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IRGC: Argosy Casino has to stop all gaming by July 1; Commission voted unanimously

The Argosy Casino will close this summer. All five IRGC Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday morning to deny a gaming license extension for the Argosy. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission also set a July 1st closing date for Sioux City's casino. That means, after 21 years, riverboat gaming in Sioux City will end. Penn national Gaming spokesperson, Karen Bailey said the IRGC's decision is, "a huge blow to our employees and their families."

UPDATE: Stanton County NE Sheriff releases name of woman found dead in a home near Norfolk

Stanton County, Nebraska authorities are investigating a death east of Norfolk. Officials with the Stanton County Sheriff's Department said they received a 911 call from a home on East Norfolk Avenue around 4 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found Keisha Spears, 38, dead. Authorities said Spears' body was sent to Omaha for an autopsy, which is scheduled for Friday. Spears' body was found in the home of Kevin Broberg.  Broberg was in court earlier this week for a charge related to an incident where authorities found Spears bound at the hands and feet in his home.

County supervisors authorize environmental study of Silver Lake

Silver Lake in Dickinson County fills up with hundreds of tons of silt and chemicals every year. The drainage ditch, which feeds into the lake, comes from Osceola County. Leaders from the two counties have approved an environmental study of the area to try to save the lake. County leaders said the lake is in bad shape, and will only get worse if nothing is done. Once the study is finished, leaders have three options: have tax payers foot the bill to fix the lake; find other funding sources; or, do nothing at all. The environmental study should be done by August.

One Siouxland school district is putting the passion of its students front and center

What matters most to you, and why? That's what school staff members with the Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District are asking their students. It's for the program, Choose2Matter, which challenges students to use their smarts to develop innovative solutions to social problems. The kids are challenged to answer the question using their unique talents by focusing on their values and purpose, and to foster self-awareness.

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