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Lansing Casino Is One Step Closer

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(WLNS) - The city of lansing could be one step closer to having a $245 million casino just steps away from the Capitol.

Wednesday the indian tribe behind the project filed paperwork with the federal government to move the project forward.

But as 6 News Emerald Morrow reports it's a gamble some state officials are not willing to take.

Just east of the Capitol and the Lansing Center, is where the proposed casino would be built. City officials say it would bring thousands of jobs into downtown Lansing, but the attorney general says he's not so sure it's a good idea.

Bright sights and flashing lights.

Officials with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of indians announced they're one step closer to bringing these plans for a casino to life.

The tribe filed applications with the US Department of the Interior to take nearly three acres of land into trust to build the quarter billion dollar casino.

Mayor Virg Bernero praises the move and in a statement says:

"I grow more optimistic by the day that we will get this done. There will no doubt be additional challenges to the project but we remain confident that we will succeed..."

But in another statement the Attorney General's office says the move could be dicey.

"State and Federal laws do not permit tribes to open casinos in every corner of the state and the Sault tribe has now violated its gaming compact with the state twice. We will use every tool at our disposal to stop illegal off-reservation gambling."

Now, the battle over this proposed casino is nowhere near the end, but of course, we'll keep you updated on developments as they happen.

Stay with 6 News on-air, at www.wlns.com, on Facebook.com/WLNS-TV or follow @WLNS on Twitter for 6 News the latest on the Lansing casino.

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