Arkansas judge blocks panel from awarding casino license

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – An Arkansas panel has been temporarily blocked from issuing a casino license for Pope County. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order Friday preventing the state Racing Commission from considering applications or issuing a casino license. The panel had planned to meet Monday.

Arkansas voters in 2018 approved a constitutional amendment legalizing casinos in Pope and Jefferson counties, as well as at a Hot Springs horse track and a West Memphis dog track. Griffen issued the order in response to a lawsuit challenging the commission’opening a second application period.

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