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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Court of Appeals has declined to delay the enforcement of a judge's order on video sweepstakes machines.

State attorneys had asked the appellate court to stay the ruling of Guilford County Judge John Craig. He had determined in November that part of the new law banning video sweepstakes machines was too broad and violated free-speech rights. The decision means some games can keep operating.

The General Assembly approved the law in July. Supporters of the measure hoped it would quash illegal gambling parlors that had used loopholes to get around a ban on traditional video poker machines.

In Virginia, Del. Glenn Oder wants to make sure the cafes aren't legal.

He's filed a bill for the upcoming General Assemblyl session to clearly define gambling laws in the state.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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