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
Tue December 24, 2013

Springfield Casino Supporters Pleased With Suitability Finding On MGM

Casino supporters in Springfield, Massachusetts received an early Christmas present on Monday. A regulatory ruling paves the way for a final decision this spring on what has been billed as the biggest economic development project in the city’s history

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, after reviewing a 10- month background investigation, cleared MGM Resorts International to be the lone applicant for a casino license in western Massachusetts. The Las Vegas-based entertainment industry giant is proposing an $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield.

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New England News
5:17 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

MGM Clears State Background Check In Bid To Build Springfield Casino

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

           A major development today in efforts to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts

   The Massachusetts Gaming Commssion, following a lengthy background investigation, and a public hearing earlier this month has determined that MGM Resorts is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts. It clears the company to file a final application by the December 31st deadline for  an  $800 million casino project in Springfield.  The city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy said the casino could be licensed by May.

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New England News
4:51 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Search To Start In January For New WSU President

A search is expected to begin in January for a new president at a state university in western Massachusetts following the resignation of its former president amid controversy

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New England News
12:54 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Episcopal Diocese Creates New Ministry On Climate Change

Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas
Credit episcopalchurch.org

Churches are becoming more active on the issue of climate change.  The Episcopal Diocese of  Western Massachusetts has created a new position for environmental spirituality.  Bishop Douglas Fisher has appointed Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas of Amherst as the Missioner for Creation Care.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Rev. Bullitt-Jonas.

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New England News
12:55 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

What The Budget Deal Means

Credit Tax Credits, flickr

A bipartisan budget deal won final approval in the Congress last week. It averts the threat of another government shutdown and eases the impact of the across-the-board  spending cuts known as sequestration.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jo Comerford, executive director of the National Priorities Project about what the budget deal means.

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New England News
10:41 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Springfield Seeks State Funding To Build Two New Schools

The Springfield Public Schools will ask the Massachusetts School Building Authority for money to build two new schools

Springfield School Superintendent Dan Warwick said the request to replace two elementary schools, both built in the 1890s is part of an aggressive effort to improve school facilities.  In the last few years a new high school was built, a middle school renovation completed, construction started to replace a tornado- damaged school, and there have been dozens of upgrades throughout the district

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New England News
8:28 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

U.S. Appeals Court Stays Springfield Foreclosure Regulations

A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked enforcement of an anti-foreclosure ordinance in Springfield Massachusetts.

Banks are challenging the ordinance that requires a $10,000 bond be posted for each property being foreclosed.  The  money would be used to secure and maintain vacant houses, according to Springfield Code Enforcement Commissioner Stephen Desilets.

" It has been very frustrating for  us over the years trying to deal with all the complaints that come in from the neighborhoods about vacant properties and have nothing to tap into."

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New England News
6:25 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Cybersecurity Expert Looks At Target Data Theft

Credit Don Hankins/Flickr

The security breach at Target that affected an estimated 40 million credit and debit card accounts has unnerved people as the holiday shopping season nears a peak.  What exactly happened is still unknown.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill spoke with Larry Snyder, the director of the Cybersecurity Management Program at Bay Path College.

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New England News
12:22 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Study Calculates Impact Of Sequestration In Massachusetts

The Massachusetts economy took a significant hit because of the federal budget cuts known as sequestration.  A study released this week estimated the impact the $1 trillion in automatic across-the-board spending cuts had in the Bay State.

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New England News
4:38 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Mass. Gaming Commission Approves Mohegan Sun Waiver Request

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino on Suffolk Downs race track property in Revere, MA

The Massachusetts  Gaming Commission has formally approved a waiver to allow Mohegan Sun to go forward with a casino project in eastern Massachusetts

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