view, we should never forget “From a historical point of view, we should never forget those dark days in 1968 Annette: PLUS… A COMMEMORATION OF LIFE FOR DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR…. AS THE MID- SOUTH ONCE AGAIN 20-17. YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS IS EXPLAINING THE IMPACT. Pause for show open…. Pause for show open Annette: WEST MEMPHIS, ARKANSAS IS FINALLY GETTING A FULL-FLEDGED CASINO. GOOD EVENING I’M ANNETTE PEAGLER. THIS COMES AFTER RESIDENTS VOTED TO LEGALIZE CASINOS IN FOUR COUNTIES BACK IN NOVEMBER. LIVE GAMING TABLES WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN AT SOUTHLAND ON MONDAY. LOCAL 24 NEWS REPORTER NEWS REPORTER REBECCA BUTCHER SPOKE WITH GAMERS ABOUT THE NEW ADDITIONS AND JOINS US LIVE FROM WEST MEMPHIS WITH TONIGHT’S TOP STORY. REBECCA ARE PEOPLE EXCITED? Rebecca: ANNETTE…I CAUGHT UP WITH GAMERS WHO WERE FEELING LUCKY TODAY AND THEY SAY THEY ARE MORE THAN READY FOR THE LIVE TABLE GAMES. THEY SAY NOT ONLY WILL IT MAKE THE EXPERIENCE MORE TRADITIONAL BUT IT WILL BRING JOBS FOR LOCALS TOO. REBECCA BUTCHER REPORTING: Elaine Terrell, West Memphis Resident: “I’m excited and I hope we win a lot of money.” …AND THERE’S NOW MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO CASH IN. SOUTHLAND GAMING AND RACING IS NOW SOUTHLAND CASINO AND RACING… WITH THE NAME CHANGE COMES ITS ABILITY TO HAVE REAL TABLE GAMES…WITH REAL PEOPLE, CARDS AND DICE. THIS WILL ATTRACT MORE PLAYERS TO TRY THEIR LUCK. Pat Hibdon, Casino Gamer: “Yes. We will. Absolutely, we like it.” IN NOVEMBER, ARKANSANS VOTED YES TO LEGALIZING CASINOS IN FOUR COUNTIES, INCLUDING CRITTENDEN COUNTY. THE ARKANSAS GAMING COMMISSION GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO SOUTHLAND, APPROVING GAMING LICENSES. OFFICIALS SAY FORTY NEW GAME TABLES WILL BE ADDED. THIS IS THE FIRST PHASE OF A 250 MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION THAT WILL INCLUDE A HIGH-RISE HOTEL AND AN EXPANDED CASINO COMPLEX. Elaine Terrell, West Memphis Resident: “Looking forward to the hotel and the new look of the city.” OFFICIALS EXPECT 400 JOBS TO BE ADDED… AND GAMBLERS SAY THE GAMING UPGRADES WILL BOOST THE CITY AND STATE’S APPEAL. Elaine Terrell, West Memphis Resident: “I do know a few people that work over here. But I think it will bring more even for Memphis you know since it took us so long to even vote for casinos.” Pat Hibdon, Casino Gambler: “When you come to play to have a good time, this is where you need to come.” Rebecca: OFFICIALS SAY THE TRANSITIONS TO CASINO GAMING WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE SUMMER.