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Post Falls Police looking into whether ‘instant racing’ terminals are illegal slot machines

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: Northern Idaho police have launched a criminal investigation probing the legality of slot-like machines known as instant horse racing terminals, which are slowly gaining popularity across the state. Post Falls Police Chief Scot Haug says detectives are responding to a complaint claiming that the roughly 10 terminals installed at Greyhound Park and Event Center are illegal slot machines and not state-approved pari-mutuel betting terminals. Haug added that he expects to complete the investigation in a month. Instant racing was legalized in Idaho in 2013 after horse industry representatives argued they needed them to save their dying trade. However, the legality of the machines is currently being challenged in other states. Earlier this year, four Idaho tribes have demanded state officials to cease all use of the machines.

AP reporter Kimberlee Kruesi has a full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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