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
7:20 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Springfield City Council To Discuss Tax Rates

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City councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts will meet Thursday to set new property tax rates.

If the rates proposed by Mayor Domenic Sarno are approved, fifty-seven percent of the residential property owners will pay lower taxes next year, with the average bill going down by $19 dollars, according to city assessor Richard Allen.

" The increases on the other 43 percent generally are relatively modest," said Allen.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Students Seek Vote On UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment

Joanne Martone, co-chair of the Professional Staff Union addresses the UMass Board of Trustees
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The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees met for the final time today under the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.  The meeting on the flagship Amherst campus drew union protestors and student activists.

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New England News
6:37 am
Wed December 10, 2014

MGM To Discuss Casino Construction Plans With Interested Builders

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MGM officials have invited contractors to a meeting this week in Springfield, Massachusetts to discuss the company’s casino construction plans.

At the public meeting Thursday at the MassMutual Convention Center, there will be a presentation about the design and the construction timetable for the $800 million development in downtown Springfield.  Chris Boss, a carpenter from West Springfield said a project of this scope is a once in a lifetime opportunity for people in the construction trades.

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New England News
8:33 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Public Asked To Report Street Light Outages

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is asking for the public to report streetlight outages.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said seeing streetlights dark is one of his pet peeves.

" I call in street lights out all the time to WMECo," said Sarno

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New England News
6:23 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Tour Looks At Transit-oriented Development

David Panagore of Park New Haven discusses the city's Union Station with visitors from greater Springfield, MA
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With an $82 million renovation of the derelict Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts under way, officials went looking for guidance from transit-oriented development in two Connecticut cities.

A delegation of business and civic leaders from greater Springfield got a possible glimpse of the future when they looked out over the ornate great hall of Union Station in New Haven, Ct. where 11,000 people a day pass through mostly off commuter trains to New York City.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Faster Amtrak Service Follows Federally Funded Rail Upgrades In Mass.

An Amtrak train arrives at the station in Hartford, Ct.
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Work is nearly finished on a federally-funded upgrade to the rail line that parallels I-91 between New Haven, Connecticut and the Massachusetts border with Vermont.  The line, dubbed the “Knowledge Corridor,” will soon see faster, but still limited, Amtrak service.  But transportation officials and politicians see great potential for expanded commuter rail.  

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New England News
4:36 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Federal Officials Tout Rail Improvements In Conn,Mass

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Ct. and Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts speak to reporters at Union Station in New Haven. They lauded the impact of federal stimulus funding to improve rail service on the New Haven-Springfield corridor. Neal later held a news conference with Congressman John Larson (D-Ct) in Hartford.
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Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Richard Neal led a delegation of 50 business and civic leaders from greater Springfield on a two state tour Monday to highlight federal spending on high-speed passenger rail.

Neal said federal stimulus money he and other Democrats in Congress voted for five years ago had created jobs and opportunity for future economic growth.

" We expect it is going to be a very important part of the north east corridor," said Neal, adding " It was a worthwhile, long term transportation investment."

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New England News
2:29 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Congressman Neal To Lead Tour To Highlight Rail Projects

Union Station in Springfield,Ma is undergoing an $82 million renovation to reopen as a modern transportation center in 2016
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Officials Monday are going to highlight federally funded upgrades to rail lines in Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal is going to lead a delegation of 50 community leaders on a train ride from New Haven through Hartford to Springfield.  $73 million dollars was spent on the regional rail line. Tim Brennan, of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission said the improved infrastructure will support expansion of commuter rail.

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New England News
10:23 am
Sat December 6, 2014

Pay Raise Vote Appears Unlikely On Beacon Hill

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The President of the Massachusetts Senate says it is unlikely the legislature will return to Beacon Hill before January to act on pay raises for the state’s top elected officials.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Public Transit Is Becoming More Popular

Ridership rose dramatically on Pioneer Valley Transit Authority buses after Massachusetts state-financed service changes took effect earlier this year.  Nationally, it appears public transit is growing more popular.

   Ridership jumped 12 percent in September and 9 percent in October as the state’s second-largest transit authority rolled out the biggest change in fixed-route bus schedules in nearly a decade.  PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes said she was thrilled by the latest ridership data.

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