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November 13, 2013

Judge: Sioux City casino must pay nonprofit group

SIOUX CITY — An Iowa judge says the Argosy Sioux City riverboat casino must pay a nonprofit group a portion of its revenue while both sides battle in court over their disintegrated contractual relationship.

Polk County District Court Judge Robert Hanson rejected a motion Tuesday by casino operator Penn National Gaming Co. that would have allowed a third-party receiver to collect and distribute the charitable funds.

The Sioux City Journal reports Hanson ruled that Missouri River Historical Development is still entitled to revenue designated for charitable purposes by state law.

Penn claims in a lawsuit the group breached exclusivity in their operating agreement by negotiating with other casino operators. The newspaper reports that Penn stopped making monthly payments to them in May.

A message left for Penn was not immediately returned Tuesday.

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