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Springfield’s Referendum Vote Does Not Mean a ‘Done Deal’

July 15th, 2013
Click here for a list of Springfield polling locations SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- With all the excitement building over Tuesday's referendum vote in Springfield, it's actual purpose may have gotten lost in the shuffle. Monday night, the...

Blue Man Group Helps MGM’s Effort to Get Out the Vote

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July 15th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Monday afternoon, MGM brought in some colorful characters to help urge Springfield residents to get out and vote for their proposed South End casino Tuesday. The Blue Man Group, which performs at the MGM-owned...

MGM, Casino Opponents Hope for High Voter Turnout

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July 15th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass, (WGGB) -- After months and months of anticipation, the casino vote in Springfield is now less than a day away. On the eve of the vote, hundreds are turning out here in downtown Springfield at an event sponsored by...

Springfield Casino Vote; Both Sides Sound Off

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July 15th, 2013
Click here for a list of Springfield polling locations SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) - With just over 24 hours away from the big vote for the Springfield casino referendum, Tom Lewis and Emily Volz welcomed representatives from both sides of the...

Springfield Residents Claim MGM Doesn’t Provide Tax Relief

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July 14th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)-- Even though a new UMass Dartmouth report finds that Massachusetts residents pour millions of dollars each year into Rhode Island and Connecticut casinos, not everyone is in favor of the current MGM deal. On Sunday,...

Casino Gaming Impact Study Released

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July 14th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)-- The Center for Policy Analysis released their 2013 New England Casino Update about how casinos are affecting the local area. Their reports says Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino experienced their 6th...

Men Charged With Casino Cheating Going On Trial

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July 13th, 2013
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) -- Two New York City men are going on trial on allegations they scammed the Mohegan Sun casino out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a scheme police say involved crooked game dealers and marked cards. The...

Penn National Takes New Plan to Eastern Mass.

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July 12th, 2013
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) -- Tewksbury is the latest Massachusetts community being mentioned as a possible home for a gambling facility. Penn National Gaming announced Thursday that it is discussing with town officials building a $200 million slots...

Hard Rock Casino Process Takes Next Step Amid Contentious Meeting

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July 11th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A confusing and contentious city council meeting played out in West Springfield Thursday night about the future of a Big E casino. The agenda of the meeting was to take a big step toward setting a date for a...

Mass. Gaming Panel Reviews Slots Parlor Applicants

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July 11th, 2013
BOSTON (AP) -- Two companies that are seeking to develop a slots parlor but have yet to settle on locations have been cleared by state gambling regulators to continue with their bids. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday voted to...

Hard Rock Host Agreement Signed, Council Works to Set Election Date

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July 11th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A host agreement is being signed by West Springfield Mayor Gregory Neffinger and officials with Hard Rock Casino this afternoon. Mayor Neffinger conducted a news conference along with the signing.  It...

West Springfield Mayor Hopes to Sign Casino Agreement Thursday

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July 10th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The mayor of West Springfield is continuing to work on hammering out the final details of the community-host agreement with Hard Rock International. Originally it was thought that the agreement would be signed...

Mohegan Sun Unveils Traffic Plans for Palmer

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July 10th, 2013
Palmer, Mass. (WGGB) -- Mohegan Sun has unveiled four traffic plan concepts for a proposed casino in Palmer. The plans – a flyover, a partial flyover, an on-grade concept and an alternative flyover - are now under review by the state...

Casino Developer Looking at Millbury Slots Parlor

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July 10th, 2013
MILLBURY, Mass. (AP) -- A Chicago-based casino developer that ended talks for a slots parlor in Worcester now says it is working with officials in Millbury about finding a site there for a $200 million facility. Mass Gaming & Entertainment...

MGM Funds Pro-Casino Group in Springfield

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July 9th, 2013
BOSTON (AP) -- Campaign finance records show MGM Resorts International has spent nearly $1 million in hopes of convincing Springfield voters to support a casino referendum. A July 16 vote is scheduled on a host community agreement calling for MGM...