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Could we someday have the “Springfield Strip?”  

Yesterday MGM unveiled their plans to revive the struggling Massachusetts city by pumping 800 million dollars into a gambling resort, entertainment complex, and housing development. It’s one of several proposals on the table as Mass tries to take on Connecticut casinos.

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Just over a year ago, Governor Dannel Malloy became the state’s first Democratic governor in 20 years.

His first year in office could be remembered in any number of ways: the state budget battle, the union concession rejection and then approval...and of course the weather.

Later today, he’s announcing his proposals coming out of the two-storm panel, which investigated the response to the storms...they announced their findings earlier this week.

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Gov. Dannel Malloy says it's inevitable that online gambling will come to Connecticut. WNPR’s Lucy Nalpathanchil has more

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A recent Department of Justice ruling clears the way for states to operate online lotteries and gaming. And lawmakers may take up whether to permit online gambling in the upcoming legislative session. WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil has more.

Just last week, Governor Dannel Malloy told the Hartford Courant that gaming is an important part of the Connecticut's economy and to remain competitive the state must consider online gaming or risk losing revenue to other states.

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The Connecticut Mirror's Mark Pazniokas looked at how Governor Dannell Malloy is taking a broad look at new ways to bring more gambling revenue into state coffers. Mark Pazniokas joins us now by phone.

From Pazniokas' story:

With competition rising on all sides, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he is working with the Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans to stabilize their market share -- and Connecticut's 25 percent cut of the gross profits from their slot machines.

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Massachusetts senators are set to begin a fifth day of debate on a bill that would bring casino gambling to the state. It’s been an ongoing political fight in Boston...that could have a big climax today. Connecticut’s casinos, both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, draw visitors from throughout the northeast. Supporters say the casinos would create new jobs in the state while opponents don’t think it would create enough jobs to make it worth it. 

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I don't really know how anybody knows this, jut we're told that 19 million people play Fantasy Football and that businesses lose nine billion dollars in productivity to be obsessing about their teams and picks.

We're told that the business end of Fantasy Football -- not the money the players put in the pot but the huge industry of advertising supported sites that feed their obsessions -- is worth somewhere between one and four billion dollars.

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