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Nebraska GOP chairman, Iowa town at odds

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party and officials in Red Oak, Iowa, each say the other should pay to tear down an abandoned and deteriorating church in the southwestern Iowa community.

The Omaha World-Herald reports ( ) that a company headed by Nebraska GOP Chairman J.L. Spray purchased a tax lien for the 124-year-old church near downtown Red Oak in 2012 and now owns the building.

The city says the building is dangerous and wants Spray to pay to have it demolished.

But Spray, a Lincoln attorney, says information provided during the tax sale made it appear that the building was in better shape than it was. He says after failed attempts to work out a compromise that it's now the city's responsibility to cover the cost of demolition.

Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

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