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Tribes continue push for third Connecticut casino

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The two tribes that own Connecticut's casinos continued their push on Friday to open a third casino.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes are reopening a "request for proposals," which they said would ensure that the process is "fair and transparent."

“We know that folks are anxious for this process to move forward, and so are we,” said Kevin Brown, Mohegan Tribal Council chairman. “But as much as we want to get shovels in the ground, we also want to make absolutely certain that we invest hundreds of millions of our own money in the right site."

Brown said the facility needs to be successful if they are going to save the thousands of jobs that are at stake.

The new casino push is meant to combat a new MGM Springfield resort that's being built in neighboring Springfield, MA.

"We believe it’s important for each and every community to know exactly what’s happening and where they stand, and so in the interest of fairness to those that applied, we’ve decided to continue the process so we can consider these latest proposals and any new submissions," said Rodney Butler, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council chairman. "We’ll be making a decision in the near future, and look forward to the extensive public discussion that will come along with naming a finalist site.”

The tribes said the new deadline for submission is Oct. 15.

Once the submissions have been reviewed, a set of finalist sites will be announced.

The tribes said they'll also see input from the public in those finalist communities.

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