Associated Press

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NICHOLS, N.Y. (AP)  Plans to expand a racetrack casino in New York's Southern Tier into a full resort casino were endorsed Wednesday by state gambling regulators, a pivotal step toward bringing expanding gambling _ and the promise of tourism and jobs _ to one of the state's most disadvantaged regions. 

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