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
12:44 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Northeast Has Lower Colon Cancer Rates

About five percent of men and women in the United States will develop colon cancer during their lifetimes. 1 in 3 adults is not getting tested for the disease as recommended.  The American College of Gastroenterology is promoting screening as part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with Dr. Dennis Ahnen of the American College of Gastroenterology.

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New England News
6:14 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Legislation Would Require PVTA To Clear Snow From Bus Stops

Credit WAMC

Municipalities in Massachusetts can levy fines against homeowners and businesses for failing to remove snow from public sidewalks in a timely manner. But there is a gray area when it comes to who is responsible for clearing snow from public transit bus stops.  Officials in Springfield are looking to address it.

Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams is sponsoring home rule legislation that would allow the city to fine the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority for failing to remove snow or ice from its bus stops within 24 hours after a storm.  The fine would be $200 per violation.

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New England News
4:03 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Money Missing From Springfield Police Evidence Room

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is investigating missing cash from the evidence room of the Springfield Police Department.

    Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri said a preliminary investigation began last month when the department was unable to locate U.S. currency that had been seized in now closed criminal cases. He did not say how much cash is unaccounted for. 

The investigation so far has not turned up any other missing evidence or property such as narcotics or guns. 

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New England News
12:22 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Transparency At Issue In Battle Over Boston Olympic Bid

A rendering of a proposed Olympic stadium near downtown Boston
Credit Boston2024

The group opposing efforts to bring the Olympics to Boston is keeping its donor list secret.  Olympic boosters are paying big salaries and hefty fees to staffers and consultants with ties to former Governor Deval Patrick.   Two private entities are waging a public battle over bringing the Olympics to Boston in 2024.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

UMass Amherst Police Chief To Leave For New Job

UMass Amherst Police Chief John Horvath at a news conference in 2012
Credit WAMC

The UMass Amherst Police Chief  is leaving to take a new job. 

John Horvath, who became UMass Amherst Police Chief in 2012 has been hired to be the chief of police in Rockport, a seacoast town north of Boston.   UMass Amherst spokesman Ed Blaguszewski confirmed Horvath is planning to leave.

"We will have some time to decide on a succession," said Blaguszewski.  " I believe the chief is planning to stay until the end of the semester."

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New England News
3:46 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Group Opposing Boston Olympics Won't Disclose Donors

A rendering shows a proposed Olympic Stadium near downtown Boston
Credit Boston2024

The group that is actively opposing a bid to bring the Olympics to Boston won’t identify its donors.

The group No Boston Olympics is not legally required to make public financial disclosures. Co-chair Chris Dempsey contends to do so would discourage people from donating.

" We have true grassroots support with people all around the state writing us a $25 check, writing us a $100 check," he said.

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New England News
6:18 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Conference Looks At Drug Addiction In Pregnancy

Health care providers and social service specialists attended a conference on drug addiction and pregnancy. The conference sponsored by Baystate Health was held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA
Credit WAMC

The opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts has led to a sharp increase in the number of children being born with drug dependence.  Hundreds of health care professionals and social service providers attended a conference in Holyoke today to share ideas on caring for pregnant patients who are using drugs. 

The number of babies that underwent drug withdrawal after they were born at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield nearly tripled over the last two years, according to Dr. Rachana Singh, a neonatal specialist and the hospital’s research director.

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New England News
7:44 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Overdose Epidemic Task Force Holds First Hearing

Credit Matthew Kang, flickr

A task force created by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to tackle the state’s heroin and prescription drug overdose crisis is getting to work.

The first of four public meetings the 17- member panel has scheduled around the state took place Tuesday in Worcester.   Baker has called the overdose epidemic a public health emergency and a top priority for his new administration.   Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was sheduled to attend the panel’s first meeting.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

MGM Outlines Construction Timetable For Springfield Casino

Credit MGM Springfield

MGM has scheduled a groundbreaking two weeks from today to begin constructing an $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

One of the biggest construction projects in a generation in Springfield will begin with the demolition of a former elementary school—the Zanetti school that was damaged by the 2011 tornado. By the end of the year, eighteen more buildings are to be torn down and other work done to prepare a 14.5 acre site for the construction of a parking garage, a hotel, and casino.

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New England News
4:23 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Former Gov. Patrick To Lobby For Boston's Olympic Bid

Credit Dwight Sipler

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be paid $7,500 per day when he travels overseas to lobby for Boston’s bid to land the 2024 Olympics. 

   The disclosure of the per diem arrangement with Patrick and the salaries and fees being paid by Boston 2024 have raised eyebrows, according to Springfield based political consultant Tony Cignoli.

   " It gives the average person cause to pause and say: What's up?  Why all this fire power and at such high prices," said Cignolli.

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