CASINOS

The casino is planned for the site of the old Showcase Cinemas off I-91 in East Windsor, Connecticut, seen in a file photo before demolition work began.
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Plans by Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes to jointly build a casino in East Windsor have received a boost from federal regulators. 

A PVTA bus.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

A new Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus route will give passengers a free ride around downtown Springfield. Officials say the the route will be funded by MGM Springfield.

Governor Dannel Malloy will meet with legislative leaders Wednesday to work on a game plan to bring sports betting to Connecticut.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that had barred state-authorized sports betting with the exception of Nevada. Now states, including Connecticut are scrambling to get a state wagering system up and running.

A 2007 photograph of the Celtics, playing in Boston.
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Last week, prohibitions against sports gambling were removed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Some states are already jumping in. 

Chelsea Kline of Northampton, Massachusetts, right, a Democratic challenger to state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, of Amherst, leaves nomination papers in April with Hatfield Town Clerk Lydia Szych.
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We start this week by taking a look at the Massachusetts state Senate seat formerly held by Amherst Democrat Stan Rosenberg. There are now at least four declared candidates: one on the ballot and three write-ins. 

Progress continues on the MGM Springfield casino project as they look to the grand opening in five months. This is the view along Main Street looking south.
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A new survey from Western New England University finds a majority of Springfield, Massachusetts, residents continue to support the MGM casino project downtown, 61 to 26 percent.

The roughly $2.5 billion resort casino rising from the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Massachusetts, will no longer carry the Wynn name. The change was announced Friday by the chief executive of Wynn Resorts as the company argued that disgraced founder Steve Wynn no longer has any ties to the project or company.

Judge Thomas Estes, right, with his attorney David Hoose.
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This week, the highest court in Massachusetts heard arguments about whether Thomas Estes, a district court judge from the western part of the state, should face punishment for an affair with a court employee. 

Progress continues on the MGM Springfield casino project as they look to the grand opening in five months. This is the view north on Main Street.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

MGM announced Thursday it plans to open its Springfield, Massachusetts, casino slightly ahead of schedule, on August 24. The news comes amid speculation the casino giant is wavering on its commitment to the project.

If the tribes that make up the Mashantucket Mohegan Connecticut Venture are considering a potential play for the license to operate a casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, East Windsor First Selectman Bob Maynard said they haven’t indicated anything about it to him.

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