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BOSTON — State gambling regulators are set to sign an agreement with the state's health and human services agency to address problem gambling.

State Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz is expected to sign the memorandum of understanding, which officials say is the first of its kind, along with state Gaming Commission members Thursday.

The commission is also scheduled to discuss what how to proceed now that Boston has refused arbitration with Wynn Resorts for a financial compensation deal, a critical part of its state casino license application.

Wynn has proposed a $1.6 billion casino in neighboring Everett.

MGM Resorts International, which is developing an $800 million resort casino in Springfield, and Penn National Gaming, which is building a slot parlor in Plainville, are also expected to give project updates.

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