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Connecticut’s two casinos are taking paying customers for the first time in two months.

Tribal leadership shuttered the casinos March 18 for the first time in their history over fears of the spread of COVID-19.

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May 20th marked the first phase of Re-open Connecticut. What conditions will need to be met before Phase 2 starts on June 20th? This hour, Governor Ned Lamont calls in to talk about what Phase 2 will look like. 

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Monday is the day that Connecticut’s two casinos will reopen after weeks of shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Ned Lamont has been open about his feeling that it’s too early to resume gaming at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. 

Tribal Casinos To Defy Lamont And Open June 1

May 20, 2020
Leroy Garcia, owner of Modern Shave barber shop in Waterbury, gives Robert Fields his first haircut in eight weeks in defiance of the governor’s executive orders at the State Capitol on Wednesday. Fields is a lobbyist for the Connecticut Barbers Associati
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Connecticut’s two sovereign tribal nations said Wednesday they will open Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun on June 1 over the strenuous objections of Gov. Ned Lamont as he tries to manage a gradual reopening of commerce.

Ready To Gamble? Mohegan Sun Wants To Take Your Temperature

May 14, 2020
Mohegan Sun disinfecting coronavirus
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Temperatures will be checked as gamblers arrive. Every other slot machine will be disabled for social distancing. Players at some blackjack tables will be separated from dealers and other players by plexiglass. Air will circulate through purifying ultraviolet light. Masks must be worn.

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Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos have closed their doors amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Connecticut Public Radio spoke with Rodney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

The Night COVID-19 Silenced The Slots At Foxwoods

Mar 18, 2020
Mark Pazniokas / CT Mirror

The only man at the last bar open at Foxwood Resorts Casino sipped bottled water and played Keno on a video screen embedded in the bar top. His name was George Duggan, and he came to witness a moment.

After 28 years and one month of non-stop gambling, defying blizzards and hurricanes, through bull and bear markets, the shock of Sept. 11, 2001 and the election of four presidents, Foxwoods was about to pause.

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Talks between the governor’s office and the state’s two federally recognized tribes over the rights to sports betting are at an impasse.

Ned Lamont at the 2020 State of the State address
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Proposals on how to introduce sports betting in Connecticut are beginning to take shape now that the 2020 legislative session has begun.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

MGM Resorts International is continuing to fight tribal gaming expansion in Connecticut, this time with a lawsuit against the federal government.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Including this weekend's carnage in Texas and Ohio, there were 253 incidents in which four or more victims were shot in the first 217 days of this year, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive.

But is Congress ever going to take Connecticut's lead and address any of them?

The Wheelhouse: A Deep Dive Into The State Budget

Jun 5, 2019
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

With more than 24 hours to spare, the legislature's Democratic majorities on Tuesday evening delivered a two-year state budget to Gov. Ned Lamont. It doesn't raise income taxes on the rich, or deplete Connecticut's rainy day fund.

So then, just how does the $43.4 billion plan add up? And how were enough lawmakers brought on board to get it across the finish line?

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Bridgeport’s mayor has acknowledged that his city is having what he called  “strong conversations” with the state’s two tribal nations to develop a gaming facility in Connecticut’s largest city.

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This hour, we learn about efforts to construct a new casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut. We talk to Hearst Connecticut Media reporter Emilie Munson about a possible deal between the city and the state’s tribes, and consider the implications for MGM, which also has its sights on the Southwest region. 

Plus, the Trump administration has threatened to impose new tariffs on Mexico, raising questions for manufacturers, many of which have already felt the impact of the U.S.’ ongoing trade war with China. We take an in-depth look at this story with The New York Times’ Ben Casselman and a Connecticut-based economist.