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NC Supreme Court says no to sweepstakes halls

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Some video sweepstakes and gaming machines are legal in South Carolina. (File/FOX Carolina) Some video sweepstakes and gaming machines are legal in South Carolina. (File/FOX Carolina)
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -

North Carolina's video sweepstakes halls could be closed soon after the state's highest court refused a request from industry officials to delay those closings while they appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the request from the sweepstakes game industry to delay last week's decision that sweepstakes halls are gambling operations. The refusal could shut down hundreds of businesses across North Carolina.

Industry officials say they don't expect the order to be enforced for 20 days, when it becomes final. In the meantime, its attorneys say they'll continue their fight through the courts with further appeals.

The industry had sought a few weeks to see if the U.S. Supreme Court would consider its claim of free-speech protections.

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