Tiverton casino to be built after voters approve project

By: The Associated Press

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TIVERTON, R.I.  – Rhode Island voters have approved a plan to build a new casino in Tiverton, on the Massachusetts border.                

The measure allows casino operator Twin River to transfer its license for Newport Grand to a new casino in Tiverton.                 

The plan, Ballot Question 1, passed statewide on Tuesday after it received bipartisan support from political leaders and labor unions.

A campaign of around $3 million in favor of it was the state’s most expensive political race this season.       

Voters in Tiverton also approved a companion question locally. The town will receive at least $3 million a year from the project.         

Some Tiverton residents raised concerns about gambling and the casino’s long-term viability.          

Gambling is Rhode Island’s third-biggest source of revenue. 

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