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New England News
7:40 am
Wed April 18, 2012

MA Gaming Panel Hoping to Delay Key Deadline

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is pressing lawmakers to push back a key deadline by as much of a year, saying taking over the duties of the state racing commission will make it harder to get new casinos up and running.  WAMC's Tristan O’Neill reports…

Commission chairman Steven Crosby said the panel will meet the May 20 deadline if needed, but said delaying the takeover makes more sense.

Crosby said the commission is also working to better respond to city and town leaders who are already asking questions about potential casinos in their communities.

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New England News
7:57 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Gas Prices Continue to Climb in MA

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts continue to climb, although not as rapidly as in recent weeks.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The average price for unleaded regular self serve gasoline in Massachusetts rose two cents last week.  The average price, according to a survey by AAA is $3.89 per gallon. Prices ranged between $3.78 and $3.99 per gallon.  The price is 23 cents per gallon more than a year ago.

Gasoline prices have gone up for five straight weeks, but some energy analysts believe a peak is near.

Paul Tuthill, WAMC News.

New England News
7:23 am
Tue April 17, 2012

State, Federal Taxes in MA Due By Midnight

Last minute tax filers in Massachusetts have until midnight to double-check their math before submitting their state and federal tax returns this year. 

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New England News
8:02 am
Thu April 12, 2012

MA House Proposes $32.3B State Spending Plan

Budget writers in the Massachusetts House have proposed a $32.3 billion state spending plan.

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New England News
8:29 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Massachusetts House Panel to Unveil Proposed Budget Plan

Massachusetts House leaders are preparing to unveil their version of the state budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1. 

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New England News
8:18 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Prosecutors Recommend 25-Year Prison Sentence in MA Terrorism Case

Federal prosecutors are recommending a 25-year prison sentence for a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida.

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New England News
9:13 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Prosecutors to Recommend Sentence in Terror Case

Prosecutors are set to make their sentencing recommendation for a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury was convicted in December of traveling to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp with the intention of going on to Iraq to fight U.S. soldiers.

His lawyers say he should not be sentenced to more than 6 ½ years in prison. They say he never ended up receiving terrorist training, never provided any funds or weapons to al-Qaida and never actually threatened U.S. security interests.

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New England News
9:06 am
Tue April 10, 2012

MA Lawmakers Plan Hearing on Pot Question

Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to hold a hearing on a ballot question that would legalize the medical use of marijuana.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The ballot question would allow patients with debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis to get permission from their doctors to use marijuana.

The plan also calls for the state to register up to 35 nonprofit medical treatment centers around the state to distribute the marijuana.

Attorney General Martha Coakley has certified the initiative to appear on the November ballot.

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New England News
8:59 am
Tue April 10, 2012

MA Casino Panel to Hold First Meeting

The five-member panel that will oversee casino gambling in Massachusetts is set to be sworn in and hold its first official meeting.   WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the state Gaming Commission in Boston includes a number of administrative matters, including the election of a secretary and treasurer, the hiring of staff and the choosing of a law firm and outside gaming consultant.

The commissioners are also expected to adopt a mission statement and discuss several other matters, including ethics rules.

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New England News
8:59 am
Mon April 9, 2012

MA Casino Commission Schedules First Meeting

The state's new casino commission is planning its first public meeting as it gears up to tackle the task over overseeing the massive new gambling industry envisioned by the 2011 casino law.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold the meeting tomorrow on the third floor of the campus center at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.

The commission's chairman is Stephen Crosby, who worked most recently as dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass-Boston.

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