(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.