Charity Myers, marketing manager of a riverboat casino in the works in Bossier City, La., said the state's newest floating casino will help grow the local gaming market. "We are not looking to cannibalize the market at all. We're just looking to help grow it," Myers said, adding that the Margaritaville Resort Casino will create different job opportunities.
Thunderstorms have damaged a hangar at Stuttgart Municipal Airport in Arkansas. The National Weather Service reported winds of up to 86 mph at the airport. The storm also knocked down power poles, causing power outages for more than 1,000 customers.
In a special election this Saturday, voters in Bossier Parish will decide whether a Margaritaville-themed casino gets built. Proponents say the $195 million casino project would provide a financial boon and keep area gamblers from taking their cash to casinos in nearby Oklahoma. "We're not going to take from their pie. We're going to grow this market by 12.5%," casino developer William Trotter said.
Ethanol-blended gasoline can destroy yard equipment, because the small, two-cycle utility engines that lawn mowers and weed-eaters have can't handle the higher temperatures that ethanol burns at, say some mechanics. They recommend using a fuel stabilizer and an ethanol blend less than 30 days old.
Last week's storms produced 22 tornadoes in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, according to the National Weather Service. The twisters caused property damage and injured many people, with the most powerful touching down in Shreveport, La.