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Casino Plan Draws Hundreds to Hearing

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JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) - A plan to build a $40 million casino in the Green County city of Jefferson drew hundreds of people to a public hearing before the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

The Carroll Daily Times Herald reports about 500 people attended the five-hour hearing Thursday, and most of the 70 speakers favored the proposal. They pointed to the estimated 325 jobs the casino would bring to the western Iowa community.

The commission is expected to vote on the plan June 12 in Burlington.

If approved, the proposed casino would authorize a gambling license for Grow Greene County Gaming Corp., a nonprofit organization that would contract with Wild Rose Entertainment. Plans call for a casino resort with restaurants, a conference center and a hotel in Jefferson, a city of about 4,200 people.

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