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The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission and Penn Nation Gaming took their legal battle back to Des Moines

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Bill Warner, CEO of Warner Entertainment has taken the witness stand. Bill Warner, CEO of Warner Entertainment has taken the witness stand.

DES MOINES (KTIV) - Testimony wrapped up Thursday in the latest hearing related to Penn National's lawsuit against state gaming regulators over the Argosy Casino's gaming license.

Testimony began an one o'clock, Thursday afternoon, and didn't conclude until five o'clock.

The arguments all boiled down to one question: who legally deserves Sioux City's gaming license?

Three people represented Penn National.

Two more came from Sioux City Entertainment, which is building the new Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission had two representatives, as well.

Lawyers for Sioux City Entertainment called CEO Bill Warner to the witness stand.

He argued that staying the gaming license already awarded to the Hard Rock would be quote "Devastating to Sioux City, and the regional economy of Sioux City."

During a cross-examination, Penn National attorneys asked Warner why he and the Hard Rock forged ahead with construction quote "paying no need to the legal uncertainties surrounding their gaming license."

The decision by the judge will come sometime in the near future, and will decide the fate of Sioux City's gaming license.

If the court sides with Penn, it would overrule a decision by the IRGC to deny the Argosy Casino the renewal of its gaming license.

We'll have that decision for you as soon as it comes down.



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