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An artists rendering of the proposed MGM Casino in Springfield, MA

The Springfield City Council is conducting a final review of the plans for the $950 million MGM casino.

The council is tentatively scheduled to vote Tuesday after holding a fourth public hearing on the casino project site plan. However, Council President Mike Fenton said he’ll set additional time for deliberations if necessary.

"It is possible to extend  ( the hearings) should we need further public input or councilors have additional questions," he said.

Photo depicting health care costs
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Following up on an initiative he outlined in his budget address last week, Governor Peter Shumlin on Monday issued an outline to move Vermont to an All Payer health care system.

This is a picture of Colegrove Park Elementary School in North Adams, Massachusetts
Jim Levulis / WAMC

School and government leaders held a ribbon cutting for a new elementary school in North Adams Monday afternoon.

Police officials in Springfield are urging members of the city council to extend the western Massachusetts city’s moratorium on new pawn shops.

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri said the two-year moratorium has helped to control crime – not just in Springfield but throughout western Massachusetts — and he recommends it be extended beyond its scheduled expiration this June.

Barbieri said the 42 pawn shops and junk dealers currently licensed in the city is a manageable number for police to keep tabs on.

This is a picture of Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing.
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts State Senator Ben Downing announced Monday morning that he is not running for reelection this year.

Massachusetts four-year high school graduation rates climbed for the ninth year in a row in 2015 with some of the largest gains recorded by some minority groups and students from low-income families. The second-largest school district in the state, Springfield, boasted the best improvement of any urban district in the state.

Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to sign legislation that would give women with alcohol or substance abuse problems access to addiction treatment services rather than housing them in the state prison for women in Framingham.


A legislative task force is expected to decide whether to recommend that Connecticut lawmakers vote to ban smoking in vehicles when a child is inside.

The Vermont Health Department is reminding people to take care when they're outside during the winter cold.

Bus Agencies To Merge

Jan 24, 2016
CCTA bus
David Wilson1949/Flickr

Two transit authorities in Vermont are merging to create one regional agency.