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The fight over gambling in Alabama has a new chapter. The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled against the Victoryland casino and in favor of the state in arguments over electronic bingo. A-P-R student reporter Allison Mollenkamp has more…

The Alabama Supreme court says electronic bingo machines qualify as gambling. This overturned an earlier circuit court decision that placed the machines in the same category as in-person bingo games which are legal.

The Alabama Senate has passed a Constitutional amendment reinforcing Alabama's position as a so-called "right-to-work" state. APR’s Stan Ingold has more.

Senators passed the amendment 25 votes to 9. Alabama voters will now have the chance to approve the amendment at the ballot box in November.

Right-to-work states prohibit companies from requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

Alabama law already has the prohibition, but Republicans say adding the amendment to the state Constitution will give businesses additional assurances.

The descendants of Alabama Creeks forced to walk the Trail of Tears are urging Alabama's governor not to sign a gaming agreement with a tribe they say built a casino on sacred land.

The Muscogee** Nation of Oklahoma sent Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley a June letter urging him never to sign a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

The Poarch Band built a hotel and bingo casino on tribal land in Wetumpka. The letter came after some legislators suggested a gambling compact as a revenue source for the state.

House delays votes on tax bills, UAB Alzheimer's study

May 12, 2015

The Alabama House is expected to delay votes on a series of tax bills aimed at solving the state's general fund shortfall.

The House rules committee today proposed a new agenda instead of a number of GOP-backed bills that had divided some members of the party.

The package would raise less than a third of the $541 million requested by Gov. Robert Bentley in a separate tax package.  The largest plank of the revenue plan is a 25-cents-per-pack cigarette tax increase.

The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate says he will introduce legislation to authorize a lottery and casino gambling in the state.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says that it is time to let the people of Alabama make a decision on gambling. Flanked by a sign reading, "Let the people vote," Marsh says Alabama is in a dire fiscal situation and the state needs additional revenue. Marsh says Alabama sends money every year across state lines to casinos and lotteries in other states.

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The Democratic challenger to Attorney General Luther Strange accuses him of being an absentee officeholder more interested in cracking down on bingo than violent crime.

Strange says his opponent, Democrat Joe Hubbard, has a campaign largely financed by gambling interests.

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Alabama's attorney general says law enforcement agents have seized more than 1,000 gambling machines and cash from casinos in Greene County.

Attorney General Luther Strange said in a news release that the seizures came as law enforcement agents served search warrants at four casinos. He said the action came in response to allegations of illegal gambling operations.

The search warrants were served Monday morning at Greenetrack and Greene Charity in Eutaw, Ala., and at Frontier Bingo and River's Edge in Knoxville, Ala.

A federal prosecutor is opposed to Country Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley getting a third delay on when he must report to prison. Justice Department prosecutor Kendall Day filed court papers Tuesday saying the department opposes another delay for medical reasons. Day said the federal prison system can provide Gilley with the post-operative care he might require. Gilley was supposed to report to prison Aug. 27 to serve more than six years for offering bribes. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson extended that until Sept. 24 to allow time for Gilley to have surgery.

Ala. General Fund Getting Money From Casino Raid

Aug 28, 2012
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The state's troubled General Fund is getting nearly $550,000 from a raid on a gambling hall in Lowndes County. Attorney General Luther Strange's office announced that Circuit Judge Robert Vance approved the forfeiture of the money to state. Alabama's gambling task force seized the money during a raid on electronic bingo machines at the White Hall Entertainment Center in March 2009. The operators, Cornerstone Community Outreach and Freedom Trail Ventures, recently agreed to forfeit the $549,981. The judge approved it in a one-paragraph order Tuesday.