Cella Bucks Can't Sway Arkansas Casino Vote

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CASINO PROPOSAL CRUSHED: St. Louis real estate tycoon and Arkansas racetrack owner Charles Cella "outspent opponents almost 6 to 1" in support of a gambling issue on the Nov. 5 ballot in that state. That's how Tuesday's edition of The New York Times explained Cella's expenditures against the opposition - "not from citizens groups, but from Mississippi casinos, fearful of competition." Cella, who owns Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, would have gained a casino. "In all, proponents spent nearly $4 for every person in Arkansas, or about $10 million," the article pointed out. The proposals were rejected, 61 to 39 percent.

SUNNY SIDE UP: St. Louis Assessor Mary King, successor to Dennis Hill, is getting high marks from city taxpayers for extending the hours of her office to a computer-friendly 7 a.m.-6 p.m. . . .

Victorian secret! Missouri Mansion Preservation Inc., a private tax-exempt group that raises money to rehab the governor's manse in Jefferson City, has invited school kids to share a "Victorian Christmas." A mailing to school administrators across the state from Mary Pat Abele, exec director of MMP, asks that each school "complete at least one of each ornament for display on the manse's 18-foot Christmas tree" and that administrators let her know by Nov. 25 "when to expect your shipment" of ornaments, such as paper chains, Santa's sleighs, holiday harps, crepe paper roses, Santa paper dolls and a drum ("an empty single-serving Pringles can works best"). . . . MR. POSTMAN: Tiny Newnan in Coweta County, Georgia, is one step closer to having a second cable television system - one that would compete with St. Louis-based Charter Communications, says Dennis McEntire, general manager of Newnan Water and Light. A recent item here announcing NW&L's plans has opened a veritable floodgate of interstate correspondence about the Newnam revolution. …


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