State to help jobless casino workers

Published 10:52 pm Monday, February 8, 2010

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The state will provide assistance to laid off casino workers even though he considers the casinos illegal.

More than 200 of those workers come from White Hall Entertainment Center, which shut its doors last week indefinitely.

Collins Pettaway, the attorney for White Hall, said the Lowndes County casino closed to update its computers. He did not know when the center would open again.

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On Monday Gov. Bob Riley said the state Department of Industrial Relations will have special locations today and Wednesday in Dallas, Macon and Houston counties to help workers laid off from White Hall Entertainment Center, VictoryLand and Country Crossing.

State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said his staff will be on hand to help workers file for unemployment compensation and to determine if they are eligible for other benefits.

The location in Dallas County is the Alabama State Trooper Training Facility in Selma.

Elsewhere in the state assistance is available at the Tuskegee Armory and the Center for Economic and Workforce Development at Wallace Community College in Dothan.