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New England News
6:15 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Plans Being Made For Casino Referendum

The state law that legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts requires voters in a host community to approve the casino development in a referendum.  The law permits cities , such as Springfield, to hold either an at-large  vote or limit it to just the ward where the casino would be built.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

      

       Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno is adamant the voter referendum on whether there should be a casino built in Springfield will be held city-wide.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Springfield Sets Oct.10 Deadline For Casino Applications

The city of Springfield Massachusetts, Friday, launched a formal casino selection process and set  an early October deadline for casino operators to make their intentions known.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

       Casino operators that want to build in Springfield have until October 10 to file an initial proposal with the city. After a preliminary review, city officials will determine by November 1st  which projects will advance to a more rigorous evaluation that will eventually culminate in a voter referendum on casino gambling in Springfield.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Springfield,Gaming Commission Compromise On Casino Competition

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission at a meeting in Springfield held on Sept. 11
WAMC

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have agreed to changes in a casino selection competition to address concerns about the timetable that were  raised last week by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. It will likely push back until next summer a voter referendum on a casino in Springfield..  WAMC’s  Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

  

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New England News
6:10 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Springfield Urged To Slow Casino Selection Timetable

Massachusetts Gaming Commission meets at Springfield Technical Community College
WAMC

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission clashed with Springfield city officials Tuesday over the city’s proposed casino selection competition.  The state and local timetables that would lead to the launch of a resort casino development in western Massachusetts remain at odds.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Springfield Puts Temporary Hold On Casino Selection Work

The city of Springfield Massachusetts put its casino competition on hold Wednesday. The move came one day after the state’s top gambling industry regulators raised questions about the city’s casino selection process.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Volunteers Still Tackling Tornado Recovery

Western New England University’s Football team volunteering with Rebuilding Together at a house on Rowland Street in Springfield.
Rebuilding Together Springfield

  Some people will skip a trip to the beach this Labor Day weekend to labor in tornado damaged areas of Springfield Massachusetts.  An official with the city’s long term recovery group says there is still a lot to be done to help people struggling to rebuild from the June 2011 disaster.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Springfield Casino Selection Process Questioned

  The city of Springfield finds itself the center  of intense competition for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.  Questions are being raised about the  casino selection process city officials are about to undertake.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
12:45 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Springfield Casino Vote Expected In 8 Months

City of Springfield

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts has outlined a process he intends to follow to evaluate competing proposals from casino operators anxious to build high end gaming, entertainment and hotel complexes in the city.  It’s a process that will lead to a binding voter referendum this Spring.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:07 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Mass. Still Taking Applications for Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program for Tornado Victims

Damage evident in Springfield on six-month anniversary of the June 1 2011 tornado
WAMC

State funding is still available to residents of Western Massachusetts who were hit by last year’s June tornado, who are looking to rebuild and renovate their homes, and make them more energy efficient. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

The state-sponsored ReBuild Western Massachusetts program is designed to help victims of the June 1st, 2011 tornado rebuild their homes and businesses with some upgrades to help save energy.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

MGM Proposes $800M Casino Project for Springfield

MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO James Murren announces MGM's plans for a downtown Springfield casino.
Lucas Willard WAMC

Casino mega-corporation MGM Resorts International announced an $800 million proposal to develop a 10-acre hotel and gambling center in downtown Springfield. The announcement is the second company to propose a gambling facility for the Western Massachusetts city this week. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more…

MGM’s proposal would cost $800 million dollars and focus on developing Springfield’s downtown with a 25-floor, 250 room hotel, retail stores, restaurants, and an 89,000 square foot gambling space.

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