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    By Gene Johnson
    Seattle, Washington (AP)

    The Nisqually Tribe is unlikely to win its claim that Gov. Chris Gregoire struck an illegal deal to allow cigarette sales at Frank’s Landing, a small Indian community outside the tribe’s reservation, a judge said during May.

    In an order issued in Tacoma, U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said he is aware of no federal law that would prohibit the type of arrangement at issue, and he declined to issue an injunction shutting down the smoke shop.

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