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New England News
12:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Massachusetts Gaming Applicants Now Face Background Investigations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a meeting last summer at Springfield Technical Community College
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Eleven applications have been filed for lucrative gaming licenses in Massachusetts. Companies that want to develop resort  casinos  or a slots parlor had to meet a 5PM Tuesday deadline to file paperwork and a non-refundable $400,000 fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

       Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby was thrilled. He said the state is primed to achieve maximum job creation and revenue from its fledgling gambling industry.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Redevelopment Plans Announced For Historic Indian Motorcycle Site

The Mason Square Fire Station with the Indian Motorcycle complex in the background
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American International College Tuesday announced a $25 million dollar redevelopment of the historic Indian Motorcycle property adjacent to its campus in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The project announced Tuesday will result in the redevelopment of 139 housing units in the former factory complex where legendary Indian Motorcycles were manufactured up until 1950.  It will include building apartments in  a former fire station that sits on the property in the heart of the inner city Mason Square Neighborhood.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Re-elected Springfield City Council President Sees Casinos, School Safety As Top Issues

Springfield City Councilor James Ferrera takes the oath of office for council president from District Court Judge William Boyle, assisted by Springfield City Clerk Wayman Lee
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City Councilor James Ferrera, who assured the council a place at the center of the casino debate last year by creating a casino site committee, was re-elected by his colleagues to a rare second consecutive one year term as council president.  Ferrera predicted the casino issue would top the council’s agenda in 2013.

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New England News
12:41 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Springfield Recovering From Another Disaster

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For the second time in 18 months the city of Springfield Massachusetts was hit by a major disaster in 2012.  A natural gas explosion rocked downtown on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As with the June 2011 tornado, the city went through a recovery period and is now looking to rebuild.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Company Seeking Springfield Casino License Submits Application Fees

A company that hopes to develop a casino in Springfield, Mass. says it has paid $650,000 in application fees to the city and state.

Penn National Gaming said in a statement Friday it had submitted a non-refundable, $400,000 application fee to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that was required by Jan. 15 for the company to be considered for a casino license.

The Pennsylvania-based company said it also submitted a $250,000 fee required by the city of Springfield, which is conducting its own casino review process.

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New England News
12:40 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Casino Proposals Draw Praise, Concerns At Springfield Forum

Top executives from casino industry heavyweights MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming pitched their competing  plans for Springfield Massachusetts last night.  The forum drew hundreds of people with questions about the impact of a casino development in downtown Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Casino Operators Compete For Community Support

An artist's rendering of Penn National Gaming's proposed casino in Springfield

Two high powered casino operators affirmed their commitments this week to pursue projects in Springfield Massachusetts.  Officials in Holyoke, a late entry to the western Massachusetts casino competition, are moving to form committees to review proposals from developers.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill has an update on the fast moving casino story.

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New England News
5:44 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Ameristar Exit From Casino Race Leaves People In Springfield Disappointed

Amerstar planned to build a casino on this former industrial site in East Springfield. Now the fate of the property is unknown
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The announcement by casino operator Ameristar that it is dropping out of the competition for a gambling license in Massachusetts has been greeted by disappointment in Springfield.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The announcement late Friday by Ameristar came just five weeks after the company’s CEO Gordy Kanofsky, speaking to 200 invited guests inside a large white tent on a former industrial site, boasted about the plans to build a nearly $1 billion dollar resort casino on the property.

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New England News
6:13 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Springfield Gas Explosion Adds To Homeless Population

A worker boards up windows at the apartment building for low income people owned by Friends of the Homeless. It was damaged by the natural gas explosion in Springfield MA
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The natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield Massachusetts last week dealt a blow to the homeless.  There is a shortage of beds at a time of year when demand for accommodations typically increases.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

An 18 room single occupancy apartment building for low income tenants and  a 60 bed nighttime shelter for the homeless were damaged by the blast and ordered by building inspectors to close pending repairs.

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New England News
4:26 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Lower Property Tax Bills Expected In Springfield Mass.

A foreclosed house in Springfield MA
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Property tax bills for a majority of  homeowners and business owners in Springfield Massachusetts are expected to be lower in 2013.  But the reason won’t make most homeowners happy. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports.

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