CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) The new casino scheduled to open next week in southeast Missouri has cleared a major hurdle.

The Missouri Gaming Commission met on Wednesday in Cape Girardeau and gave preliminary approval to license the new Isle of Capri casino. Plans call for the $135 million complex to open at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, pending final inspections and final approval from the commission.

The Southeast Missourian ( ) reports that the general manager of the casino, Chet Koch, told the commission that 725 people have been hired for the casino, far surpassing the promise to create 450 jobs.

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