Lubbock Gets Wet in Elections

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The biggest teetotaling town in Texas has decided to go wet.

Lubbock voters on Saturday chose to allow stores to sell liquor, beer and wine. The vote was 64 percent in favor, 36 percent against.

That's essentially the first time those sales will be allowed in the city limits since prohibition was lifted in Texas in the 1930s.

Lubbock has allowed by-the-drink alcohol sales in bars and restaurants since the 1970s. People have had to leave the city limits to buy six-packs of beer or bottles of wine.

An area on the edge of town was annexed three years ago to increase sales tax revenue. That was the only part of the 210,000-resident city where alcohol sales were allowed.

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