LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- It appears doubtful that Arkansas voters on
Nov. 7 will approve Amendment Five, a referendum that would allow
casino gambling to be established in six counties, including
Pulaski, which includes the state capital.
For one thing, the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney recently
charged two of the Dallas-based principal stockholders of Natural
State Resorts Inc., parent of Arkansas Casino Corp., with felony
Arkansas Casino Corp. would have owned and operated the casinos.
The defendants both pleaded innocent to the charges.
In the past, casino referendums have failed in Arkansas because
of opposition from clergy and newspapers.
The only forms of gambling permitted in the state are horse
racing in Hot Springs and dog racing in West Memphis.