Casino en Cedar Rapids Casino Proposal Rejected <p>In a four to one vote in Council Bluffs, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a $174-million proposal for a casino in downtown Cedar Rapids. Commissioner Dolores Mertz of Algona cast the lone “yes” vote.</p><p>Commission Chair Jeff Lamberti said approving the Cedar Rapids Development Group LLC request, “Would be a significant precedent,” that he wasn’t willing to take.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:03:38 +0000 Dean Borg 39272 at Cedar Rapids Casino Proposal Rejected News Buzz <p>Host Ben Kieffer gets the latest on news from around Iowa.&nbsp; MidAmerican Energy gives an update on the power outage which left almost 40,000 Des Moines-area residents in the dark. IPR's Joyce Russell discusses changes to the problematic Toledo Juvenile Home.&nbsp; The DNR has a new report which looks at drought conditions in Iowa.&nbsp; Also, Dubuque native Brooks Wheelan joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live."</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:39:43 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Sarah Boden & Emily Woodbury 29416 at News Buzz The Status of Casinos in Iowa <p>In 2007 the state of Iowa allowed casinos to move from riverboats to land.&nbsp; Since that time several communities around the state have sought a piece of the casino action.&nbsp; But how many casinos are too many for Iowa?</p><p>"River to River" looks at current casino proposals in Warren and Linn Counties.&nbsp; We'll also examine why communities like Davenport and Sioux City are in the process of moving their casinos from riverboats to land.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:37:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer 19480 at The Status of Casinos in Iowa Davenport Moving Toward City-Run Casino <p></p><p>There’s a lot of interest in expanding casino gambling in Iowa.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Linn County’s referendum next Tuesday decides whether to allow a casino in Cedar Rapids.</p><p>There’s a similar initiative in Warren County for&nbsp; Norwalk, at the southwest edge of Des Moines.</p><p>Neither have casinos now. But in the Quad-Cities - where there are three casinos along the Mississippi River - the City of Davenport is moving to purchase and operate one of them.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 16:22:22 +0000 Dean Borg 16906 at Davenport Moving Toward City-Run Casino Gambling In Iowa <p>Forget about riverboats, online gaming is the new frontier when it comes to gambling in Iowa. Ben Kieffer discusses the future of gambling in Iowa and how the evolving regulation of online gaming may help or hinder the state’s gaming industry.</p><p>Then a University of Iowa researcher shares his new study that suggests more casinos do not necessarily equate more gamblers.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 20:41:07 +0000 Ben Kieffer 12896 at Gambling In Iowa