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
6:15 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Climate Action Planners Confront Biomass Project

Activists who have been working for months on a climate change plan for Springfield, Massachusetts say they must factor in an unwanted development — the possible construction of a wood-burning power plant in the city.

Neighborhood representatives, community organizers, and people from health-focused organizations have been brainstorming ways to improve the environment and reduce greenhouse gases with a goal to present a plan to the Springfield City Council by the end of the year.

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New England News
1:54 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Wynn Secures Greater Boston Casino License

Credit Wynn Everett

Massachusetts gambling regulators today finalized the casino license award for the greater Boston region. 

   Acting gaming commission chairman James McHugh and officials from Wynn Resorts signed the paperwork authorizing the Las Vegas-based company to build a $1.6 billion casino in Everett, just north of Boston.          Wynn Senior Vice President Robert DeSalvio said the goal is to open the casino by the end of 2017.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Political Scientist Discusses Scotland Independence Vote Campaign

Tim Vercellotti, director of the Polling Institute at Western New England University

Western New England University Polling Institute Director and political science professor Tim Vercellotti was in Scotland during the summer and saw firsthand some of the independence referendum campaign.   He spoke this morning with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New England News
6:36 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gaming Panel Awards Greater Boston Casino License To Wynn

Credit Wynn Everett

Gambling regulators in Massachusetts have voted to award the state’s most lucrative casino license to Wynn Resorts.  It is the third casino license issued in Massachusetts, where voters in less than two months will decide if Las Vegas-style gambling will remain legal.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn’s plan to build a $1.6 billion resort casino on the site of a former chemical company plant in the city of Everett.

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New England News
6:29 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Officials Use New Technology To Spread The Word About Danger

Credit Courtesy NOAA

Information is critical during an emergency.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is embracing new technology to let the public know what is going on during weather emergencies and natural or man-made disasters.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with MEMA Public Information Officer Peter Judge.

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New England News
4:24 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Catholic Church Leaders Call For Casino Repeal

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The state’s four Roman Catholic Bishops are urging Massachusetts voters to repeal the state’s casino law.

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New England News
12:27 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Gambling Regulators Nearing Decision On Greater Boston Casino

Gambling industry regulators in Massachusetts resume deliberations today on awarding the state's most lucrative casino license.

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New England News
1:26 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Mayor Blocks Appeal Against Biomass Plant

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts won’t authorize an appeal to block construction of a wood-burning power plant.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Big E Fair Is Largest In Northeast And Growing

The largest agricultural fair in the Northeast opens today in western Massachusetts.  The Eastern States Exposition – the Big E -- is steeped in tradition, but fair operators are looking to the future.  

How big a deal is the Big E?  Attendance records were set in each of the two previous years. 1.5 million people passed through the gates of the fairgrounds in West Springfield last year and that established the Big E as the fifth largest fair in North America, according to Big E President Eugene Cassidy.

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New England News
11:25 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Woman Held In Connection With Deaths Of Three Children

Erika Murray is seen here at her arraignment Friday in Uxbridge District Court. Her attorney and the prosecution agreed to have her held with no bail

A Massachusetts woman is being held without bail after the bodies of three infants were found in her home.

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