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
4:53 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Work With Child Abuse Victims Brings Center National Recognition

Credit Baystate Health

A partnership between physicians and police in western Massachusetts to help child abuse victims has earned national accreditation.

   The Family Advocacy Center of Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield is part of a national network of  775 child trauma centers accredited by the National Children’s Alliance.  Dr. Stephen  Boos, the co-medical director said the center helps children impacted by physical and sexual abuse, and exposed to violence at home, in school and on the streets.

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New England News
3:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Hampden District Attorney Nominated To Federal Judgeship

Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni announces the re-accreditation of the Family Advocacy Center. It is an undertaking of Baystate Children's Hospital and local law enforcement to work with child abuse victims
Credit WAMC

A top prosecutor in western Massachusetts may soon become a federal judge.  It would fill a vacancy in the federal court in Springfield that local attorneys say is causing cases to be moved to Boston.

President Obama has nominated  Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. Mastroianni, speaking with reporters, said he received a phone call from the White House Tuesday morning informing him of the nomination.

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New England News
5:23 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Massachusetts House To Vote To Repeal "Tech Tax"

The Massachusetts House is expected to vote Wednesday to repeal the new sales tax on computer software services.

The so-called “ tech tax “was part of a package of  tax increases the Legislature approved in July to raise $500 million for transportation, education and local aid.  But legislative leaders and Governor Patrick say they’ve been persuaded by critics, such as Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation that the  tax is bad for business.

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New England News
5:32 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

City Park Dedicated To Massachusetts Congressman

Credit WAMC

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts opened a new public park Monday and dedicated it to Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal.

The dean of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation said the dedication of the Congressman Richard E. Neal Indian Orchard Community Park is a “nice honor” and something he stressed he did not ask for. Neal said Springfield’s parks system is one of the best in America

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New England News
12:35 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Residency Requirement Pursued Despite Questions Of Legality

Credit WAMC

       City Councilors in Springfield, Massachusetts are weighing a proposal for a strict residency requirement for non-union municipal employees.  But the proposed ordinance faces questions about legality and a likely mayoral veto.

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New England News
12:52 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Medicare Cuts Threaten Home Health Care

Credit homehealth4america.org

Home health care agencies are facing a 14 percent cut in Medicare funding over the next four years.  Industry representatives warn this will have a devastating impact on seniors and the disabled who receive medical care at home.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Eric Berger, CEO of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare.

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New England News
6:24 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Private Park Is Donated To City By Chemical Company

Credit City of Springfield

A new city park will be opened and dedicated on Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts

   The 18 acre park is open green space that was used by over 50 years by employees of a chemical plant.  The plant’s current owner, Eastman Chemical, donated it to the city.  At an earlier event marking playground improvements, Springfield Parks and Recreation Director Patrick Sullivan said the quality of life is enhanced by parks.

   The new park comes with an existing basketball court, baseball diamond, pavilion and restrooms.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

UMass On Track To Establish Satellite Campus In Springfield

University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Thomas
Credit UMass

The University of Massachusetts is poised to establish a first-ever satellite campus. It would be located in downtown Springfield.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has lobbied for several years to get a UMass campus in the city.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke earlier this week with the Chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees, Henry Thomas, who is Springfield resident.

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New England News
5:34 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Project Seeks To Build Partnerships Between Anti-violence, Anti-poverty Advocats

Credit WAMC

Anti-violence advocates in western Massachusetts are working to help women escape from their abusers and to escape poverty.

   The focus at rape crisis centers and emergency shelters for battered women has been on healing physical and emotional scars. Now more  must be done to help mend economic wounds, according to Debra Robbin, Deputy Director of Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.

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New England News
8:18 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Survey Looks At Problem Gambling Ahead Of Casinos Coming To Massachusetts

With legal gambling in Massachusetts about to change with the arrival of casinos in a few years, a new survey released Thursday examined current gambling behavior.

  

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