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Cherokees, Perdue sign amended gambling deal

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Gov. Bev Perdue and North Carolina's Cherokee tribe have reached an agreement to allow live card dealers at the tribe's casino in the mountains in exchange for a cut of revenues from the new games going to local school districts.

Perdue's office said an amended compact Monday with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been signed by the governor and the tribe's principal chief.

Now lawmakers meeting in Raleigh for a couple of days must decide whether they have time to loosen gambling laws separate from this compact so the tribe could offer live poker and blackjack.

Tribal leaders and Perdue's office have been negotiating for months on expanding beyond electronic and video games now offered at the Harrah's Cherokee casino. The change could generate 400 new jobs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-11-28-11 1210EST

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