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Casino Hearing Today

After months of increasingly harsh rhetoric on both sides, a bill that would legalize casino gambling in Massachusetts gets a public hearing today.

Many supporters feel their fate is already sealed.

Casino foes, including House Speaker Sal DiMasi, have all but declared the plan dead.

DiMasi says there's no support in the Massachusetts House for what he calls the creation of a "casino culture'' in Massachusetts.

DiMasi and Democratic leaders in the House say they'll honor their pledge to give the plan a fair hearing and bring it to a vote.

Backers say they're worried the House may rush through a vote without giving them additional time to build support.

Governor Patrick wants to license three casinos across the state.

He believes the resorts would create tens of thousands of jobs and generate 400 million dollars a year in new revenues.

This program aired on March 18, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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