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
6:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Man Sues Police For Wrongful Murder Conviction

Charles Wilhite of Springfield,MA at a news conference where his civil rights attorney announced the filing of a lawsuit against two Springfield police detectives. Behind Wilhite is a poster showing him hugging his daughter after he was released from prison in 2013
Credit WAMC

A man who spent three years in prison for murder before he was found not guilty of the charge at a second trial filed a lawsuit today accusing police in Springfield, Massachusetts of violating his civil rights.

A wrongful conviction lawsuit against two Springfield police detectives and the City of Springfield was filed by Charles Wilhite. It alleges the police officers caused his wrongful conviction by fabricating evidence and intimidating witnesses, according to Wilhite’s attorney, Howard Friedman.

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New England News
4:16 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

State Names Receivers To Turn Around Schools

Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester

The Massachusetts education commissioner has named turnaround operators for the four schools that were put into state receivership last fall.

   Commissioner Mitchell Chester said the new managers at schools in Holyoke, Boston and New Bedford will develop turnaround plans which he expects to be fully implemented when the next school year begins in the fall.

  " I will take a very personal interest in the progress of these four schools. I don't take it lightly that we have taken these four schools out of the local governance structure."

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New England News
12:13 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Patrick Delivers Final State Of The Commonwealth Address

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick delivered his final State of The Commonwealth address Tuesday night.  He looked back on his seven years in office and laid out a modest agenda for his last year in office.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Communities Petition Gaming Commission For Casino Mitigation

Credit Massgaming.com

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission heard today from three western Massachusetts municipalities that want to be designated as surrounding communities to a casino development. A surrounding community is entitled to negotiate with a casino operator for compensation for traffic and other impacts.

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New England News
4:40 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Gaming Commission To Hear Surrounding Community Petitions

Credit wikipedia commons

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hear Tuesday from cities and towns seeking compensation from casino operators. 

Hampden, Longmeadow and Northampton have failed to reach agreements with MGM on compensation for potential impacts if the company builds a resort casino in downtown Springfield, so they’ve asked the commission to intervene.  Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz said a consultant figures businesses will lose up to $8 million in annual sales, costing  up to 180 job s  if a casino is built 16 miles away.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Review Begins Of Massachusetts Child Wefare Agency

Credit Dwight Sipler

An independent review of the Massachusetts child welfare agency is under way.  Governor Deval Patrick spoke publicly today about the investigation.

Governor Patrick held a news conference at the Statehouse shortly after meeting with officials from the Child Welfare League of America, whom the governor has given broad authority to look into the policies and practices of the Department of Children and Families.

"We need actionable recommendations. The point is not more paperwork, but more social work."

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New England News
5:38 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Major Decline Reported In School Dropout Rate

Urban schools in Massachusetts have made large gains in reducing the number of dropout.

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New England News
2:01 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Gov. Patrick Sees Opportunity To "Rethink" Child Welfare Agency

The case of Jeremiah Oliver, a 5 year old from Fitchburg, MA who has been missing since September, has brought scrutiny on the Department of Children and Families
Credit ma.gov

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said an independent review of the state’s child welfare agency is under way and a progress report should be released in about a month.

Governor Patrick said the Child Welfare League of America has broad authority to look into all of the policies, and practices of the Department of Children and Families.  The agency has been under scrutiny after apparently mishandling the case of a 5 year old boy who has been missing for months and is feared dead.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

New Massachusetts Cultural District Launched

Students from the Community Music School in Springfield,MA perform at the official launch of the new cultural district
Credit WAMC

A new Massachusetts cultural district has been launched in Springfield.  Advocates for the district believe it will help boost tourism, promote more art and music programs, and preserve historic buildings.

The “Springfield Central Cultural District” is an area of the city’s downtown that is home to museums, live performance venues, art galleries and historic buildings.  It is the 19th cultural district recognized by the state – a designation not easy to come by, according to Anita Walker, executive director of the state cultural council.

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New England News
10:03 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Latest Massachusetts Cultural District Hailed In Springfield

Students from the Community Music School perform at the celebration of the cultural district in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

A new Massachusetts cultural district has been launched in Springfield

The “ Springfield Central Cultural District” is an area of the city’s downtown that is home to museums, live performance venues, art galleries and historic buildings.  It is the 19th cultural district approved by the state, a designation not easy to come by according to Massachusetts Cultural Council executive director Anita Walker

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