The five member Massachusetts Gaming Commission held its first public meeting Tuesday as it set about to bring casino gambling to the state. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Declaring the decades long debate over whether to bring casinos to Massachusetts is over, Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the powerful gaming commission, said he and the other four appointees were ready to get to work to implement the public policy in the best way they can. He pledged that much of that work would take place in full public view.
The Vermont Clean Energy Investment Summit was hosted by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Governor Peter Shumlin and the state Department of Public Service. Senator Sanders says it’s part of continuing efforts to make Vermont a leader in sustainable and renewable energy.
Faced with a major decrease in property tax collections and no expected increase in state aid, budget writers in Springfield Massachusetts are proposing scores of fee hikes. But the city's top finance officer says it still won't be enough to avoid budget cuts. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports..
Law enforcement is slowly embracing social media as a crime fighting tool. The latest example was announced Monday in Northampton Massachusetts, as we hear from WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.
The Northwestern District Attorney, David Sullivan announced the launch of a text-a-tip program designed to help police solve crimes in the 47 cities and towns in Hampshire and Franklin counties.
The five member Massachusetts Gaming Commission is now in place. The commissioners will draft regulations to establish a new casino gambling industry in Massachusetts and award the much coveted licenses for resort casinos. One member of the new commission is from western Massachusetts. Bruce Stebbins is a Springfield resident, a former member of the city council, and a small business development specialist. He spoke recently with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.
Prosecutors are set to make their sentencing recommendation for a Massachusetts man convicted of conspiring to help al-Qaida. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...
Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury was convicted in December of traveling to Yemen to seek training in a terrorist camp with the intention of going on to Iraq to fight U.S. soldiers.
His lawyers say he should not be sentenced to more than 6 ½ years in prison. They say he never ended up receiving terrorist training, never provided any funds or weapons to al-Qaida and never actually threatened U.S. security interests.
The five-member panel that will oversee casino gambling in Massachusetts is set to be sworn in and hold its first official meeting. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...
The agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the state Gaming Commission in Boston includes a number of administrative matters, including the election of a secretary and treasurer, the hiring of staff and the choosing of a law firm and outside gaming consultant.
The commissioners are also expected to adopt a mission statement and discuss several other matters, including ethics rules.