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UMass Amherst Receives Multiyear Contract To Research Casino Impacts


The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded $1 million per year over the next three years for an ongoing investigation into the impact of bringing casino gambling to the state.

The funding will go to the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

This will continue an unprecedented study into the social and economic impacts of casino gambling in Massachusetts.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with lead investigator Rachel Volberg.

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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