- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Supporters of Greene County’s bingo halls are planning to hold a rally on the University of Alabama campus.

The state has been trying to shut down the halls for years by arguing that their electronic bingo machines violate state laws against gambling.

But bingo operators and many Greene County officials contend the halls are legal under a local constitutional amendment.

The Greene County Committee for Civil Rights is planning the campus rally even though organizers didn’t get permission from university officials.

Leaders want to stage the rally at Foster Auditorium, where then Gov. George Wallace made his “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” in 1963.

State officials have conducted a series of rains on the bingo halls since 2010, most recently last month.

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