The state Gaming Commission now says it will push back the next deadline for casino applications in the Fall River-New Bedford area to at least late September.

At a meeting at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Thursday, the Commission pushed back an application deadline in Southeastern Massachusetts from July 23rd to at least Sept. 22 In an effort to give private developers more time on their proposals.

Fall River Mayor William Flanagan, whose administration has been in talks with Connecticut-based Foxwoods to develop a resort-style casino in his city, had urged the Commission to maintain the July deadline. But New Bedford officials and developers had sought a delay.. (Associated Press)