Video Sweepstakes http://wfae.org en Embattled Internet Sweeps Exec Is Top Donor to NC Pols http://wfae.org/post/embattled-internet-sweeps-exec-top-donor-nc-pols <P></P> <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">The single largest donor to candidates for North Carolina's General Assembly in 2012 turns out to be a video gambling software executive who now faces racketeering charges in Florida. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:35:10 +0000 Julie Rose 23491 at http://wfae.org Embattled Internet Sweeps Exec Is Top Donor to NC Pols CMPD Warning Sweepstakes Parlors Of New Law http://wfae.org/post/cmpd-warning-sweepstakes-parlors-new-law <p></p><p>Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers are paying personal visits to all "sweepstakes parlors" in the area this week urging proprietors to make sure they're complying with a new ban on the electronic games. WFAE's Julie Rose reports:</p><p></p><p>CMPD Deputy Chief Vicki Foster estimates there are about 100 free-standing sweepstakes parlors in Mecklenburg County. Most shut down about a week ago when a state ban on the games went into effect, but Foster expects many to reopen in the coming days.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:46:17 +0000 Julie Rose 19209 at http://wfae.org CMPD Warning Sweepstakes Parlors Of New Law Unclear Future For Sweepstakes Parlors As Ban Takes Effect http://wfae.org/post/unclear-future-sweepstakes-parlors-ban-takes-effect <p style="padding-right: 30px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px;">A December N.C. Supreme Court decision that upheld a ban on video sweepstakes machines goes into effect Thursday.</p><p style="padding-right: 30px; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px;">But it’s unclear whether the sweepstakes parlors that have opened in Charlotte and across the state will be closed – or whether their owners will find a way to comply with the law, as some have said they will do.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:56:19 +0000 Steve Harrison/Charlotte Observer 18749 at http://wfae.org Unclear Future For Sweepstakes Parlors As Ban Takes Effect NC High Court Upholds Video Sweepstakes Ban http://wfae.org/post/nc-high-court-upholds-video-sweepstakes-ban <p>The North Carolina Supreme Court has upheld a law banning video sweepstake games offered in more than a thousand café-type establishments statewide.&nbsp;</p><p>"Once it's ruled that it's not allowable in the state, then you'll see us start closing locations down," says Tony Whisnant, who operates four sweepstakes parlors, including on in Charlotte.</p><p>Whisnant says he's still looking through the ruling to see if there's a way to make his games legal.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:20:36 +0000 Julie Rose 17710 at http://wfae.org