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In Massachusetts, a dozen communities in Hampshire and Franklin counties actually banned e-cigarette use in the workplace years ago.
MGM Resorts appears to have cleared a major hurdle in its quest to build an $800 million casino in Springfield.
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.
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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.