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New Iowa governor toured state on jet of casino tycoon who is seeking license

New Iowa governor toured state on jet of casino tycoon who is seeking license

For her first trip across Iowa as governor, Republican Kim Reynolds sought and accepted the free use of a jet owned by a wealthy businessman who is lobbying for state approval to build a lucrative casino.

Reynolds and acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg barnstormed the state last Friday, after Reynolds picked the attorney as her top deputy and running mate for the 2018 election. The "Building a Better Iowa" tour included stops in Gregg's hometown of Hawarden and Mason City, Cedar Rapids and Davenport.

In response to inquiries from The Associated Press, the governor's office said the pair, a state trooper and staffers traveled in an airplane owned by businessman Gary Kirke,...

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