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Mass. Regulators Want to Limit How Much Gamblers Spend At Casinos

Casino companies are voicing strong concerns about a plan by state gambling regulators to limit the time and money gamblers spend at casinos.

Representatives from Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming all said they support finding innovative ways to prevent gambling addiction

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Keystone XL Pipeline Defeated In Senate

The Democrat-controlled Senate has defeated a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The Senate's 59-41 vote Tuesday night was a nail-biter to the end.

The bill needed 60 votes to reach the White House

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Panel Awards New Bedford Firefighters New Contract

The New Bedford Firefighters Union has a new three year contract, thanks to a state appointed arbitration panel that approved the terms of the deal.

The award runs through June 28th of 2015, and calls for a 7

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Casino Companies To Begin Payments This Month

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

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Schooner Earnestina Headed Out-Of-State For Repairs

The Schooner Ernestina _ the official tall ship of Massachusetts _ is heading out of state for a multimillion dollar restoration project, which is not sitting well with some people on Cape Ann.

The 112-foot fishing schooner was launched in Essex in 1894

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It’s Official: Stanton Receives Blockbuster Contract

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is getting the largest contract in North American sports history.

CBSSports.com reports the 25-year-old has agreed to a 13-year, 325-million-dollar deal.  An official announcement is expected on Wednesday

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Gas Prices Drop Again In Mass.

The cost of driving in Massachusetts is heading down.

AAA Southern New England reports Monday that the average price of self-serve, regular dropped another 3 cents in the past week to $2.93 per gallon

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ABCC Investigating Beer Companies

Massachusetts alcohol regulators are investigating whether beer distributors, brewers, and retailers are violating the law by paying to have certain brands sold in bars and at liquor stores, while shutting out others

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Former Probation Commissioner Sentenced to 18 Months In Prison

A former Massachusetts probation commissioner convicted of rigging the agency's hiring process to favor politically connected candidates has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

U.S. District Court Judge William Young sentenced John O'Brien on Thursday, saying ``every judge in Massachusetts'' must stand ``appalled'' by the extent of corruption in the state probation department revealed by the two-month trial

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Average Mass. Gas Prices Fall Below $3.00

The average cost of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts has fallen below the $3 threshold for the first time in almost four years.

AAA Southern New England reports Monday that the price of a gallon of self-serve, regular fell 8 cents in the past week to an average of $2

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