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.
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.
Host Ben Kieffer gets the latest on news from around Iowa. 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. The DNR has a new report which looks at drought conditions in Iowa. Also, Dubuque native Brooks Wheelan joins the cast of "Saturday Night Live."
In 2007 the state of Iowa allowed casinos to move from riverboats to land. Since that time several communities around the state have sought a piece of the casino action. But how many casinos are too many for Iowa?
"River to River" looks at current casino proposals in Warren and Linn Counties. We'll also examine why communities like Davenport and Sioux City are in the process of moving their casinos from riverboats to land.
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.
Then a University of Iowa researcher shares his new study that suggests more casinos do not necessarily equate more gamblers.