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
12:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Public Scrutiny Of Casino License Applications Invited

Files containing the casino license application filed by MGM Resorts at the offices of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Credit Massgaming.com

Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts are set to embark on a lengthy public review process that is expected to end with the awarding of the state’s first casino licenses by the end of May. Several criteria will be examined to determine the final winners of the high-stakes competition

Three casino companies submitted final license applications—each consisting of thousands of pages—by the New Year’s Eve deadline to satisfy the requirements of  the  two-phase  application process established by the Massachusetts  Gaming Commission.

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New England News
4:41 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Report On Chicopee Police Dept. Review Released

Michael Bissonnette, mayor of Chicopee,MA
Credit WAMC

An independent review of the police department in Chicopee, Massachusetts blames divided loyalties for inconsistent disciplinary policies.

The review of several internal affairs cases by a retired Massachusetts State Police Lt. found the investigations convoluted and complicated by personal relationships and loyalties between police officers and their superiors.  Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette called for the probe of the police department last June after complaining that cops who took and shared cellphone photos of a bloody murder scene had been simply reprimanded.

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New England News
6:28 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Kerry's Departure For Diplomacy Leads To Markey's Elevation To Senate

Credit wikipedia commons

2013 should have been an off-year for statewide politics in Massachusetts, but that was not the case, as the state’s voters were called upon to elect another new U.S. Senator

The election cycle actually began in late 2012 when President Obama nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry to be U.S. Secretary of State. After securing Senate confirmation in January, Kerry resigned from the Senate seat he had held for 28 years.

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New England News
2:37 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Three Casino Operators Meet Application Deadline In Massachusetts

An employee of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission examines the files containing the final license application submitted by MGM. The company proposes an $800 million casino in Springfield
Credit Massgaming.com

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has launched an evaluation process to review the final applications for resort casino licenses submitted by Tuesday’s deadline

The commission received detailed site specific casino license applications-- each containing thousands of pages-- from MGM Resorts, Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts.  Commission chairman Stephen Crosby said the applications will be available on the commission’s website during the week of January 6

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New England News
12:13 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Traditional Events Mark The End Of 2013 In Western Mass.

People in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts will have an opportunity to celebrate the last day of 2013 and bring in 2014 at several long-standing events

A year ago there were concerns First Night Northampton might not survive, but the event with an eclectic mix of music and art is taking place today for the 29th consecutive year.  There are a record 22 venues and hundreds of performers throughout the city’s downtown.

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New England News
7:15 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

First Night Northampton Returns For Another New Year

New artists and new venues will usher in the new year in Northampton, Massachusetts at the city’s 29th annual First Night celebration

   Just a year after there were concerns First Night Northampton might not survive the event is back at a record 22 venues with hundreds of performers.  Penny Burke, the executive director of the Northampton Center for the Arts, the long time First Night producer, said the family-friendly program runs from noon to Midnight and features a troupe of acrobats, a  parade, fireworks show, a poetry slam and more than 50 musical acts.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Umass Set To Expand Springfield Presence In 2014

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There had been talk for decades about bringing a campus of the University of Massachusetts to Springfield.  After a year of study by university officials, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced in late 2013 that a downtown Springfield office building would be the location for a UMass satellite center.

Shortly after Robert Caret became President of the University of Massachusetts System three years ago he was lobbied by Springfield political and business leaders to locate the  first-ever satellite campus in the downtown of the state’s third largest city. 

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New England News
4:25 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

MGM Submits Final Massachusetts Casino Application

Casino developers in Massachusetts face a Tuesday deadline to submit final applications to state regulators

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New England News
12:29 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Massachusetts Awards Tax Credits For Mill Redevelopment Project

Ludlow Mills

Additional Massachusetts state tax credits have been awarded for the largest brownfields mill redevelopment project in New England.  The award will help advance a  project to build housing in part of a sprawling former textile mill in Ludlow.

The Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office awarded a $300,000 tax credit this month for a project to build senior housing in the former Ludlow Mills. It comes from program to promote reuse of historic buildings in Massachusetts.

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New England News
11:02 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Massachusetts Health Connector Deadline Extended

Massachusetts Health Connector Ex. Director Jean Yang talked about the new insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Caring Health Center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts Health Connector has extended the sign-up deadline for people in danger of losing their health insurance on January 1st

The state is giving people until December 31st to choose new health plans—an 8-day extension—and people will have until January 10 to pay for the first month’s coverage. 250,000 people who had insurance through the Connector have to enroll in new plans that comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Also more people will now be eligible for subsidized insurance, according to Connector executive director Jean Yang

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