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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - The Dubuque City Council plans to ask state lawmakers to remove a greyhound dog racing requirement from Mystique Casino.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1bo9uKV) that the request is included in the council's legislative priorities packet approved Monday.

When residents voted for greyhound racing in 1985, the track provided much-needed relief for a community mired in an economic crisis.

But since, city officials say, the greyhound racing industry has fallen into a "death spiral," turning the once lucrative track into a financial anchor.

The Dubuque Racing Association spent about $4.5 million last year to subsidize racing and has diverted more than $55 million from charitable organizations and the city's capital projects fund over the past three decades.

Only two greyhound tracks remain in Iowa. The other is in Council Bluffs.

Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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