(Palmer, MA) — Voters in Palmer will decide today whether to approve a casino proposal by Mohegan Sun. The billion-dollar project off the Mass Pike would feature retail shops, restaurants, a cinema, and a water park. Mohegan has been pushing the idea of a Palmer casino since 2009 when it opened a storefront in the depressed former mill town. If the local referendum passes, Palmer will be up against Springfield for the sole casino license in Western Mass.
A lawmaker will launch the first national effort in years to tax soda, the latest bid to stem rising obesity and diabetes rates by curbing the consumption of sugary drinks.
Economic growth accelerated more than expected in the second quarter, bolstering views for a stronger performance in the last six months of the year.
Nine Western Massachusetts firefighters have been deployed to Washington State to help battle wildfires there.
If you're thinking about driving through downtown Florence on Route 9 today, you might want to think again.