All but a few states now have some type of commercial gaming. New Jersey and California have taken steps toward legalizing gambling on all sports, while Massachusetts is looking at allowing the first casinos to be built in that state. Boston College economist and author Richard McGowan talks to Renee Montagne about the economics behind the rapid expansion of gambling and casinos in America.
When the $500 million development is finished in October, it will have more slot machines than either the MGM Grand or Bellagio in Las Vegas. But gaming in the North East region, which includes Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, might be outgrowing its customer base.
It is increasingly likely that someone or something has recently taken a picture of your car's license plate. License plate readers are used in almost every state. They allow police to quickly spot everything from expired registrations to car owners who may be wanted for more serious offenses.
The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of Arizona's restrictive immigration law on Monday. But it upheld — for now — a central section known as the "show-me-your-papers" provision. The 5-3 decision warned, however, that the court could ultimately strike down that provision, too.
There's a new startup that's envisioning a way for people to eat even more meat. AgLocal is developing a smartphone app to help small farmers expand local markets for their meat by connecting them with independent distributors.
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its ruling on the use of corporate money in political campaigns. Montana officials objected to the earlier ruling, known as Citizens United, saying corporate money in political campaigns often leads to corruption
By a 5-4 vote, the court said juveniles may still be sentenced to life without parole, but that to do so automatically, without allowing the judge or jury to consider other factors, would violate the constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling affects 28 states and the federal government.
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