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
6:07 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Governor-elect Baker Taps Democrat For Top Economic Post

Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Charlie Baker’s first cabinet pick is a Democrat.  The Republican Massachusetts governor-elect has named a respected city administrator to be his economic chief.

Governor-elect Charlie Baker Wednesday named Chelsea City Manager Jay Ash to be his administration’s Secretary of Housing and Economic Development.  A statement from the transition committee praised Ash as “an accomplished local government official who reflects the administration’s focus on job creation, communities, and bipartisanship.”

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New England News
2:04 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

City Council President To Introduce Casino Ethics Ordinance

Springfield City Council President Michael Fenton

With a casino coming to Springfield, Massachusetts in a few years, the president of the city council wants to tighten ethics rules for municipal employees.

City Council President Mike Fenton said he’ll introduce an ordinance next year that would impose a waiting period for people who leave the city’s employment to take a job with the MGM Casino.

"We are very excited about this project. It can be a game changer for Springfield and our region, but in order to accomplish that we have to maintain public trust," said Fenton.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

With Casinos Coming To Massachusetts Efforts Expand To Treat Gambling Addiction

Last week’s resounding defeat of Question 3 means Las Vegas-style gambling is definitely coming to Massachusetts.  A slots parlor is expected to open next summer in southeastern Massachusetts, with full-blown casinos in Springfield and greater Boston in 2017.  In response to the state’s casino law being upheld, the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling announced it will increase services available to Massachusetts residents.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the organization’s CEO Marlene Warner.

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New England News
6:06 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Veterans Healing Through Photography

Veterans Day was the last limited showing of " Through a New Lens: Veterans Focus on Healing Through Photography" at the Wood Museum of Springfield History
Credit WAMC

The public had a last chance on Veterans Day to see a limited showing of photographs taken by combat veterans on display at the Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, Massachusetts.         

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New England News
4:12 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Governor-elect Wants To Change How Massachusetts Pays For Basic Road Repairs

Credit MassDOT

Massachusetts governor-elect Charlie Baker says he wants to do less borrowing to pay for transportation projects.

   Baker has advocated setting up a fund in the state’s annual operating budget to pay for road paving and other routine maintenance.

    "Put $25 million a year  in incremental funding into that and so by the fourth year you would have $100 million to spend on the kinds of projects we should not be borrowing 20-30 year debt to pay for."

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New England News
6:16 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Massachusetts Set To Launch Online Health Exchange

Massachusetts Health Connector Ex. Dir. Jean Yang ( second from right) is joined by officials at Caring Health Center in Springfield to promote the upcoming open enrollment for the state's new online health insurance exchange
Credit WAMC

Open enrollment at the Massachusetts health insurance exchange begins this week. State officials say there is a new – and functioning – website that people can use if they need to purchase insurance.

The Massachusetts Health Connector will launch the new online health insurance marketplace on Nov. 15th.  Thousands of people across the state who have Health Connector coverage now, or were placed in temporary plans over the last year, will have to use the new website to submit an application if they want to remain insured.

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New England News
4:24 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

New CATV Center Dedicated To Former Springfield Mayor Ted Dimauro

The $1 million CATV production center and studios in downtown Springfield.MA were named for the former mayor who signed the city's first cable television contract.
Credit WAMC

A new $1 million community access television center was dedicated Monday in honor of a former Springfield, Massachusetts mayor who brought cable TV to the city.

   City officials, former staffers and about two dozen family members gathered for the dedication of the Theodore Dimauro media center.  Dimauro, a three term mayor who left office in 1984, died last year.  His son, Andrew Dimauro, spoke on behalf of the family.

    "  To this day, some 30 years after he left office, I am still reminded by people on the street about his kind acts and deeds."

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New England News
6:08 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Charlie Baker Makes First Visit To Western Mass. As Governor-Elect

Governor-elect Charlie Baker ( R-MA) arrives at West Springfield Town Hall to visit Mayor Ed Sullivan, an independent, who endorsed Baker in his race against Democrat Martha Coakley
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor-elect Charlie Baker, just three days removed from his close election victory, visited western Massachusetts today.  He met privately with the mayor of the region’s largest city, and also with a suburban mayor who had endorsed Baker’s candidacy.

The Republican governor-elect and the Democratic mayor of Springfield dismissed their political differences and stressed their mutual interests in economic development and finding innovative ways to improve the state’s public schools.

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New England News
4:25 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Mayor Says Church Leader Broke Promise To Rebuild Tornado Damaged School

Cathedral High School, a fixture in Springfield's East Forest Park neighborhood for a half-century was destroyed in the June 2011 tornado.
Credit WAMC

There is frustration and anger over a delay in rebuilding the only Catholic high school in Springfield, Massachusetts that was destroyed in the 2011 tornado.

   Parents and alumnae of Cathedral High School said they were blindsided by Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski’s call for more study to help him make a decision on the school’s future.  Mayor Domenic Sarno said Rozanski had reneged on a pledge made by his now retired predecessor to rebuild the high school in the same neighborhood where it had stood since 1959

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New England News
4:22 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Uncertainty About Tornado Damaged Catholic High School

Credit WAMC

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts has ordered a new study on whether to rebuild the city’s only Catholic high school that was destroyed by the June 2011 tornado.

   Bishop Mitchell Rozanksi, who became head of the Springfield Diocese  in August, has appointed Monsignor John Bonzagni to help determine the fate of Cathedral High School.  Bonzagni is going to meet separately with stakeholders including teachers, parents, alumnae and politicians to try to reach a consensus.

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