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
3:18 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Anti-casino Group Questions Gaming Commissioner's Impartiality

Massachusetts Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins

An anti-casino group wants a Massachusetts gaming commissioner to recuse himself from voting on a casino project in Springfield.

   The chairman of Springfield’s anti-casino group, Citizens Against Casino Gaming says state  gaming commissioner Bruce Stebbins should not vote on whether MGM can proceed with an $800 million casino project in downtown Springfield.   Michael Kogut said Stebbins’ previous position with the city makes it impossible for him to be impartial

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New England News
12:36 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Harvard Study Points Way To Conserve Massachusetts Forests

A newly released Harvard University study details the consequences of land-use decisions in Massachusetts.  It warns that current development patterns, if left unchanged, will have consequences for water quality and climate change.

If recent development trends continue Massachusetts would lose 13 percent of its forest land over the next 50 years which would undermine recent land conservation gains, threaten wildlife habitats, put drinking water supplies at risk and result in harsher consequences of climate change.

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New England News
7:09 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

New Report Details How Development Threatens Massachusetts Forests

A two-year study, released by Harvard University, says current development trends threaten forests in Massachusetts.

   In a first of its kind study for an entire state researchers used sophisticated computer models to look acre by acre how four different scenarios of development, land conservation and timber-harvesting would play out over the next 50 years.  David Foster, director of  Harvard Forest- the university’s outdoor research lab-said the study comes at a critical time.

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New England News
4:04 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Caesars Entertainment Sues Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby
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A failed bidder for a casino license in Massachusetts has sued the chairman of the state gaming commission. 

   Ceasars Entertainment filed a federal court lawsuit Thursday questioning the objectivity and fairness of gaming commission chairman Stephen Crosby.   The suit highlights Crosby’s past business ties to someone who could profit handsomely if a casino proposed by Wynn Resorts is built in Everett.  Crosby has said the state ethics commission has cleared him of a conflict of interest.

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New England News
6:44 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Modest Revenue Growth Forecast For Massachusetts Budget

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Experts are telling Massachusetts state budget writers to expect modest revenue growth next year

Michael Widmer, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation told a Statehouse hearing Wednesday that his group forecasts a 4.7 percent increase in tax revenues…or about $1 billion.  The Massachusetts Department of Revenue projects similar growth.   Widmer said if the estimates are correct there will be enough money for legislators and the governor to fund small increases in popular programs such as local aid and higher education without a tax increase.

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New England News
4:41 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Boston Man Charged With Murder Of Wilbraham Native Pleads Not Guilty

Amy Lord

A man accused of a murder in Boston last summer that shocked people across the state pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a twenty-count indictment

Edwin Alemany was ordered held without bail after his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston for the murder of Wilbraham-native Amy Lord and non-fatal assaults on three other women.  Many people in the packed courtroom cried as prosecutor John Pappas outlined the case against Alemany

"The homicide of Amy Lord was savage and brutal, but it was not the beginning or the end of his crime spree."

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New England News
3:47 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Fairgrounds Redevelopment Project Gets Financial Lift

Horse barns at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA were built in 2011 with a $4M state grant
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More state funding is being put toward an effort to redevelop a major source of tourism business in western Massachusetts.  Governor Deval Patrick is releasing funding for more work at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton.

$3 million earmarked in a bond bill for a drainage project at the Three County Fairgrounds and the surrounding densely populated residential neighborhood have been included on the latest list of capital projects authorized by Governor Deval Patrick.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Springfield Gets OK To Spend $13M On Tornado Recovery

Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development toured the tornado-damaged Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood shortly after the June 1,2011 storm
Credit WAMC

Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have approved plans by the city of Springfield, Massachusetts to spend $13 million on redeveloping an impoverished area of the city damaged by June 1,2011 tornado. 

Damaged and blighted buildings will be torn down, streets and sidewalks repaved, new houses built, a park and other public properties improved in Maple High-Six Corners, a low income neighborhood still struggling to recover from the historic 2011 storm.

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New England News
6:44 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Police Warn About Package Delivery Scam

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Law enforcement authorities warn scams appear to increase during the busy holiday season.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Demands Revere Vote On Mohegan Sun Casino

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has authorized Mohegan Sun to apply for a license to build a casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in eastern Massachusetts.  However, a new voter referendum on the project will have to take place.

Seeking to avoid a scenario that would have left just one applicant for the lone casino license available in eastern Massachusetts, the five-member gaming commission voted unanimously Tuesday to waive a requirement that a casino applicant secure the approval of local voters before filing a final license application.

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