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Mon March 31, 2014
WVAS Local

Gambling Machines

Alabama's attorney general says law enforcement agents have seized more than 1,000 gambling machines and cash from casinos in Green County.  Luther Strange said in a news release that the seizures came as law enforcement agents served search warrants at four casinos.  He said the action came in response to allegations of illegal gambling operations.  The search warrants were served this Monday morning at Greenetrack and Greene Charity in Eutaw, Alabama, and at Frontier Bingo and River's Edge in Knoxville, Alabama.  Strange says an investigation over the last several months led to the searches. 

Disaster Conference

Montgomery is the site of the 2014 Governor's Preparedness Conference.  Participants will learn and share strategies about all types of disasters during the three day seminar.  Guest speaker, Governor Robert Bentley praised emergency officials Monday saying Alabama is the most prepared state in the country.  The event ends Thursday at noon. 

Abortion Trial

A federal judge says he will hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.  U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday that the trial will address one issue: whether the law violates the due process rights of women seeking abortion.  The judge set aside all other issues raised by the clinics that sued over the law and by the state officials named as defendants.  The Alabama Legislature passed the law in 2013.  Three of Alabama's five abortion clinics say the law would force them to close if it is enforced.  The law has been on hold because of the lawsuit.