Very little is being said about a federal investigation involving city hall in Springfield, Mass. On Sunday, the Springfield Republicanreported that the investigation was under way, and the likely focus is a man who has been part of city hall for decades, political consultant Charles "Charlie" Kingston. Stephanie Barry is a reporter with the Republican, and has been following the story.
Earlier today, WAMC's Paul Tuthill asked Springfield Domenic Sarno about a published report that the FBI is investigating a political consultant's ties to the mayor's office. Tuthill asked if he was aware of an FBI investigation.
The state law that legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts requires voters in a host community to approve the casino development in a referendum. The law permits cities , such as Springfield, to hold either an at-large vote or limit it to just the ward where the casino would be built. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is adamant the voter referendum on whether there should be a casino built in Springfield will be held city-wide.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts, Friday, launched a formal casino selection process and set an early October deadline for casino operators to make their intentions known. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Casino operators that want to build in Springfield have until October 10 to file an initial proposal with the city. After a preliminary review, city officials will determine by November 1st which projects will advance to a more rigorous evaluation that will eventually culminate in a voter referendum on casino gambling in Springfield.
The city of Springfield Massachusetts will reduce its municipal workforce and cut some city services under a budget recommended by the mayor. At the same time, the city council is being asked to raise almost $3 million in fees and taxes to avoid even deeper cuts. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
A veteran Springfield Massachusetts police officer was killed in the line of duty Monday after responding to a domestic dispute. Authorities say the policeman was shot and fatally wounded by a Rikers Island corrections officer, who then took his own life. A woman was critically wounded. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has more..