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WAMC News
3:16 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Debate In Springfield Over Police Commission

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 12:51 pm

A debate rages in Springfield, Massachusetts over who should run the police department – a five-member part-time commission, or a single all-powerful police commissioner.  A showdown vote between the city council and the mayor looms next month.

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WAMC News
6:53 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Springfield Mayor Hopes To Block Vote On Casino Repeal

An artist'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. A lawsuit on whether the question will appear on the ballot is pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 6:26 pm

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.

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WAMC News
7:32 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Decision Due On Casino Surrounding Community Petitions

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts' proposed $800 million casino in downtown Springfield, MA

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 10:11 am

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.

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WAMC News
8:43 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Massachusetts Gaming Chief Asks Court To Dismiss Lawsuit

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 6:31 am

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit by Caesars Entertainment.

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WAMC News
11:17 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Gaming Commission To Hear Surrounding Community Petitions

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 4:41 am

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hear Tuesday from cities and towns seeking compensation from casino operators. 

Hampden, Longmeadow and Northampton have failed to reach agreements with MGM on compensation for potential impacts if the company builds a resort casino in downtown Springfield, so they’ve asked the commission to intervene.  Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz said a consultant figures businesses will lose up to $8 million in annual sales, costing  up to 180 job s  if a casino is built 16 miles away.

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WAMC News
12:46 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Gaming Commission Begins Review Of Casino Projects

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 12:53 pm

The lengthy process to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts has entered a final phase. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will spend the next few months carefully evaluating projects before coming to a decision on issuing licenses.  Supporters of the MGM casino project in Springfield are already anticipating a groundbreaking.

MGM Resorts International is the only applicant for the lone casino license in western Massachusetts, but Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby says the five-member commission is not obligated to award the license to MGM.

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WAMC News
9:40 am
Fri January 24, 2014

MGM Pitches Springfield Casino To State Gaming Regulators

MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle presents details of the company's Springfield casino project to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 6:17 pm

The lone applicant for the western Massachusetts casino license pitched the project to state gaming industry regulators today.  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.

   MGM  Resorts International CEO James Murran told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that even though all competitors have fallen by the wayside, MGM’s Springfield project is the right choice to be awarded a lucrative casino license.

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WAMC News
7:21 am
Tue January 14, 2014

FEMA To Pay Springfield $25 Million For 2011 Tornado

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and Springfield, MA Mayor Domenic Sarno sign papers to accept $25 million from FEMA for damage to city property from the June 1,2011 tornado

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 6:12 pm

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to pay Springfield, Massachusetts $25 million for the destruction of public property by the 2011 tornado.  It is a final settlement that city officials worked relentlessly to obtain.

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WAMC News
8:15 am
Mon January 13, 2014

FEMA Settlement To Be Announced

The June 1,2011 tornado tore the top floor off this apartment building in Springfield. The building was later torn down.

Originally published on Sun January 12, 2014 4:16 pm

Officials have scheduled an announcement Monday of a final settlement with FEMA for the tornado that devastated part of Springfield, Massachusetts two-and-a-half years ago

Springfield recently received final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the claims filed from the June 1,2011 tornado.  Mayor Domenic Sarno had vowed to be aggressive in pursuing reimbursements for debris removal and other emergency expenses born by the city

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Massachusetts Casinos
2:35 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Public Scrutiny Of Casino License Applications Invited

Files containing the casino license application filed by MGM Resorts at the offices of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 12:22 pm

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. Several criteria will be examined to determine the final winners of the high-stakes competition

Three casino companies submitted final license applications—each consisting of thousands of pages—by the New Year’s Eve deadline to satisfy the requirements of  the  two-phase  application process established by the Massachusetts  Gaming Commission.

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WAMC News
4:31 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

MGM Submits Final Massachusetts Casino Application

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 4:26 pm

Casino developers in Massachusetts face a Tuesday deadline to submit final applications to state regulators

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WAMC News
6:35 am
Tue December 24, 2013

MGM Clears State Background Check In Bid To Build Springfield Casino

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:17 pm

           A major development today in efforts to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts

   The Massachusetts Gaming Commssion, following a lengthy background investigation, and a public hearing earlier this month has determined that MGM Resorts is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts. It clears the company to file a final application by the December 31st deadline for  an  $800 million casino project in Springfield.  The city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy said the casino could be licensed by May.

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Casinos
8:31 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Mass. Gaming Commission Approves Mohegan Sun Waiver Request

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino on Suffolk Downs race track property in Revere, MA

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 4:41 pm

The Massachusetts  Gaming Commission has formally approved a waiver to allow Mohegan Sun to go forward with a casino project in eastern Massachusetts

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Massachusetts
7:52 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Anti-casino Group Questions Gaming Commissioner's Impartiality

Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 3:18 pm

An anti-casino group wants a Massachusetts gaming commissioner to recuse himself from voting on a casino project in Springfield.

   The chairman of Springfield’s anti-casino group, Citizens Against Casino Gaming says state  gaming commissioner Bruce Stebbins should not vote on whether MGM can proceed with an $800 million casino project in downtown Springfield.   Michael Kogut said Stebbins’ previous position with the city makes it impossible for him to be impartial

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WAMC News
6:36 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Caesars Entertainment Sues Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:04 pm

A failed bidder for a casino license in Massachusetts has sued the chairman of the state gaming commission. 

   Ceasars Entertainment filed a federal court lawsuit Thursday questioning the objectivity and fairness of gaming commission chairman Stephen Crosby.   The suit highlights Crosby’s past business ties to someone who could profit handsomely if a casino proposed by Wynn Resorts is built in Everett.  Crosby has said the state ethics commission has cleared him of a conflict of interest.

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Casinos
8:31 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Demands Revere Vote On Mohegan Sun Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 6:12 pm

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has authorized Mohegan Sun to apply for a license to build a casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in eastern Massachusetts.  However, a new voter referendum on the project will have to take place.

Seeking to avoid a scenario that would have left just one applicant for the lone casino license available in eastern Massachusetts, the five-member gaming commission voted unanimously Tuesday to waive a requirement that a casino applicant secure the approval of local voters before filing a final license application.

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WAMC News
11:36 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Investigators Find MGM "Suitable" To Bid For Massachusetts Casino License

An artist's rendering of the MGM Resort casino project proposed in downtown Springfield, MA.

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 6:17 pm

MGM Resorts International appears to have cleared a key hurdle in the quest to build a resort casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The results of a 10-month investigation by Massachusetts gaming industry regulators were released today.

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Massachusetts Casinos
4:09 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Gaming Panel Puts Off Key Decision On Suffolk Downs Casino

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 6:26 pm

With a deadline looming at the end of the month for final applications for resort casino licenses in Massachusetts, the state’s gaming industry regulators have delayed a key decision on the fate of one project.   The decision will determine how many competitors will vie for the lone casino license available in the greater Boston area.

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WAMC News
9:15 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Recount To Be Held On Palmer Casino Vote

Supporters and opponents of Mohegan Sun's casino project are seen outside a polling place in Palmer, MA on Nov. 5, 2013

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 4:02 am

A recount will take place today of the vote that killed a $1 billion casino project in the western Massachusetts town of Palmer.

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WAMC News
3:34 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Field Of Casino Competitors Shrinks As Application Deadline Nears

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 12:41 pm

When Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the law two years ago legalizing casino gambling in Massachusetts there were great expectations for thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue. Now as the end-of-the year deadline approaches for final applications for gaming licenses there is great uncertainty.

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WAMC News
10:26 am
Mon November 4, 2013

A Library With No Printed Books May Be In Springfield's Near Future

The Liberty Street Library, which was closed earlier this year, may become an all-digital library

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 6:51 pm

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are looking to create an entirely digital public library

   The director of the Springfield City Library is pursuing funding to use a recently closed branch library as a place where people could sit at computer terminals to access the internet and take out hand-held electronic reading devices on-loan loaded with downloaded books--but visitors would not find any paper copies of books. 

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WAMC News
10:46 am
Thu October 31, 2013

U.S. Forest Service Studies Springfield Reforestation Effort

An aerial photo with graphics shows the locations and types of new trees that were planted in Riverfront Park as part of a program to reforest Springfield following the June 1,2011 tornado

Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 3:57 pm

In the two years since a tornado tore through Springfield, Massachusetts a volunteer effort has spearheaded the planting of thousands of new trees.  The work is being done as the U.S. Forest Service conducts a study on the environmental impacts from the loss of the urban tree canopy.

More than 4,400 new trees have been planted in Springfield in the last two years in an effort to restore, largely for later generations, the shade trees that lined streets and filled public parks prior to the June 1, 2011 tornado.

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WAMC News
10:15 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Municipal Moratoriums Confront Medical Marijuana License Applicants

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 12:27 pm

Voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved legalizing medical marijuana in 2012. But many local communities are putting temporary bans in place as the deadline for final applications for state licensed marijuana treatment centers approaches.

About a third of the state’s 351 cities and towns have put in place moratoriums on medical marijuana treatment centers, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. Springfield is the largest city in the state to adopt a moratorium. It was approved by the city council Monday night.

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WAMC News
8:56 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Springfield To Consider Temporary Moratorium On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:16 pm

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday will vote on a proposed moratorium on medical marijuana treatment centers.

The proposed moratorium on locating a medical marijuana dispensary in Springfield could be in effect until the end of next June, according to city solicitor Ed Pikula.

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WAMC News
1:48 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Deal Now Seen As Unlikely Between Dobelle, WSU Trustees

Westfield State University Trustees begin a meeting on Oct.16,2013 to address the status of University President Evan Dobelle. Seated ( l to r) chairman John Flynn, board attorney James Cox, Dobelle, trustee Kevin Queenin

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 12:21 pm

The leadership controversy at Westfield State University has deepened with the filing of a federal court lawsuit.  Embattled President Evan Dobelle charges trustees and the state’s top higher education official have defamed him.

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WAMC News
11:25 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Westfield State Funding Freeze Will Remain Until Dobelle Controversy Is Resolved

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland does a television interview during a visit to Springfield, MA on Oct 23,2013

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 6:17 pm

The Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner addressed the controversy surrounding Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle during a visit to Springfield on Wednesday.  Richard Freeland also sounded an alarm about the state’s future ability to produce a properly educated workforce.

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