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Racing & Gaming Commission Denies Sioux City Casino's Appeal

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has rejected a Sioux City riverboat casino's challenge to renew its gaming license, and has set July 1 as the deadline for the gambling boat to shut down.

Penn National Gaming, the parent company of the Argosy riverboat casino, had challenged the commission's decision last year to reject a one-year license renewal. The commission said it had issue with the Argosy's dissolving partnership with a nonprofit group. Iowa's casino gambling laws require casino operators to partner with licensed nonprofit groups that hold the license. Argosy's operating agreement with its long-standing nonprofit, Missouri River Historical Development, expired in July 2012.

Following the commission's decision Thursday, Penn National officials released a statement saying they were "beyond dismayed" by the decision.