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Public Forum Set In Palmer On Mohegan Casino Project

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Casino backers in the town of Palmer Massachusetts are anxiously awaiting a public presentation next week from Mohegan Sun, which has looked to develop a resort casino in the town for several years.

Mohegan Sun officials are expected to reveal changes to their original plans for a $600 mllion dollar resort casino development in Palmer to keep up with the competition that has emerged in western Massachusetts in the last six months.   Palmer Town Councilor Paul Burns says he’ll be looking for Mohegan Sun officials to explain what their project will mean for regional economic growth.

Burns is encouraging a large turnout  Monday night to demonstrate the community’s support for the casino project.  Palmer is competing with two projects in Springfield and one in West Springfield, for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.

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.
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