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Challenge to RI casino referendum moves forward

April 20, 2012
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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A legal challenge in Rhode Island seeking to block this fall's casino referendum is moving forward.

The owners of the Twin River slot parlor in Lincoln said Friday that oral arguments in the case have been scheduled for May 30.

The Narragansett Indian Tribe filed a lawsuit last year to stop Twin River's casino referendum. The tribe's own casino proposal was rejected by voters in 2006.

Twin River spokeswoman Patti Doyle says she's pleased the court agreed to move quickly on the lawsuit.

Twin River and the Newport Grand slot parlor are both seeking voter permission to offer games like poker and blackjack to compete with casinos authorized in Massachusetts.

The state Constitution requires casino proposals to be approved by voters statewide and in the host community.

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