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Attorney General Luther Strange has renewed his campaign to rid the state of all casinos. State Troopers accompanied by staffers from the AG's office, conducted a raid at VictoryLand early Tuesday and seized hundreds of gambling machines and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Gambling operators say the state is overstepping its bounds by trying to shut down four casinos in Alabama, claiming those are illegal. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians says the state lacks the power to shut down its three electronic bingo operations in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka.
Governor Robert Bentley says he will sign Alabama Trust Fund Repayment Legislation that received final passage today from the legislature. The bill guarantees the repayment of $437 million dollars that was transferred from the ATF to the General Fund last year. Representative Jay Love brought the legislation. State Senator Bryan Taylor of Prattville added an amendment that also passed. The Repayment bill is the first piece of legislation to reach the governor's desk during the 2013 regular session.
President Barack Obama is warning that "people will lose their jobs" if across-the-board cuts take effect as scheduled next week. Sequestration is set to begin March 1st unless a short-term deal is agreed upon before then, that would allow more time to formulate a long-term deficit reduction plan. Auburn-Montgomery Professor of Economics Dr. Keivan Deravi says if a sequester should kick-in, the military would be one of the most adversely affected, including military installations in Alabama. Dr. Deravi is optimistic that a solution exists to the country's deficit, but he is not confident the country's leaders can overcome their differences to find it.