AM Briefing: Senate Budget Debate; Casino Proposals Weighed

Good morning. Top local stories and what we’re watching this Wednesday:

-- The Massachusetts Senate today begins debate on nearly 700 amendments to its $32.3 billion proposed state budget. [AP, via NECN]

-- In the other chamber, the House debates a jobs bill that includes a $50 million innovation investment fund.

-- Extending west from Greater Boston, the state will open up 40 miles of Massachusetts Water Resources Authority trails to the public. [Boston Globe]

-- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission outlined a tentative timeline for examining potential casino developers and their proposals. [WWLP-TV] Related:

  • The approval of all three potential casino licenses is not definite, says the gaming commission chair.
  • Casino opponents were heard during a forum on a proposed facility in Freetown or Lakeville. [Fall River Herald News]
  • Opponents of the proposed casino in Taunton plan to meet today. [Taunton Daily Gazette]

-- The Vatican sided with the Archdiocese of Boston and rejected parishioner appeals to reopen six closed area churches. [Boston Herald]

-- Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin has subpoenaed Morgan Stanley regarding the Facebook IPO.


-- The Celtics will try to close out the 76ers in Game 6 of their series tonight at 8 p.m.

-- The Red Sox managed only two hits in losing to the Orioles.

This program aired on May 23, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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