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Springfield mayor picks MGM’s casino plan

State has final say for Western Mass.

SPRINGFIELD — After a long and arduous competition, Mayor Domenic Sarno chose an $800 million casino plan from MGM Resorts International Tuesday as the city’s candidate for the Western Massachusetts casino license, eliminating a rival proposal from Penn National Gaming.

The mayor’s decision ended months of public lobbying and intense advertising by the gambling giants and came after a long period of parallel negotiations with the two companies.

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