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New England News
12:20 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Ameristar Official Outlines Casino Proposal For Springfield

  A top official with a Nevada based gaming  company says a proposed casino in Springfield Massachusetts would be the  largest gambling facility it currently operates. But officials with Ameristar offered only a broad description of its plans for a Springfield casino during a presentation to a city council ad-hoc casino committee.   WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Springfield Schools Alert Parents To New Condom Policy

The second largest public school system in Massachusetts will make condoms available to students as young as 12 with the start of the new school year next week. The  condom availability in the Springfield schools is part of a comprehensive effort to combat high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.   WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

City Council Committee To Hear From Casino Operators

A former industrial site in Springfield MA. where Ameristar proposes to build a resort casino
WAMC

A special committee of the Springfield City Council appointed to weigh casino development proposals is going to hear today for the first time from a casino operator.   Springfield has become the focus of several major gaming companies competing for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports...

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New England News
4:10 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

State Official Pledges Funding To Repair Tornado Damaged Schools

Modular classrooms on the playground at the Brookings School which was heavily damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado in Springfield MA
WAMC

    The Massachusetts State Treasurer during a visit to Springfield Wednesday committed to fund the rebuilding of two tornado damaged schools.  Special action by state officials means city taxpayers should be off the hook for any expenses.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

State Funded Street Project Spurs Housing Construction

Street and sidewalk improvements in part of the South End of Springfield, MA
WAMC

    A sweeping economic development bill signed into law this week by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick streamlines state funding for local infrastructure projects. State officials say an example of how it is suppose to work can be found in a Springfield neighborhood  that was ravaged by last year’s tornado.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Gambling Commission Holds Forum In Western Massachusetts

People protest casino development at an educational forum held by the Mass. Gaming Commission. Another group ( in the background) demonstrated for a casino project in Palmer MA.
WAMC

The five member Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a  forum Wednesday in western Massachusetts. It’s the area of the state where competition for a lucrative casino license appears to be most keen..  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

The chairman of the powerful gaming commission, Stephen Crosby said the apparent level of interest in western Massachusetts by major casino operators is proof the state’s new casino law is working as intended.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Contractor Selected To Helm Union Station Project

The exterior of Union Station in Springfield, MA
WAMC

A general contractor has been selected to manage the building of a major transportation project in western Massachusetts.  A recent influx of federal  funds  has the long  stalled redevelopment of Springfield’s derelict train station back on the fast track, as WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Task Force Dedicated To Violence Prevention Observes 20th Anniversary

Tony Pettaway of the Mayor's Citywide Violence Prevention Task Force welcomes people to an observance of the group's 20th anniversary
WAMC

        Massachusetts is going to have a so-called “ three strikes” crime law.  Governor Deval Patrick says he will sign a controversial crime bill aimed at keeping repeat violent criminals off the streets. People working to prevent violence in one western Massachusetts city say the real solution to improved public safety is community partnerships.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Funding Deal Approved To Reopen Three Libraries

Jack Murphy, age 4, came to Springfield City Hall with his father Sean Monday night to urge city councilors to approve a funding deal for the city library
WAMC

   The city council in Springfield Massachusetts has taken  steps that will lead to the reopening of three branch libraries that closed because of budget cuts.  But it is a stopgap measure that has library supporters looking for long term funding solutions.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Casino Company Outlines Plans For Springfield Site

Ameristar Casinos owns this 41 acre site in Springfield MA where it proposes to build a resort casino
WAMC

A Nevada based gaming company says it is ready to build a casino on a former industrial site in Springfield Massachusetts.  The company says it has come up with a plan to address traffic concerns about the project, but it faces competition for a casino license.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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