adjusted our previously reported results. All prior year amounts from the effective date of our adoption (January 1, 2015) discussed in this management’s discussion and analysis have been adjusted, when necessary, to reflect the adoption of this guidance. Total Revenues Total revenues increased $225.9 million, or 9.4%, for 2018 as compared to 2017 due primarily to the Midwest & South segment increasing by $217.1 million over the prior period. The increase in total revenues in the Midwest & South segment are primarily attributable to the acquisitions of Lattner on June 1, 2018, Valley Forge on September 17, 2018 and Ameristar Kansas City, Ameristar St. Charles, Belterra Resort and Belterra Park on October 15, 2018 (collectively, the “Acquisitions”). Total revenues increased approximately $201.6 million, or 9.2%, for 2017 as compared to 2016 due primarily to the acquisitions of Aliante and the Cannery Properties (the “Aliante & Cannery Acquisitions”) in September and December 2016, respectively. In addition, total revenues related to our Las Vegas Locals segment, excluding the Aliante & Cannery Acquisitions, and the Downtown Las Vegas segment, increased $12.7 million and $7.9 million, respectively, from the prior year comparable period. These increases are offset by declines in total revenues in the Midwest & South segment, primarily at Evangeline Downs and Amelia Belle, due to localized economic weakness. Operating Income In 2018, our operating income increased $11.5 million as compared to 2017 due primarily to the Acquisitions, along with the favorable impact of our continuing cost control efforts. Changes in operating margins are discussed in detail below. In 2017, our operating income increased $83.4 million as compared to 2016, which reflected the addition of the Aliante & Cannery Acquisitions, as well as the impact of our continuing cost control efforts. Changes in operating margins are discussed in detail below. The increase was also driven by project development, preopening and writedowns expense decreasing by $7.7 million as compared to the prior year, along with the inclusion in the prior year of $38.3 million in impairments of intangible assets, both of which are discussed in their respective sections below. Corporate expense increased $15.5 million over the comparable prior year due to costs related to creation of back-of-house support functions as part of the implementation of our business improvement initiatives. Income from Continuing Operations, Net of Tax Income from continuing operations, net of tax was $114.7 million in 2018, as compared to $168.0 million in 2017, a decrease of $53.3 million. This decrease was attributable to a $37.2 million increase in the income tax provision. The increase in the income tax provision is a result of the prior year provision including a discrete tax benefit of $60.1 million related to the changes in tax legislation in 2017. In addition, interest expense, net of amounts capitalized, increased $31.1 million due to an increase in the weighted average long-term debt balance of $205.9 million reflecting the additional debt issued to fund the Acquisitions and a 1.0% percentage point increase in the weighted average interest rate. These declines were offset by the operating income increase of
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