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Paper City Development, City of Chicopee Both Request Extension for Casino Deadline

January 15th, 2013
BOSTON (WGGB) - Two local developers and a local mayor asked the state for an extension to file a casino application. Western Massachusetts Development Company, which is also known as Paper City Development, filed a request for an...

Holyoke City Council Decides to put Casino Ballot Question before Residents

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January 15th, 2013
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) --  Holyoke residents will likely get the chance to vote on whether or not they want to see a casino in their city, despite the fact that one is not currently proposed there. According to City Councilor Anthony Soto, while...

Eleven Companies Meet Gaming Commission Deadline

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January 15th, 2013
BOSTON (WGGB) – At a press conference Tuesday night, Mass. Gaming Commission chairman Stephen Crosby and members of the committee announced that they have received applications and fees from 11 companies looking for a casino or slot...

Deadline Looms for Firms Seeking Mass. Casinos

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January 15th, 2013
By BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) -- Some potential casino developers appear to be hedging their bets as a key deadline approaches in Massachusetts. The state gambling commission says any company that is interested in seeking a...

Chicopee Still in the Game for Last Minute Casino?

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January 15th, 2013
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) -- Chicopee may still be on the radar for a casino in the city. That's according to Mayor Michael Bissonnette who spoke with our Reporter, Brendan Monahan this afternoon about what's happening in Chicopee when it comes to...

Holyoke City Council To Vote On Non-binding Casino Ballot Question

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January 15th, 2013
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) -- The casino discussion continued Monday night despite Mayor Alex Morse being strongly against a casino. The City Council Subcommittee on Redevelopment heard about the possible impacts of a casino in the region and...

All Springfield Residents Will Get to Vote on a Casino Host Agreement

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January 14th, 2013
  SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Springfield residents citywide will be able to vote on a host agreement with casino developers. The decision was made by the Springfield City Council tonight according to our crew who was on scene at...

Agawam Launches Casino Commission

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January 14th, 2013
Casino overlay on ESE property AGAWAM, Mass (WGGB) -- Mayor Richard Cohen says Agawam handles 17 days of traffic from the Big E every year. It's the other 348 he's worried about if the Big E builds a Hard Rock Casino. "I'm not saying...

Mohegan Sun Submits Application, $400K Fee for Palmer Casino Project

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January 14th, 2013
(Artist Rendering of Proposed Mohegan Sun Project) PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) -- Aside from a small store front in Palmer, Mohegan Sun has been keeping fairly quiet for the last few months. But all that changed today. Mohegan Sun announced Monday...

Neighbors and Businesses React to Big E Casino Announcement

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January 11th, 2013
Aerial View WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- Hard Rock Casinos brought the glitz and the glamour Friday while announcing their plans for a resort style casino at the Big E. They invited all the nearby business owners to their...

One-on-One with Big E President Eugene Cassidy

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January 11th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- The news of Hard Rock's interest in building a casino in West Springfield is the talk across the Valley. ABC40's Dave Madsen talked with Eastern States Exposition President and CEO Eugene Cassidy about today's...

WEB EXTRA: Bret Michaels Performs in West Springfield

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January 11th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Resort casinos are long known for drawing big name entertainment. That was the case Friday when Hard Rock International announced their plans to partner with Eastern States Exposition for a possible casino...

Hard Rock Outlines Plans for West Springfield Casino

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January 11th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- After much speculation, officials at the Eastern States Exposition have announced they are partnering with Hard Rock International for a possible casino. At a star-studded event late Friday morning, which...

West Springfield Braces for Big E Casino Announcement

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January 11th, 2013
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- It looks like another casino developer is set to enter the competition to build a casino in Western Massachusetts. On Friday, the Big E is scheduled to make an announcement that Hard Rock International is...

Local Colleges Announce New Program to Help Train for Casino Jobs

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January 7th, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Two local colleges have announced a new program to help prepare the Western Mass. workforce for jobs offered by a casino. Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College will work with the...