Country legend George Jones had a short-lived life in Alabama politics, gambling

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George Jones will undoubtedly be remembered for his legendary hits like “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” but late in life he ventured into Alabama business, gambling and politics. His involvement is interesting considering his stature as one of the giants of country music. Jones, who died Friday at 81, personally appeared at the State House [...]

Bingo trial, Week 4: Quotes, comments and tidbits

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Here are some more quotes, comments and tidbits from week four of the federal corruption trial: Right and wrong When asked who they should support for governor, VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor told Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley he had talked with Joe Reed with the Alabama Education Association about Sparks. “I think Ron is going [...]

Bentley to assign gambling task force to new AG

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Gov.-elect Robert Bentley announced in a statement sent out Wednesday by incoming Attorney General Luther Strange that he would assign the work of the Governor’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling to Strange when they both take office on Jan. 17.“By assigning all pending cases and investigative authority to the Attorney General’s office, I have transferred [...]

Rallying for Jobs and Justice

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Elected officials and activists angry about the crackdown on electronic bingo in the state have organized a Saturday rally with notable entertainment to register people to vote and encourage them to be active in the November election.Musicians John Anderson and The Commodores will highlight a Saturday rally that is intended to draw people to the [...]

Country Crossing postpones reopening

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Ronnie Gilley, developer of Country Crossing, announced Wednesday that the reopening of the development would be postponed because of threats from the commander of Gov. Bob Riley’s Task Force on Illegal Gaming.“In light of Mr. Tyson’s threatening remarks yesterday regarding his eminent raid on Country Crossing, the owners of the machines at our facility advised [...]