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Sides Lining Up in West Memphis on Expanded Gambling Issue

MARCH 30, 2005 - Posted at 11:56 a.m. CST

 

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - The sides are already lining up in West Memphis now that the Arkansas Legislature has approved a bill to allow local votes on expanding gambling in West Memphis and Hot Springs.

West Memphis is home to Southland Greyhound Park and Hot Springs has Oaklawn Park thoroughbred race track.  Each track wants to expand its betting machines.  The state has a ban on games of chance, but the new law would allow expansion of " games of skill," in which players make decisions affecting the outcome.

Southland general manager Barry Baldwin says he is cautiously optimistic that the park will be able to change its mix and better compete with casinos in Mississippi.

But some residents near the park are already organizing opposition to expanded gambling.  Marion resident Herbert Carter says he wants the state attorney general to review the bill to see if it is legal.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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