gambling http://wnpr.org en 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 12:15:58 +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 Revere Approves Mohegan Sun Casino Plan http://wnpr.org/post/revere-approves-mohegan-sun-casino-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Residents in Revere, Massachusetts approved on Tuesday a plan by </span>Mohegan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sun to build a $1.3 billion resort casino in the town.<em> <a href="http://www.courant.com/business/hc-mohegan-sun-revere-vote-20140225,0,5783349.story" target="_blank">The Hartford Courant</a></em><a href="http://www.courant.com/business/hc-mohegan-sun-revere-vote-20140225,0,5783349.story" target="_blank"> reported that the proposal</a> won 63 percent of the vote.</span></p><p>It's the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority's second attempt at the new gaming market in Massachusetts -- voters in Palmer recently rejected a casino plan there.</p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:50:50 +0000 Harriet Jones 17514 at http://wnpr.org Revere Approves Mohegan Sun Casino Plan Panel Sees Possible Delay In Mass. Casino License http://wnpr.org/post/panel-sees-possible-delay-mass-casino-license <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="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/02/masstimetableweb2-25-2014.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Massachusetts Gaming&#160;Commission says it may have to push back the timetable for awarding the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.<p>Because of a possible conflict of interest, the panel on Monday cut ties with a contrac Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:17:33 +0000 Jaired Crofut 17527 at http://wnpr.org Panel Sees Possible Delay In Mass. Casino License Springfield Mayor Hopes To Block Vote On Casino Repeal http://wnpr.org/post/springfield-mayor-hopes-block-vote-casino-repeal The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is seeking to join an effort to block a voter referendum that could repeal the state’s casino gambling law.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An artist&#039;s rendering of the casino MGM Resorts hopes to build in Springfield, MA Casino opponents want to put a question on the November ballot to repeal the casino gambling law. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:53:22 +0000 Paul Tuthill 17297 at http://wnpr.org Springfield Mayor Hopes To Block Vote On Casino Repeal State Public Safety Committee Raises Bill to Repeal Keno http://wnpr.org/post/state-public-safety-committee-raises-bill-repeal-keno <p>Connecticut's Public Safety and Security Committee met Thursday morning to raise a bill on Keno in the state. State Representative Stephen Dargan (D-West Haven) is proposing legislation to repeal last year's bill that legalized the game in Connecticut.</p><p>The controversial game is looking less likely to survive the current session, as more lawmakers express an interest in repealing legislation that made it legal.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:14:45 +0000 Heather Brandon 17259 at http://wnpr.org State Public Safety Committee Raises Bill to Repeal Keno Is the Era of Keno in Connecticut Over? http://wnpr.org/post/era-keno-connecticut-over <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Keno in Connecticut may be over before it begins.</span></p><p>Less than a year after a Keno bill passed the legislature in the eleventh hour, and was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy, legislative leaders are making a push for its repeal, citing an improving economy.</p><p>Democratic Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey&nbsp;announced his support for a repeal during remarks to the Connecticut Council of Small Towns.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:17:37 +0000 Tucker Ives 17221 at http://wnpr.org Is the Era of Keno in Connecticut Over? Decision Due On Casino Surrounding Community Petitions http://wnpr.org/post/decision-due-casino-surrounding-community-petitions The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will announce a decision Tuesday on the petitions from three municipalities seeking mitigation payments if an MGM casino is built in downtown Springfield.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="An artist&#039;s rendering of MGM Resorts&#039; proposed $800 million 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/201401/mgmcasinorendering.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/02/casino.mp3 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:32:33 +0000 Paul Tuthill 17129 at http://wnpr.org Decision Due On Casino Surrounding Community Petitions Massachusetts Gaming Chief Asks Court To Dismiss Lawsuit http://wnpr.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-chief-asks-court-dismiss-lawsuit Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit by Caesars Entertainment.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby" data-attribution="Credit MGC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201211/MGC_Stephen_Crosby.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/02/casinosuit.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In a court filing Crosby rejected claims that he treated Caesar’s unfairly in its failed Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:43:25 +0000 Paul Tuthill 16383 at http://wnpr.org Massachusetts Gaming Chief Asks Court To Dismiss Lawsuit Gaming Commission To Hear Surrounding Community Petitions http://wnpr.org/post/gaming-commission-hear-surrounding-community-petitions The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hear Tuesday from cities and towns seeking compensation from casino operators.&#160;<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/201312/casino_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2014/01/casinomitigation.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Hampden, Longmeadow and Northampton have failed to reach agreements with MGM on compensation for potential impacts if the company builds a Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:17:09 +0000 Paul Tuthill 16088 at http://wnpr.org Gaming Commission To Hear Surrounding Community Petitions Gaming Commission Begins Review Of Casino Projects http://wnpr.org/post/gaming-commission-begins-review-casino-projects The lengthy process to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts has entered a final phase. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:46:20 +0000 Paul Tuthill 15964 at http://wnpr.org Gaming Commission Begins Review Of Casino Projects MGM Pitches Springfield Casino To State Gaming Regulators http://wnpr.org/post/mgm-pitches-springfield-casino-state-gaming-regulators The lone applicant for the western Massachusetts casino license pitched the project to state gaming industry regulators today.&#160; The 90-minute public presentation marked the beginning of an evaluation process that is expected to culminate with the awarding of a casino license in the spring.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle presents details of the company&#039;s Springfield casino project to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission" data-attribution="Credit WAMC" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/w Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:40:55 +0000 Paul Tuthill 15895 at http://wnpr.org MGM Pitches Springfield Casino To State Gaming Regulators Mohegan Sun Makes Its Pitch for Revere, Massachusetts Resort Casino License http://wnpr.org/post/mohegan-sun-makes-its-pitch-revere-massachusetts-resort-casino-license <p>An overflow crowd packed the Boston convention center on Wednesday to hear from the firms competing for a coveted eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Connecticut's </span>Mohegan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Sun is one of two companies in the running for the license.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:31:26 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 15832 at http://wnpr.org Mohegan Sun Makes Its Pitch for Revere, Massachusetts Resort Casino License Winter Storm Warning Continues; Pothole Problems http://wnpr.org/post/winter-storm-warning-continues-pothole-problems <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lTnpnm9brhs?rel=0" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:01:22 +0000 Teri McCready 15752 at http://wnpr.org Meeting of the Task Force to Explore Expanding Video Slots in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/meeting-task-force-explore-expanding-video-slots-connecticut <p>A task force of state legislators met on Thursday to consider the possibility of expanding video gaming in Connecticut. Co-Chairs of the task force are State Representative Peggy Sayers (D-Windsor Locks, Windsor) and State Senator Andres Ayala (D-Bridgeport).</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 19:01:48 +0000 Heather Brandon 15207 at http://wnpr.org Meeting of the Task Force to Explore Expanding Video Slots in Connecticut Public Scrutiny Of Casino License Applications Invited http://wnpr.org/post/public-scrutiny-casino-license-applications-invited Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts are set to embark on a lengthy public review process that is expected to end with the awarding of the state’s first casino licenses by the end of May. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:35:36 +0000 Paul Tuthill 14912 at http://wnpr.org Public Scrutiny Of Casino License Applications Invited MGM Submits Final Massachusetts Casino Application http://wnpr.org/post/mgm-submits-final-massachusetts-casino-application Casino developers in Massachusetts face a Tuesday deadline to submit final applications to state regulators<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/mgmspringfieldrendering_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2013/12/casinodeadline.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>MGM Resorts filed a final license application Monday with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.&#160; The company said the more than 7,000-page application laid out i Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:31:46 +0000 Paul Tuthill 14713 at http://wnpr.org MGM Submits Final Massachusetts Casino Application