Could satellite casino's come to West Virginia?

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – West Virginia legislature has been talking about creating a satellite location for gambling in every county where racetracks are held.

This comes after an account was introduced into the House of Representatives.

In a radio interview, Racing Association President John Cavacini said that the only number that has shown interest has been Wheeling Island.

Cavacini gave the track reasons as the problems in the past with flooding and the threatening plans of road construction on Interstate 70.

"Falling revenues that they saw during tunnel construction, during the few years that the tunnel was under construction, had a huge impact on earnings," said Delegate Erikka Storch (R-Ohio), one of the sponsors of the bill. "And with that kind of impact again, it can be detrimental to their operation."

7News has left reports at both Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack and the Ohio County Commission, which runs the Highlands, and await their response to this proposed legislation.