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
12:26 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Westfield State President Responds To Criticism About Spending

Credit WSU

Embattled Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is defending his controversial spending of taxpayer and foundation money on travel and entertainment.  He’s also complaining about what he says is a “rush to judgment” by state officials.  

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New England News
7:18 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Three Companies Make Pitches For Slot Parlor License

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission heard public presentations Monday from the three competitors for the lone slot machine parlor license available in the state.

   The Cordish Companies of Maryland is proposing the only slot parlor project west of Interstate 495. The project in the northern Worcester County city of Leominster would cost $200 million to build and over ten years pay just over $1 billion in taxes, according to Cordish President Joe Weinberg.

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New England News
5:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Furloughs End For Civilian Employees Of U.S. Military

A C-5 on the flight line at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, MA.
Credit US Air Force

On the seventh day of the federal government shutdown, thousands of civilian employees returned to work Monday at a half dozen military bases in Massachusetts.

       The 270 civilian employees at Westover Air Reserve base in Chicopee went to work Monday as a result of a decision by the Secretary of Defense. Lt. Col. James Bishop, the chief public affairs officer at the base, said the civilians were notified over the weekend to come back to work.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Environmentalists Press For Fracking Ban In Massachusetts

Environmental activists in Massachusetts are trying to launch a preemptive strike against hydraulic fracturing. While the controversial gas drilling practice has been the subject of fierce debate in New York for years it has drawn little attention in Massachusetts.

   The group Environment Massachusetts is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to enact a ban on fracking even though geologists and the petroleum industry insist the chances are remote the controversial gas drilling technique-- where water and chemicals are used to break rock--  would ever be used in the Bay State.

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New England News
2:48 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

City Councilors To Debate How Much To Pay The Mayor

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno speaks to reporters after he was re-elected to a third term in 2011
Credit WAMC

City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts on Monday will consider a pay raise for the mayor. 

    The $95,000 annual salary for the mayor in Springfield has not changed in 16 years. Mayor Domenic Sarno believes a raise is overdue, but he said he does not want the debate to become a referendum on his job performance

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New England News
5:37 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Gun Buyback In Northampton, Greenfield Saturday

People in the mostly rural western Massachusetts counties of  Hampshire and Franklin are being urged to turn in unwanted firearms on Saturday, October 5th

   The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office  has organized its first gun buyback. DA David Sullivan said the idea is to  get guns people have no use for out of homes to prevent the weapons from being stolen or otherwise falling into the wrong hands.

   Firearms can be exchanged for $50 gift cards at the police stations in Northampton and Greenfield on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Municipal Buildings Complex Hits Century Mark

A postcard believed to be from 1940 shows Springfield Symphony Hall (on the left) the Italiante Camanile clock tower and City Hall
Credit Boston Public Library

A complex of municipal buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts that includes City Hall is 100 years old, and plans are in the works for a big celebration that will include concerts.

     Participating in the rededication ceremony  the weekend of December 6th  will be Jonathan Fantini Porter, a top official with the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, whose great grandfather, John Denison was mayor of Springfield 100 years ago.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Gun Buyback To Be Held In Western Massachusetts

Credit Flickr/Smarter's Photos

A first-ever gun buy-back is taking place Saturday in two mostly rural counties in western Massachusetts—Hampshire and Franklin counties.  People will have  chance to dispose of guns at the police stations in Northampton and Greenfield from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, whose office organized the gun buy-back.

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New England News
5:22 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Environmental Group Launches Campaign To Ban Fracking In Massachusetts

Environmental activists in Massachusetts are trying to launch a preemptive strike against hydraulic fracturing.

   The organization Environment Massachusetts, as part of a public awareness campaign, released a report Thursday called “ Fracking by the Numbers.”   Environment Massachusetts Field Associate Ben Hellerstein said the report  quantifies the impact of the controversial gas  drilling practice on drinking water, the air and the land in states where fracking is allowed.

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New England News
6:19 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

City, Gas Co. Announce Settlement Stemming From Downtown Springfield Explosion

An investigator and dog search the rubble of a strip club that was destroyed by the natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield, MA on Nov. 23, 2013.
Credit SFD

Columbia Gas Company has agreed to pay the city of Springfield, Massachusetts $850,000  as a settlement for damage and injury  that resulted from a natural gas explosion last year in the downtown area.

   The city will get $650,000 to compensate for the damage the blast caused to streets and sidewalks, injuries to 18 municipal employees-most of them firefighters- and other expenses.  Mayor Domenic Sarno said the gas company is giving the city $200,000 to develop an urban renewal plan for the affected area

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