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Please pause for a moment of self-promotion: Stephen Colbert featured a Governing story on his Wednesday night show in a segment about Bald Knob, Ark., and its ban on bingo.
Colbert profiled Larry Johnson, who headed an effort to ban the game in the town of 3,000, in his typically humorous yet pointed fashion. As this April 13 story on Governing's website chronicled, the Bald Knob City Council unanimiously voted to ban bingo, a prohibition that took effect on May 1.
The ban was pushed by local residents and religious groups. "I think the growth days are done with gambling," said Chad Hills, analyst for gambling research with an affiliate of the evangelical Christian group Focus on the Family. "It's an interesting time, Vegas and Atlantic City are gasping for air and the other states are grasping for the nickels and dimes left."
The full Colbert Report video is below. A screenshot of Governing's website appears at the 4:38 mark.
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