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Connecticut Residents Bet In Rhode Island As Local Lawmakers Look For Ways To Cash In

"We're like a deer in headlights -- we're staring at other states around us and yet we're afraid to do it because we're a conservative state," said East Hartford resident Mark Titan regarding movement on the legalization sports betting. Photo by Frankie Graziano for Connecticut Public Radio

Last year, the United States Supreme Court opened the door for states to make it legal to bet on sports. More recently, Connecticut lawmakers voted to send a bill that would legalize sports betting to the floor of the state legislature. But what could legalized sports betting look like here in the Land of Steady Habits? To answer that question, let’s take a look first at neighboring Rhode Island, which debuted sports betting in November.

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Historic Willimantic, Connecticut To Demolish Rough Reputation

Small businesses including an upscale coffee shop have recently opened on Main Street, intermingling with crumbling buildings. Photo by Cassandra Basler for WSHU

Two grand hotels on historic Main Street of Willimantic, Connecticut, hosted movers and shakers from New York and Boston during the golden age of train travel. The hotels fell into disrepair when travelers took to the highways. Cheap rooms, cheap heroin and social services drew addicts, sex workers and the unemployed. A plan to demolish the buildings may force the town to reconcile its grand history and troubled past.

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