1. Northampton loses bid for mitigation funds from MGM casino project in Springfield

    The Massachusetts Gaming Commission members voted today to deny Northampton 'surrounding community' status, for the MGM Springfield casino project, rendering the city ineligible to receive mitigation funds.  'We took a look at proximity and there are significant arguments that Northamapton is not proximate (to the proposed casino), said John Ziemba, ombudsman to the Mass. Gaming Commission. Northampton is located approximately 20 miles north of Springfield.

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