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Pinnacle says it's improving minority inclusion

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Pinnacle Entertainment says it has made significant progress in its commitment to include minorities and women on a casino construction project in St. Louis.

The Las Vegas-based company says its minority participation rate is now greater than 20%. But a group of people working for minority inclusion disagrees, saying only about 16% of Pinnacle's workforce is made up of minority contractors. The group staged a small protest Monday outside the worksite.

Pinnacle spokesman Mack Bradley says Pinnacle has taken several steps to reach project goals of 25% minority and 5% female inclusion.

Pinnacle is not using city subsidies on the project. A city spokesman says that means Pinnacle is encouraged, but not required, to reach its goals employing minorities and women.

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