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There's a big test on Monday for MGM's proposal to build a casino in downtown Springfield. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission holds a hearing to discuss the company's background check.
To determine whether a casino applicant is "suitable," the commission's staff looks at the company's finances, along with its "integrity, honesty, good character and reputation."
Long distance democracy is coming to some Massachusetts towns. Williamstown is the latest place in western Massachusetts to allow town board members to vote at meetings over the phone, or even a video-conference hookup, if unable to attend in person.
Today on Morning Edition Extra... the reasons some might listen to the Sandy Hook Elementary School 911 tapes; also a tussle between the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors motors and and Massachusetts automotive dealers, plus commentator Michael Carolan talks about a death in the family.
Those many family meals of November and December are when we coo over babies born since last year, and welcome back the college freshmen away from home for the first time. It's also a time to remember those no longer here.