W.Va. Senate approves sports-betting bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Senate has passed a bill that would legalize sports betting at the state's five casinos in the event that a U.S. Supreme Court case leads to the repeal of a nationwide ban.

The Senate passed the bill 25-9 Tuesday. It now moves to the House of Delegates, where a similar bill is pending.

The Senate bill would allow sports betting at the state's four racetracks, the Greenbrier resort and on Lottery Commission-approved mobile device applications.

Democrats Douglas Facemire of Braxton County and Michael Romano of Harrison County said during Senate debate they were worried about the temptation of sports betting among residents.

Later this year the U.S. Supreme Court will decide New Jersey's challenge to a law banning sports betting in all but four states.