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Lawsuit threatens talks on live dealers at Cherokee casino

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A new lawsuit brought by a former video poker operator claims North Carolina’s governor doesn’t have the authority to negotiate gambling rights with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The lawsuit threatens to further delay negotiations between Gov. Bev Perdue and Principal Chief Michell Hicks regarding the introduction of Las Vegas-style card dealers at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino, a move the tribe says would create hundreds of new jobs.