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Mayor Sarno Joins MGM Resorts for Campaign Canvassing

June 29th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (wggb)-- Mayor Sarno and MGM Resorts executives kicked off this weekend's "YES FOR SPRINGFIELD" canvass campaign this morning. MGM executives and community endorsers are hitting the streets to promote a YES vote for a...

Progress on Casino Agreement in West Springfield

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June 27th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- West Springfield residents may soon know when they'll be voting on the casino issue. Hard Rock International and city leaders continue to try to hammer out a community-host agreement. Hard Rock...

Your Stories: How Much will the Casino Vote Cost and Who Pays?

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June 27th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- "Who has to pay for special election to vote on casinos? Why didn't we do it on Tuesday?" Those were the questions posed by one ABC40 viewer during our initial "Your Stories" call in series. Our Answer: Well, per...

Casino Presence Felt at Springfield Polling Locations

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June 25th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Voter turnout on Tuesday for the special election for U.S. Senate was described as light. Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola is predicting a 10 to 15 percent voter turnout. Most people are staying home,...

W. Spfld. Committee Makes Recommendations for Casino Host Agreement

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June 21st, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – A committee asked to make recommendations for what should be in West Springfield's possible host agreement with Hard Rock has issued their findings. Brian Griffin, chairman of the town's casino mitigation...

Mayor and State Rep. Disagree on Chicopee Casino

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June 19th, 2013
(CHICOPEE, Mass.) (WGGB)--Is the casino issue a dead issue in Chicopee? Mayor Michael Bissonnette and State representative Joseph Wagner are at odds on the issue. Bissonnette says the old Cabotville Mills site in downtown Chicopee would...

Anti-Casino Group Charges into Final Month of Campaign

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June 17th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- You've seen the ads and heard how MGM Springfield plans to rebuild the city. Michael Kogut and his team at Citizens Against Casino Gaming don't believe it. "The voters really need to get a handle on what really...

Hard Rock Continues Dialogue with the West Springfield Community

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June 11th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England held an open house in West Springfield tonight for people who want to learn more about the developer's proposal. Hard Rock says it was a chance for residents to...

Mohegan Sun Mass. Announces Plans for Water Park

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June 7th, 2013
PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) -- Mohegan Sun says that their proposed project in Palmer will near $1 billion with the added plans for an additional hotel and new outdoor water and theme park. In a statement released Friday, Mohegan Sun Massachusetts...

Two Springfield Groups Continue to Push Mayor Sarno for a Casino Debate

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June 5th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Tonight a group of citizens who oppose building a casino in Springfield took to city hall to ask the mayor for a debate. Citizens Against Casino Gaming and ARISE for Social Justice say they have already asked...

Lawsuits Dismissed Against Picknelly Over Casino Project

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June 3rd, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Springfield businessman Peter Picknelly and Penn National Gaming surrounding Picknelly's involvement in a proposed Palmer casino. Picknelly had been the...

Gaming Commission Won’t Rush to Choose a Western Mass. Casino Proposal

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May 23rd, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Tonight the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission talked about a timeline for a Western Mass. casino with the Economic Development Council of Western Mass. The state gaming commission will have...

“Yes For Springfield” Campaign Kicks Off

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May 22nd, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- MGM Springfield kicked off its "Yes For Springfield" campaign today. MGM officials, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and other casino endorsers rallied today to encourage a "yes" vote in the July 16 casino...

Springfield Residents Will Get to Vote on MGM Casino Proposal July 16

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May 20th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The MGM casino project planned for Springfield will be put before voters in mid-July. The Springfield City Council voted unanimously tonight in favor of a Special Warrant for the Casino Ballot Question to be...

Foxwoods seeks a financial win with Mass. casino

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May 19th, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's Foxwoods Resort Casino is looking to expand next door in Massachusetts. The operators of the biggest casino in North America are proposing a $1 billion, 300,000-square foot resort off I-495 in Milford, Mass.,...