A judge in Dothan has ruled that gambling machines that were seized from Center Stage are illegal. The ruling allows that state to destroy the 691 machines and to keep the nearly $289,000 in cash that was seized in a raid last year. The operators of Center State had argued they were legal electronic bingo machines. But Circuit Judge Michael Conaway issued a ruling Thursday siding with Attorney General Luther Strange's argument that they were illegal.
Two members of Alabama's delegation in Washington voted for the plan to reopen government and raise the debt ceiling, while six voted against. Republican Spencer Bachus and Democrat Terri Sewell voted for the Wednesday night. Republican Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby voted against it, along with Republicans Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Martha Roby and Mike Rogers.
Earlier this year, Alabama State University and the Nigerian government forged a partnership to give students from that country a chance to earn a college degree. A contingent of students arrived on campus to begin classes at ASU in August. Thursday, Nigerian ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe visited the university to meet with the school's administration and the Nigerian students. The Nigerian government is sponsoring the students for four years, paying for tuition, books, room and board.