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The first casino in Massachusetts netted $18 million in its first full month in business.

 People gambled $181 million at the Plainridge Park Casino in July, according to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  The casino kept $18 million. Over a full year it works out to $217 million in gross gaming revenue, which would be more than the state’s full-year projection of $200 million.  

Casino industry expert Clyde Barrow said Plainridge Park had a spectacular opening.

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This past weekend John Oliver stepped off the stage for the final time as the conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Oliver was awarded the Tanglewood Medal, given to just one other person, Seiji Ozawa.

Three years after joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1967, Oliver founded the chorus with 60 singers. Nearly 50 years later the group features 340 volunteer members performing in a chorus that has logged more than a thousand performances in the United States, Europe and the Far East all while spanning five BSO music directors, but just one choral conductor.

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In the midst of a opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts, there is an effort to close a loophole in the state’s drug trafficking laws.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced the filing of legislation Monday to make it a crime to traffic fentanyl — a synthetic painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin. Healey said drug cartels have figured out how to manufacture fentanyl and are sending it out on the streets where many heroin addicts are unknowingly using it.

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The Massachusetts child welfare agency is again under scrutiny following the death of a child in a foster home. 

A social worker with the Department of Children and Families visited the Auburn foster home of a 2-year-old girl three days before her death Saturday. 

An autopsy of Avalena Conway Cox did not immediately determine the cause of death. Police continue to investigate. A second child from the foster home is hospitalized in critical condition. 

Governor Charlie Baker said Monday a review is underway into how DCF handled the case.

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Eversource Energy announced Monday that it finished installing 40 “smart switches” designed to limit the impact of power outages for 17,000 customers in western Massachusetts.

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The city accepted the bid from Fontaine Bros. Inc., one of seven bids submitted to build the new South End Community Center.  Officials had set a $9.2 million price ceiling for the project, which is being paid for with federal disaster aid.  No timetable for the project has been announced, but a groundbreaking is expected this fall.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the project is a big step forward in the city’s recovery from the disaster.

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A pairs of reports by the advocacy group Environment Massachusetts highlight what it calls “game-changing” opportunities that can rapidly cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Officials say some 14,000 Massachusetts residents who were victims of an alleged pyramid scheme will receive money from a settlement reached with a Fitchburg bank.

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Connecticut's attorney general has proposed selling the replica of a historic slave ship to a nonprofit in order to pay its $2.2 million debt.

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The town of Sheffield is celebrating one of its own this Saturday 200 years after he was born in the small Massachusetts community.

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