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Ala. gambling trial updates

Interesting AP update on the gambling trial in our sister state:

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) An Alabama casino developer says an indicted state senator told him "I'm yours" after he gave her as much as $40,000 in campaign donations.

The testimony about state Sen. Harri Ann Smith of Slocomb came Friday from Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley, who pleaded guilty in a vote-buying conspiracy and is testifying for prosecutors.

Smith didn't initially support Gilley's plan for a gambling center in southeast Alabama, but she later backed the project. Gilley says he wrote two $20,000 checks for Smith and routed them through lobbyist Jarrod Massey, but he doesn't know exactly how much money went to Smith.

Prosecutors say Massey will testify later.

Smith and eight other people are on trial in Montgomery in an alleged scheme to buy and sell votes on gambling legislation.

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