License renewal denied for Whiteclay liquor stores


DAVID: TODAY, THEY VOTED TO NOT RENEW LICENSES FOR THE FOUR BEER STORES IN THE UNINCORPORATED TOWN. ANDREW OZAKI HAS THE DETAILS AND REACTION FROM LINCOLN. ANDREW: TEARS AND HUGS FROM ACTIVISTS AS THE LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION VOTED IGNOMINIOUSLY TO SHUT DOWN THE FOUR BEER STORES IN WHITECLAY, NEBRASKA.>>A DARK CLOUD HAS BEEN LIFTED FROM THE STATE.>>IT IS A GOOD DAY FOR THE NEBRASKA TRIBES. IT IS A GOOD DAY FOR OUR LAKOTA NEIGHBORS. A GOOD DAY FOR NEBRASKANS. ANDREW: COMMISSIONERS CITED A WOEFUL LACK OF ADEQUATE LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE UNINCORPORATED VILLAGE OF EIGHT RESIDENTS. 3.5 MILLION CANS OF BEER ARE SOLD THERE EVERY YEAR, MAINLY TO RESIDENTS OF THE NEARBY PINERIDGE RESERVATION, WHERE ALCOHOL IS BANNED.>>THIS IS NOT A PLACE THAT CAN EXIST AT ALL. ANDREW: DURING A 10 HOUR HEARING TWO WEEKS AGO, SEVERAL RESIDENTS TESTIFIED ABOUT ASSAULTS, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, PEOPLE PASSED OUT , AND HEALTH SANITATION PROBLEMS. >>WE WERE APPALLED AT SOME OF THE ATTITUDES IN SHERIDAN COUNTY THAT WE DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM. WE FOUND THAT TO BE BOGUS. ANDREW: THE LIQUOR STORES CAN REMAIN OPEN ON THEIR CURRENT LICENSES UNTIL THE END OF APRIL. THEIR ATTORNEY SAYS THEY WILL APPEAL THE DECISION, SAYING THE ADEQUATE LAW ENFORCEMENT IS ONLY A REQUIREMENT FOR NEW LICENSES, NOT RENEWALS. HE ALSO REITERATED HIS CLAIM THE RULING WAS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED. QUOTE, I BELIEVE THE DECISION WAS MADE A LONG TIME AGO AND IT WAS DONE BECAUSE OF POLITICAL PRESSURE. MEANWHILE, SENATORS WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING ON A MULTIFACETED PLAN TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS IN WHITECLAY SAY THIS IS JUST THE FIRST STEP.>>WE HAVE WORK TO DO. WE ARE NOT DONE. THIS IS GREAT.

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