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Lindsey Parietti

•    Voters in the Fifth Congressional District, which includes 29 cities and towns from Haverhill to Hudson, will cast their ballots in Tuesday’s Democratic and Republican primaries. Democrats Lowell City Councilor Eileen Donoghue, state Reps. James Eldridge, D-Acton, Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and James Miceli, D-Wilmington and Niki Tsongas as well as Republicans Jim Ogonowski and Thomas Tierney are vying for the seat that former Rep. Martin Meehan left to become UMass-Lowell Chancellor.

•    Gov. Deval Patrick has promised to announce whether he will support expanded gaming and resort casinos in the commonwealth by Labor Day. Patrick has had more than a month to review the findings of his gambling task force, but aides are staying mum on exactly when the announcement will come.

•    The Massachusetts Family Institute will launch a campaign mid-week against the governor’s refusal of federal money for abstinence-only sex education. Print and radio ads will urge constituents to call the governor to complain.

•    Attorney General Martha Coakley must decide by Wednesday whether a handful of citizen-sponsored initiatives can move forward toward the 2008 ballot, or the 2010 ballot for constitutional amendments. If Coakley approves the petitions, which range from a dog racing ban to legalizing small quantities of marijuana, their sponsors will have to collect 66,593 signatures by December.

•    Beacon Hill business picks up as the Legislature and the governor return from their August vacations.