Houston county wants AG to handle bingo

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DOTHAN, AL  (AP) - The Houston County Commission chairman and others in Dothan are asking Alabama's attorney general to use his power to take over litigation involving electronic bingo machines at Country Crossing, the county's country-music themed resort.

Commission Chairman Mark Culver, Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz and Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker want Attorney General Troy King to handle the litigation rather than the director of the Governor's Task Force on Illegal Gambling, David Barber.

They say the machines' legality should be worked out in court rather than through a raid.

The attorney general's spokesman said Monday the request is under review.

A judge has scheduled a Jan. 20th hearing on whether to lift a new order that blocks the governor's task force from raiding Country Crossing. That hearing was moved from Tuesday.

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