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
4:13 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

FEMA Settlement To Be Announced

The June 1,2011 tornado tore the top floor off this apartment building in Springfield. The building was later torn down.
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Officials have scheduled an announcement Monday of a final settlement with FEMA for the tornado that devastated part of Springfield, Massachusetts two-and-a-half years ago

Springfield recently received final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the claims filed from the June 1,2011 tornado.  Mayor Domenic Sarno had vowed to be aggressive in pursuing reimbursements for debris removal and other emergency expenses born by the city

" I will continue to fight for every dime that is due to the city of Springfield and its people," Sarno said last summer.

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New England News
12:53 pm
Sat January 11, 2014

Report Looks At Health Care Cost Trends In Massachusetts

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A new report estimates that up to a third of the money spent on health care in Massachusetts is doing little to improve the lives of patients.  The report from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission cited several examples of wasteful spending that contributes to Massachusetts having the highest per person health care costs in the country. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Dr. Paul Hattis, a member of the commission about the report.

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New England News
7:04 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Northampton Petitions State For Payments From Proposed MGM Casino

Mayor David Narkewicz in downtown Northampton, MA
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The mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts has petitioned state gaming industry regulators for mitigation payments from MGM if the company gets a license to build a resort casino in Springfield

Mayor David Narkewicz said a casino located 16 miles away would drain business from Northampton’s restaurants, theaters, clubs and stores. A consultant hired by the city estimated businesses could suffer up to $8.8 million a year in lost sales, costing as many as 180 jobs, and reducing city revenues by $274,000.

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New England News
3:49 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Jobs Program For Homeless Families Hailed

Elected officials applaud participants in the Secure Jobs Connect program during a gathering at Holyoke Community College. Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg is at the podium
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A pilot program in western Massachusetts to place homeless people in permanent jobs so that they can eventually leave shelters has far exceeded its first- year goal. The state’s top housing official announced funding will be available to attempt to replicate the program’s success in other regions of the state.

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New England News
5:36 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Report Estimates Billions Wasted On Unneeded Medical Care

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A report finds billions of dollars in wasteful health care spending in Massachusetts

A report from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission says up to a third of the money spent for health care in Massachusetts is not improving the lives of patients.  The report identified such things as preventable hospital readmissions, unnecessary emergency room visits, and overtreatment of routine ailments as all contributing to Massachusetts having the highest per capita health costs in the country. Commission member, Dr. Paul Hattis, said eliminating the waste will take time.

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New England News
4:07 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Review Of Massachusetts Child Welfare Agency Ordered

Jeremiah Oliver of Fitchburg, MA has been missing for months and authorities fear he is dead. A state social worker assigned to the family's case was fired.
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has ordered an independent review of the state’s child welfare agency amid growing concerns about how child abuse cases are handled

The Patrick administration has asked the Washington D.C. based Child Welfare League to look into the policies and procedures at the Department of Children and Families.  Republican State Senator Don Humason said it has become too difficult for the agency to police itself.

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New England News
7:11 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Massachusetts Launches New Phase Of Electronic Medical Records Sharing

A treatment area in the emergency room at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA
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Massachusetts has launched a new phase of its electronic medical records exchange system

   State officials say doctors now have the ability to bring up a patient’s medical history with the click of button.  Governor Deval Patrick participated in a demonstration Wednesday at a Boston hospital, where doctors retrieved a patient’s information from other health care organizations in real-time.  The governor helped launch the state’s  medical records sharing system  in 2012 when he had his own records transmitted from Boston to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

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New England News
3:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Arguments Over Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

A painted line denotes the 35-foot buffer zone around the entrance to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Boston, MA
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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments one week from today in a case challenging a Massachusetts law that establishes a protest-free zone around abortion clinics.  Thirty groups have filed briefs in the case including Planned Parenthood.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Springfield Casino Committee Dissolved As Licensing Decision Nears

City Council President Mike Fenton, who created three new ad hoc committees for 2014, and dissolved the Casino Site Committee

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts will have three new ad hoc committees this year. A special committee created two years ago to advise the council on casino issues has been dissolved

Springfield City Council President Mike Fenton announced appointments to 15 standing committees and assigned councilors to chair three new special committees that will be tasked with identifying new revenue sources for the city, examining workforce development efforts, and attracting young professionals to live in Springfield.

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New England News
12:17 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Report Blames Pensions,Debts For Squeezing Municipal Budgets

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15,000 municipal jobs have been eliminated in Massachusetts since 2007. The state’s cities and towns have cut the total workforce by 6 percent. In a new report released this morning, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation says municipalities are in a financial squeeze because of rising pension costs and increased debt.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with taxpayer’s foundation president Michael Widmer.

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