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
12:13 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Process Winnows Field Of Massachusetts Casino Applicants

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino development in Springfield, MA

MGM Resorts International is looking to get a green light this week from Massachusetts gaming industry regulators to file a final application to build a $800 million resort casino in downtown Springfield. Investigators for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have found no reason to disqualify the Las Vegas-based company from the casino licensing process.

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New England News
6:15 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Investigators Find MGM "Suitable" To Bid For Massachusetts Casino License

An artist's rendering of the MGM Resort casino project proposed in downtown Springfield, MA.
Credit MGM Springfield

MGM Resorts International appears to have cleared a key hurdle in the quest to build a resort casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.  The results of a 10-month investigation by Massachusetts gaming industry regulators were released today.

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New England News
2:58 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

MGM Springfield Casino Project Faces Key Hearing

An artist's rendering of the casino proposed in downtown Springfield, MA by MGM
Credit MGM Springfield

Results of a background investigation into the developers of a proposed casino in Springfield will be released Monday by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

   MGM Resorts International CEO James Murren has said he’s confident the gaming commission will approve his company to file a final application for a casino license.  Murren has had to repeatedly defend MGM’s business partner in its Macau casino—Pansy Ho, whose father is a reputed Chinese mobster.

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New England News
12:47 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Slow Population Growth Forecast For Massachusetts

A new study projects continued slow population growth for Massachusetts for the next 20 years. Some parts of western Massachusetts could see population declines according to this forecast.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Susan Strate, manager of the Population Estimates Program at the UMass Donahue Institute.

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New England News
6:51 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Northampton Eyes Economic Impact Of Springfield Casino

David Narkewicz, mayor of Northampton, MA fears a casino located in Springfield will harm his city's vibrant downtown.
Credit northampton.gov

The mayor of Northampton is planning to petition the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for economic relief if a casino is built in Springfield

   Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz fears his city’s vibrant entertainment scene will suffer if a resort casino opens for business just 16 miles away.

    "I'm concerned about what the impacts are of this casino business model,which is obviously trying to get people to come to it, provide entertainment, restaurants ,retail etc with the blessing of the state creating a monopoly in western Massachusetts."

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New England News
4:37 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Special Mass Scheduled In Springfield To Honor Mandela

A Catholic church in Springfield, Massachusetts will hold a memorial mass for Nelson Mandela this weekend.

   The special service will be held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church on Boston Road in Springfield Sunday evening at 5:30.   Father Bill Pomerleau, who oversees Catholic outreach to the African community in western Massachusetts, will celebrate the mass. He said Mandela is honored as a symbol of freedom and reconciliation.

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New England News
3:31 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Holiday Lights, Music Mark Muncipal Group's 100 Years

A post card shows the Municipal Group in Springfield, MA
Credit Boston Public Library

A complex of municipal buildings in Springfield, Massachusetts is 100 years old.  Anniversary festivities are taking place this weekend

A holiday lighting ceremony, concerts, tours and displays of old photographs and memorabilia will mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the civic landmarks collectively known as the Municipal Group. It consists of two Greek Revival-style buildings made of limestone and marble that house Springfield City Hall and Symphony Hall.  Between the two is a 300-foot Italian Campanile clock tower.

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Politics
12:34 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Federal Budget Talks Seen As Moving Forward

Credit Tax Credits, flickr

The December 13th deadline for a bipartisan federal budget deal to avoid another partial government shutdown in January is a week away.  Negotiators, headed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan—a Republican and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray—a Democrat, appear to be making progress.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jo Comerford, Executive Director of the National Priorities Project—a Northampton-based research center.

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New England News
6:31 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

New Property Tax Rates Set In Springfield

Credit en.wikipedia.org

The tax bill for most property owners in Massachusetts’ third largest city will be going up next year

The Springfield City Council voted to keep the residential property tax rate unchanged for fiscal year 2014 at $19.71 per $1,000 valuation.  But, the tax bill on the average single family home in Springfield will go up by $91 because, for the first time in several years, property values have increased, according to Richard Allen, Chairman of the Board of Assessors.

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New England News
4:34 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Gov. Patrick Authorizes Spending On Several Projects

Horse barns built in 2012 at the Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton, MA as a part of a phased redevelopment
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has released a plan to spend $1.8 billion on construction projects including several in western Massachusetts.

The plan includes $3 million for a drainage project at the Three County Fairgrounds and surrounding neighborhood in Northampton.  Mayor David Narkewicz said resolving flooding problems will help advance a $40 million redevelopment of the fairgrounds.

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