BREAKING WEATHER

SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT & SUNDAY

It looks like some wet weather is headed our way tonight with the possibility of some severe storms overnight. A warm front is pushing north from the Gulf of Mexico into Northwest Florida as a storm system to the west of us moves in as well. Both look like theyll make for some showers with heavy rainfall possible at times. We also have the chance to see isolated storms close to the coast. Our chance for severe weather increases Sunday as the warm front tracks northeast. We could see strong thunderstorms, damaging winds, and we cant rule out the possibility of an isolated tornado. Some flooding could be possible due to the potential for heavy rainfall. Stay tuned to Channel 3 News for the latest updates.

Breaking Weather Map #7
Breaking Weather Map #10

Florida gaming expansion

Updated: Tuesday, March 19 2013, 11:01 AM CDT
Florida gaming expansion story image
Representatives from some of the world's largest casinos are pushing Florida lawmakers for a gaming expansion,
Lawmakers are vowing to move slowly on the issue.

It's a classroom of sorts. The students, members of the Senate Committee on Gaming. The teachers, lobbyists for some of the largest casinos in the world.

Donn Mitchell / Ilse of Capri Casinos
"Let me give you a little bit of numbers to back up what I'm saying."

State lawmakers have promised to spend the year studying gaming, to avoid going all-in on an expansion without all the details.

Sen. Maria Sachs / D-
Reporter: Do you really believe that no legislation will come out of this committee this year?
Sachs: You never know.
 
Vice Chairman of the Senate Gaming Committee Maria Sachs says the issue needs to be explored in depth.

Sen. Maria Sachs / D-
"We as a state need to make sure that we have thoroughly vetted it before we reach any decisions."

Whitney Ray / Reporter
Despite the small odds for gaming legislation this year, mega casino organizers and their opponents aren't taking any chances.  They're here at the state capitol making their cases. 

John Sowinski, President of No Casinos.org, isn't taking anything for granted.

John Sowinski / Nocasinos.org
"You have to be on guard always.  We have to vigilant always because if the other side sees and opportunity they will seize it."

But it's not just anti-gaming groups opposing an expansion.  The Seminole Indians, which operated seven Florida casinos, are also in opposition.  They worry new mega casinos would cut their profits.

And they have good reason to be afraid.  Genting Malaysia, the largest casino corporation in the world, spent 300 million dollars for prime land in Miami.  Now they just need the go ahead from state lawmakers to build this mega casino.

Let us know if you have a Waste Watch story idea. Log on to our website and click on the Waste Watch tab.Florida gaming expansion
comments powered by Disqus

Friday Night Rivals

Gulf Coast Fun

Health Watch

Home Improvement

Hurricane Center

News Links

Pay It Forward

advertisement

Waste Watch National Stories

Waste Watch Tips

ABC 3 is stepping up. You can join our "Waste Watch". If you have a government waste story, Call us at 850-456-3333, or submit a tip below. Submit a Waste Watch Tip
Please re-enter the code shown in the image below.
advertisement