Bentley, Sparks Concerned over Gambling Report

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's candidates for governor, Democrat Ron Sparks and Republican Robert Bentley, disagree on many
issues concerning gambling. But both are expressing concern over a
court report showing that Victoryland in Shorter gave only about 1
percent of earnings from electronic bingo in 2008 to charity.

Sparks wants to establish a statewide lottery to help fund education and favors legalizing and taxing other forms of gambling.

He said under his plan all gambling will be taxed.

Bentley favors a statewide vote on whether all gambling should be outlawed in the state. He called the amount Victoryland paid to charity "a farce."

They were asked about the report Thursday at the end of a joint news conference with Attorney General Troy King.

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

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