Judge Hears Arguments in Southland Dog Track Lawsuit

April 30, 2006 - Posted at 12:59 p.m. CST

PARAGOULD, Ark. (AP) _ Circuit Judge David Burnett says he plans

to decide within ten days whether to allow expanded gambling to

proceed at Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis. Voters

approved the move, but gambling opponents challenged the state law

under which the special election was held.

Burnett heard arguments Friday in the lawsuit. Another judge

heard a similar lawsuit last week involving Oaklawn Park in Hot


In November, voters in West Memphis and Hot Springs authorized

``electronic games of skill'' at the tracks in their cities. The

Arkansas Racing Commission is to decide what qualifies as an

electronic game of skill. Video poker has been mentioned as an

example. The following month, the Family Council Action Committee

filed the two separate lawsuits.

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