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Regulators Begin Process To Award State’s First Casino License

State gambling regulators are beginning their final review of a proposed $800 million MGM casino in downtown Springfield that is in line to become Massachusetts' first licensed casino.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is holding four meetings in Springfield and Boston starting Tuesday and leading to Friday's expected final award of the casino license, one of up to three authorized under the state's 2011 gambling law

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Jim Phillips / TSM

Denis Lawrence Withdraws Application For City Clerk’s Job

Former City Councilor Denis Lawrence has informed the Council President, he is withdrawing his application for the position of City Clerk.

The news of Lawrence's decision has greatly saddened Ward Three Councilor Henry Bousquet

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Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker / Photo by Dina Rudick / The Boston Globe / Getty Images
Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker / Photo by Dina Rudick / The Boston Globe / Getty Images

Baker Supports Minimum Wage Hike

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is backing an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, but says it should be coupled with tax breaks for individuals and small businesses

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Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images

U.S. Citizen Held In North Korea

The State Department is confirming that a U.S. citizen has been detained in North Korea.

It's the third American currently held by the authoritarian nation.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf is citing privacy reasons in providing no further details

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Steven Grossman (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Steven Grossman (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Grossman: May spend $9 Million To Win Democratic Primary

Democratic candidate for governor Steven Grossman says he may spend as much as $9 million to win his party's primary.

Grossman was required to submit the self-imposed limit as part of the state's public campaign finance law

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Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Obama Praises D-Day Allied Troops

``These men waged war so that we might know peace.''

That's what President Barack Obama said today of the men who stormed the beaches at Normandy 70 years ago today.

More than 160-thousand allied troops landed on the French coastline in 1944

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl / Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl / Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images

Rep. Keating Comments On Bergdahl Release

Freed Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's condition is improving, but officials declined to say when Bergdahl will be moved from a military hospital in Germany to treatment in the U.S., saying there's no timeline

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Coakley Agrees To Limit Campaign Spending

Martha Coakley has agreed to limit her campaign spending so she can participate in the state's public campaign financing program.

Coakley, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, joins fellow Democratic candidates Joseph Avellone and Donald Berwick and Republican candidate for governor Mark Fisher

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Mass. Statehouse / Getty Images

Hearing On Gun Control Bill Attracts Large Crowd At Statehouse

Opponents of a proposed gun control bill are pushing back on Beacon Hill, saying the measure stigmatizes gun owners and won't help reduce crime.

State Rep. George Peterson told a legislative panel Tuesday that while he supports parts of the bill unveiled last week by Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo, other elements chip away at Second Amendment rights

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Mass. State House / Getty Images

Many State Lawmakers Face No Opposition This Fall

Candidates for nearly half the seats in the 200-member Massachusetts Legislature are facing no opposition in this year's elections.

In the Senate, 20 incumbent lawmakers, the vast majority of them Democrats, face no challengers in both the primary and general elections

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