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Aug 30, 2010 2:57 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Casino proposed near Gettysburg Battlefield splits town

The town where the Civil War's tide-turning battle was waged is fighting dissension in its own ranks over a casino that would rise near its historic battlefield.

This is the second time in five years that Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, has fought over a casino. This time it's the Mason Dixon Resort & Casino proposed within a mile of Gettysburg National Military Park.

Supporters say the casino plan will bring jobs, more tourists and tax relief to the area. But others worry a casino would cheapen the wholesome reputation that draws tourists to Gettysburg.

Casino principals, supporters and opponents will speak at a public meeting Tuesday with state regulators who are considering the license application. Developer David LeVan is a noted local philanthropist and former Conrail chairman.

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