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April 09, 2002 2:42 AM
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Texas showdownThe drive to shut down a second Texas tribal casino could come to a decision in a few weeks, according to a Houston Chronicle report. This past week, a federal judge heard arguments for lawyers representing the Alabama-Coushatta tribe and the Texas attorney general’s office. The Coushatta wants the East Texas casino to remain open. Last month, the state’s attorney general successfully closed Speaking Rock in West Texas, near El Paso.  The tribe contends that the casino is a private club and isn’t illegal because of the state’s 1991 ruling that allowed a state-run lottery, which opened the door for the tribe to permit gaming.