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Troy King takes control of Task Force, fires Tyson

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Attorney General Troy King announced Monday he would take control of the Task Force. Attorney General Troy King announced Monday he would take control of the Task Force.

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Attorney General Troy King says he plans to take over the governor's task force on illegal gambling. King announced his plan at a news conference Monday afternoon.

He said he has written task force Commander John Tyson to relieve him of his duties and ask that any evidence collected by the task force be turned over to him within 24 hours.  

Tyson said earlier he would challenge any takeover by the attorney general. Tyson said a pending case in the Alabama Supreme Court would allow the challenge to be expedited.

King has been critical of the task force's attempts to raid electronic bingo casinos without a search warrant. 

REACTIONS TO THE TAKEOVER

John Tyson - Says AG King has no authority to take over the task force or to fire him.

Country Crossing - Planning to reopen specifically because of the AG's actions

White Hall - Attorney for White Hall, Collins Pettaway, says he's pleased that some civility has returned. He continues to assess the situation. Center plans to reopen.

VICTORYLAND WINS BIG RULING

WSFA 12 News has confirmed that a Macon County judge has ruled on a dispute over the powers of the governor's task force on illegal gambling. The court hearing ended earlier in the day over whether a judge should extend a court order blocking a raid on the VictoryLand casino by that task force.

The judge stayed the restraining order in the case, something District Attorney E. Paul Jones says is permanent. A higher court could overturn the decision, however.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. WSFA 12 News contributed to this report. All Rights Reserved.)

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