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ND makes the grade in a national report evaluating public school support; SCOTUS justices express free speech concerns about GOP-backed social media laws; NH "kids on campus" program boosts retention; proposed law bans hemp sales to Hoosiers younger than 21.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether social media can restrict content. Biden advisors point to anti-democracy speeches at CPAC, and the President heads to the US-Mexico border appealing to voters on immigration and border issues.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.

Football is Back, Prompting Warnings to Avoid Gambling Traps

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Thursday, September 15, 2022   

The Vikings and Gophers recently kicked off their new seasons, and for local football fans wanting to navigate online sports betting, there are opportunities in some nearby states.

But caution is urged as these ventures grow. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for all states to legalize sports gambling, many have done it. Minnesota is still debating the idea, but neighbors such as Iowa and South Dakota allow it.

Susan Sheridan Tucker, executive director of the Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gambling, said if you plan to cross the border to place a wager, be mindful of how persuasive apps can be through their advertising.

"Many of the ads are promoting free play, free dollars to encourage people to open accounts," Tucker explained. "We are very concerned about that."

Under Iowa's rules, the person has to physically be within state lines when placing the bet. But you can register for an account through an app and deposit funds before crossing the border. And Tucker warned some Minnesotans might not be aware of state-by-state laws and could wind up placing on online bet from home through an unregulated operator. She added the apps can be slow to pay winnings.

Tucker's group takes a neutral stance on gambling laws but has worked with Minnesota legislators who are crafting such proposals. She emphasized they still want consumer protections, knowing the proliferation of online sports betting will harm some individuals.

"We are seeing these algorithms that are learning people's behavior," Tucker observed. "As people show their patterns online, those algorithms are changing almost on a real-time basis, and encouraging people to continue to play."

Tucker stressed the public needs to realize compulsive gambling is a behavioral disorder, not a moral failure, and there should be federal resources for research and treatment. She added broader classification dealing with addictions would help in this area. It's estimated at least 3% of American adults have a gambling problem.


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