"Casino" Bill Survives House

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The bill to allow Mississippi universities and community colleges to teach gaming-related courses initially failed on a 70 to 47 vote Thursday morning, falling one vote short of the 71 needed for a three-fifths majority.

Late Thursday afternoon, the bill was changed slightly and passed 72 to 45. It now moves to the Senate, where it's expected to have trouble surviving.

Supporters of the proposal say most Mississippians who want high-paying jobs as casino managers or gambling-machine technicians have to go to Nevada or New Jersey for specialized training.

New Orleans-based Tulane University has started offering courses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast on all aspects of casino management, from accounting to marketing.