Alabama Suit Over Casinos Moved to Federal Court

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- An attempt by Alabama's attorney general to shut down three casinos operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians has shifted to federal court.

Attorney General Luther Strange initially filed suit in Elmore County, where the tribe operates one of its three casinos. The Poarch Creeks contended the suit involved federal issues and got it moved to federal court in Montgomery.

In federal court, Strange is arguing that the tribe's casinos in Wetumpka, Montgomery and Atmore are a public nuisance operating illegal gambling machines. The tribe argues that it is under federal regulation rather than state regulation. It is asking a U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins to dismiss the suit.

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