gambling 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 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 The Evolution of Game Shows http://wnpr.org/post/evolution-game-shows <p>What's become of game shows in America? Since their television debut in 1938 we've seen everything from microwave ovens to million dollar payouts awarded to lucky contestants. Now, in a television culture increasingly captivated by reality T.V., we see traditional game shows being crowded out by reality competition shows at an alarming rate. What will become of the time-honored genre? Are we witnessing the end of an era or will a new generation of Trebeks and Sajaks emerge to save the day? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:56:22 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Chion Wolf & Colin McEnroe & Josh Nilaya 24324 at http://wnpr.org The Evolution of Game Shows 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 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 DOT Schedules Transportation Meetings; Malloy and Foley Address AFL-CIO http://wnpr.org/post/dot-schedules-transportation-meetings-malloy-and-foley-address-afl-cio <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/cnHybs5kay8" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The Connecticut Department of Transportation has scheduled two meetings to provide information about improvements at railroad grade crossings. This is for a planned high-speed rail line from New Haven to Springfield via Hartford. &nbsp;The railroad grade crossings are planned for Wallingford and Meriden.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:18:51 +0000 Teri McCready 23726 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tentatively Awards Casino License to MGM http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-commission-tentatively-awards-casino-license-mgm <p>The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted on Friday to award a western Massachusetts casino license to MGM Springfield, as soon as a repeal issue is resolved. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno called the casino one of three essential ingredients to revive the city's "urban core."</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:51:54 +0000 Heather Brandon 23586 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tentatively Awards Casino License to MGM Gambling Regulators in Massachusetts Begin Review of Proposed Springfield Casino http://wnpr.org/post/gambling-regulators-massachusetts-begin-review-proposed-springfield-casino <p>State gambling regulators considering awarding the state's first casino license to MGM Resorts International have given its proposed $800 million casino in Springfield high marks for its finances and its building and site design.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:26:46 +0000 Heather Brandon 23371 at http://wnpr.org Gambling Regulators in Massachusetts Begin Review of Proposed Springfield Casino Foxwoods to Shutter Some Pits on Weekdays, Lay Off Employees http://wnpr.org/post/foxwoods-shutter-some-pits-weekdays-lay-employees <p>Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced plans to close parts of one of its casinos on weekdays, and lay off employees. This is the latest bid to brings costs under control as its gaming receipts continue to drop.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:59:24 +0000 Harriet Jones 22108 at http://wnpr.org Foxwoods to Shutter Some Pits on Weekdays, Lay Off Employees Fast Food Workers Protest; State Unemployment Dips http://wnpr.org/post/fast-food-workers-protest-state-unemployment-dips <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mY3viV4XLok" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut fast food workers joined national protests today calling for higher wages. Workers are asking for $15 an hour. Connecticut raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017. The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour was last raised in 2009. And that works out to about $15,000 a year for a 40 hour work-week.</p><p><strong>Connecticut Employers Add Jobs</strong></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:28:37 +0000 Teri McCready 21899 at http://wnpr.org 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 Legislative Session Ends at Midnight; Lawmakers Push for Adoption Bill http://wnpr.org/post/legislative-session-ends-midnight-lawmakers-push-adoption-bill <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z3JHUEZe1Jo?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut legislators are putting the finishing touches on their work—as this year's regular legislative session is scheduled to end at midnight tonight. While numerous bills still need approval from one chamber or another, many major pieces of legislation from this year's session have already been approved. The list includes a revised $19 billion dollar state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 21:07:23 +0000 Teri McCready 21447 at http://wnpr.org 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 All Bets Are Off For Keno Repeal http://wnpr.org/post/all-bets-are-keno-repeal <p>The electronic lottery game keno could come to Connecticut after all.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Keno surfaced at the very end of last year's legislative session as a way to balance the new two year budget. But earlier this year, when a $500 million surplus was announced, lawmakers distanced themselves from the bingo-like game, and a bill to repeal keno seemed like a done deal.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:09:22 +0000 Ray Hardman 20571 at http://wnpr.org All Bets Are Off For Keno Repeal 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 Fracking Protests; High Chances of "Sneeze" This Spring; Metro-North Update http://wnpr.org/post/fracking-protests-high-chances-sneeze-spring-metro-north-update <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Iq-wZiKXfXQ" width="560"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of advocates for prohibiting the storage of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or </span>“fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,” as it’s called, delivered petitions with over&nbsp;5,600 signatures to lawmakers at a rally on Wednesday at the LOB. Though Connecticut doesn’t have the natural resource deposits to engage in the process of digging for natural gas,&nbsp; many fear that companies seeking to store the waste created by the process will make their way to into Connecticut from outside the state. They want Governor </span>Dannel<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malloy and lawmakers to prohibit it.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:33:28 +0000 Eric Clemmons 20271 at http://wnpr.org 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 Mohegan Sun Sees Profit Decline But Doesn't Feel "The Pinch" http://wnpr.org/post/mohegan-sun-sees-profit-decline-doesnt-feel-pinch <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/04/patrickvoicer4-7-2014mohegansun.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A gambling slump is eating into the profits of Mohegan Sun, but the 2,000 tribal members who draw benefits from the massive casino aren't feeling the pinch. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:25:38 +0000 Patrick Garrett 19700 at http://wnpr.org 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 Health Care Sign-Up Deadline Is Here; Metro-North Delays Are Up http://wnpr.org/post/health-care-sign-deadline-here-metro-north-delays-are <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/8nYOklgQRgI" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut residents have until midnight tonight to obtain an insurance plan and avoid a federal tax penalty. Residents without health coverage can shop and compare plans at accesshealthct.com. Anyone who remains uninsured when the deadline expires will face a penalty of either 1 percent of the family's gross household income or $95 for each uninsured individual -- whichever amount is greater.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:18:15 +0000 Teri McCready 19327 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Casinos in the Top Five for Revenue; House GOP Leader Announces Retirement http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-casinos-top-five-revenue-house-gop-leader-announces-retirement <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jrmfUI4D7t0?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report, which was released today, says Connecticut was in the top five states in revenue brought in by the casinos, totaling $1.85 billion.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:58:32 +0000 Teri McCready 19092 at http://wnpr.org Effects of Potential Connecticut Tribal Recognitions in Debate http://wnpr.org/post/effects-potential-connecticut-tribal-recognitions-debate <p>Federal authorities are considering changes to tribal recognition procedures and it could have a unique impact on Connecticut. But it's unclear exactly what rights any newly recognized tribes would have.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:44:34 +0000 Harriet Jones 18619 at http://wnpr.org Effects of Potential Connecticut Tribal Recognitions in Debate The Ongoing Debate Over Tribal Recognition http://wnpr.org/post/ongoing-debate-over-tribal-recognition <p>Before Thomas Hooker founded the Colony of Connecticut, before Europeans even knew this land existed, the indigenous people&nbsp;already lived off the land. But over hundreds of years, the United States of America grew into what it is today, and the indigenous people were only granted small slices of land if they are "recognized" by the federal government.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 18546 at http://wnpr.org The Ongoing Debate Over Tribal Recognition Keno Finally Gets a Public Hearing http://wnpr.org/post/keno-finally-gets-public-hearing <p>The General Assembly's Public Safety and Security committee heard public testimony Tuesday on a bill that would repeal last year's law establishing keno in Connecticut.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:07:57 +0000 Ray Hardman 17923 at http://wnpr.org Keno Finally Gets a Public Hearing Metro-North Improvement Plans Emerge; Keno Repeal Gets a Hearing http://wnpr.org/post/metro-north-improvement-plans-emerge-keno-repeal-gets-hearing <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/_3bAHUjw6nE?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti sent his 100-day plan to state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker on Monday. Giulietti is promising to rebuild a culture of safety at Metro-North to serve as the railroad’s "unshakeable foundation." He agreed to a 100-day plan to improve the railroad’s safety and operational performance in meeting with Governor Dannel Malloy last month.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:12:34 +0000 Teri McCready 17897 at http://wnpr.org 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