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
2:09 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

New Commercial Development Announced In Chicopee

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos

Officials credit improvements to a state highway with bringing new jobs to Chicopee, Massachusetts.

     Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos Monday announced plans to expand a commercial development on Memorial Drive.  A 12,300 square foot addition that is expected to be completed by late this summer will house the national pet store chain PetSmart.

     " Its a $3 million investment that will result in 50 retail jobs," Kos said.

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New England News
12:21 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Springfield Bishop To Announce Plans For Tornado Damaged High School

Credit Catholic Communications, Diocese of Springfield

The fate of a Catholic high school wrecked when a tornado barreled through Springfield, Massachusetts almost four years ago will be announced later this afternoon.

   Bishop Mitchell Rozanski is scheduled to make the highly anticipated announcement of whether Cathedral High School will be rebuilt at 2:30 p.m.  A spokesman for the diocese put out information Saturday night on the scheduling of the announcement.

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New England News
6:13 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Springfield YMCA, Police Partner To Reduce Community Tensions

Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri with children at the YMCA of Greater Springfield.
Credit WAMC

An effort is under way in Springfield, Massachusetts to portray police officers in a positive light. The initiative announced today is a counterpoint to months of recent protests over the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers.

The YMCA of Greater Springfield and the city’s police department are partnering in an initiative to highlight the service of several of the city’s cops who are volunteering for educational and athletic activities with children and teenagers.

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New England News
4:35 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

MGM Resorts Reports 2014 Loss, Remains Bullish On Springfield Casino

Credit MGM Springfield

MGM Resorts, which is about to begin building an $800 million casino in Springfield, Massachusetts, lost money in 2014.

    MGM, in its most recent earnings report, blamed the $150 million net loss in 2014 on poor performance at its Macau casino in Asia.  It noted the company’s Las Vegas casino revenues grew and in a conference call with investors, MGM’s CEO touted plans for the new Springfield casino.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he’s confident MGM will deliver the jobs and revenue promised.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Protests Planned Over Fast Track Trade Pact

Activists are planning local demonstrations during the Congressional recess against a free trade deal.

President Obama wants Congress to give him so-called” fast track” authority to enter into a trade deal involving Canada and ten Asia-Pacific nations.  Proponents say it’ll open markets to U.S. made products.  Opponents include labor unions, and environmentalists, according to Pat Fiero of Moveon.org.

" Unions understand this kind of trade deal cost Americans good jobs. It has historically with NAFTA and CAFTA and it will with this one," said Fiero.

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New England News
10:30 am
Sun February 15, 2015

Special City Council Committee Named To Boost Small Business

Springfield City Council President Michael Fenton ( third from left) introduces members of a new ad hoc committee on small business. It is chaired by City Councilor-at-large Kateri Walsh ( third from right)
Credit WAMC

With a big resort casino coming to Springfield, Massachusetts in a few years, the city council wants to make sure small business owners don’t get lost in the shuffle.

Springfield City Councilor Kateri Walsh will chair the newly created ad hoc Neighborhood Business Development Committee.  She said it will look into issues small businesses may have with the upcoming three-year reconstruction of I-91 as well as the MGM casino.

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New England News
12:47 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

Local Civil Rights Activist Recalls Marches In Selma

This 1965 photo shows Benjamin Swan, now a state representative for Springfield, at far right during a civil rights march in the city.
Credit Springfield Republican file photo

Many Black History Month events are focusing on the marches in Selma, Alabama fifty years ago that helped bring an end to segregation in the South and led to the Voting Rights Act. Massachusetts State Representative Benjamin Swan of Springfield spent about three weeks in Alabama in March 1965.  Swan, who was 21-years-old at the time, talked about the experience with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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New England News
3:22 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Fatal Palmer Fire Likely Started By Candle

Investigators say a candle started a deadly fire in Palmer, Massachusetts.

   Investigators found evidence of a melted candle in the living room of a basement apartment in the twenty-apartment unit building, and have eliminated all other possible causes, according to the Massachusetts Fire Marshall’s office.  The 53 year old woman who lived in the apartment, Christine Grinaski died.  Smoke alarms throughout the building were found to have missing or dead batteries.  It highlights an issue Fire Marshall Stephen Coan constantly raises.

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New England News
12:12 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Annual Black Heritage Event Honors Ruth Loving

Ruth Loving at the 2012 Black American Heritage Flag ceremony in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

An annual Black History Month observance in Springfield, Massachusetts was dedicated this year to the woman known as the city’s “mother of civil rights” who died late last year at the age of 100.

    This was the 29th annual ceremony to raise the Black American Heritage Flag over Springfield City Hall. It was the first one held without Ruth Loving.  The local activist for civil rights, healthcare for the poor, and libraries died last November.

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New England News
3:28 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

High School Student Stabbed To Death In Springfield Home

Nicholas Lacrosse of Springfield is charged with murder.
Credit Springfield Police

A Springfield, Massachusetts high school student has been stabbed to death, an ex-boyfriend is under arrest. 

      17-year-old Kathryn Mauke was stabbed multiple times inside her family’s home on Springfield’s east side.  Police arrested 20-year-old Nikolas Lacrosse -- described as an ex-boyfriend -- and charged him with murder. 

      Police did not disclose a possible motive.  

      Mauke was a senior at the SABIS International Charter School, where head supervisor William Foley said grief counselors were brought in Thursday.

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