Group wants to build casino-hotel at Des Moines airport

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A development group that wants to build a $225 million casino and hotel at the Des Moines airport says the project would help pay for a planned new terminal.

Highview Development Group presented the plan to the Des Moines Airport Authority board on Tuesday.

The complex would include a 350-room hotel connected to the airport by a skywalk. There also would be a fountain, rock garden, restaurant, and wedding and banquet facilities.

The airport board tabled discussion of the proposal until its February meeting.

Officials have been seeking $194 million from various sources to cover the $500 million airport project.