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Casino Decision Inches Closer; Final Public Comments Heard In Springfield

March 30th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- In just over one month, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to announce if the proposed MGM Springfield will become a reality. Tuesday was the last chance for the public to give their input on the...

Sarno, City Residents Ask Court to Block Mass. Casino Repeal Bid

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March 25th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- Springfield's mayor is asking the state's highest court to keep a casino repeal question off the November state ballot. Mayor Domenic Sarno and nine city residents filed a brief with the state Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday....

Gaming Commission Chairman Visits MGM Springfield Casino Site

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March 21st, 2014
(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)--Members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission came to Springfield on Friday to view the site of the proposed MGM casino in the city's South End. MGM is proposing to build an 800-million dollar casino project. The...

Gambling Commission Agrees to Hear Boston Casino Appeal

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March 20th, 2014
By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- State gambling regulators have agreed to consider Boston Mayor Martin Walsh's proposal to have the city designated as a host community for resort casino proposals in Everett and Revere. The...

Mass. Tribe Sees Legal Opinion as Casino Boost

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March 18th, 2014
By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is pointing to a recent legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Interior as a major boost for its bid to have land placed into trust for a resort casino in...

Agawam Mayor Talks Potholes, Casino Impact, and Six Flags

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March 13th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)--Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen joins ABC40's Tom Lewis and Emily Volz live in the studio this morning to talk about the potential impact the casino has on the town, the pesky pothole problem, and Six Flags's new ride set to...

Casino Companies Recruiting at UMass Job Fair

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March 5th, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- Several companies were at UMass Wednesday looking for prospective new employees. The Hospitality and Tourism Management Department held is annual career day for undergraduates. Representatives from hotels,...

Gaming Commission to Hold Public Input Meeting on Proposed MGM Springfield Casino

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March 3rd, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) -- Just after rejecting proposals from two West Springfield businesses that were hoping to be considered impacted live venues for a propsed MGM Springfield casino and resort, the state's Gaming Commission will hold a public...

West Springfield Expresses Concerns About Casino in Springfield

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February 28th, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) --  There were casino concerns in West Springfield Friday night as community leaders game-planned for their big meeting with the gaming commission. City leaders who were concerned about the potential impact a...

Revere Voters Approve Mohegan Sun Casino Plan

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February 25th, 2014
REVERE, Mass. (AP/WGGB) -- Voters in Revere have approved a billion-dollar resort casino proposal, moving forward Mohegan Sun's plan that will compete with Wynn Resorts for the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Tuesday's vote...

Panel Sees Possible Delay in Mass. Casino License

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February 24th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission says it may have to push back the timetable for awarding the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Because of a possible conflict of interest, the panel on Monday cut ties with a...

Supporters on Both Sides of Revere Casino Rally

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February 23rd, 2014
REVERE, Mass. (AP) -- Revere residents for and against a proposed Mohegan Sun casino held events ahead of a vote Tuesday on whether to approve the $1.3 billion project on 42 acres owned by Suffolk Downs. The Boston Globe reports that about 200...

Casino Gambling Key to Survival for 2 Mass. Tracks

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February 23rd, 2014
  (AP Photo/Lisa Poole) BOSTON (AP) -- Two upcoming votes on casino gambling could go a long way toward determining the survival of the state's two horse racing tracks. On Tuesday, voters in Revere will decide whether to give...

Palmer Realty Co. Suing Mohegan Sun

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February 21st, 2014
PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) -- A realty company in Palmer is suing Connecticut casino developer Mohegan Sun. The lawsuit, sent to abc40, seeks to stop the developer from building in Revere, or anywhere else in Massachusetts. Northeast Realty...

Springfield Fights Repeal of Mass. Casino Law

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February 20th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- The city of Springfield is asking the state's highest court to keep a proposed repeal of the Massachusetts casino gambling law off the November state ballot. Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Thursday that he and nine other...