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Public weighs in on Point Molate casino proposal

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Praise for thousands of promised new jobs outpaced warnings of an economic and social drain Wednesday night as residents aired their views on a massive Indian casino resort and convention center proposed for the Richmond waterfront. The public hearing, the first of two over the draft environmental review for the project, drew a crowd of more than 200 to the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. Most backed a $1.2 billion project that promises to employ thousands of construction workers and 12,000 mostly entry-level employees if it opens.