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      Schools suffering from lack of Missouri gambling

      The gaming industry says the economy is bad, so fewer people are gambling and the state's schools could be the losers.

      Missouri schools could face a $24 million funding shortfall because tax revenues from casinos are falling short of projections.

      Casinos had been expected to produce about $372 million for education this year, but new estimates says those casinos will generate only $348 million.

      Budget planners hoped a 2008 ballot measure removing gamblers' loss limits would result in more revenues, but a slow economy has people gambling less.

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