Jersey cows grazing on Pete Williams's farm in Shelburne, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Thousands of Northeast dairy farmers are receiving their share of a $50 million settlement, nearly nine years after the farmers filed a class-action lawsuit against a national dairy marketing cooperative. 

MGM Springfield on its opening day.
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The MGM Springfield casino has been open a week, and casino officials say they did a brisk business during their first three days. 

The MGM Springfield casino on opening day, Friday, August 24, 2018.
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Friday marked the opening of the MGM Springfield casino. A parade helped to mark the occasion, complete with a marching band and famous Clydesdales taking part. 

Steven Hoffman, chairman of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, speaks during its first meeting in September 2017.
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Massachusetts cannabis regulators decided Thursday they won't wade into a murky area of the fledgling industry — the agreements between marijuana businesses and the communities in which they plan to operate.

A scene at Thursday's "preview party" at MGM Springfield.
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Updated 4:45 p.m.

The first resort casino in Massachusetts opened Friday, a $960 million complex in downtown Springfield with expansive Las Vegas-style gambling and entertainment options.