WVa Mulls Greyhound-Training Tracks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The State Racing Commission has set aside $2 million while it studies whether West Virginia needs two facilities to train greyhounds.

Legislation passed in 2008 mandates the construction of two tracks to train greyhound pups, one in southern West Virginia and one in the northern part of the state.

But the commission voted Tuesday to both set the money for the tracks aside and study the need for them after the West Virginia Greyhound owners and Breeders Association objected.

President Sam Burdette says the association doesn't object to training tracks, but believes the state's planned facilities are too elaborate and expensive.

Greyhound breeder Roger White, though, argues that the tracks are necessary for the growth of the industry in the state.

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

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