Ameristar Meets with Springfield Residents

A town hall style meeting took place in Springfield Tuesday night where residents learned about a proposed casino and hotel in the city. Top officials from a Las Vegas-based company presented their plans for the former Westinghouse manufacturing site. It's one of four casino companies vying for an opportunity to develop in Western Massachusetts.

Will Casinos Affect the Massachusetts Lottery?

There's been much speculation in Massachusetts in the past year about the potential benefits and drawbacks of casinos. Shortly after governor Deval Patrick signed the new casino law (view / download .pdf) this week, New England Public Radio's Anne Mostue spoke to the state treasurer about how gambling facilities might affect the state's lottery system,

Who Will Decide if a Casino Comes to Town?

The rushed vote by Massachusetts lawmakers approving a final casino bill Tuesday comes after a six-member conference committee merged separate House and Senate versions of the measure. The conference committee had to iron out several differences between the two versions of the bill. Those include the system by which municipalities can decide whether they want to host a casino.

Massachusetts Senate Passes Casino Bill, Towns Look Ahead

After months of lobbying, speculation and debate, the Massachusetts Senate voted last week to approve a bill that authorizes a casino in Western Massachusetts and two others in different parts of the state. Now a joint legislative committee will have to draft a final bill to send to the governor, but towns are already competing and evaluating the possibilities for a resort-style casino.

Casino Gold Rush in Western Mass.

As Massachusetts lawmakers move toward allowing casino gambling in the state, major industry players are taking a closer look – a much closer look — at Western Massachusetts. New England Public Radio's Fred Bever reports.

It's a bit of a gambling gold rush. Three investor groups — including the owners of Connecticut's Mohegan sun  — say they want to develop a casino in the area.  But under the legislation, only one casino wil be allowed in Western Massachusetts.

Mass. Casino Debate Turns To Lawmaker Corruption

Debate on opening Massachusetts to casino gambling was waylaid on the floor of the state senate this afternoon, when a legislative argument broke out over whether lawmakers should be barred for five years from taking a job with applicants for gaming licenses. New England Public Radio's Fred Bever reports.

The amendment was proposed by Marlborough Senator James Eldridge. He says the legislature's reputation has been tarred by corruption scandals involving individual lawmakers.