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State probing sweepstakes donations

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The State Bureau of Investigation is probing campaign donations provided to North Carolina politicians by the video sweepstakes industry. North Carolina Department of Justice spokeswoman Noelle Talley confirmed the criminal investigation into possible public corruption, which she said began in 2013. Full story...
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Despite ban, sweepstakes cafes fight to stay open

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It's been a year since the state Supreme Court has upheld a North Carolina law banning sweepstakes cafes. But some of the places where people play fast-moving computer games that mimic Vegas-style slots are still open for business. Full story...
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Hearing Thursday in sweepstakes raid lawsuit

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videoAn evidentiary hearing will be held Thursday as A Wilmington sweepstakes parlor raided last month by New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies tries to reopen its doors. Full story...
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Judge orders hearing in sweepstakes parlor fight

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videoA judge has called for an evidentiary hearing as a sweepstakes parlor fights to stay in business. Capital One Reward Zone filed for a temporary restraining order against the New Hanover County Sheriff and the District Attorney for raiding the Market Street business last month. Full story...
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Sheriff says internal issues have slowed enforcement of sweepstakes ban

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videoThe New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says it's cracking down on sweepstakes parlors, but a bust today marked just the fourth time deputies have shut down one of the illegal gambling halls this year. Full story...
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Judge says worker not guilty of sweepstakes charge

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A judge's ruling in a Catawba County sweepstakes cafe case is giving hope to operators in their battle to stay open in North Carolina. Full story...
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NC bill seeks to legalize sweepstakes cafes, games

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A bill to legalize and tax sweepstakes cafes in North Carolina has been filed by legislators whose campaigns accepted cash from gaming operators. Full story...
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NC sheriff's office raids video gambling cafes

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Authorities in Cumberland County have raided video gambling sweepstakes cafes still in operation since they were declared illegal by the NC Supreme Court. Full story...
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Sweepstakes owner cited, machines seized

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New Hanover County is cracking down on sweepstakes parlors still running despite a law against them. The owner of 777 Sweepstakes faces a citation of running an illegal gambling operation on Gordon Road. Full story...
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NC high court decision on sweepstakes takes effect

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video A North Carolina Supreme Court decision upholding a ban on video sweepstakes machines is going into effect. Full story...
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NC Supreme Court says no to sweepstakes halls

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video North Carolina's video sweepstakes halls could be closed soon after the state's highest court refused a request from industry officials to delay those closings while they appeal to the US Supreme Court. Full story...
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Wilmington looks at how to handle sweepstakes appeals, annexation requests

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Wilmington City Council is looking at how to handle appeals from internet sweepstakes cafes and voluntary annexation requests. Full story...
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NC House speaker says sweepstakes bill likely dead

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Time has likely run out for a bill that would regulate and tax video sweepstakes operations in North Carolina. Full story...
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NC sweepstakes bill getting another hearing

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A bill that would regulate and tax video sweepstakes operations in North Carolina got another hearing in a state House committee, but its future still seems bleak as the General Assembly winds down work for the year. Full story...
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Local reaction on Perdue’s consideration of gambling

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video During the governors media roundtable discussion Wednesday Governor Bev Perdue made a very bold statement regarding gambling and video gaming in North Carolina. Full story...
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