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W.Va. Senate lowers fees on 4 state casinos

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia would collect $4 million less in fees from the state's casinos under a bill passed by the state Senate.

The bill passed 23-10 Wednesday lowers the fees that the four racetrack casinos pay for the privilege of hosting table games.

The reduction is for one year only while the state studies the viability of the gaming industry.

The fees go toward in-home health services for seniors.

The money for seniors would be made up from lottery administrative funds.

A previous proposal would have taken the money from a state fund that helps casinos upgrade their slot machines. That proposal was scuttled after pushback from the casinos.

Republican senators objected to giving aid to casinos, saying that other businesses are struggling as well and not asking for help.