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Polk County Judge issues temporary stay for the Argosy Casino until at least July 10

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Sioux City's Argosy casino will stay open past July 1.

A Polk County judge made the ruling during a hearing this morning in Argosy's fight to stay open.

The Argosy will not close, at least not for two weeks.

Thursday morning Judge Eliza Ovrom granted a reprieve while both sides get additional time to present briefs.

The next court hearing is scheduled for July 10, so Ovrom said the boat can stay afloat until then.

At that hearing, the judge is expected to decide whether or not the riverboat casino can keep operating until the Hard Rock opens on August 1.

Of course, the Belle of Sioux City wants to keep the Argosy operating permanently.

Thursday, they were focused on this emergency request to stay open.

Hear both sides' arguments Tonight at 5 and 6.

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The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has denied the request to keep the Argosy casino open, and has been ordered to close July 1, 2014.

At a special hearing of the IRGC Wednesday in Altoona, both the Belle of Sioux City and the State of Iowa presented their cases to the commissioners.

An attorney for the Belle asked for a stay of the decision the IRGC made back in April to close the casino, and he argued the 260 employees deserve to have a job until the issue is resolved in court.

Attorneys for the state said the Belle waited until the very last minute to file the emergency motion.

Thursday, Argosy's owners are back in a Polk County courtroom for a hearing on the stay of the order by the IRCG.

KTIV's Kristen Johnson is in Des Moines and will bring you the latest throughout the day.

Follow her on Twitter @KristenKTIV4.


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