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Arkansas Judge Blocks Panel From Awarding Casino License

(AP) — An Arkansas panel has been temporarily blocked from issuing a casino license for Pope County. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a...

(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.