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Bingo Rally Draws Both Sides As Gov. Speaks

Montgomery, AL – An anti-casino rally on the Statehouse steps in Montgomery turned into a shouting match when casino supporters showed up.

About 1,000 people spread out in front of the Statehouse and the Capitol lawn across the street Tuesday. Casino opponents applauded Gov. Bob Riley as he addressed the group, while casino proponents chanted ``let us vote.''

Riley's remarks were difficult to hear over the opponents' shouting, but he said the law in Alabama is clear that electronic bingo machines are illegal slot machines. The governor also said casinos lead to more poverty rather than creating jobs.

The pro-casino group had been planning a 2 p.m. rally but was encouraged by organizers to show up early for the casino opponents' gathering.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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