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Meeting behind closed doors in this conference room at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa, Wednesday night, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is reviewing results of exhaustive background checks of applicants for a land-based casino in Woodbury County.

JOHNSTON, Iowa | At this moment, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is meeting behind closed doors to determine the suitability of the applicants for a land-based casino in Woodbury County.

I'm monitoring tonight's executive session at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, where top officials with the Division of Criminal Investigation will present to the IRGC the results of extensive background checks conducted on the companies and key individuals involved with the onshore proposals.

As part of the licensing process, the IRGC is charged with seeing that gaming is conducted with a "degree of integrity" and the main players in an operation are of "good repute and moral character."

For more on the Woodbury County background check process, take a look at my story from last Sunday, "Iowa gaming regulators scrunitize casino bidders."

It's expected to take up to three hours for the DCI to complete its reports to the IRGC. I am scheduled to talk to commission chairman Jeff Lamberti after the meeting. For a full report, check  www.siouxcityjournal and the Journal in print Thursday for a

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