Paul Tuthill http://wamc.org en MGM Set To Buy Two Springfield Properties For Casino Project http://wamc.org/post/mgm-set-buy-two-springfield-properties-casino-project <p></p><p></p><p>MGM is preparing to purchase two city-owned buildings in Springfield for the Las Vegas-based company’s casino project.</p><p> Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said MGM intends to close on the sale of the properties by the end of this month despite the statewide casino referendum in November that could kill the Springfield project.</p><p> " They have honored everything they have had to honor up to this point."</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 95187 at http://wamc.org MGM Set To Buy Two Springfield Properties For Casino Project Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children http://wamc.org/post/western-mass-base-could-be-used-house-immigrant-children <p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s announcement Friday that Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee might be used to shelter immigrant children caught base commanders by surprise.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Base spokesman, Master Sgt&nbsp; Andrew Biscoe, said Westover is an active airfield with operational and security concerns that would need be addressed&nbsp; before it could house up to a thousand children.&nbsp; Also, lodging at the base is used on the weekends by thousands of reservists.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:41:12 +0000 Paul Tuthill 95186 at http://wamc.org Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children Casino Revenue In State Budget Questioned http://wamc.org/post/casino-revenue-state-budget-questioned <p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders are betting voters don’t repeal the state’s casino law.&nbsp;&nbsp; Casino revenue was included in the 2015 state budget, but the impact of the decision appears to be more political than financial.</p><p> Gov. Patrick does not see it as much of a gamble to speculate on $73 million in projected casino revenue in a budget that totals $ 36.5 billion. The casino cash may never come if voters repeal the state’s casino law in November.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 95173 at http://wamc.org Casino Revenue In State Budget Questioned Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children http://wamc.org/post/gov-patrick-weighing-request-shelter-immigrant-children <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Gov. Deval Patrick says no decision has been made on a request from the Obama administration for Massachusetts to shelter some of the unaccompanied children who have been streaming across the nation’s southern border</p><p>Patrick seemed sympathetic to the request when he called the situation on the southern border a “humanitarian crisis” adding Massachusetts should do what it can to help.&nbsp; Republican State Rep. Nick Boldyga of Southwick said the governor should reject the federal request to temporarily house the immigrant children.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:21:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 95106 at http://wamc.org Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls As State Adds Jobs http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-unemployment-rate-falls-state-adds-jobs <p></p><p></p><p>The Massachusetts unemployment rate inched down to 5.5. percent in June&nbsp; as&nbsp; the state’s economy continued to add jobs.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Education and health services continued to lead the Massachusetts economy adding 6,000 jobs last month according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.&nbsp; UMass Amherst economics professor Robert Nakosteen says there was a surprising loss of 1,100 manufacturing jobs in June.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:18:06 +0000 Paul Tuthill 95105 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls As State Adds Jobs Anti-casino Activists Launch Referendum Campaign http://wamc.org/post/anti-casino-activists-launch-referendum-campaign <p></p><p></p><p>Anti-casino activists launched a statewide referendum campaign today in Springfield where they outlined plans for convincing voters to keep Las Vegas-style gambling from coming to Massachusetts.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 95025 at http://wamc.org Anti-casino Activists Launch Referendum Campaign Crime Is Down In Springfield But New Police Commissioner Cautions About Expectations http://wamc.org/post/crime-down-springfield-new-police-commissioner-cautions-about-expectations <p></p><p></p><p>Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri — on the job just five weeks — has made his first public report.&nbsp; Crime is down in Massachusetts’ third- largest city and the police commissioner has a plan to keep it that way.</p><p> Police Commissioner Barbieri told the Springfield City Council’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday night that he is making “incremental changes” as part of a five-point reorganization plan designed to make the police department more pro-active in preventing crime.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:26:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 94994 at http://wamc.org Crime Is Down In Springfield But New Police Commissioner Cautions About Expectations Massachusetts Gaming Commission Steps Into Boston-Wynn Dispute http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-commission-steps-boston-wynn-dispute <p></p><p>Massachusetts gambling industry regulators said today they will be prepared to impose the terms of mitigation payments to the city of Boston from the developer of a proposed casino in a neighboring community.&nbsp; Boston is boycotting arbitration proceedings with Wynn Resorts – one of two competitors for the lone casino license in eastern Massachusetts</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 94907 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission Steps Into Boston-Wynn Dispute Federal Disaster Help Available To Victims Of Holyoke Fire http://wamc.org/post/federal-disaster-help-available-victims-holyoke-fire <p></p><p>Federal disaster aid is being made available to the victims of a massive fire last month in Holyoke, Massachusetts.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:06:45 +0000 Paul Tuthill 94908 at http://wamc.org Federal Disaster Help Available To Victims Of Holyoke Fire Chicopee Fire Chief To Retire http://wamc.org/post/chicopee-fire-chief-retire <p>There is going to be another change in top management of public safety in the second- largest city in western Massachusetts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos Monday announced the planned retirement of&nbsp;&nbsp; Fire Chief Stephen Burkott, which is expected within a year. Burkott, 62, has been on the Chicopee Fire Dept.&nbsp; 41 years, the last dozen as chief.</p><p>&nbsp; " It truly was, or is, the best job in the world," said Burkott.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 94821 at http://wamc.org Chicopee Fire Chief To Retire