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Conn. Casinos Double Down on Mass. Gambling Market

February 16th, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's two tribal-owned casinos are redoubling their efforts to establish a presence in Massachusetts after voters rejected previous proposals. Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods have been steadily losing ground, with...

Northampton Businesses Discuss Possible Casino Impact

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February 2nd, 2014
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) --La Fiorentina is in a unique position. They have locations in both Northampton and Springfield, right near the proposed spot downtown where MGM is planning on building a casino. General Manager Mauro Daniele is...

Westfield Mayor Talks Downtown Revitalization, Casino Impacts

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January 30th, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- In the first month of Westfield Mayor Daniel Knapik's third term, he's getting ready for even more improvements to the city. Westfield has seen a multitude of projects in the past few years, including the town green...

Western Mass. Entertainment Venues Concerned Over Springfield Casino

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January 28th, 2014
(BOSTON, Mass.) (WGGB)--Springfield's proposed MGM casino and its potential impact on several Western Massachusetts communities was the focus of a state gaming commission hearing on Tuesday. Northampton said the casino would hurt the city...

Mayor, Foxwoods Announce Fall River Casino Plans

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January 28th, 2014
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- Fall River Mayor William Flanagan and Conn.-based Foxwoods have announced a plan to build a $750 million resort casino in the city. Flanagan said Tuesday the project would create between 3,000 and 5,000 jobs. In...

Mass. Casino Hopefuls to Make Pitches

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January 18th, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The three companies hoping to operate the first resort casinos in Massachusetts are getting a chance to make direct pitches to the state gambling commission. MGM Resorts International, Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts are scheduled to...

Hampden Files Petition for Surrounding Community Status with MGM

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January 14th, 2014
HAMPDEN, Mass. (WGGB) -- Hampden is among three western Massachusetts communities that have petitions with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to be designated as surrounding communities with MGM's casino proposal in Springfield. MGM is...

Longmeadow, Hampden Petition Gaming Comm. to be Surrounding Communities to MGM Proposal

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January 13th, 2014
LONGMEADOW/HAMPDEN, Mass. (WGGB) -- Longmeadow and Hampden are the latest towns to petition the Mass. Gaming Commission to be deemed a 'surrounding community' to the proposed MGM casino project. When MGM Springfield submitted their Phase 2...

Holyoke Designated ‘Surrounding Community’ to Proposed MGM Casino

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January 13th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- Holyoke becomes the first community that does not abut Springfield to voluntarily enter into a surrounding community agreement with MGM Springfield. In a statement released Monday, Mayor Alex Morse's office says that...

Casino Impact on Compulsive Gambling

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January 9th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) - Depression, secretiveness and disinterest in things you may have at one time enjoyed. All of these are signs that you or someone you care about may have a problem with gambling. While alcoholism and substance abuse are...

Tribe Gets Federal Green Light to Pursue Casino

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January 3rd, 2014
BOSTON (AP) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has gotten a green light to pursue a casino in Massachusetts after the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs opted to take no action to block a revised casino compact with the state. The bureau had...

Three Apply for Resort Casinos in Mass.

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December 31st, 2013
BOSTON (AP) -- Three companies seeking state licenses to build resort casinos in Massachusetts have filed final applications with the state gaming commission. Tuesday was the deadline set by the panel for the so-called Phase 2...

Revere, Mohegan Sun to Discuss Casino Agreement

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December 23rd, 2013
BOSTON (AP) -- Officials from Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs are scheduled to be in Revere on Monday to discuss details of a host community agreement for a resort-style casino there. State gambling regulators cleared the way last week for a vote...

Mass. Gambling Panel Approves Revere Casino Waiver

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December 19th, 2013
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts gambling regulators have taken another step toward allowing Revere residents to vote on a revised casino proposal. The five-member panel voted unanimously on Thursday to approve Mohegan Sun's request for a...

Gambling Commission Approves Revised Deal for Propose Everett Casino

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December 13th, 2013
BOSTON (AP) -- Four members of the state gambling commission have approved a revised real estate deal for a proposed casino in Everett that would substantially reduce the price Wynn Resorts pays for the land and prevent hidden investors from...