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Racing Commission approves Mardi Gras upgrades using Lottery profits

Mardi Gras Casino and Racetrack in Nitro will be undergoing about $885,000 in upgrades, after the state Racing Commission approved state funding for the majority of the projects Tuesday.

Under state law, a portion of Lottery profits from racetrack video lottery machines are set aside for improvements at the state’s four racetrack casinos, and Racing Commission executive director Joe Moore said Mardi Gras has about $850,000 in its racetrack modernization account.

“It is their understanding that we will reimburse up to that amount, and the track will provide the rest,” he told the commission.

The funds will cover three projects:

n Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility improvements in the Big Easy lounge and to access parking lots.

n Upgrades to the café dining area, including lighting and plumbing improvements.

n Renovations to three buildings housing a total of 12 greyhound kennels.

Also Tuesday, commissioners approved concussion protocols for jockeys at the thoroughbred track at Hollywood Casino in Charles Town. The protocols are similar to those used in other contact sports.

Mountaineer Casino and Racetrack is expected to submit its concussion protocols to the commission by August 1.

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Combs, Amy - 5 p.m., Bible Center Church, Charleston.

Michael, Sherry - 2 p.m., Handley Funeral Home, Danville.

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Smith, Robert - 3 p.m., Curry Funeral Home, Alum Creek.

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Wright, Gary - 2 p.m., Preston Funeral Home, Charleston.