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Cherokee Indians Plan Groundbreaking For New NC Casino

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File photo of chips near a roulette wheel at a casino. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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MURPHY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Cherokee Indians are moving ahead with plans to build a second casino.

Tribal leaders are holding a ceremonial kick-off Tuesday for the $110 million project.

They say the new casino and hotel will create 900 jobs and inject as much as $39 million in wages into the western North Carolina mountains.

The new casino and hotel is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, but operated by Caesars Entertainment Corp.

The North Carolina Transportation Department is building a new bridge and making other improvements to improve access to the casino.

The new casino is about an hour’s drive southwest of the existing Harrah’s Cherokee resort.

Earlier this year, the tribe completed a $650 million expansion of that casino, which draws an estimated 3.6 million visitors annually.

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