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County Commisioners address rise of 'Sweepstakes Cafes' in Hillsborough listen

10/20/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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So-called “sweepstakes cafes” are sprouting up across the state. Some say they operate in a legal “grey area” and promote gambling.

Republican Commissioner Sandra Murman vehemently opposes these cafes and proposed an ordinance to ban new ones.

Sweepstakes cafes are a rising business across the state of Florida. There are 30 in Hillsborough County, 8 of which opened in the past m...


New bill would allow Vegas-style gambling off reservations listen

01/07/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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This week, Governor Rick Scott hinted at expanding Casino gambling in Florida. But this morning he all but denied it. A Republican state senator from Pinellas plans to introduce legislation that would pave the way for new Las Vegas style casino resorts.

State Senator Dennis Jones represents the Pinellas town of Seminole. But he’s drafting legislation with which the Seminole Native American tribe might not be happy. Jones said the bill would serve as a litmus on the feasibility of legaliz...

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