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New England News
12:25 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Voters Kill Hard Rock Casino Project

Voters in West Springfield on Tuesday delivered a knockout punch to casino industry giant Hard Rock.   The vote to reject an $800 million dollar casino project leaves just two competitors standing for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.

By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent, West Springfield voters turned down a development agreement that could have seen Hard Rock build a casino, hotel, and year-round concert venue on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, home of the annual Big E agricultural fair.

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New England News
3:59 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Both Sides Optimistic About West Springfield Casino Vote

Casino campaign lawn signs on the driveway leading to a polling place in West Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Voters in West Springfield are going to the polls today for the latest casino referendum in western Massachusetts.

   Voting was described as steady by election officials and appeared, as of mid-afternoon, to be on pace to reach the 40 percent turnout predicted by the Town Clerk for today’s referendum on Hard Rock’s  proposal to build a resort casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

   Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland said he was a bit nervous about the outcome of today’s referendum.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Congressional Corner with Tim Vercellotti

  Western Massachusetts cities are vying for the state’s lone casino license for that region.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that polling shows a demographic split among residents.

New England News
12:50 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Church Leader Pledges To Help People Impacted By Gambling

Some members of the faith-based community in western Massachusetts are starting to talk about ways to help people whom they believe will be harmed when a casino opens. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is on track to award a casino license to one of three competitors in the region by April 2014. A casino could open in 2016.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bishop Douglas Fisher of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:36 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Opposition Organizes For West Springfield Casino Referendum

Nathan Bech is leading an effort to urge voters in West Springfield to reject Hard Rock International's casino project. The referendum is on September 10th
Credit WAMC

A group has organized to oppose Hard Rock International’s plans to build an $800 million resort casino in West Springfield, Massachusetts.    The casino development is subject to a make or break voter referendum in the town of 30,000 people on September 10th.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nathan Bech who is spearheading the “No Casino West Springfield” campaign.

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New England News
1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Hard Rock Official Discusses Casino Referendum Campaign

Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland at the casino referendum campaign headquarters in West Springfield, MA.
Credit WAMC

The campaign to convince voters in West  Springfield ,Massachusetts to ratify a development deal  for a resort casino was formally launched Tuesday evening.  Officials with Hard Rock Hotels and Casino hosted about 50 people for a cook-out at its newly opened campaign headquarters for the September 10th referendum.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland about the pro-casino campaign.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Hard Rock Reaches Casino Deal With West Springfield

West Springfield Mayor Gregory Neffinger ( on right) and Tim Maland, President Hard Rock New England announce the signing of a casino host community agreement
Credit WAMC

Hard Rock International has struck a rich casino development deal with West Springfield. The agreement, announced last night by West Springfield’s mayor and  Hard Rock officials, ups the ante in the fierce casino competition in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Mohegan Sun Announces New, More Elaborate Plans For Palmer Casino

An artist's rendering of the $1 billion casino development in Palmer, Ma proposed by Mohegan Sun
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Mohegan Sun, which once had the western Massachusetts casino landscape all to itself, has unveiled a dramatic new design and more  amenities for the project it hopes to build in rural Palmer. Mohegan Sun is facing stiff completion from MGM  Resorts and Hard Rock International for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts. 

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New England News
3:50 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Former Massachusetts Attorney General Encourages Casino Opponents

Scott Harshbarger addressed an anti-casino forum at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, MA. on June 26,2013
Credit WAMC

    Scott Harshbarger, the former Massachusetts Attorney General and former president of Common Cause was  the featured speaker at an anti-casino forum in Springfield.  The event, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts attracted about 300 people to Christ Church Cathedral.  A citywide voter referendum on MGM Resort’s Springfield casino development is on July 16th.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Harshbarger

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New England News
12:15 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Anti-casino Forum Draws Large Crowd

Scott Harshbarger, the former Massachusetts Attorney General and former president of Common Cause, addresses the audience at an anti-casino forum in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Opponents of casino gambling rallied supporters in Springfield, Massachusetts last night where a citywide referendum on MGM Resorts’ $800 million casino development is less than three weeks away.

      A crowd of about 300 people sat in the sweltering hot sanctuary of Christ Church Cathedral and applauded as speakers denounced what they said were the false promises of the gambling industry.

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