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
6:26 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

First Bike Lanes Designated In Springfield

A new bike lane on Plumtree Road in Springfield, MA
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Although bike lanes are a common sight on many urban streets, the third- largest city in Massachusetts only recently opened its first designated lanes for bicycles.  But plans are in the works to make Springfield a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city

   About a dozen bicyclists braved the below freezing weather Monday afternoon to peddle along the newly marked bike lanes on Springfield’s Plumtree Road with encouragement from Mayor Domenic Sarno. The mayor joined city residents, bicycling advocates and urban planners to celebrate the completion of the bike lane project.

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New England News
4:46 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Glitches Impact Massachusetts Online Health Insurance Marketplace

Jean Yang, executive director of the Massachusetts Health Connector
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Officials with the Massachusetts Health Connector say they are working to resolve technical troubles with the website for the state’s online insurance marketplace

Since Massachusetts launched a new website October 1st to get the state’s insurance plans aligned with the national Affordable Care Act there have been persistent problems including freeze-ups and faulty links.  The open enrollment period has been extended to the end of March. The state’s top consumer watchdog, Barbara Anthony, stresses no one has lost insurance coverage.

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New England News
12:53 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Massachusetts' Top Consumer Watchdog Offers Holiday Shopping Advise

Barbara Anthony,Massachusetts Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation

The holiday shopping season begins this week with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Barbara Anthony who heads the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation says there are some things people need to keep in mind to have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.   She spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New England News
11:48 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Springfield Teachers Get High Marks In New Evaluations

Springfield Public School Superintendent Dan Warwick
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Education officials in Massachusetts have praised the Springfield Public Schools for implementing a new teacher evaluation system.

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New England News
6:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

John F. Kennedy Remembered At Eternal Flame Ceremony

The eternal flame memorial to John F. Kennedy in Forest Park Springfield, MA
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The life of the 35th President of the United States was remembered in Springfield, Massachusetts this afternoon.  Hundreds of people turned out for a commemoration at the only eternal flame dedicated to John F. Kennedy other than at his gravesite.

It was a solemn tribute on a cloudy damp day in Springfield’s Forest Park, where the eternal flame memorial to John F. Kennedy was established just one year after his assassination.  There was a moment of silence. Three red roses were placed at the base of the memorial stone. A wreath was placed at the foot of the eternal flame.

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New England News
12:38 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Field Of Casino Competitors Shrinks As Application Deadline Nears

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When Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the law two years ago legalizing casino gambling in Massachusetts there were great expectations for thousands of jobs and tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue. Now as the end-of-the year deadline approaches for final applications for gaming licenses there is great uncertainty.

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New England News
6:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Palmer Casino Backers Believe Mohegan Sun Is Moving On

Casino proponents and opponents outside a polling place in Palmer, MA on Election Day 2013.
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Mohegan Sun is seeking to end an exclusive development deal in Palmer, Massachusetts even before next week’s recount of its failed casino referendum

The Connecticut-based gaming company wants to void the exclusivity agreement it made with a realty company to build a $1 billion resort casino.  Palmer voters rejected the project by a 93 vote margin. Mohegan Sun petitioned for a recount that will take place Tuesday.  Palmer Town Councilor Paul Burns said it appears Mohegan Sun is throwing in the towel prematurely.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Most Massachusetts Teachers Get High Marks In New Evaluations

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The first year results from a new teacher evaluation system in Massachusetts were made public on Thursday.

Eighty-seven percent of the teachers evaluated were rated as a “proficient”    Just 7.7 percent received the highest performance rating of “exemplary.” 4.6  percent were found to “need improvement.” Less than one percent were rated as “unsatisfactory”.  Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester said he was very pleased with the results

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New England News
6:16 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Officials Promote Initiative To Put Locally Grown Foods In School Cafeterias

Jet Duval, a student at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton, MA is served lunch by Mass.Teachers Assoc. President Paul Toner ( on left) and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon is to the left of Toner.
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A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited a western Massachusetts school today to highlight a growing initiative that is giving more than half-a-million children across the county access to locally grown food.

On the lunch menu Wednesday at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton was chili with brown rice, or a chicken patty on a whole wheat roll.   At the end of the cafeteria line children could help themselves to corn, green beans and sliced oranges.

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New England News
4:22 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Republican Don Humason Sworn In To The Massachusetts Senate

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Western Massachusetts has a new State Senator.

   Republican State Senator Don Humason was sworn into office Wednesday by Governor Deval Patrick.  Humason, who was in his 6th term as a State Representative from Westfield, won the special election on November 5th to fill the seat vacated by former  Republican Senator Mike Knapik.

   Humason is just one of four Republicans in the forty-member State Senate.  The minority leader has pledged to appoint Humason to the powerful Way and Means Committee.

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