Taking A Gamble

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It's decision time for voters in two West Virginia counties.

Residents in Ohio and Jefferson counties are casting ballots today on the question of allowing table games at local race tracks.

The polls close tonight at 7:30.

The main theme of the campaign in Ohio County has been jobs.
Reeling from the decline of heavy industry, some voters in Wheeling
say they're supporting table games because of promises it could
bring hundreds of new jobs to the area.

Religious groups, though, warn that expanding gambling won't be the solution to the region's economic problems.

Unlike Ohio County, Jefferson County is not reeling from the decline of the industrial economy. Voters there have expressed worries about possible crime and sprawl issues they fear could come from expanding operations at Charles Town Races and Slots.

Meanwhile, Hancock County votes on table games for Mountaineer
Racetrack and Gaming Resort in Chester on June 30th, while Kanawha
County considers them for Tri-State Racetrack and Gaming in Nitro
on August Eleventh.

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