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New England News
8:02 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Western Mass. Turnpike Tolls Set To Be Restored

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Tolls will soon return for motorists traveling on the western end of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

The first of two informational hearings is scheduled for tonight on implementation of tolls between Exit 1 in West Stockbridge and Exit 6, which leads to Interstate 291 and Springfield. The meeting will be held at Lee High School.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Scenic Byway Campaign Aims to Discover Hidden Gems

The Western Massachusetts Scenic Byways marketing campaign aims to attract visitors with an interactive website listing region, culture, history, and recreation opportunities.
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Scenic roads are a staple of western Massachusetts, and a new marketing campaign is trying to make sure people know what that part of the state has to offer.

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New England News
12:54 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Report Highlights Challenges In Obtaining Healthcare In Commonwealth

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The Massachusetts Medical Society has released an annual study revealing that patients in the western part of the Bay State are still facing challenges in accessing healthcare.

This week, the Massachusetts Medical Society released its ninth annual Patient Access to Care Study, which surveyed 1,137 physician offices across the state in fields ranging from family and internal medicine, to specialties including OB/GYN, cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, and pediatrics.

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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
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

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
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.

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
7:52 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Western MA Receives More Funds for Tornado-Damaged Communities

More emergency funding is being sent to western Massachusetts communities hit by the tornadoes a year ago this week.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says $3.9 million dollars in federal funding is available for eight communities. 

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray , who announced the money Wednesday in Springfield, said it is to reimburse the cost of repairs that were made to streets and sidewalks…

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New England News
7:31 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Survey: Many Western MA Tornado Survivors Still in Need

A survey of tornado survivors finds many with unmet needs as the one year anniversary of the natural disaster in western Massachusetts approaches.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Eight days of canvassing by disaster response volunteers in tornado impacted neighborhoods of Springfield found dozens of people who still need help ranging from major roof repairs to replacing household appliances and furnishings.

Steven Abdow, a board member of Springfield Community Together, the FEMA organized long term recovery group, said the unmet needs are estimated to cost $1 million…

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