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New GM for Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

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Doug Fisher has been named as the new general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City less than a week after the resignation of their previous general manager. Fisher is replacing former GM Jim Franke, who announced his decision to step down last week for personal reasons. Franke had held the position for less than two years.  He will take over on Feb. 24.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she can’t comment on a lawsuit brought by former staff of the troubled state-run Glenwood facility for severely disabled residents. The lawsuit alleges top officials directed the purchase of silk sheets and pornographic images and used patients as, quote, “guinea pigs,” in sexual arousal studies. It claims they changed patients’ medications for the studies, and that actions by facility leaders led to worse medical care and more patient deaths.  Governor Reynolds says the state is investigating the allegations.

“We are working with the attorney general to see what we do and moving forward with this…my priority is to make sure that I’m protecting the state’s interest as well as the residents in Glenwood.”Reynolds declined to say when she knew about the allegations of experimentation, which became public late last year as part of an ongoing federal investigation. She also didn’t say if the current medical director at Glenwood, who’s named in the lawsuit, will be disciplined. The facility director has already been fired.

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