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Gaming regulators in Missouri ordered the former Harrah’s casino in Maryland Heights to temporarily close its doors today due to a glitch in its computer systems.

Morning headlines: Friday, August 24, 2012

Aug 24, 2012
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St. Louis police change procedure in light of uptick in violent crime

Responding to a recent spate of violent crime in some parts of the city that have been thought of as safe, St. Louis police are changing some of their officers' procedures and duties.

Twenty-three-year-old Megan Boken was fatally shot on Saturday in the Central West End,  and several women were robbed at gunpoint near Busch Stadium this week.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 26, 2012 - St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman offered up an I-told-you-so moment with today’s announcement that he’s renewing his fight to increase sharply the appraised value for the Harrah’s Casino complex in Maryland Heights.

Zimmerman said in a statement that he is hiking Harrah’s total appraised value to $502.4 million – the same figure that he had unsuccessfully sought in 2011.  Harrah’s had appealed the appraisal to the St. Louis County Board of Equalization, which slashed the assessed value to $215 million (a drop of $287.4 million).

Harrah's St. Louis casino to be sold, renamed

May 8, 2012
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Caesars Entertainment Corp. says it will sell its Harrah's hotel-casino outside St. Louis to rival Penn National Gaming for $610 million.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Caesars and Penn National gave different reasons for the all-cash transaction that could close later this year.

Caesars Entertainment Chairman Gary Loveman says the company is looking at other growth markets. Caesars is opening the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland next week and Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati next year.

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Updated at 5:20pm with comments from hearing, more details.

The board that hears appeals from St. Louis County taxpayers on the value of their home or business has reversed  its decision to reduce the value of River City Casino in Lemay.

St. Louis County casinos' assessed values cut

Sep 20, 2011
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St. Louis County's assessor is assailing a board's decision to cut the assessed value of the county's two casinos in a move that will cost school, fire and other districts millions of dollars in tax revenue.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the county's Board of Equalization assessed the value of Harrah's casino in Maryland Heights at $152 million. That's down $288 million from the county's assessment of it May.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 5, 2011 - Democrat Barbara Fraser is no longer on the St. Louis County Council, over which she presided in 2010.

But Tuesday night, during its first meeting of 2011, the body passed two bills of keen importance to her: one that she strongly supported and the other that she ardently opposed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 15, 2010 - By a narrow 4-3 vote, the St. Louis County Council gave first-round approval Tuesday night to a change in the countywide smoking ban set to go into effect Jan. 1.

The change allows Harrah's casino in Maryland Heights to allow smoking in its lounges, including the VooDoo Lounge. Supporters say the aim is to correct an oversight in the original ban approved by voters in November 2009. Opponents say the change waters down the ban and defies voters.