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Perdue, Cherokee chief sign amended gambling pact

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Gov. Beverly Perdue and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have amended their new agreement to allow live dealer games at the tribe’s western North Carolina casino, a move likely to ease concerns from lawmakers.

Perdue’s office said she and Eastern Band Principal Chief Michell Hicks signed the compact Tuesday that updates one signed in late November to let the tribe offer games beyond the electronic and video games now available at its casino.

Republican legislative leaders have raised constitutional questions about the November update and how it directed the state’s share of revenues would go to school districts for classroom instruction.

The General Assembly is currently debating whether to change gambling laws so the compact can be carried out. The measure passed the Senate last week.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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