RI Bucks Trend, Fights to Keep Greyhound Racing

By: Eric Tucker AP Email
By: Eric Tucker AP Email

LINCOLN (AP) - Greyhound tracks are folding around the country, but Rhode Island lawmakers are fighting to buck that trend.

Over the objection of Gov. Don Carcieri (kuh-CHEHR'-ee), state legislators are pushing a bankrupt, state-licensed slot parlor to run 200 days of greyhound racing even though current law requires only 125.

Supporters say the measure will save 225 jobs at the track. The Republican governor has vetoed the bill, but lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated General Assembly say they expect to override
it.

Dog racing has faded elsewhere in the region. Last year, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot question banning greyhound
racing amid allegations that the dogs were abused. The remaining
two tracks in New Hampshire won state permission last month to end
live racing.


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