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
7:54 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Program Offers Free Help To Fill Out Financial Aid Form

College-bound students and their parents can get free help this weekend with financial aid applications

This is the 10th annual Massachusetts College Goal Sunday, a program that provides free information and help on applying for financial aid.  Richard O’ Connor, assistant director of financial aid at American International College in Springfield—one of 35 participants in the program—says professionals will help families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

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New England News
3:46 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Prosecutor Blames Addiction "Crisis" For Recent Deaths

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan addresses newly-sworn in members of an anti-crime task force on March 22,2013
Credit WAMC

Authorities in western Massachusetts are investigating a recent spate of suspected drug overdose deaths.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Gaming Commission Begins Review Of Casino Projects

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA
Credit MGM Springfield

The lengthy process to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts has entered a final phase. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will spend the next few months carefully evaluating projects before coming to a decision on issuing licenses.  Supporters of the MGM casino project in Springfield are already anticipating a groundbreaking.

MGM Resorts International is the only applicant for the lone casino license in western Massachusetts, but Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby says the five-member commission is not obligated to award the license to MGM.

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New England News
6:14 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

MGM Pitches Springfield Casino To State Gaming Regulators

MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle presents details of the company's Springfield casino project to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Credit WAMC

The lone applicant for the western Massachusetts casino license pitched the project to state gaming industry regulators today.  The 90-minute public presentation marked the beginning of an evaluation process that is expected to culminate with the awarding of a casino license in the spring.

   MGM  Resorts International CEO James Murran told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that even though all competitors have fallen by the wayside, MGM’s Springfield project is the right choice to be awarded a lucrative casino license.

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New England News
7:52 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

MGM To Pitch Springfield Casino To State Regulators

Credit MGM Springfield

MGM Resorts on Thursday will detail its plans for a casino in downtown Springfield to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

   Before top MGM officials make a 90 minute presentation to the gaming industry regulators in Boston, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will address the commission and strongly endorse MGM’s project.

    "This not only a transforming  $800 million economic development project for Springfield, but for western Massachusetts and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," said Sarno.

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New England News
6:08 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Senator Warren Promotes Priorities In Massachusetts Tour

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) addresses an audience in the lobby of the Springfield office building that houses the senator's western Massachusetts office
Credit WAMC

U.S.  Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is touring the state to promote her agenda for the year ahead.  She stopped in western Massachusetts today.

   Senator Warren met with about 100 constituents in the lobby of the downtown Springfield building where   the senator’s western Massachusetts office is located. Warren spoke about her agenda for the year ahead in Congress, highlighting three priorities—reducing college student loan debt, increasing government funding for medical research and shoring up Social Security.

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New England News
6:16 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Veteran State Senator Announces Candidacy For Court Position

Credit WAMC

A veteran state legislator from western Massachusetts is bypassing a run for re-election this year to pursue a top administrative job in the court system.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

       Democratic State Senator Gale Candaras of Wilbraham will give up a 17-year career in the Massachusetts legislature to run for the position of Hampden County Register of Probate.

     " It is time for me to write a new chapter in my life in public service. I have always served where I thought I was needed most."

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New England News
4:42 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Casino Applicants To Make Public Presentations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hear from the three companies seeking resort-casino licenses in Massachusetts at a public meeting in Boston on January 22
Credit Massgaming.com

The three companies hoping to secure casino licenses in Massachusetts will make public pitches to gaming industry regulators in Boston on Wednesday

The public presentations of the final casino proposals are part of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s detailed evaluation process that is to lead to the awarding of casino licenses in May. Chairman Stephen Crosby said the presentations come a few weeks after the developers filed license applications, each containing thousands of pages detailing the projects.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Long-term Unemployed Face Challenge As Economy Improves

Credit WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

A federal program to provide jobless benefits to the long-term unemployed has expired, and efforts to renew it are deadlocked in the Senate.  But a shift in federal policy as a result of the bipartisan budget approved this week could be good news for job-seekers this year

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New England News
4:34 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

New Labor Secretary Appointed In Massachusetts

Joanne Goldstein who is stepping down as Massachusetts Sec. of Labor and Workforce Development.
Credit ma.gov

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has appointed a new Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development.

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