New England News
12:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Plan Aims To Change Public Safety Perception Of Downtown Springfield

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are implementing a plan to address what they say is a public safety perception problem in the city’s downtown.   It is important to existing business owners and to a possible future big business—a resort casino. 

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New England News
12:19 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Springfield Casino Vote To Be Held Before State Completes Background Probes

A rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino development in Springfield, MA
Credit MGM Springfield

City officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have begun a voter education campaign in advance of the July 16th referendum on the casino project proposed by MGM Resorts.  Supporters of a  rival casino project in western Massachusetts are also gearing up for a referendum campaign, although no date has been set for the vote in Palmer.

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New England News
3:47 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Mass. Gambling Panel Weighs Southeastern Casino Bids

The state's gambling commission has voted to allow failed applicants for casino licenses in eastern or western Massachusetts the opportunity to compete for the sole license in southeastern Massachusetts.

The motion was approved on Thursday by the panel, which had earlier voted to open the southeast region to commercial casino bids. The Mashpee Wampanaog tribe previously enjoyed exclusivity in the region while it pursued regulatory approvals for a proposed resort casino in Taunton.

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New England News
9:44 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Springfield City Council Approves MGM Casino Deal

Springfield City Councilor Kenneth Shea speaks during debate on a host community agreement with casino developer MGM Resorts International.
Credit WAMC

The casino project proposed in downtown Springfield Massachusetts by MGM Resorts International has cleared another hurdle. The city council unanimously endorsed the project Friday night and authorized a city wide voter referendum.

   The vote by the Springfield City Council came after about 90 minutes of debate during a special meeting Friday night and was greeted by cheers in the packed council chambers.

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New England News
3:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Council Schedules Special Meeting On MGM Springfield Casino Proposal

Credit MGM Springfield

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts will hold a special meeting on Friday to debate a proposed casino development deal with MGM Resorts.

   City Council President James Ferrera said there is no need to rush a vote on the host community agreement that was signed last week by Mayor Domenic Sarno and a top MGM official. Ferrera, on Monday, invoked a procedural rule to postpone  debate on the agreement because he said he has questions about it.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Development Proposed Near Mohegan Sun's Palmer Casino Site

The ante has been upped in the competition for a resort casino development in western Massachusetts.

The company that owns land in Palmer off the Massachusetts Turnpike where Mohegan Sun hopes to build a resort casino announced plans Monday for a commercial development with stores, restaurants and a small hotel adjacent to the site of the proposed casino. Leon Dragone, manager of Northeast Reality Associates  said this would be built well before the state makes a decision on awarding a casino license in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Springfield City Council To Review MGM Casino Deal

Credit MGM Springfield

City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts  appear ready to act quickly on the proposed casino development agreement with MGM Resorts International.   The casino operator wants the citywide voter referendum to take place in mid-July.  Casino opponents have little time to mount an effective campaign. 

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6:06 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

New York Lawmakers Consider Delaying Casino Vote

Credit Triin Q's photostream Flickr

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders tried to jumpstart negotiations over siting several new gambling casinos in New York. But they also conceded that the plans might be delayed for another year.

Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo met for the first time together in over a month, and they focused on an issue they had originally hoped to settle in the budget, the expansion of gambling in New York.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

5/2/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.


  • More Boston Arrests
  • Tracking Foreigners
  • Civil Liberties Poll
  • Casino Gaming Expansion
  • Average Albany
New England News
3:35 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Agreement Is Signed For MGM Casino Project In Springfield

MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno sign the host community agreement on MGM's casino project
Credit WAMC

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts and a top official with MGM Resorts International signed a casino development deal on Wednesday.  The signing ceremony marks the start of a campaign to convince the city’s voters to ratify the agreement.


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