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MGM Resorts CEO Murren attending state dinner

Jan. 19, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - The White House says the chief executive of casino operator MGM Resorts International plans to attend a state dinner honoring Chinese President Hu Jintao (hoo jihn-tow).

President Barack Obama's administration released a guest list Wednesday ahead of the dinner.

MGM Resorts International confirms CEO Jim Murren will attend the dinner with his wife, Heather.

The Las Vegas-based casino company has joint ownership of casino in Macau, the Chinese gambling enclave. MGM Resorts also has deals to build and manage nongambling hotels in China under its hospitality division.

Murren is a Republican who helped Democratic U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid get re-elected. Murren credits Reid for helping him secure private funding for an $8.7 billion casino development in Sin City.

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