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Mayor Says He Is Not Concerned About MGM Passing Massachusetts Casino Investigation

MGM Springfield

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is still conducting background investigations into several casino companies competing for licenses in the state

The difficulty of passing the background check in Massachusetts was underscored when Caesars Entertainment-one of the giants in the casino industry-was forced to pull out of the Suffolk Downs Racetrack project in Boston after the gaming commission’s investigation raised several red flags.  MGM, which wants to build a casino in Springfield, is still being scrutinized by state regulators.  Mayor Domenic Sarno says he’s not concerned.

Mohegan Sun, which has proposed a resort casino in Palmer, passed the background check in 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.