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Governor Dannel Malloy will meet with legislative leaders Wednesday to work on a game plan to bring sports betting to Connecticut.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that had barred state-authorized sports betting with the exception of Nevada. Now states, including Connecticut are scrambling to get a state wagering system up and running.

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Governor Dannel Malloy may call the legislature back into special session to deal with sports gambling now that the Supreme Court has given states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. 

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The Supreme Court threw open the door to legalized sports betting on Monday. By a 6-3 vote, the court struck down a 1992 federal law that effectively prevented most states from legalizing sports betting.

"Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own," the court wrote.

MGM announced Thursday it plans to open its Springfield, Massachusetts, casino slightly ahead of schedule, on August 24. The news comes amid speculation the casino giant is wavering on its commitment to the project.

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If the tribes that make up the Mashantucket Mohegan Connecticut Venture are considering a potential play for the license to operate a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, East Windsor First Selectman Bob Maynard said they haven’t indicated anything about it to him.

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The National Congress of American Indians has written a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior saying that if it doesn’t give a ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ to changes in the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’ compact with the state of Connecticut—and do it within 45 days—the congress will consider it approved.

MMCT Venture said Monday that the casino in East Windsor could be built within two years. But the project faces several obstacles.
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The partnership between the state’s two federally recognized tribes began demolition on Monday of the old Showcase Cinemas building on Route 5 in East Windsor. That’s the site of the state’s proposed third casino.

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Democrats in Connecticut's General Assembly are preparing for the potential of allowing sports gambling in the state.

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As plans for a casino in East Windsor seem stalled, the state legislature looks to be in for a lengthy debate over the future of gaming once again this session. Lawmakers from Bridgeport and New Haven are once again pushing for an open bidding process for the proposed third casino in the state. 

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Who should be able to build casinos in Connecticut?

Plans by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build a third gaming facility in East Windsor have stalled, and lawmakers in southwestern Connecticut are now pushing a bill to scrap that plan in favor of a new casino in Bridgeport.

Steve Wynn, whose casinos have reshaped skylines as far apart as Las Vegas and Macau, has stepped down as head of Wynn Resorts following accusations of sexual misconduct, that became known last month.

In a statement released by the Las Vegas-based company late Tuesday, Wynn pushed back on the accusations against him, which he alleges are part of a campaign led by his ex-wife.

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Two new developments may slow down or ultimately halt efforts to construct the proposed third Connecticut casino in East Windsor.

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Real estate and casino magnate Steve Wynn relinquished his duties as finance chairman for the Republican National Committee on Saturday after The Wall Street Journal reported an alleged pattern of sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving employees of Wynn Resorts.

Yoamar Vergara was living in the Puerto Rican city of Bayamon when Hurricane Maria hit the island's shores. Two days later, a friend living Springfield, Massachusetts, said she could move in.

The relationship between roughly 3,000 Massachusetts residents and the expanding menu of Bay State gambling options will form a unique data set for researchers around the globe, and a top gaming regulator hopes it will eventually rank among the most historic scientific surveys.

Last week, state lawmakers decided to allow some people with criminal records to work in casinos. The head of MGM Springfield said the company is "very excited" by the change. 

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Grab a pen and a book of stamps; it's time to talk about... taxes. Last week, the GOP unveiled a new, postcard-friendly measure -- "The The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act."

What exactly is in the tax overhaul bill and what does it mean for Connecticut? 

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The partnership of two tribes in Connecticut urged the federal government Tuesday to issue a final ruling on whether it can continue with plans to build a third casino in Connecticut. 


The nearly billion-dollar MGM casino in Springfield is slated to open this time next year. That's the company's expectation, and it's certainly the hope of Steve Crosby, chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

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Residents of East Windsor have struck down a measure that would put an annual payment of $3 million from the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes into a reserve fund. The money is being paid to mitigate the effects of visitors coming into town for a casino the tribes plan to build. 

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Just as MGM Resorts announced plans for a $675 million waterfront casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a letter to Connecticut officials appearing to throw doubt on the future of the state’s other planned casino in East Windsor.

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MGM International has announced its intention to build a resort casino in Bridgeport. The gaming giant Monday held a ground-breaking ceremony for the project at Steelepoint Harbor on the city’s waterfront. 

As some high profile Massachusetts politicians criticize recent legislation that paves the way for casinos in the commonwealth to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., elected officials in communities where resort casinos will operate are generally supportive of the law.

The change allows the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to issue liquor licenses allowing casinos to serve alcohol to people gambling on casino floors until 4 a.m. The new time, which amounts to a two-hour extension, was included in the state budget Governor Charlie Baker signed into law.

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Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law a measure that would allow the state’s two federally recognized tribes to build and run a third casino. But the legislation looks certain to attract legal action.

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This hour: bridging West Africa’s communication gap. We hear how one Connecticut-based nonprofit is bringing community radio to Senegalese villages. It's something host Lucy Nalpathanchil reported on during her visit to the country late last month. 

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The Connecticut House of Representatives seems no nearer to a conclusion on expanding gambling in the state, and House Speaker Democrat Joe Aresimowicz said he doesn’t see the issue making it to a special session. 

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The state Senate in Connecticut has approved a new satellite casino to be built in East Windsor by a joint partnership of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes. The measure passed 24-12 early Wednesday morning, marking a big step in a potential expansion of gambling in the state. 

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Yet another legislative committee grappled this week with the best way to expand casino gaming in the state. The Finance Committee was considering a bill that would solicit bids for the building of a third casino in the state in an open competitive process. 

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Attorney General George Jepsen has concluded that the legal risks in authorizing a new third casino in the state of Connecticut are "not insubstantial." He issued his formal opinion to Governor Dannel Malloy on Monday. 

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Lawmakers are struggling with the legal risks the state may encounter in giving its blessing to a third casino in the state. The legislature’s Public Safety Committee heard more than nine hours of testimony in a public hearing Thursday, the majority of it on two bills which would open up commercial gaming in the state in different ways. 

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