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Sinha challenges casino ‘monopoly’ in Polk Co. to build airport casino

Rajendra “Reggie” Sinha intrigued Iowans last week when the Business Record, reporting on the typically-mundane meeting of the Des Moines International Airport authority, published a piece on his moonshot proposal to construct a $225 million casino with a 350-room hotel at the airport. After tabling the concept at the board’s meeting last week, they will consider moving forward Feb. 11.

Reynolds gets opportunity to reshape IRGC as Lamberti, Heinrich to retire

DES MOINES—Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds will have an opportunity to significantly shape the future of the gaming industry in Iowa with two appointments this year to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. Longtime commissioners Jeff Lamberti of Ankeny and Carl Heinrich of Council Bluffs both informed Gov. Reynolds that they will not seek reappointment to the casino regulatory board. The terms of Heinrich and Lamberti—both Republicans—expire on April 30.

The Prodigal Writer: Lessons about life, love and loss from legendary reporter Ken Fuson

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa—Ken Fuson’s terrestrial story ended on Friday, Jan. 3. His celestial chapter—beyond the brink of human understanding—began. From Alpha to Omega. From birth to death—and beyond? That depends on what one believes. It’s a matter of faith, not science. But Fuson believed in Heaven. And he was wise. The born skeptic became born again. He would tell anyone who would listen that Jesus Christ saved his soul. Maybe he was misguided, and perhaps God doesn’t exist. But what if he was right?