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
4:15 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Massachusetts Adds Jobs In August, Unemployment Rate Unchanged

The Massachusetts economy added 7,500 jobs in August, but the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.2 percent. 

   Analysts have described the Massachusetts economy as stagnant. Before August, there were two consecutive months of job losses and the unemployment rate rose in each of the previous three months. Kevin Lynn at the Future Works Career Center in Springfield where job postings by employers fell 20 percent in August, said job seekers remain frustrated.

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New England News
11:08 am
Thu September 19, 2013

UMass Reports Record Enrollment For This Fall

Student enrollment at the University of Massachusetts has surged to a record level.

Enrollment at UMass is projected to reach 71,988 students this fall, which is a record for the five campus system.  UMass President Robert Caret said with demand for a college education increasing  tuition and mandatory student fees were frozen for this academic year.

Caret said tuition and fees will not increase next year, if Governor Patrick and state legislators agree to fund half the university’s operating budget.

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New England News
6:06 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

UMass Trustees Approve Five-year Capital Plan

Credit WAMC

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday on the flagship Amherst campus approved an ambitious building plan for the five campus system.  But it comes at time when more and more students are taking classes on a computer, not in a classroom.  

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New England News
4:50 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Latest MCAS Results Are Mixed For Troubled Schools

Kiley Middle School in Springfield MA remains " underperforming" according to the 2012-2013 MCAS results
Credit WAMC

Fourteen schools in Massachusetts achieved three-year turnaround goals with improved test scores announced Wednesday. But 20 schools are doing poorly with some facing a possible state take-over.

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New England News
7:45 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

UMass Trustees Set To Vote On $3.8 Billion Building Plan

The UMass board of trustees will vote Wednesday on an ambitious construction plan for the five campus system.

   The trustees will meet on the flagship Amherst campus to vote on a plan to spend $3.8 billion dollars on construction projects over the next five years.   UMass spent $2.4 billion on capital improvements at its campuses over the last decade.  The trustees meet in Amherst, as the university is weighing the creation of its first ever satellite campus in downtown Springfield, something the city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy welcomes

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New England News
6:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Coakley's Opening Gubernatorial Campaign Trip Stops In Springfield

Martha Coakley chats with people at the Red Rose Pizzeria in Springfield MA as part of her barnstorming tour of the state to launch her campaign for governor.
Credit WAMC

Attorney General Martha Coakley brought her barnstorming campaign kickoff for governor to western Massachusetts today. 

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New England News
12:18 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Casino Supporters, Opponents Prepare For Battle In Palmer

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino in Palmer, MA
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The focus of the casino competition in western Massachusetts is now squarely on Palmer. People on both sides of the casino issue in the rural town are gearing up for a referendum with an eye toward what happened with Hard Rock’s casino project last week in West Springfield.

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New England News
4:48 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Coakley To Campaign For Governor In Western Massachusetts

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Attorney General Martha Coakley’s barnstorming tour to announce her run for governor will come to western Massachusetts today.

  

   Coakley”s campaign schedule has her greeting the lunch crowd at Red Rose Pizzeria in Springfield’s South End.   She has stops later in the afternoon in Pittsfield and North Adams.   Coakley entered the Democratic field for Massachusetts Governor with a video announcement stressing job creation and education.

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New England News
6:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

New Partnership To Help Homeless Veterans

A Massachusetts-based veterans outreach organization and a Springfield anti-poverty agency have been awarded a federal grant for a partnership to help homeless veterans in western Massachusetts.

   Soldier On and Springfield Partners for Community Action will use $757,000 to provide help to veterans and their families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.  Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, who announced the federal grant in Springfield on Monday, said the objective is to help people who have served their country get back on their feet.

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New England News
12:16 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Attorney General Martha Coakley Announces Run For Governor

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has announced a run for governor.  She joins an already crowded Democratic field for the 2014 election.

Stressing  job creation, economic development, and education the state’s  top prosecutor, Martha Coakley entered the 2014 fray for governor Monday morning.  She greeted people at a diner in her home town of Medford, the first stop in what her campaign said will be a three-day barnstorming swing that will take her to 18 cities across the state.  Her campaign tour was scheduled to hit western Massachusetts Tuesday.

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