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Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick.

VIDEO Governor hopefuls offer prescriptions on economy, education

Monday, September 29, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Gubernatorial candidates are calling for strengthening the regional economy in western Massachusetts,improving funding for transportation and allowing a casino to be built in Springfield regardless of the outcome of the statewide November ballot vote seeking repeal of the casino law. At an hourlong debate at CityStage Monday sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Media Consortium, Democrat Martha Coakley and …

Hiker’s injured ankle triggers six-hour rescue on Holyoke Range

Monday, September 29, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Four friends, three from Springfield and one from Amherst, were helped off the Holyoke Range Sunday night in a six-hour rescue by about four dozen emergency workers. No one was seriously injured in the incident that ended about midnight. South Hadley District #2 Fire Chief David Keefe said his dispatcher …

Third man guilty in witness killings

Friday, September 26, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (ap) — A man who has bumps resembling horns implanted in his forehead was found guilty of murder and other charges Friday for his role in the kidnapping and slaying of three Massachusetts men in 2011. “I’ll see you all in hell,” Caius Veiovis, 34, of Pittsfield, yelled at the jury that …

Pope names new Springfield, Massachusetts bishop

Thursday, June 19, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts is getting a new bishop. A spokesman for the diocese says Pope Francis on Thursday appointed Bishop Mitchell Thomas Rozanski as Springfield’s ninth bishop. Rozanski is currently an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Rozanski will succeed …

Five things worth knowing about MGM’s Springfield casino

Sunday, June 15, 2014

BOSTON — Gambling regulators named MGM Springfield as Massachusetts’ first licensed casino Friday. Here’s a look at the project and what’s next in the drive to open Las Vegas-style casinos in the state: The proposal: MGM plans a more than $800 million casino, hotel, entertainment and shopping complex …

5 things to know about MGM’s Springfield casino

Saturday, June 14, 2014

BOSTON — Gambling regulators named MGM Springfield as Massachusetts’ first licensed casino Friday. Here’s a look at the project and what’s next in the drive to open Las Vegas-style casinos in the state: ——— THE PROPOSAL: MGM plans …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission unanimously approves state’s first casino license for MGM Springfield

Friday, June 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — MGM Springfield on Friday was named the state’s first official casino operator, capping a more than two-year process that saw four other rival plans in western Massachusetts fall by the wayside. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously at the MassMutual Center to approve a deal granting …

Backstory: Massachusetts Gaming Commission agrees to issue license to MGM for state’s first casino in Springfield

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — MGM will be named the first casino operator in Massachusetts, but the Las Vegas-based gambling giant will not have to immediately pay millions of dollars in state fees and other payments required by law. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reviewed the casino’s $800 million Springfield project nearly …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission gives mostly positive review to proposed MGM casino in Springfield

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — MGM’s more than $800 million downtown casino received largely positive reviews from state gambling regulators Tuesday as they released their months-long assessments of the proposal’s finances, design and impacts to local traffic and other services during a full-day hearing at the MassMutual convention center. The gambling …

MGM set for state’s casino OK

Sunday, June 8, 2014

BOSTON — MGM Resorts International is nearing a final ruling on its bid to become Massachusetts’ first licensed casino operator, with a proposed $800 million project in Springfield. Starting Tuesday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold a series of meetings in Springfield and Boston leading up to a …

2 people fatally shot in Springfield on same day

Thursday, June 5, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police are investigating the city’s second fatal shooting in less than 24 hours. Officers responding to 911 calls found 33-year-old Juan Rodriguez Jr. on the ground outside a residence on Avon Place just before 5 p.m. Wednesday suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken …

One dead, two hurt in Springfield shootings

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 23-year-old Springfield man was fatally shot in the Forest Park neighborhood overnight, and a woman with him injured. Police said Darrell Jenkins was dead at the scene of the 12:45 a.m. Wednesday shooting on Kensington Avenue. The 20-year-old woman was shot in the mouth …

1 dead, 2 hurt in Springfield shootings

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Police say one man has been killed and two other people injured in three shootings in Springfield. The fatal shooting was reported at about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday on Kensington Avenue in the city’s Forest Park neighborhood. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A second …