Federal judge refuses to block Ala. gambling raid

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to block a
raid on the Country Crossing bingo hall in Dothan.

Country Crossing had sought an order from U.S. District Judge
Myron Thompson of Montgomery to block a raid by the Governor's Task
Force on Illegal Gambling. Thompson declined to issue a temporary
restraining order Monday afternoon.

The judge said Country Crossing and the task force should
address their issues in state court rather than federal court.

Country Crossing had turned to federal court after the task
force sought to raid the casino, which has some 1,700 electronic
bingo machines.

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