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TV Stations Pull Ads Linking Gov. Riley To Gaming

Montgomery, AL – At least four television stations in Alabama have stopped running ads that attempt to link Gov. Bob Riley to Choctaw Indian gambling operations in Mississippi.

The ads are being run by the ``Sweet Home Alabama Coalition.'' That's a group that is pushing passage in the Legislature of a bill that would tax, regulate and legalize some electronic bingo operations.

The latest ads say that Riley is opposing the bill because he received money in his 2002 campaign for governor from Choctaw Indian gaming concerns in Mississippi.

Riley said the ads are ``a lie'' and asked stations to stop running them.

Officials at television stations ABC 33/40 and WBRC in Birmingham, WAFF in Huntsville and WSFA in Montgomery confirmed Tuesday that they had stopped the ads.

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