Gambling

Ivey Q&A: Governor Discusses Gambling, Prisons and COVID-19

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama voters should be the ones who decide whether to expand casino offerings or create a state lottery, Gov. Kay Ivey said Wednesday as she vowed to not negotiate a compact with a federal Native American tribe unless voters approve expanded gambling. “I just strongly believe the people have the final say in that issue,” Ivey…

Ivey Q&A: Governor discusses gambling, prisons and COVID

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she will not negotiate a compact with a federal Native American tribe unless voters approve expanded gambling. Ivey sat down with reporters Wednesday and said that state voters should have the final say over whether to expand casino offerings or create a state lottery. The Republican governor also defended her decision…

Gambling, virus bills before lawmakers in 2021

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers are beginning the 2021 regular session. Republican Sen. Del Marsh said Tuesday that he hopes to introduce his planned lottery and gambling bill as soon as possible. Marsh said he believes voters are “ready to address this issue.” Republican lawmakers have said a top priority will be legislation to shield companies and others from…

Wind Creek Prepares to Reopen Casino Doors

Many entertainment venues are reopening their doors after months of closures from the coronavirus guidelines. Wind Creek Hospitality gave Alabama News Network a look at some of the changes its made prior to reopening casinos and hotels next week. “We’ve spent the last couple of months in great detail going through, working through the options, finding out what the CDC…

Lottery Bill is Dead in the House of Representatives

The lottery bill stalled on the floor Tuesday after not receiving enough procedural votes for a debate. We now have confirmation that the bill is dead. Representative Steve Clouse sponsored the bill, and carried it through the House.  He said at the end of the day, he thinks it came down to Greene and Macon County. Those two counties have…

Center Stage in Houston County Agrees to Cease Gambling Operations

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has announced an agreement to cease illegal gambling operations at Center Stage in Houston County.  The following is the press release from the Attorney General’s office:     Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Cessation of Illegal Gambling in Houston County   (MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that the Houston Economic Development Association (“HEDA”)—a non-profit…

Town Hall Meeting on Victoryland Scheduled for Thursday

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford says a town hall meeting on Victoryland will take place Thursday, May 12. The mayor along with Victoryland Owner, Milton McGregor, will discuss and answer questions about the Macon County casino’s future. The public is invited to the meeting. Ford says people looking for work and chartitable organizations are encouraged to the attend. The town hall…

Ford Asks for Clarification on Victoryland Case

Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford held a public press conference Thursday in front of the U.S. Federal Court Building on the status of Victoryland’s reopening. Ford is delivering a letter to Attorney General Luther Strange and Governor Robert Bentley, asking for them to clarify the State’s position on electronic gambling machines. Ford asked U.S. Attorney George Beck to write the letter. Beck…

Ex-NFL Player Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Ohio Charity

CLEVELAND (AP) – A former NFL player who stole money from Cleveland nonprofit groups he once ran has pleaded guilty to federal charges. A plea agreement signed Wednesday by ex-Cleveland Browns wide receiver Reggie Rucker calls for a federal prison sentence of about two years. The 68-year-old Rucker is scheduled to be sentenced in May. Rucker was charged last week…