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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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New England News
12:31 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

"The Eraser" Battles Graffiti In Springfield

The Great American Clean Up, the nation’s largest community improvement project, is taking place today  in several places, including Springfield Massachusetts. Hundreds of volunteers will pick up trash and small debris in parks, school yards and other public ways.  One of the organizers is Mike Cass, an employee in the city’s Office of Housing. His specialty is graffiti removal. Cass is so good at it that his official business card identifies him as “The Eraser.”   Cass spoke with WAMC’s Paul Tuthill.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Springfield Casino Vote Will Not Be On June 25th

There will be no casino referendum in Springfield on June 25th , the same day voters  head to the polls in Massachusetts for the special Senate election.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

MGM Campaigns For Casino Project In Springfield

Of the four companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts, one has stood out when it comes to marketing.  MGM Resorts International, which hopes to build a casino in downtown Springfield, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising.

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New England News
4:49 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Springfield Awarded $21.9 Million To Help Tornado Recovery

The tornado damaged South End Community Center in Springfield on June 2,2011. The city hopes to rebuild the community center at a different location in the same neigborhood
Credit WAMC

The  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $21 million to the city of Springfield Massachusetts to help it recover from the June 2011 tornado. 

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the money will fund specific projects detailed in the tornado recovery master plan the city produced last year.

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New England News
1:55 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

HUD Considers Foreclosure On Tornado Damaged Housing Cooperative

Efforts by residents of a low- income housing cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts to recover  from the June 2011 tornado have been dealt another setback.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development , which funded the  90- unit complex nearly 40 years ago, is weighing foreclosure.

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New England News
3:25 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Exception To Tax Cap Law Sought For Casino Property

The city of Springfield is seeking an exception to Proposition 2 ½ , the Massachusetts property tax cap law, when it comes to casinos.

   An $800 million resort casino could mean tens of millions of dollars annually in additional property taxes for Springfield.  But Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city will not get the full financial benefits from a casino development unless a change is made to Prop 2 ½.

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New England News
5:42 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Local Catholics Celebrate New Pope

A special mass was held at St.Michael's Cathedral in Springfield MA to mark the installation of Pope Francis
Credit WAMC

Special masses were said in Catholic churches in the region today to mark the installation of  Pope Francis.  

   About 200 people braved a snowstorm to attend a noon mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield, where Bishop Timothy McDonnell declared it a day to rejoice.

   The mass in Springfield took place several hours after the installation mass  for the new pope was held under bright blue skies in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican . The crowd there was estimated at between 150,000- 200,000 people.

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New England News
3:27 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Springfield City Council Rejects Changes To Foreclosure Ordinance

Credit WAMC

City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts have voted to reject a settlement with several banks over a foreclosure ordinance.

The vote means the city can implement the ordinance even if the banks continue to challenge its legality in the federal appeals court.  The ordinance, passed in 2011, and upheld by a federal judge last year requires banks to post a$10,000 bond to maintain and secure vacant foreclosed property.  City councilor Melvin Edwards said city taxpayers will no longer have to pay to eradicate the blight that results from foreclosure.

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New England News
12:22 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Changes Called For In Housing Policies

Credit WAMC

Community activists in several US cities are calling for changes in housing policies. They point to a shortage of affordable housing in the midst of a surplus of vacant, bank-foreclosed properties. One of  the cities where anti-poverty activists point to what they see as a housing crisis is Springfield Massachusetts. 

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