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
6:13 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Boosters Of Boston Bid For Olympics Detail Plans

An artist's rendering shows the temporary Olympic stadium that would be constructed in Boston if the city is awarded the 2024 Summer Games.
Credit Boston2024

The group working to bring the 2024 Summer Olympic games to Boston unveiled details of the proposal today.

       Most of the venues for the proposed Boston Olympics would be grouped into two clusters, one on the South Boston waterfront and the other along the Charles River on the campuses of Harvard, MIT, and Boston University.  Twenty-eight of the 33 venues would be within a radius of about 6 miles. Twenty-six of the venues are no more than a ten-minute walk from a public transit stop.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Baker Says Massachusetts Faces Large Budget Gap

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced the state is facing a significant mid-fiscal year budget gap.  The announcement raises the likelihood of cuts to state services as the Republican governor begins his term.

        Baker said an agency-by-agency analysis has led his administration to calculate the state is facing a budget deficit of $765 million. He vowed Tuesday to work with his cabinet and the Democratic leadership of the state legislature to quickly fix the problem.

      Baker claims the shortfall is a result of the state spending too much.

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New England News
12:53 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Hope Seen For Closing Guantanamo Bay Prison

Credit The National Guard

Civil liberties activists this week marked the 13th anniversary of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The group Pioneer Valley No More Guantanamos  hosted British investigative journalist Andy Worthington at  programs in Springfield and Northampton.  Worthington has researched and written about the prison since 2006.   He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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New England News
6:08 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Catholic Bishop's Remarks To Touch On High School Dispute

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski seen here at his 2014 installation will make his first public comments in the debate over the future of Cathedral High School on a diocesan produced TV program.
Credit WAMC

Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski this weekend plans to address the future of historic Cathedral High School which was wrecked by a tornado more than three years ago.

A spokesman for the Springfield Diocese said Rozanski will speak about the challenges regarding Cathedral High School during a regularly scheduled diocesan produced television program Saturday.   Monsignor John Bonzagni, who is in charge of planning for the diocese, said Rozanski will meet next weekend with alumni, parents, and others as he weighs the options for the city’s only Catholic high school.

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New England News
8:13 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Baker Urged To Consider Across-The-Board Cuts To Balance Budget

A member of the Democratic leadership in the Massachusetts House says across-the-board cuts should be made to erase the state’s mid-fiscal year budget deficit that likely exceeds $500 million.

State Rep. Stephen Kulik, vice-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said a small percentage decrease for  each state agency would be the fairest way to go about closing the budget gap.

" I don't think you can do it without impacting people and programs. That has to be done. We have to prioritize the true safety net programs people need," said Kulik.

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New England News
6:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Technology Claims Some Credit As Crime Rates Fall

Overall crime is down in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, according to the local police. There is evidence suggesting police use of technology to combat gun violence is paying off.

     Total crime was down 19 percent last year according to the Springfield Police Department. Incidents of gunfire logged by acoustic sensors are down by 50 percent, according to the company that owns and markets the gunshot detection technology.

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New England News
12:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Forest Conservation And Energy Project Announced

A dozen federal, state, and local agencies and organizations are undertaking a conservation and economic development project in the most densely forested area of Massachusetts. It is also an area of above average poverty and unemployment rates.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Protesters Snarl Morning Commute Near Boston

Protestors anchored themselves to concrete-filled barrels and blocked morning rush hour traffic at two locations on I-93 outside Boston Thursday
Credit MSP

Twenty-nine people were arrested in Boston this morning after a protest that blocked rush-hour traffic on a major interstate highway.

    The protesters attached themselves to barrels containing concrete and blocked traffic on Interstate 93 at two locations north and south of Boston.  A spokeswoman for the protest said it was a call to improve race relations in light of the deaths of black men at the hands of white police officers in Missouri and New York.  Massachusetts State Police Col. Tim Alben sharply criticized the protesters actions.

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New England News
10:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

UMass Amherst Ends Confidential Informant Program

Credit wikipedia.org

The UMass Amherst chancellor has ended a campus police department program that used students as confidential informants in drug investigations.

            Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy concluded the program was in not in keeping with the university’s core values and campus police have other tools available to combat illegal drugs, according to spokesman Ed Blaguszewski.

             " On balance,the chancellor concluded we really need to focus on creating trust and shared common goals and demonstrating compassion in a save and secure environment."

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New England News
6:09 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Springfield Mayor Livid Over Placement Of Homeless Families In City Apartments

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno protests a state program that he says is concentrating homeless families in city apartments in a few neighborhoods.
Credit WAMC

The mayor of Springfield is calling on the administration of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to end a practice by the past administration of placing homeless families in congregate housing.

An angry Mayor Domenic Sarno said de-facto group homes for homeless families have been created in apartment buildings concentrated in a handful of city neighborhoods since last fall with city inspectors finding in some cases 3-4 families living in a single apartment.

" This is absolute BS," said Sarno at a city hall news conference.

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