AG King to hold news conference on Task Force

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King will hold a news conference Wednesday to discuss the recent actions of Governor Bob Riley's Task Force on Illegal Gambling.

Attorney General King, is the state's chief law enforcement officer. He and Republican Governor Bob Riley have sharply differing opinions on the legality of electronic bingo in Alabama.

The governor says it is illegal. The attorney general says believes the individual Constitutional Amendments that allow the gaming operations were legally approved. King says electronic bingo is virtually the same as paper bingo.

After the split with King over gambling law and supported by several Alabama Supreme Court rulings, Governor Riley's Task Force raided and closed the Whitehall gaming center and attempted to raid Victoryland and Country Crossing, all of which closed voluntarily to avoid other raids.

King's office said it would not release any information on what the AG would say until the news conference.

Riley's office contacted WSFA 12 News Tuesday evening asking to issue a pre-conference response to the attorney general's remarks.

Todd Stacy, a spokesman for Governor Riley, issued this statement: "Troy King's close relationship with gambling bosses has destroyed any credibility he might have had on this issue."

Critics of the governor have accused him of taking millions in contributions from Mississippi Indian Casinos in his bid for re-election in 2006, accusations Riley repeatedly and vehemently denies.

WSFA 12 News will have a crew at the press conference Wednesday and will broadcast the announcement live on WSFA 12 News at Noon.

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