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Researchers Find Little Negative Impact From First Casino In Massachusetts


The first casino opened in Massachusetts three years ago and newly reported research has found few downsides.

Results of a study of the economic and social impacts of the Plainridge Park Casino on Plainville and surrounding communities were made public this week by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

    Researchers analyzed data during the first two years of the casino’s operation.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rachel Volberg of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. She is the lead investigator on the legislatively-mandated research project into the impacts of gambling 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.
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