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Tribe unveils new design for proposed Mass. casino

May 15th, 2013
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has unveiled a new design for a resort casino it hopes to build in Taunton if the tribe wins state and federal approvals for the project. The architectural renderings were released Tuesday at a...

MGM Formally Asks Springfield for July 16 Referendum Vote

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May 14th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- MGM has formally requested that their casino project be put before the voters in July. In a letter hand-delivered to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and City Council President James Ferrera III Wednesday, MGM...

Springfield City Council Approves Host Agreement

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May 10th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and the city council met Friday night to discuss and vote on the host agreement with MGM. Our crew on scene reports that the City Council voted unanimously at about 7:00 p.m. in...

UMass Amherst to Conduct Gaming Impacts Study

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May 9th, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) -- UMass Amherst has been tapped by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to conduct a study on the social and economic impacts of casino gaming. The $3.64 million study will start soon and last until about a year...

City Council President Requests Sentence to be Added to Host Agreement

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May 8th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Springfield's city council president is urging MGM and Mayor Domenic Sarno to "end the confusion" over the possible investment of MGM in a casino project and include one sentence into the host...

Hard Rock Presents Traffic Plans to West Springfield

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April 10th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Hard Rock International developers revealed traffic plans tonight for their proposed casino on the Big E fair grounds in West Springfield. The new plan creates what developers call a "Route 5 relief...

Head of Track Seeking Slots License Steps Down

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April 4th, 2013
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) -- The head of the Plainridge Racecourse is stepping down from his post for health reasons as the state's only harness racing facility pursues a slots parlor license. Gary Piontkowski, a former state racing...

Competing Timelines Sway Mass. Tribe Casino Bid

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March 31st, 2013
BOSTON (AP) -- The Mashpee Wampanoag want to open a Massachusetts-licensed casino in the coming years. Whether it will get that chance depends now on what a state commission believes will happen in the tribe's immediate future. Lawmakers gave the...

Casino Question Gets Closer in Springfield

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March 27th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD,  Mass. (WGGB) -- Will Springfield voters cast ballots later this year on one or two casino proposals? There are two casino operators battling to build a casino in Springfield. MGM is proposing an $800 million dollar casino...

Penn National Releases Updated Renderings for Proposed Casino Development

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March 10th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Penn National Gaming today released an updated version of its proposed North End, Springfield casino development. The new design is for the exterior of the proposed $807 million casino and hotel. It includes an...

Springfield to Negotiate Host Agreements with MGM, Penn National

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February 11th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has announced that the city will negotiate host agreements with both companies vying for a possible casino in Springfield. In a statement issued Monday, Sarno, who consulted...

Report Backs Up Mass. Tribe’s Claim to Casino Land

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January 28th, 2013
MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) -- A report prepared for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe finds historical evidence of the tribe's links to land on which it hopes to build a $500 million casino. The tribe has no reservation lands of its own and has asked the...

Springfield Delays Announcement on Casino Host Agreement

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January 25th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- People in Springfield will have to wait a little longer before knowing whether one or two casino proposals will be on the ballot. Earlier today, we learned that the city needs more time before it decides...

Gaming Commission Denies WMass Requests for Application Extension

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January 17th, 2013
BOSTON (WGGB) -- The Mass. Gaming Commission has denied three requests for extensions of the application deadline from entities that had an interest in a possible western Mass. project. Late Tuesday afternoon, just before the application...

Mohegan Sun CEO Discusses Palmer Casino

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January 16th, 2013
(AMHERST, Mass.) (WGGB)-- Now that  four developers have submitted  their application fees to the state gaming commission for a Western Massachusetts casino, the effort intensifies to win a license. Mohegan Sun wants to build a casino in...