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Across South, longtime 'dry' governments tap into booze sales for much-needed extra revenue
HARRISON, Ark. (AP) ' As many cities and counties across the South struggle to balance their budgets, some are tapping into a new source of income: alcohol.
For years, local governments throughout the region have been quietly throwing out Prohibition-era laws forbidding the sale of alcohol. Now booze is providing some welcome financial relief.
That means towns where preachers once condemned "demon rum" are now counting on six-packs and cheap wine to make up for declining revenue.
In Harrison, Ark., a city of 13,000 tucked between tourist attractions in the Ozark Mountains, stores began stocking beer and wine earlier this year. Liquor stores are slated to open in the coming months.
Harrison hopes to collect up to $200,000 a year from alcohol-related sales taxes and fees.