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Deadwood City Commission repeals ban on psychics

DEADWOOD (AP) — Deadwood city commissioners have repealed an ordinance banning fortune tellers, psychics and mystics from operating in the western South Dakota gambling town.

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The ban had been in place for more than two decades. The local Chamber of Commerce lobbied to have it repealed, saying it would be an opportunity to expand the town's offerings beyond gambling.

Opponents said fortune tellers and psychics don't present a family friendly environment. Mayor Chuck Turbiville told the Rapid City Journal on Thursday that only one person — a local pastor — spoke against repealing the ban during Tuesday's commission meeting.

Turbiville said he sees fortune telling as harmless entertainment, and he doesn't expect the end of the ban to have a big effect on the city.

"This is not New Orleans where you have 18,000 visitors a day, where you have a fortune teller on every corner," he said.

Turbiville said during his "state of the city" speech Thursday that with gambling revenues down last year, the time has come for the city to rebrand itself as more than a gambling destination, KEVN-TV reported.