SOME OBSERVERS OF IOWA'S 4TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL RACE SAY THEY'VE BEEN SUPRISED THAT REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING HASN'T BEEN MORE IN ATTACK MODE IN DEBATES BETWEEN HIM AND DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER CHRISTIE VILSACK.
KING SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT TO USE THE LIMITED TIME IN DEBATES TO DEFEND HIMSELF AGAINST WHAT HE CALLS "BASELESS ACCUSATIONS":
KING CITED ACCUSATIONS OF DRIVING A LUXURY S-U-V AROUND THE DISTRICT AND FAILURE TO BALANCE THE BUDGET AS EXAMPLES. HE MADE HIS COMMENTS ON KSCJ'S OPEN LINE.
MISSOURI RIVER HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT'S BOARD MET IN CLOSED SESSION MONDAY NIGHT TO DISCUSS LEGAL MATTERS THAT LIKELY INVIOVED PENN NATIONAL GAMING AND THE ONGOING DISPUTE REGARDING A FUTURE LAND BASED GAMING CASINO IN WOODBURY COUNTY.
MRHD CHAIRMAN MARK MONSON SAID AFTERWARDS HE COULDN'T DISCUSS THE ISSUES THE BOARD DEALT WITH.
MONSON DID SAY MRHD WAS CONTINUING TO SEEK OFFERS FROM AND NEGOTIATE WITH POTENTIAL CASINO OPERATORS. PENN GAMING WOULD BE ONE OF THOSE POTENTIAL OPERATORS.
MONSON WOULD NOT SAY HOW MANY OFFERS WERE UNDER CONSIDERATION OR WHO THEY WERE FROM.
AN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MACDE OF OF MONSON AND FOUR OTHERS MRHD BOARD MEMBERS IS WORKING DAILY ON THE POTENTIAL OFFERS, AND WILL BRING A RECOMENDATION BACK TO THE FULL BOARD.
THAT WILL HAPPEN BEFORE THE NOVEMBER 1ST DEADLINE SET BY THE IOWA RACING AND GAMING COMMISSION, BUT MONSON COULD NOT SAY HOW SOON MRHD'S BOARD WILL NEXT MEET.
Hyperion Energy is declining to renew land purchase options on more than 5000 acres of farmland in Union County, South Dakota.
The company had taken out options on the land for a proposed $10 billion oil refinery.
Hyperion spokesman Eric Williams says that does not mean the project has been cancelled. Williams says the company is evaluating its various options and opportunities and will continue to dialogue with Union County residents.
The move comes just before the South Dakota Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving a state air quality permit for the refinery.
Williams says Hyperion still plans to argue the case.