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    A special legislative commission tasked with coming up with recommendations about online gambling has issued its final report to members of the Massachusetts legislature.

   A Massachusetts anti-poverty group is calling for establishing a housing task force in the state’s third-largest city.   As the Springfield City Council heard that request, it voted to give MGM more time to build housing as part of the downtown casino project.  

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    In the latest round of grant awards, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has authorized spending almost $2 million from a fund established to help offset costs related to the construction of the state’s two large resort casinos.   The Wynn casino under construction outside Boston and the MGM casino that is being built in downtown Springfield are impacting traffic and parking.

     A tentative agreement is in place between officials in Springfield, Massachusetts and MGM to have the casino operator invest in a long-stalled downtown development project. But it means MGM’s pledge to build housing as part of its $950 million resort casino development will be further delayed.

      A bill to allow construction of a third tribal casino in Connecticut cleared the legislature early this morning meaning the yet-to-open MGM Springfield casino could face a competitor just a few miles away down Interstate 91. 

MGM will likely miss a deadline for constructing part of its $950 million casino project in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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        Massachusetts casino regulators are being urged to relax restrictions on people with criminal records getting jobs in the state’s casinos.

    Plans have been announced for a permanent expanded police presence in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts in advance of the scheduled opening next year of the MGM casino.

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   The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has approved a $1.5 million bond to fix up a small downtown park that is at the center of a larger urban renewal push.

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Although crime is down in the largest city in western Massachusetts, the head of the Springfield Police Department is hiring more officers and looking for an increase in the next city budget.

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A milestone was marked and a labor union tradition honored today during the construction of the first casino in western Massachusetts.

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  Hoping to attract more restaurants to downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, the city has begun accepting applications for a new loan program.

Massachusetts casino industry regulators will be asked to help pay to build a new studio for Springfield’s public access cable television.  It is the latest request to tap a fund established to mitigate problems arising from the construction of resort casinos in the Bay State. 

To satisfy a commitment to build market-rate housing in downtown Springfield, MGM has now apparently decided to redevelop a long-vacant building located just a block from its resort casino project.

The first casino under construction in western Massachusetts remains on pace to open as scheduled before the end of next year.  But, by then, the MGM Springfield casino may be facing a different competitive landscape.

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    The biggest construction project in Springfield, Massachusetts in nearly 50 years is causing downtown parking woes. The proposed solution to the problem: free valet parking.

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One of the world’s biggest companies moved its headquarters from Connecticut to Massachusetts in 2016.  Construction began in earnest on the MGM casino in Springfield.

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The General Assembly's fiscal office is predicting Connecticut could lose $68.3 million in revenue once MGM Resorts International's planned casino opens in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, in the fall of 2018.

     As construction ramps up on the $950 million MGM casino in downtown Springfield, officials are taking steps to offset the serious parking and traffic problems that have resulted.

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       A noticeable change is occurring in the skyline of downtown Springfield, as construction work kicks into high gear on the MGM casino. 

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People in need of a job in Holyoke, one of the poorest cities in Massachusetts, are being urged to enroll in a free training program .

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MGM  Resorts International has fired another shot in the border war to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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   Massachusetts casino industry regulators have approved payments to offset some harm that has been caused as a result of construction work that is under way on the $950 million MGM casino in downtown Springfield. 

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With the MGM Springfield casino a little more than two years away from opening its doors, programs are being set up to train the local workforce in western Massachusetts to fill the thousands of new jobs at the resort casino.

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MGM Resorts International has suffered a setback in a bid to block development of a casino in Connecticut that would be a direct competitor to the $950 million casino the Las Vegas-based company is building in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has voted to extend a moratorium on new pawn shops for an additional three years.

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Although many pipes are more than a century old, the utility infrastructure in Springfield, Massachusetts is in good shape and is continually being upgraded, according to officials who spoke at a public forum. The roundtable was scheduled after a water main break last month caused a large sinkhole on Main Street and raised concerns about what is happening underground.

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Massachusetts casino regulators have approved a redesign of the MGM Springfield casino with the chairman of the state gaming commission saying he remains excited about the project’s potential to lift the economically struggling city.

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State and local officials gathered today at the construction site of the MGM casino in Springfield to mark a milestone in the project, the relocation of a 129-year-old church.

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is being asked to pay out more than $2.5 million from a special fund to resolve problems blamed on the construction of the MGM Springfield casino.

The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, a community health center, and two suburban municipalities have applied for Community Mitigation funds claiming unexpected costs and other hardships as a result of the casino project.

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