning.
The resident was home in the 57-hundred block of Eagle Drive with his fiance when he answered a knock at the door. Nineteen year old Akeem Mayes of St. Louis city, and an unidentified man, then became involved in an argument with the resident. In an exchange of gunfire, Mayes was killed.
A search for the second subject is ongoing.