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
12:22 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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New England News
2:33 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Jumps Ahead Of National Rate

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts has climbed higher than the national rate for the first time in more than six years.

The state Office of  Labor and Workforce Development said the jobless rate dropped in November to 7.1  percent  from 7.2 percent the month before.  The national unemployment rate dipped to a five year low of 7 percent.   The Massachusetts unemployment rate has been inching up since summer. Economist Daniel Hodge at the UMass Donahue Institute said sequestration has been a drag on the state’s economy.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Rare Artifact, Misidentified,Found In Museum Storage

A rare Tlingit war helmet recently discovered in storage at the Springfield Museums will be on display beginning Dec. 26,2013
Credit Springfield Museums

The Springfield Museums will soon put on public display a rare anthropological treasure that had been misidentified and kept in storage for more than a century.  Officials  at the science museum in Springfield, Massachusetts announced the discovery today.

Officials at the Springfield Museums say they have authenticated an artifact in the permanent collection as a mid- 19th Century Tlingit helmet that likely belonged to a warrior for a tribe of the indigenous peoples in southeast Alaska.  There are fewer than 100 Tlingit war helmets known to be in existence.

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New England News
4:14 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Bay State Health To Takeover Hospital In Palmer

Wing Memorial Hospital
Credit UmassMemorialMed

The largest health care provider in western Massachusetts is poised to take ownership of another hospital

   The ownership of  Wing Memorial Hospital in Palmer will be transferred from Worcester-based UMass Memorial Medical Center to Baystate Health of Springfield.   The ownership change won’t be finalized for several months. Palmer Town Councilor Paul Burns said he was surprised by the announcement.

"They're both equally good hospitals. I think in the long run the people of Palmer probably benefit from being geographically closer to the main hospital."

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New England News
6:33 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Massachusetts Voters May Decide Bottle Bill Expansion

A coalition that includes environmentalists, consumer advocates, and municipal officials is making another push in Massachusetts to update the bottle deposit law.

Three decades after Massachusetts voters approved a nickel deposit on cans and bottles of soda and beer, a question may appear on the 2014 ballot to include bottled water, teas, and sports drinks in the beverage deposit law.   Secretary of State Bill Galvin has certified the possible ballot question received more than the nearly 69,000 valid signatures required.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Palmer Casino Supporters Urge Mohegan Sun To Pledge New Development

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere, MA

Mohegan Sun, which worked for five years on a casino project in rural Palmer, Massachusetts only to see it come up 94 votes short on Election Day, has now shifted its focus to greater Boston.  The move leaves Palmer casino supporters concerned about the future.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Staff Issues Favorable Report On Wynn Resorts

The investigative unit of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has found Wynn Resorts suitable to bid for the lone casino license available in eastern Massachusetts.  The five-member commission conducted a hearing in Boston today on the results of the background investigation

The Investigations and Enforcement Bureau of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission found nothing that would disqualify Wynn Resorts from being issued a casino license in Massachusetts providing the company can explain to the commission’s satisfaction its business practices in Macau, China.

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New England News
12:47 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Rising Tax Collections Forecast For Massachusetts

Credit wikipedia commons

Experts have told Massachusetts state budget writers to expect modest growth in tax collections next year as the state’s economy and employment continue to grow.  If the forecasts are correct it should mean enough funding for legislative priorities such as local aid and education without  need for tax increases.

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New England News
12:54 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Vigilance,Common Sense Needed To Avoid Being A Crime Victim During The Holidays

Law enforcement authorities urge people to be vigilant during the holidays.  Crowded shopping malls, wrapped presents, and people in a generous spirit are attractive targets for criminals.  Police in Springfield, Massachusetts put out a public warning after someone posing as a package delivery driver stole money from a homeowner.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney

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