• Casino applications released by Mass. regulators

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    BOSTON (AP) - The state's gambling commission has unveiled the second and final application form for companies hoping to build a casino or slots parlor in Massachusetts.

    The 236-page Phase 2 application asks for detailed information from would-be developers, including building and site design, economic development plans and how they will manage traffic and other issues in the area where they hope to build.

    The commission set a deadline of Dec. 31 for companies in the eastern and western regions to submit applications, and an Oct. 4 deadline for slots parlor bidders.

    The initial, Phase 1 applications sought information about investors for ongoing background checks being conducted by the commission.

    Before submitting a Phase 2 application, companies must negotiate a host community agreement and have it approved by voters in a referendum.

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