This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 BRISTOL, Va. - Sonya Ratliff and about a dozen friends put on sparkly clothes and left early on a Tuesday morning to celebrate another mom's birthday. In years past, that might have meant brunch. Now, in this Bible Belt town on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, it means slot machines, blackjack and other games of chance at the newly opened Bristol Casino. How long would the women gamble? "Until we have to pick up our kids from school," Ratliff, 42, said to roars of laughter from her friends gathered around a roulette table. Since July 8, Virginia's first casino has been doing big business in a former abandoned shopping mall near the Tennessee line. More than 25,000 people from 49 states visited in just the first three weeks of operation, raising visions of economic salvation in a city that's been desperate for it. "It's … [Read more...] about Coal jobs are almost gone. Could a casino help rescue southwest Virginia?
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Although there is a low unemployment rate in Connecticut, inflation, taxes, the economy and government spending are the top issues voters are considering as they make choices for governor. The CT Insider/Channel 3 Eyewitness News/ Western New England University poll provides insight into the priorities of the electorate at a pivotal time, when Gov. Ned Lamont is being challenged by Republican Bob Stefanowski, Democrats are trying to maintain their dominance in the Connecticut General Assembly, and there are high-stakes election battles across the country that will determine which party will hold majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. In a list of priorities, 24 percent of voters who described themselves as likely to vote indicated that inflation, the cost of living and the economy are their top subjects while considering candidates for governor. Another 22 percent said taxes and government spending are their priorities as the campaigns head into the … [Read more...] about CT Insider-WFSB poll: Here are the top issues for voters ahead of November election
W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir says that the championship has until “the end of next week” to secure financial support that will allow it to finish this season as planned. Advert | Become a Supporter & go ad-free Prior to last weekend’s round in Singapore supporting Formula 1, reports surfaced suggesting that the all-woman single-seater series was in financial strife. In an interview with the BBC, Bond Muir confirmed the championship’s ability to race at the United States Grand Prix in Austin later this month could not be guaranteed. “We’ve hit some financial problems in the last couple of weeks because we thought that an investor was going to honour a contract that they had written,” Bond Muir explained. “Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, which has left us with a cash shortfall. “There are lots of factors that are adversely affecting us in the global financial climate. Getting to Austin has become increasingly difficult because obviously we budgeted in US … [Read more...] about W Series has until ‘end of next week’ to ensure it can complete final races · RaceFans