Oxford Casino 

A group that wants to build a resort and casino in western Maine says it has collected 99,000 signatures for a statewide vote.Black Bear Entertainment spokesperson Peter Martin says the signatures were gathered in just 20 days. He claims residents have expressed support for an Oxford County casino because it would create jobs and boost state revenues.If more than 55,000 signatures are certified, Mainers could vote on the matter in November of next year.Opponents of the casino have criticized organizers for paying a California firm $170,000 to collect the signatures. Martin says most petition drives in recent years have used paid signature collectors.