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Gambling foes challenge Ohio governor over slots

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A court is about to hear an anti-gambling group's appeal in a case challenging Ohio Gov. John Kasich's authority to allow slots-like video lottery terminals at the state's seven horse tracks.

The Ohio Roundtable was denied legal standing in May to bring its suit, which alleges Kasich and others violated the Constitution by expanding the lottery without asking voters.

The Roundtable on Thursday is asking the 10th District Court of Appeals in Columbus to reverse the lower court and allow the case to go forward.

After Ohio voters approved construction of four casinos in 2009, Kasich cut a deal worth $150 million to the state that added VLTs to the state lottery and allowed so-called racinos.

One such facility has already opened at Scioto Downs in Columbus.

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