Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York , Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester. 

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New England News
12:46 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

MGM Set To Buy Two Springfield Properties For Casino Project

An artist's rendering of MGM's proposed casino in downtown Springfield,MA
Credit MGM Springfield

MGM is preparing to purchase two city-owned buildings in Springfield for the Las Vegas-based company’s casino project.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said MGM intends to close on the sale of the properties by the end of this month despite the statewide casino referendum in November that could kill the Springfield project.

" They have honored everything they have had to honor up to this point."

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New England News
12:41 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Western Mass. Base Could Be Used To House Immigrant Children

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s announcement Friday that Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee might be used to shelter immigrant children caught base commanders by surprise.

   Base spokesman, Master Sgt  Andrew Biscoe, said Westover is an active airfield with operational and security concerns that would need be addressed  before it could house up to a thousand children.  Also, lodging at the base is used on the weekends by thousands of reservists.

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New England News
12:13 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Casino Revenue In State Budget Questioned

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders are betting voters don’t repeal the state’s casino law.   Casino revenue was included in the 2015 state budget, but the impact of the decision appears to be more political than financial.

Gov. Patrick does not see it as much of a gamble to speculate on $73 million in projected casino revenue in a budget that totals $ 36.5 billion. The casino cash may never come if voters repeal the state’s casino law in November.

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New England News
5:21 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Gov. Patrick Weighing Request To Shelter Immigrant Children

Credit Dwight Sipler

Gov. Deval Patrick says no decision has been made on a request from the Obama administration for Massachusetts to shelter some of the unaccompanied children who have been streaming across the nation’s southern border

Patrick seemed sympathetic to the request when he called the situation on the southern border a “humanitarian crisis” adding Massachusetts should do what it can to help.  Republican State Rep. Nick Boldyga of Southwick said the governor should reject the federal request to temporarily house the immigrant children.

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New England News
3:18 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Falls As State Adds Jobs

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

The Massachusetts unemployment rate inched down to 5.5. percent in June  as  the state’s economy continued to add jobs.

   Education and health services continued to lead the Massachusetts economy adding 6,000 jobs last month according to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.  UMass Amherst economics professor Robert Nakosteen says there was a surprising loss of 1,100 manufacturing jobs in June.

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New England News
6:11 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Anti-casino Activists Launch Referendum Campaign

Former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger is joined by leaders of the campaign to repeal the Massachusetts casino law at the campaign kickoff in Springfield.
Credit WAMC

Anti-casino activists launched a statewide referendum campaign today in Springfield where they outlined plans for convincing voters to keep Las Vegas-style gambling from coming to Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Crime Is Down In Springfield But New Police Commissioner Cautions About Expectations

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri
Credit City of Springfield

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri — on the job just five weeks — has made his first public report.  Crime is down in Massachusetts’ third- largest city and the police commissioner has a plan to keep it that way.

Police Commissioner Barbieri told the Springfield City Council’s Public Safety Committee Tuesday night that he is making “incremental changes” as part of a five-point reorganization plan designed to make the police department more pro-active in preventing crime.

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New England News
6:14 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Steps Into Boston-Wynn Dispute

Credit Massgaming.com

Massachusetts gambling industry regulators said today they will be prepared to impose the terms of mitigation payments to the city of Boston from the developer of a proposed casino in a neighboring community.  Boston is boycotting arbitration proceedings with Wynn Resorts – one of two competitors for the lone casino license in eastern Massachusetts

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New England News
3:06 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Federal Disaster Help Available To Victims Of Holyoke Fire

Credit wikipedia commons

Federal disaster aid is being made available to the victims of a massive fire last month in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

   Governor Patrick requested the emergency declaration for the fire on June 16th that tore through a large apartment building in downtown Holyoke leaving more than 80 people homeless. No one was seriously injured.  The federal disaster declaration will make low interest loans available. Initially, the Red Cross provided temporary shelter and the victims received donated clothing and household items following an appeal from Mayor Alex Morse.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Chicopee Fire Chief To Retire

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos announced the retirement plans of Fire Chief Stephen Burkott
Credit WAMC

There is going to be another change in top management of public safety in the second- largest city in western Massachusetts.

   Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos Monday announced the planned retirement of   Fire Chief Stephen Burkott, which is expected within a year. Burkott, 62, has been on the Chicopee Fire Dept.  41 years, the last dozen as chief.

  " It truly was, or is, the best job in the world," said Burkott.

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