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MGM Springfield continues forward as sole contender

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Officials from MGM Springfield said they would continue to move forward as planned Wednesday despite being the only casino in western Massachusetts approved by voters.

Residents in Palmer shot down a proposal by Mohegan Sun by a very narrow margin Tuesday. Mohegan Sun began the process Wednesday of collecting signatures on a petition for a recount. The measure lost by fewer than 100 votes.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he was hopeful about MGM getting approval from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in April but said he was not taking anything for granted.

A spokesman for MGM said they were watching the results of the election in Palmer Tuesday but their plans would not change regardless of the vote.

Neighboring communities of Longmeadow and West Springfield also voted on a non-binding referendum Tuesday against the casino proposal in Springfield. The vote was held to show the gaming commission they were not happy with a casino in a neighboring community.

MGM must submit thousands of pages to the gaming commission detailing their plan for Springfield by the end of the year.

A decision is expected some time in April 2014. The gaming commission could still turn down MGM's proposal, meaning the entire process would have to start over at the beginning.

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