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New England News
2:39 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

In Massachusetts, Casino Law Survival Means Cash For Municipalities

A rendering of the planned MGM resort and casino complex in Springfield, Mass.
Credit Via MGM's project website

Gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the state's casino law survived an Election Day repeal effort.

In the coming weeks, MGM says it will make more than $1 million in community payments to Springfield, where it is building an $800 million resort. The company will also pay over $1.5 million to eight surrounding municipalities by Dec. 6.

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NH News
12:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

In Debate, Hassan Attacks Havenstein For Signing Conservative Group's Pledge

In a debate Thursday morning on WGIR, Governor Maggie Hassan repeatedly went after Republican Walt Havenstein for a pledge he signed earlier this year with the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

“By singing that Koch brothers pledge, he is pledging to undo our Medicaid expansion, he’s pledging no matter what to do what the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity tell him to do.”

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New England News
4:35 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Mass. Gaming Commission Awards Casino License to Wynn's Everett Proposal

Casino mogul Steve Wynn, right, speaks as Everett, Mass., Mayor Carlo DeMaria looks on during a news conference at Everett City Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 2:54 pm

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded the Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts, which plans to build a casino resort in Everett.

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New England News
4:22 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Environmental Report Brings Tribe Closer To Building Massachusetts Casino

A rendering of the proposed casino from the tribe's website.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe says it's a step closer to having land placed in trust for a proposed resort casino in Taunton.

The U.S. Department of Interior has released a final environmental impact statement on the 151-acre site. The move begins a one-month comment period before the decision is formally recorded.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Legislative Roundtable: Reflections On 2014

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We're sitting down with a panel of House and Senate leaders to look back on the year in the legislature. It was a year of victories for supporters of Medicaid Expansion, but of disappointment for casino backers and death penalty opponents.  And it ended with several major players announcing they’re getting out of the game and retiring from politics. 

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All Things Considered
5:08 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Casino Advocates, Opponents 'Dug In' Again This Year In N.H. Legislature

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All Things Considered is looking at some of the key bills of the 2014 legislative session – and how they ended up passing or failing to pass.

This year's casino debate may have seen some new lines of argument, but the outcome was the same as in years past: casino proposals won support in the State Senate, but came up short in the State House.

Reporter Norma Love of the Associated Press explains the dynamic behind this year's casino debate to NHPR's Brady Carlson.

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Politics
1:27 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Gambling Takes Center Stage In Congressional Race

Steve Duprey of Casino Free New Hampshire speaks in support of Rep. Marilinda Garcia's vote against expanded gambling.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Casinos are shaping up to be a key issue in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary.

At competing events Monday, several state representatives from Salem who back expanded gaming publicly endorsed GOP candidate Gary Lambert.

Meanwhile in Concord, anti-casino activists defended fellow Salem Representative Marilinda Garcia’s vote against a plan to legalize two casinos, despite overwhelming public support in her district.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Expanded Gambling: Will New Bill Change Minds?

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After many failed attempts to pass a casino bill, supporters think they may finally have a winning hand -- proposing two casinos and a new revenue-sharing plan. Opponents are raising long-held concerns about gambling’s social costs, including addiction and crime. We’ll look at this new bill and its odds for passing.  

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The Sidebar
1:57 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The Sidebar: Under Senate's Casino Bill, N.H. Towns Would See New Revenue

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Casino supporters are betting that a plan to distribute more than $25 million in gambling revenue to New Hampshire cities and towns will convince House lawmakers to reverse their historic opposition to expanded gaming.

Less than a month after it killed a casino bill favored by Gov. Maggie Hassan, the House will begin discussion on Senate Bill 366, which proposes to authorize two casinos in the Granite State.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

New Odds For Gambling Legislation?

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After yet another casino bill failed last year, new versions have emerged – with new regulations attached in hopes of appeasing opponents.  Supporters say a casino would bring in much-needed revenue to the state. But opposition remains among those worried about social costs, and those who question whether it would be profitable, given expanded gambling elsewhere in New England.

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The Sidebar
5:28 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The Sidebar: Latest N.H. Casino Bill Builds On Failed 2013 Legislation

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Update: The Senate Ways & Means Committee approved SB 366, 4-1, this morning. Sen. Bob Odell, R-Lempster, was the lone vote in opposition to the bill, which would license two casinos. Senate President Chuck Morse said the legislation will now move to the full Senate. Morse said the Senate will likely table it and wait for the House to act on its own gambling bill. That legislation, drafted by members of the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authorityenvisions a single casino, which Gov. Maggie Hassan supports.

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The Sidebar
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

The Sidebar: Is Keno The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery?

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

On a recent afternoon at the Common Grounds Cafe, 200 yards from the New Hampshire border in Methuen, Mass, a handful of men sit along a short counter or at several tables in the back of the cafe.

Eyes moving back and forth from their pink and white betting slips to two wall-mounted video monitors, they wait for the next drawing of a popular electronic lottery game called Keno.

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NH News
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Keno Bill Sets Aside Funds to Treat Gambling Disorders

Legislation that would bring Keno to an estimated 250 bars and restaurants would, for the first time, establish a program to treat gambling addiction in New Hampshire.

An amendment to HB 485 would set aside 1 percent of the sales from Keno - about $435,000 - to the state Department of Health and Human Services for education, treatment and prevention services. William Butynski, D-Hindale, who proposed the amendment, says it’s time for lawmakers to recognize that even state-sponsored gambling such as the lottery can cause problems for a small percentage of people who play.

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Morning Edition
9:33 am
Fri December 13, 2013

MA Casinos Coming- Eventually

It’s been two years since Massachusetts’ gaming law took effect, but so far, not a single casino has been licensed or built.  The law allows for three regional resort casino licenses and one slots parlor.  Casino proposals in the Southeastern part of the state have stalled.

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NH News
9:30 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Gambling Panel May Meet With New Consultant

A special panel tasked with developing casino regulations for New Hampshire may meet with its newly hired consultant at its meeting Thursday.

The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority recently hired WhiteSand Gaming of Nevada and New Jersey to help it write regulations for lawmakers to consider next year. The panel has a Dec. 15 deadline to submit draft legislation.

The agreement with WhiteSand says its charges cannot exceed $135,000.

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