Submitted by Cacky Catlett on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 9:52pm.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's top legislative leaders say they're concerned about what they call the slow pace of negotiations to let the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians expand gambling at its casino, but are ready to consider needed changes to state law when there's a deal. Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger said in a letter dated late last week to tribal officials that Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue alone must lead the state's negotiations over letting the tribe offer games with human dealers. Perdue and legislative leaders have questioned an exclusive marketing agreement for the tribe in exchange for the state getting a cut of profits from new games. The tribe's principal chief has said he's confident a deal will be ready when lawmakers reconvene in two weeks. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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