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Massachusetts expands casino options

The state gambling commission voted unanimously Thursday to allow commercial developers to move forward with proposals for a casino in Southeastern Massachusetts, providing a potential fallback in case the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is not able to clear all the legal hurdles it faces to build a tribal casino.

The commission decided to ­begin soliciting bids from gambling companies interested in ­vying for casino development rights in the region, even though the tribe continues to insist it has made significant progress toward building a casino in Taunton.

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