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(Neb)-Liquor Commission To Issue Whiteclay Ruling Next Wed

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/13/2017 06:24 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission says it will issue a ruling next Wednesday, April 19, on whether the beer stores in Whiteclay can renew their liquor licenses, but the decision is expected to be appealed no matter which way it goes.
 
     The commission denied the stores' requests to renew their licenses automatically amid concerns over whether law enforcement in the area is adequate, forcing them instead to go through a reapplication process that culminated with an 11-hour public hearing two weeks ago.

      After taking some 9 hours of testimony during that hearing, the 3-member commission said it would issue its decision by May 2nd. An extension of the current licenses will run out at the end of the month, but with the ruling expected to be appealed by which ever side loses
 
     The 4 stores in the unincorporated village sold the equivalent of 3.5 million cans of beer in 2015, nearly all of it to residents of the adjacent Pine Ridge Reservation, where alcohol is banned.

       Whiteclay is known as a gathering place for Native Americans who drink, loiter, beg for change and sometimes get into fights...a problem that has persisted for decades.


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