STILL BE AN ISSUE. (HE) TONIGHT, MASSACHUSETTS’ FIRST RESORT CASINO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS. (SN) AS WE SHOWED YOU AT FIVE-THIRTY — M-G-M SPRINGFIELD HELD ITS GRAND OPENING THIS MORNING — COMPLETE WITH A PARADE! (HE) BIG CHANGES FOR RHODE ISLAND’S GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTS ARE SET TO HAPPEN NEXT WEEK — AND WE WANTED TO KNOW WHAT M-G-M SPRINGFIELD’S OPENING — MEANS FOR THEIR PLANS. (SN) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER ERIC HALPERIN IS LIVE IN STUDIO WITH WHAT HE’S LEARNED. With the opening of MGM Springfield Rhode Islanders have another casino option they could potentially head to. But one ocean state casino I spoke with doesn’t expect that to impact them. An exciting day in Springfield as the new MGM casino opens with exciting days in Tiverton not far away as the Tiverton Casino Hotel opens in about a week The opening of MGM puts another area casino on the map. Spokesperson for Twin River in Lincoln Patti Doyle says the new casino in Massachusetts won’t impact their operation. She tells me it’s like comparing apples to oranges calling MGM a destination casino whereas she calls Twin River a convenience casino where guests come from a 60 to 80 mile radius and stay for a few hours. She says work is always being done to enhance the guest experience at Twin River regardless of what is going on elsewhere. The MGM has 250 hotel rooms and a more than 11 thousand square foot gambling floor. Twin River Management Groups opening of the casino hotel in Tiverton is just days away and Doyle says that’s where they’re focusing their energy. The exact opening date for the tiverton casino hotel is September 1st. Newport grand closes August 28. I’m EH, EWN.