WVa Alcohol Agency Stays Out Of Smoking Fight

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration wants no part of an ongoing dispute between Tri-State Racing and Gaming Center and Kanawha County health officials.

ABCA commissioner Dallas Staples says the dispute over whether to allow smoking at the casino is not a matter for his agency.

Kanawha County health director Anita Ray recently wrote to the ABCA about Tri-State's attempts to get around a countywide smoking ban.

The ABCA can pull liquor licenses if establishments violate county health rules.

The Nitro City Council is scheduled to vote Aug. 18 on an ordinance exempting Tri-State from the smoking ban.

Ray says her department will continue to enforce the ban regardless of what the council decides.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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