Paul Tuthill http://wnpr.org en MGM Set To Buy Two Springfield Properties For Casino Project http://wnpr.org/post/mgm-set-buy-two-springfield-properties-casino-project <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An artist&#039;s rendering of MGM&#039;s proposed casino in downtown Springfield,MA" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201304/mgmspringfieldrendering_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/MGMcasino.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>MGM is preparing to purchase two city-owned buildings in Springfield for the Las Vegas-based company’s casino project.<p>Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said MGM intends to Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:19:25 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25615 at http://wnpr.org MGM Set To Buy Two Springfield Properties For Casino Project Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/western-mass-base-could-be-used-house-immigrant-children <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/westoverafrsign.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/immigrantkidswafrb.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Massachusetts Gov. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:24:43 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25526 at http://wnpr.org Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children http://wnpr.org/post/gov-patrick-weighing-request-shelter-immigrant-children <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Dwight Sipler" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/DevalPatrick.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/immigrantkids.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Gov. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:05:36 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25513 at http://wnpr.org Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children Anti-casino Activists Launch Referendum Campaign http://wnpr.org/post/anti-casino-activists-launch-referendum-campaign <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger is joined by leaders of the campaign to repeal the Massachusetts casino law at the campaign kickoff in Springfield." data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201407/casinoharshbarger.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/07/casinonocampaign.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Anti-casino activists launched a statewide referendum campaign today in Springfield where they o Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:47:29 +0000 Paul Tuthill 25455 at http://wnpr.org Anti-casino Activists Launch Referendum Campaign Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot http://wnpr.org/post/casino-repeal-question-will-be-massachusetts-ballot Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today that a question asking voters to repeal the state’s casino law can go on the November ballot.&#160; It sets up what promises to be a hard-fought campaign to decide the fate of the fledgling gambling industry in Massachusetts.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/nocasinosigns.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/06/casinoballotok.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160;&#160; Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:35:04 +0000 Paul Tuthill 24219 at http://wnpr.org Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot Springfield Mayor Renews Call For Moratorium On Refugee Resettlements http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-mayor-renews-call-moratorium-refugee-resettlements The Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has renewed a call for an end to new refugee resettlements in Springfield.&#160; Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal said the mayor has raised concerns that need to be addressed.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit City of Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201206/Domenic_Sarno.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/06/refugeeban2_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Mayor Domenic Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:27:41 +0000 Paul Tuthill 24174 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Mayor Renews Call For Moratorium On Refugee Resettlements Poll Finds Massachusetts Voters Still Support Casinos http://wnpr.org/post/poll-finds-massachusetts-voters-still-support-casinos A new poll finds Massachusetts residents still support casino gambling, but have lost confidence in the casino industry regulators.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An artist&#039;s rendering of the Springfield casino proposed by MGM Resorts. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:55:55 +0000 Paul Tuthill 24101 at http://wnpr.org Poll Finds Massachusetts Voters Still Support Casinos Springfield Budget For New Fiscal Year Approved Without Cuts http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-budget-new-fiscal-year-approved-without-cuts The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has a budget in place for the fiscal year that begins July 1<sup>st</sup>.&#160; The city’s elected officials are in agreement that following years of recession-forced spending cuts, the budget for fiscal year 2015 moves the city forward.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno&#039;s recommended budget was approved by a unanimous vote of the Springfield City Council" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/bu Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:40:02 +0000 Paul Tuthill 23820 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Budget For New Fiscal Year Approved Without Cuts Tornado Scars Remain Three Years Later http://wnpr.org/post/tornado-scars-remain-three-years-later People in Springfield, Massachusetts reflected Sunday on the third anniversary of the tornado that left a major scar on the city.&#160;&#160; While officials say they are proud of the recovery process, they acknowledge more work is ahead.&#160;<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Cathedral High School, the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts remains closed because of the damage caused by the June 1, 2011 tornado. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:25:29 +0000 Paul Tuthill 22965 at http://wnpr.org Tornado Scars Remain Three Years Later Massachusetts Gun Laws May Get Tougher http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gun-laws-may-get-tougher Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is planning to unveil a sweeping gun safety bill on Tuesday which he wants to vote on before the legislative session ends on July 31<sup>st</sup>.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit wikipedia commons" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/Boston_Statehouse.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/guncontrol.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>More than 60 gun control bills were filed at the beginning of the current Mon, 26 May 2014 20:59:47 +0000 Paul Tuthill 22534 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gun Laws May Get Tougher Springfield Commemorates Memorial Day http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-commemorates-memorial-day Memorial Day observances are under way in western Massachusetts,where the holiday weekend will feature parades and solemn ceremonies.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Gumercindo Gomez, a Vietnam veteran, placed a wreath at the Vietnam War memorial in Court Square in Springfield, MA" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201405/memorialday14.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/memorialday14.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The city of Springfield co Mon, 26 May 2014 20:59:36 +0000 Paul Tuthill 22532 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Commemorates Memorial Day Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado http://wnpr.org/post/job-training-planned-springfield-neighborhoods-hit-2011-tornado The city of Springfield, Massachusetts is soliciting bids from organizations to do workforce training in poor neighborhoods hit by the tornado three years ago.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The South End Community Center was destroyed by the tornado on June 1, 2011. Thu, 15 May 2014 14:37:11 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21884 at http://wnpr.org Job Training Planned In Springfield Neighborhoods Hit By 2011 Tornado Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Hold Final Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-commission-hold-final-public-hearing-mgm-springfield-casino The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to hold a final public hearing in Springfield today on the casino proposed by MGM.&#160;&#160; It is a last chance for commissioners to gauge public sentiment before completing a lengthy evaluation of the sole resort casino applicant in western Massachusetts.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis addressed the Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a public hearing in Springfield April 1, 2014" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/ Wed, 14 May 2014 16:31:39 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21885 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Hold Final Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino Gaming Regulators To Hold Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/gaming-regulators-hold-public-hearing-mgm-springfield-casino The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is meeting in Springfield Wednesday to listen to public comments for the last time on MGM’s casino project.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/mgmcasinorendering.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/casinohearing.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The commission continued a public hearing from April 1<sup>st</sup>&#160; to give people a chance to comment on the Wed, 14 May 2014 12:07:55 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21813 at http://wnpr.org Gaming Regulators To Hold Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino Springfield Parking Authority Gets New Director And Direction http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-parking-authority-gets-new-director-and-direction An attorney and veteran of several municipal boards and commissions has been tapped to head the parking authority in Springfield, Massachusetts. The appointment comes as the city is on the verge of a parking space crunch.&#160;<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Springfield Parking Authority Executive Director Mary McNally speaks in city hall after Mayor Domenic Sarno ( at right) announced her appointment. Mon, 12 May 2014 17:26:13 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21699 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Parking Authority Gets New Director And Direction Massachusetts' Highest Court To Hear Casino Referendum Case http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-highest-court-hear-casino-referendum-case The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments Monday on whether a question to repeal casino gambling should appear on the November election ballot.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201404/nocasinosigns.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/05/casinosjc.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The decision by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office to ban the question from the ballot is being challenged in the st Mon, 05 May 2014 13:23:16 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21295 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts' Highest Court To Hear Casino Referendum Case Advocates Hope DCF Fallout Leads To Better Child Protections http://wnpr.org/post/advocates-hope-dcf-fallout-leads-better-child-protections The commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families has resigned following the deaths of three children on her watch.&#160; Child welfare advocates say the focus now needs to shift to fixing problems at the state agency and preventing child abuse.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The Children&#039;s Memorial Flag seen here depicts paper-doll-like figures of children in blue with a white outline of a missing child." data-attribution="Credit CHD" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/2014 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:46:32 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21047 at http://wnpr.org Advocates Hope DCF Fallout Leads To Better Child Protections Authorities Say Security Was High But Not Oppressive At First Boston Marathon Since The Bombings http://wnpr.org/post/authorities-say-security-was-high-not-oppressive-first-boston-marathon-bombings The 118<sup>th</sup> Boston Marathon took place today amid heavy security a year after the bombings near the race’s finish line that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson addresses people at the Multi-Agency Coordination Center for the 2014 Boston Marathon at the Mass. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:05:47 +0000 Paul Tuthill 20564 at http://wnpr.org Authorities Say Security Was High But Not Oppressive At First Boston Marathon Since The Bombings Report Offers Suggestions On Easing Student Debt Burden http://wnpr.org/post/report-offers-suggestions-easing-student-debt-burden As college student loan debt continues to climb nationally, lawmakers in Massachusetts are proposing some ways to help.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit 401(K)2013/Flickr" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201303/college-costs-ctsy-401k2013-flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/04/studentdebtreport.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A subcommittee of the&#160; legislature’s Joint Committee on Higher Education approved a report this week that contai Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:21:41 +0000 Paul Tuthill 20517 at http://wnpr.org Report Offers Suggestions On Easing Student Debt Burden MGM Springfield Seeks Delay In Awarding Casino License http://wnpr.org/post/mgm-springfield-seeks-delay-awarding-casino-license Nervous about the prospect of a casino repeal referendum, MGM is asking Massachusetts gaming industry regulators to delay awarding a casino license for the company’s Springfield project.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/mgmcasinorendering.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/04/mgmcasino_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commi Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:34 +0000 Paul Tuthill 20365 at http://wnpr.org MGM Springfield Seeks Delay In Awarding Casino License MassDOT Surveys Commuters In Planning I-91 Project http://wnpr.org/post/massdot-surveys-commuters-planning-i-91-project The Massachusetts Department of Transportation as part of the planning for a major highway project in western Massachusetts is surveying commuters.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The elevated highway in Springfield, MA known as the I-91 viaduct will be rebuilt beginning in November. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:58:15 +0000 Paul Tuthill 20366 at http://wnpr.org MassDOT Surveys Commuters In Planning I-91 Project Progress Reported On Casino Impact Research Project http://wnpr.org/post/progress-reported-casino-impact-research-project Thousands of Massachusetts residents are being surveyed as part of multi-year, multi-million dollar research project on the social and economic impacts of introducing casino gambling to the state.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit Triin Q&#039;s photostream Flickr" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201301/casino_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/04/casinoresearch.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The members of the UMass Amherst led research team sa Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:04:18 +0000 Paul Tuthill 20243 at http://wnpr.org Progress Reported On Casino Impact Research Project Arbitrators To Decide Casino Mitigation Payments To Two Springfield Suburbs http://wnpr.org/post/arbitrators-decide-casino-mitigation-payments-two-springfield-suburbs Arbitrators have been chosen to decide how much two Massachusetts communities will be paid by MGM to mitigate the impacts of the proposed casino in downtown Springfield.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An artist&#039;s rendering shows MGM&#039;s proposed $800 million casino in downtown Springfield" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201304/mgmspringfieldrendering_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/04/mgmcasino.mp3" class="asset-audi Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:10:33 +0000 Paul Tuthill 19764 at http://wnpr.org Arbitrators To Decide Casino Mitigation Payments To Two Springfield Suburbs Gambling Commissioners Hear Pros, Cons Of MGM Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/gambling-commissioners-hear-proscons-mgm-springfield-casino Supporters and opponents of MGM’s $800 million casino project in Springfield had a final chance last night to sound-off in front of Massachusetts gaming industry regulators.&#160; The state gaming commission held a final public hearing in Springfield as it prepares to award the lone casino license in western Massachusetts where MGM Springfield is the only applicant.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/mgmcasinorendering.jpg Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:41:55 +0000 Paul Tuthill 19461 at http://wnpr.org Gambling Commissioners Hear Pros, Cons Of MGM Springfield Casino UMass Opens Springfield Center Campus Office http://wnpr.org/post/umass-opens-springfield-center-campus-office The University of Massachusetts opened its first satellite campus today.&#160; The university is inviting people to sign up for classes that&#160; start later this year in downtown Springfield.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The welcome center at the UMass satellite campus in Springfield is now open to help enroll students for classes that start at the new campus in September" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/umassspringfieldwelcome.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 12:30:21 +0000 Paul Tuthill 19375 at http://wnpr.org UMass Opens Springfield Center Campus Office President Obama To Speak At Worcester Tech Graduation http://wnpr.org/post/president-obama-speak-worcester-tech-graduation President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at a Massachusetts high school in June.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit The White House" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201403/obamahighfive.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/03/obamamahs.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160; The President will deliver the main address at the Worcester Technical High School graduation on June 11.&#160; The White House said it is the only high s Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:51:07 +0000 Paul Tuthill 18748 at http://wnpr.org President Obama To Speak At Worcester Tech Graduation Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner http://wnpr.org/post/mayor-sarno-defends-process-picking-new-police-commissioner A 26-year veteran of the police department in Springfield, Massachusetts has been picked to be the next police commissioner.&#160; It is a high-profile post in a city where public safety has consistently ranked as the number one issue.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Deputy Police Chief John Barbieri was selected by Mayor Domenic Sarno ( at right) to be the next police commissioner. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:33:11 +0000 Paul Tuthill 18739 at http://wnpr.org Mayor Sarno Defends Process For Picking New Police Commissioner Public Hearing Scheduled On MGM Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/public-hearing-scheduled-mgm-springfield-casino The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will be in western Massachusetts on Monday for a public hearing on MGM’s casino project in Springfield.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit MGM Springfield" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201401/mgmcasinorendering.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/03/mgmcasino.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160; The hearing that will take place at the West Springfield Middle School is one of two that will be held in the Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:15:30 +0000 Paul Tuthill 17803 at http://wnpr.org Public Hearing Scheduled On MGM Springfield Casino Harness Racetrack Gets Nod For First Massachusetts Casino http://wnpr.org/post/harness-racetrack-gets-nod-first-massachusetts-casino A harness racing track has been chosen by Massachusetts gambling regulators as the site of the state’s first casino.&#160; If all goes according to schedule, the casino that will have up to 1,250 slot machines, but no table games, will open just over a year from now.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201312/casino.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/02/casinofirstlicense.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>&#160;&#160;&#160;&# Sat, 01 Mar 2014 02:38:13 +0000 Paul Tuthill 17737 at http://wnpr.org Harness Racetrack Gets Nod For First Massachusetts Casino Massachusetts Gaming Commission Approves State's First Casino License http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-commission-approves-states-first-casino-license The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has voted to award the first casino gambling license in the state.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An artist&#039;s rendering of the Plainridge Park Casino, a slots machine parlor in Plainville, MA. Penn National Gaming plans to open the casino in Spring 2015. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:43:03 +0000 Paul Tuthill 17696 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission Approves State's First Casino License