(West Springfield, MA) — West Springfield voters have rejected a plan by Hard Rock New England to build a casino on the grounds of the Big E. Yesterday’s referendum lost by a 55-to-45 percent vote. Hard Rock spent about a million-dollars trying to drum up support. Opponents spent only about 18-hundred. The vote leaves MGM in Springfield competing with Mohegan Sun in Palmer for the sole Western Mass casino license.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen.
The Boston Marathon bombing suspect told a judge that he was satisfied with his lawyers' preparations for the January start of his trial over the deadly 2013 attack.
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UMass President Robert Caret is leaving to become chancellor at the University of Maryland