Colin A. Young

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State take from MGM $6.7m in September

State take from MGM $6.7m in September

MA collection from Plainridge was slightly more at $7m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE FIRST FULL MONTH of gambling at a full-scale casino yielded more than $6.7 million in tax revenue for Massachusetts and almost $27 million in gross revenue for MGM Springfield, the Gaming Commission said Monday. Players wagered $190 million on MGM Springfield’s slot machines in September and, while 90.45 percent of(...)

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DPU presses Natl. Grid on alleged violations

DPU presses Natl. Grid on alleged violations

Utility says it is confident in overall approach to safety

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITIES found 29 instances in which National Grid may have violated federal gas pipeline safety regulations since early July and regulators said further investigation or other action may be necessary. The alleged violations include things like a manhole left open overnight to vent a gas leak in(...)

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Gaming commission chair resigns, denies charges of bias

Gaming commission chair resigns, denies charges of bias

Crosby says remaining would 'hamper' work of gambling panel

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STEPHEN CROSBY, who served as chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission since its inception and has overseen the implementation of casino gaming in the Bay State, resigned from the commission Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately. Crosby’s departure comes as the Gaming Commission prepares to make public the findings of its investigation into(...)

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Do your job, lawmakers tell pot agency

Do your job, lawmakers tell pot agency

Rep expresses concern about commission's sense of urgency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS THE CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION weighs asking legislators to revisit the marijuana law to clarify requirements related to the agreements marijuana businesses are required to enter into with their host municipalities, the two lawmakers who wrote the law say no such fix is necessary. The commission has been wrestling with host(...)

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State commits $2.6m for how-to-recycle initiative

State commits $2.6m for how-to-recycle initiative

Focus is on educating consumers, avoiding contaminants

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS CHINESE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS on the import of recycled paper and plastics drive up recycling processing costs in America, a new state effort is attempting to increase recycling and educate people about what can and cannot be recycled. Almost 250 municipalities will get a chunk of $2.6 million in state grant(...)

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Baker: Dangerousness hearings a priority

Baker: Dangerousness hearings a priority

Governor: Problem is not with judges but the law

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE EXPECTED TO TALK about cancer research and philanthropy, Gov. Charlie Baker instead found himself Tuesday morning trying to earn support from a sports talk radio show for forthcoming legislation dealing with criminal dangerousness. Baker joined Gerry Callahan and Kirk Minihane in studio on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan” on Tuesday morning as part of(...)

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Baker signs most of economic development bill

Baker signs most of economic development bill

Vetoed sections on patent trolling and last-mile broadband

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signed most of a $1.15 billion economic development package on Friday afternoon, approving restrictions on the use of non-compete agreements and greenlighting a sales tax holiday for this weekend, but vetoing protections against bad-faith assertions of patent infringement. The product of a late-session compromise between the House and(...)

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Don’t drive stoned, state ad urges

Don’t drive stoned, state ad urges

Officials say driving drunk and driving on pot the same

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICIALS on Wednesday launched a public awareness campaign to urge drivers to find alternate transportation if they have been drinking or using marijuana. An average of 125 drunk or high drivers die on Massachusetts roads each year, said Jennifer Queally, the undersecretary for public safety and security. A(...)

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Energy legislation makes it out of conference

Energy legislation makes it out of conference

Sierra Club official complains bill represents only 'baby steps'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE .Just like two years ago, the Legislature is poised to consider a substantial piece of clean energy legislation on the final day of formal sessions. The conference committee that since July 17 has been working to reconcile a Senate bill and four House bills related to clean energy filed its report(...)

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Baker signs ‘grand bargain’ bill

Baker signs ‘grand bargain’ bill

Measure includes new payroll tax for family, medical leave

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signed a new law Thursday that could affect virtually every resident of Massachusetts, a week after lawmakers settled months of negotiations over proposed ballot questions that could have had dramatic consequences for the state’s finances and economy. Legislators scrambled to assemble the so-called grand bargain bill after interest(...)

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