Gaming Commission Fires AG Over Caruthersville Casino Dispute

NOVEMBER 30, 2006 - Posted at 8:32 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Gaming Commission fires Attorney General Jay Nixon as its attorney.

The action follows a dispute between the commission and Nixon over the fate of a Caruthersville casino.

The commission says the attorney general's office was involved in discussions about arranging a state takeover of the casino and voiced no objections. But Nixon sent a letter criticizing the move to the media and the governor's office.

The commission alleges that violated attorney-client privilege and is referring the matter to the panel that investigates lawyers' misconduct.

McNary said the state takeover would save jobs and taxes the Casino Aztar pays while it searches for a licensed buyer. Nixon blasted the move as conflicting with the commission's regulatory duties.

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