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MGM Resorts International To Announce Springfield Casino Plan

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    Casino giant MGM Resorts  International is going to unveil plans Wednesday for a resort casino in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

      At a formal announcement top MGM officials plan to release architectural renderings of what  is described as a major entertainment complex and provide site tours. Several city councilors have confirmed MGM’s interest in building a casino in a three block area of  the south end of downtown.  Its an area where several buildings were damaged by last year’s tornado. Ameristar  casinos  has also proposed a project in Springfield, and more are  expected according Paula Meara, who chairs the city’s casino site committee.

      Also competing for the sole western Massachusetts casino license is Mohegan Sun, which has had a project in development for years in Palmer.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.