Casino Keeps Quiet About Vegas Trip Bills

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By Rachel Begle

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - An Altoona casino that distributes profits to central Iowa charities won't say how much it spent sending about 40 board members, employees and spouses to a Las Vegas conference.

The Des Moines Register says the spending by Prairie Meadows raises questions in the mind of Polk County Supervisor Bob Brownell, who wonders where the casino profits would go "if it weren't spent on trips like that."

The September event was the Global Gaming Expo, where equipment is sometimes purchased for a discount, and officials learn about new technology.

Casino attorney Tom Flynn says he believes a provision in state law exempts the board from providing the trip records because the facility does not currently owe debt to taxpayers.

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