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Hawaii visitors, tourism spending up

Tourists are returning to Hawaii and the state is seeing numbers close to pre-pandemic counts, according to the latest report from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Tourists spent $1.6 million while visiting the islands in April, a 21% increase over the $1.32 billion spent in April 2019, according to the report. Spending by U.S. […]

Ravnsborg impeachment trial slated to start 2 days before Republican convention

The South Dakota Senate will determine whether Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg should be removed from office in a trial scheduled to begin June 21. The date is only two days before the South Dakota Republican Party holds its convention to determine their candidate for the Nov. 8 general election. Ravnsborg was impeached by the House for his […]

Restaurants may take too big a bite out of tourism dollars

A report on Oklahoma’s state parks indicates a contract between the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (ORTD) and a restaurant management company may be eating away at taxpayer dollars. The report from the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) showed significant growth in expenditures for the state park lodge restaurants through a contract with restaurant vendor Swadley’s. […]

Oklahoma DOT introducing new Route 66 pavement markings

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is offering cities and counties new markers to help guide travelers who want to get their kicks on Route 66. ODOT is partnering with local governments in producing 21-feet by 8-feet black and white pavement markings along the famous route. Cities and counties that participate will pay for the […]

Mobile sports wagering expected to add to Arkansas’ coffers

Arkansas residents can place mobile sports wagers through apps offered by the state’s casinos beginning Friday, and it is expected to add more money to the state’s general fund. Figures from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) show $69 million was brought in from casinos last fiscal year. Through February of the current […]

Sports betting bill gets approval from Oklahoma subcommittee

A bill that would allow sports betting in Oklahoma casinos has been given a “do pass” recommendation by the House Appropriations and Budget General Government Subcommittee. The bill would only sports betting in the state’s 131 casinos but not online, said Rep. Ken Luttrell, R-Ponca City. A group of casinos in Mississippi were the first to allow […]

South Dakota breaks record for tourism spending

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Senate committee approves letting South Dakota voters to decide on mobile sports wagering

The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee voted 5-4 on Tuesday in support of a joint resolution that would let voters decide whether South Dakotans could make sports bets on their phones or other electronic devices. Current regulations limit sports wagering and gambling to casinos in Deadwood. Voters would decide in the November general election to approve […]

Arkansas to get $287.7M in federal funds for bridge repairs

Arkansas will receive $287.7 million over the next five years to repair the state’s 663 bridges that are in poor condition, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The money for the Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program – or Bridge Formula Program – comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by […]

Alaska to receive $225M in federal funds for bridge repair

Alaska will receive $225 million over the next five years to repair the state’s 141 bridges that are in poor condition, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The money for the Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program – or Bridge Formula Program – comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed by […]