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Forget Vegas. What happens in New York may not stay in New York (WMassP&I)

MGM’s Top Contractor Has Been under Scrutiny in New York…

UPDATED 12/16/15 4:41PM: To include reaciton from the Massachusetts gaming commission and for grammar & clarity. In an agreement with federal authorities in New York, the general contractor for MGM Resorts International’s planned casino in Springfield admitted to overcharging clients millions of dollars in overtime

Better late than never, but still...when?. (WMassP&I)

For Latest Approvals, MGM May Find It’s Not in Kansas Anymore…

SPRINGFIELD—MGM Resorts International’s charm offensive has entered its next phase as its whittled down casino project faces scrutiny from city and Massachusetts gaming officials. Some local officials, like Mayor Domenic Sarno, mouth both robust scrutiny and sticky-sweet support for the project. Yet, MGM could encounter a

MGM CEO Jim Murren on the spot in Springfield. (WMassP&I)

MGM CEO Apologizes to His Wife, er, the City of Springfield…

UPDATED 11/1/15 10:25AM: For clarity. SPRINGFIELD—Seeking to quell the biggest public relations catastropphe since helicoptering into the city three years ago, MGM Resorts International bigwigs stood shoulder to shoulder with Mayor Domenic Sarno and reaffirmed their commitment to the city and the multimillion dollar casino

Questions about whether MGM is Springfield's trump card or merely a joker now hang overhead. (via Springfield City Hall)

Rewriting Historic Preservation after MGM’s Design Change?…

SPRINGFIELD—Ralph Slate received an email September 18 from an MGM Springfield official requesting a meeting. Although the historic issues on the plot MGM had purchased for their casino had been largely settled, some details were still in flux. It did not surprise Slate, the chair

Gov. Charlie Baker in 2014. His effective veto of the rail study came at the behest of Peter Picknelly. (WMassP&I)

Potential MGM Rival Raking in Cash for Baker…in Springfield…

Governor Charlie Baker has been on a Western Massachusetts kick of late, visiting the region and Springfield in particular quite a bit. He will be back in the city tomorrow for a fundraiser at the Student Prince hosted by busing magnate Peter Picknelly, restaurateur Andy

Mayor Domenic Sarno and City Solicitor Ed Pikula, right, have tried to neuter the Council by legal opinion. (WMassP&I)

Unexpectedly, MGM Springfield Won’t Tower over Anything…

UPDATED 10/1/15 2:07AM: To reflect a correction. A previous version of this post credited MGM’s new rendering to us, when in fact it is MGM’s image obtained via the Springfield city website. SPRINGFIELD—The skyline will not undergo any dramatic changes when MGM Springfield opens after design

Breaking up is hard to do. (via mgmspringfield.com)

Editorial: I-91 Delays a Preview for Future City Clashes with MGM…

UPDATED 9:42AM: To reflect a correction. A previous photo caption erroneously credited WMassP&I with producing the image. In fact it was MGM’s picture. Delays ahoy! Word has gotten out that MGM Springfield may not meet its 2017 opening deadline, due to the ever-elongating timeline to

Connecticut State House, Hartford in 2011. Connecticut has struck back to defend its own casinos. (WMassP&I)

The Reviews of Connecticut’s Latest Bet Are Coming in…

UPDATED: 2:36PM: For grammer and to include details from a General Assembly fiscal report. At one point the Mohegan and Pequot tribes bid to blunt the impact of MGM Springfield was enjoying an incredible turnaround. Originally, few put any stock in a bill passing this