Alabama officials discuss gaming with Ashcroft

Alabama's top officials met with Attorney General John Ashcroft on Wednesday to discuss Indian gaming but are keeping quiet.

Gov. Bob Riley (R) and state attorney general Troy King met with Ashcroft in Washington, D.C. King said they were on a "fact-finding" mission to better understand gaming, particularly casino game classification.

King has visited the state's five gaming establishments, three of which are run by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He plans to release details of his study.

The tribe has been accused of operating Class III games, which are illegal in the state. The tribe says it has worked with the National Indian Gaming Commission to ensure all the machines are Class II.

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