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Walker pushes back deadline for casino

KESHENA, Wis. (AP) – A television station is reporting that Gov. Scott Walker has extended his deadline for Wisconsin’s tribes to approve the Menominee Nation’s plans for an $800 million off-reservation casino in Kenosha.

Walker has said his approval hinges on three criteria – the new casino can’t create any net increase in gambling, there must be community support and all of the state’s tribes must approve of it. The Forest County Potawatomi and the Ho-Chunk Nation oppose the project.

A 60-day period Walker gave the Menominee to build tribal consensus expires Tuesday. But the governor told WLUK-TV on Monday that he is extending the deadline to the end of the week.

A Department of Administration spokeswoman didn’t immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Tuesday morning.

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