WVa Town Gives Gambling Hearing Another Try

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Bluefield, W.Va. (AP) -- Bluefield officials have agreed to hold another public hearing on proposed restrictions to video lottery parlors, after some residents and businesses say they were caught off-guard by the proposal.

Officials advertised the last public hearing in July.

City manager Andy Merriman says the city followed the proper procedures, but not everyone knew about it at the time.

Because the proposed ordinance would affect business owners and residents, merriman says the city has decided to schedule another hearing Sept. 30.

The ordinance would prohibit video lottery establishments from operating within 1,000 feet of a church, school, residential dwelling, or an establishment that has a state alcohol license.

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

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