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New developments in the legal battle over Argosy Casino's gaming license

DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) - The Iowa Supreme Court has ordered District Court Judge Robert Hanson to take another look at the stay he issued on the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino that is being built in downtown Sioux City Wednesday.

They also ordered a hearing to be held to determine whether the District Court has jurisdiction on this matter.

Until that decision is made, the Supreme Court's stay on Judge Hanson ruling will be in place.

That ruling was made on December 10 when Judge Hanson ordered that the Hard Rock couldn't have their operating license as long as the Argosy and it's owner, Penn National Gaming were involved in a legal dispute with the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

Both sides were given the opportunity to file responses.

The only one to file was Penn.

The District Court has until February 15 to schedule a hearing date.

Wednesday afternoon, Penn spokeswoman Karen Bailey said that while the company respects the decision of the Iowa Supreme Court, "We do not believe the courts should reward S-C-E for its conscious choice to remain on the sidelines of the Belle's case against the IRGC."

Sioux City Entertainment's President Bill Warner responded in a statement of his own saying, "We are grateful to the Iowa Supreme Court for their continued review of this matter."

Warner says he's pleased the Supreme Court has left intact their stay of the earlier stay

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