Anna M. Tinsley, Star-Telegram 8:22 a.m. CST November 8, 2015
Deep in the heart of East Texas, there could soon be a new tourist attraction: a casino.
A legal challenge from Texas state officials could always delay or derail the plan. But if the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas has its way, they’ll be opening a casino early next year on a more than 10,000-acre Indian reservation south of Livingston.
“This would be a big shot in the arm,” said Carlos Bullock, a spokesman for the tribe who noted that the clan has struggled financially since its first casino was shut down by the state in 2002.
“When we were open before, … we generated about $1 million a month,” he said. “When we closed, it was devastating to the tribe. … It was a huge impact to lose that kind of revenue, and all those jobs.”