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MGM Diversity Fair Held

July 8th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) --  MGM is reaching out to the minority community to be part of a Springfield casino. Executives from MGM and members of the Greater Springfield Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People...

Casino Opponents Speak Out in Springfield

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July 8th, 2013
(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) (WGGB)--A casino vote in Springfield is one week away. Voters will decide the issue on Tuesday, July 16th. If you've driven through Springfield you may have seen the signs in Spanish opposing the casino. They use a...

Councilor Ferrera Accepts Debate with Anti-Casino Group

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July 8th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) --  SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- Citizens Against Casino Gaming first asked Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno to debate them on the pros and cons of casinos. Sarno declined so they asked MGM Springfield, and they too declined...

Study Shows Casinos Have a Negative Impact on Home Values, Hard Rock Responds

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July 2nd, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- A local study finds casinos have a negative impact on the value of homes within a mile of the casino. The REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley released its findings today. The study found the average...

Mohegan Sun Unveils New $1 Billion Casino Proposal in Palmer

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July 1st, 2013
PALMER, Mass. (AP/WGGB) - Mohegan Sun has unveiled renderings of its new, more elaborate plans for a casino in Palmer Monday evening. The Connecticut casino's executives are at Palmer High School now presenting their $1 billion proposal to...

Mayor Sarno Joins MGM Resorts for Campaign Canvassing

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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...