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Crowds back as Alabama judge allows Jeffco bingo

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) - The crowds are back at electronic bingo
halls near Birmingham after a Jefferson County judge allowed the
operations to reopen.

A judge issued an order Monday letting the gambling halls resume
operations.

He blocked the governor's anti-gambling task force from raiding them, at least until the Alabama Supreme Court determines who is in charge of the task force.

Gamblers began showing up not long after the judge issued his
order.

The city of Fairfield asked the court to clear the way for the
halls to operate.

It has taken in about $1.3 million in fees from the businesses.

State officers raided some of the bingo halls in western
Jefferson County last week, and the 11 or so in the area shut down
until a judge could rule.


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