POPE COUNTY, Ark. — According to the Arkansas Racing Commission, they have decided to abandon the second license application process period held in August 2019 that accepted new applications for casino gaming in Pope County. 

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The Commission also decided not to consider any of the applications that were submitted during that August 2019 to November 2019 second application period and to refund any fees that were included with the applications. 

This comes after a judge issued a temporary restraining order against the Arkansas Racing Commission that prevents it from issuing a casino license in Pope County to Legends Resort & Casino.

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The lawsuit alleges the second window of applications for a Pope County casino license, opened by the Arkansas Racing Commission, was invalid because it contradicts the rules established in the constitutional amendment that allowed casino gaming in Arkansas. 

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