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A Kansas board has picked a group with ties to two other casinos in the state to develop a new one in the state's southeast corner.

On Tuesday the casino review board selected a $70 million proposal from Kansas Crossing that was less expensive than two rival plans. The others included the $145 million Castle Rock casino that would have been within 2 miles of a Quapaw tribal casino in northeast Oklahoma.

The board split 5-2 between Kansas Crossing and Castle Rock.

A bill to bring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas has cleared the state Legislature and is going to Governor Sam Brownback.

The House approved the proposal Wednesday on an 84-36 vote.

The bill lowers the investment required for a southeast Kansas casino from $225 million to $50 million dollars.

The state also would drop the fee it charges to a prospective developer from $25 million to 5-and-a-half million dollars.

The Kansas Lottery owns the rights to the gambling but would have a private developer build and operate the casino.

The leader of the Oklahoma-based Delaware Tribe says the tribe could pursue a casino in Kansas, but it also has a broader vision of providing services to Native Americans.

In an "open letter to the people of Kansas," Chief Paula Pechonick addressed speculation about the tribe's plans for 90 acres it just purchased in North Lawrence.

The Delaware's efforts have drawn opposition from the federally recognized tribes of Kansas, which all have casinos.

Those tribes say it will cause them economic hardship if the Delaware open a casino in Kansas.