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Buenos Aires May Go Smoke-Free

The province of Buenos Aires in Argentina may go smoke-free before the end of the year. A bill being debated by the Commission of Production and Commerce would see a smoking ban in all public spaces, including bingo halls and casinos. • Empire Resorts Inc. and a joint-venture partner completed the last piece of investor financing needed for a .1 billion gambling resort in the Catskills. The partner, Concord Associates LP, closed a 5 million equity loan with Kansas City-based Entertainment Properties Trust. The investors propose a resort with a 300,000-square-foot casino, a 750-room hotel and a convention center near Monticello, New York.

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