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
6:12 am
Fri September 13, 2013

The Big E Opens Today

Credit ESE

The largest fair in the northeast, the Big E, starts its annual run this morning in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Each of the 17 days of this year’s Big E is a full schedule of musical entertainment, animal shows, carnival rides, shopping, and parades.  Big E President Gene Cassidy is proud of the eclectic line-up of performers that includes DJ Pauly D, Randy Houser and the Beach Boys.

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New England News
4:33 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Casino Combatants Take Stock Following Hard Rock's Defeat

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino in Palmer, MA. Town voters will decide the fate of the project on Nov. 5
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The focus of the casino competition in western Massachusetts shifts to Palmer following this week’s vote in West Springfield that killed one casino project.

   Jennifer Baruffaldi,spokesperson for a pro-casino group in Palmer said she is delighted to have Hard Rock removed as a competitor for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.

   Iris Cardin, co-chair of  an anti-casino group in Palmer, said it was heartening to see  the  grassroots activists in West  Springfield  defeat a casino industry giant at the polls.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Voters Kill Hard Rock Casino Project

Voters in West Springfield on Tuesday delivered a knockout punch to casino industry giant Hard Rock.   The vote to reject an $800 million dollar casino project leaves just two competitors standing for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.

By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent, West Springfield voters turned down a development agreement that could have seen Hard Rock build a casino, hotel, and year-round concert venue on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, home of the annual Big E agricultural fair.

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WAMC News
7:51 am
Wed September 11, 2013

West Springfield Mass. Voters Reject Casino

Entertainment industry giant Hard Rock’s plans to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts have been rejected by voters in the small town of West Springfield.

By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent voters Tuesday defeated Hard Rock’s proposal for an $800 million resort casino on the Big E fairgrounds.  Ted Hebert, a member of a grassroots organization that worked to defeat the casino was thrilled.

Tim Maland, Hard Rock New England President said the company had no plans to try to put a casino somewhere else in Massachusetts

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New England News
10:28 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

West Springfield Rejects Hard Rock Casino

Nathan Bech, who lead the campaign against Hard Rock's proposed casino in West Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Entertainment industry giant Hard Rock’s plans to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts have been rejected by voters in the small town of West Springfield.

   By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent voters Tuesday defeated Hard Rock’s proposal for an $800 million resort casino on the Big E fairgrounds.  Ted Hebert, a member of a grassroots organization that worked to defeat the casino was thrilled.

   Tim Maland, Hard Rock New England President said the company had no plans to try to put a casino somewhere else in Massachusetts

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New England News
5:11 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Diocese And Insurer Settle Over 2011 Storm Damage

Cathedral High School has stood empty since it was ruined by the June 1,2011 tornado. The Springfield diocese and its insurance company had been far apart on the amount of the loss
Credit WAMC

More than two years after a tornado ripped through the only Catholic High School in Springfield Massachusetts, the diocese has reached a settlement with its insurance company

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New England News
3:59 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Both Sides Optimistic About West Springfield Casino Vote

Casino campaign lawn signs on the driveway leading to a polling place in West Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Voters in West Springfield are going to the polls today for the latest casino referendum in western Massachusetts.

   Voting was described as steady by election officials and appeared, as of mid-afternoon, to be on pace to reach the 40 percent turnout predicted by the Town Clerk for today’s referendum on Hard Rock’s  proposal to build a resort casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

   Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland said he was a bit nervous about the outcome of today’s referendum.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Outreach Begins To Help People Navigate Health Care Changes

Massachusetts Health Connector Authority Ex. Dir. Jean Yang speaking at Caring Health Center in Springfield.
Credit WAMC

The state agency that administers the health insurance market in Massachusetts has launched an outreach effort to make people aware of changes that will be coming under the federal Affordable Care Act. 

   The approximately 250,000 people who have obtained health insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector will need to sign up for new plans because of federally mandated changes in benefits and subsidies that take effect January 1,2014.   Health Connector Executive Director Jean Yang said the outreach is targeting a six-month open enrollment that begins October 1st.

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New England News
4:21 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

West Springfield Hard Rock Casino Referendum Is Tuesday

Credit Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

:  Voters in West Springfield, Massachusetts will decide Tuesday whether to allow a Hard Rock casino on the Big E fairgrounds.

   Hard Rock officials say a series of public forums has helped swayed public opinion in favor of the $800 million casino development.  Therese Tease said she was against the casino at first ,but now will vote yes

   Nathan Bech leads a group opposed to the casino. They’ve staged rallies and also done some door-to-door campaigning

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New England News
12:42 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Protests Planned Over Possible Syrian Strike

Credit Olga Lednichenko, flickr

Several anti-war groups have organized vigils to be held across the country today to demonstrate opposition to a U.S. military strike on Syria.  The protests occur as President Obama attempts to build public support for a military response to the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria. One of the vigils is taking place in Northampton, Massachusetts and WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with organizer Jeff Napolitano of the American Friends Service Committee

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