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Grand jury to hear Ala. bingo bill evidence May 4

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislator says a federal grand jury will meet next month to hear evidence in an investigation of possible corruption concerning a bill to legalize electronic bingo in Alabama.

Republican state Rep. Mac Gipson of Prattville, who opposed the bill, said Saturday he had been subpoenaed to appear May 4 before a grand jury in Montgomery.

Key legislators were advised by agents earlier that a probe was being conducted into possible illegal action by supporters of the bill.

They said they were told the Justice Department's public integrity unit in Washington, D.C., was handling the investigation.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined comment Saturday.

The Birmingham News first reported the grand jury meeting.

The News said lobbyists were being subpoenaed along with legislators
and that a large number of witnesses were being summoned.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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