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Poll Results Show Casino Support Dwindling

June 10th, 2014
(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)--While the Massachusetts Gaming Commission holds final public hearings on MGM's Springfield casino proposal. both sides await the ruling by the state supreme court on whether voters will have the final say on the...

Poll: Many in Mass. Still Have Doubts on Casinos

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June 9th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- As gambling regulators move closer to awarding the state's first resort casino license, a new poll suggests that many residents still have doubts about whether Massachusetts should host casino gambling at all. A Suffolk...

MGM Poised to Become State’s First Casino Operator

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June 7th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- MGM Resorts International is nearing a final ruling on its bid to become Massachusetts' first licensed casino operator, with a proposed $800 million project in Springfield. Starting Tuesday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will...

Springfield’s History to be Preserved on Casino Site

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June 6th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)--Springfield's Historical Commission continues to work with MGM to preserve some of the city's history while plans for developing an $800 million casino continue. MGM and the commission have come to agreement on not...

Gaming Commission Details Timeline for Western Mass. Casino License

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May 29th, 2014
By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- State gambling regulators say they'll begin the final, four-day long deliberation on awarding Massachusetts' first Las Vegas-style casino license on June 10. The Massachusetts Gaming...

Foxwoods to Cut Casino Hours, Layoffs Possible

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May 15th, 2014
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced plans to cut some hours of operation on portion of its gaming floor. A memo to employees obtained by The Day of New London says the casino will shut down slot machines and some...

Casino Commission Votes Boston Not Host Community

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May 8th, 2014
By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has lost a bid to give city residents a chance to vote on casinos proposed for neighboring Everett and Revere. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission agreed in...

Mass. High Court Hears Arguments in Casino Case

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May 5th, 2014
By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Both sides in the casino gambling debate are encouraged by the questions asked by Massachusetts supreme court justices in a case centered on a proposed voter referendum repealing the state's...

Casino Law Hinges on Massachusetts High Court Case

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May 4th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The fate of casino gambling in Massachusetts may hinge on a case before the state's highest court. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear arguments Monday over an effort to place a question on the November ballot...

Western Mass. Casino License to be Awarded June 13

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May 2nd, 2014
BOSTON (WGGB) -- It appears we are weeks away from knowing if MGM will be granted a license to open and operate a casino in the Bay State. At a meeting Friday, the Mass. Gaming Commission discussed that they are aiming to issue the Region B -...

Final Arguments in Mass. Casino Repeal Case Filed

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April 30th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- State Attorney General Martha Coakley's office and a group of Massachusetts residents have filed their final legal arguments as the state's highest court prepares to take up an appeal centered on a proposed November ballot...

MGM Asks State to Delay Casino Fee Collection

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April 17th, 2014
By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Casino giant MGM is asking Massachusetts gambling regulators to slow down the process of collecting required state fees for a casino license in the state's western region as it seeks to...

Legal Arguments Filed in Casino Referendum Appeal

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April 16th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is defending her decision to exclude from the November ballot a voter referendum calling for repeal of the state's 2011 gambling law. Coakley's office filed a 111-page brief...

Boston Dispute Could Delay Casino Licensing Fee

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April 6th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- A delay in licensing the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino could have at least a short-term impact on state finances. Budget-writers anticipated the $85 million licensing payment before the end of the current fiscal year....

Public Hearing on Boston’s Casino Status Set May 1

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April 3rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The state gambling commission will call a public hearing next month to consider Boston's bid to be declared a host community for proposed casinos in Everett and Revere. The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted...