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Ark Encounter builder wins legal battle over tax incentives



A religious group building a massive Noah's Ark tourist attraction in Northern Kentucky has won a legal battle over the state's withdrawal of a potential tax incentive worth millions.

A federal judge ruled Jan. 25 that Kentucky officials violated the ark builders' First Amendment protections by blocking it from the sales tax tourism incentive that could have been worth up to $18 million.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Matt Bevin said that the state has no plans to appeal, adding that they were pleased with U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove's ruling.

The Ark Encounter, being built by Christian group Answers in Genesis, is due to open near Williamstown in July.

Read the full Associated Press story via WCPO.com here.
 
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