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
3:46 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Baystate Health CEO To Step Down

Baystate Health President and CEO Mark Tolosky
Credit Baystate Health

The head of the largest private employer in western Massachusetts, Baystate Health, has announced plans to step down

Baystate Health president and CEO Mark Tolosky will step aside in six months to be succeeded by Dr. Mark Keroack, the current chief operating officer for the health care network.   Tolosky, who has run Baystate for a decade said a plan is in place to assure a smooth transition.

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New England News
7:22 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Slow Population Growth Forecast For Massachusetts

A new study projects the population of Massachusetts will grow by 4.4 percent over the next twenty years

The comprehensive study by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute forecasts the state’s population will increase by 291,000 people to a total of 6.8 million people by 2030.  The greater  Boston area and parts of central Massachusetts are predicted to grow at rates exceeding the state average, while areas  of western Massachusetts will stay flat, or even loose population, according to the Donahue Institute’s Susan Strate

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New England News
6:16 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

UMass To Spend $2M To Improve Security In Amherst Residence Halls

Credit WAMC

Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have released an independent report on residence hall security.  The review was commissioned following an alleged gang rape in a residence hall last year.

UMass will spend an estimated $2 million over the next three years to improve security in the residence halls on the flagship campus as recommended by the 214-page report.  UMass Amherst Police Chief John Horvath said there will be new guest registration procedures, changes to the physical layout of residence halls, fixes to problems with doors, alarms and access cards.

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New England News
12:33 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Massachusetts Awards Grants To Train People For Skilled Manufacturing Work

Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki toured a precision manufacturing classroom at Springfield Technical Community College in October 2013
Credit WAMC

Massachusetts is putting more money into an effort to fill a growing demand for workers in advanced manufacturing.   One workforce development program in western Massachusetts is recruiting the unemployed, underemployed and recently returned military veterans.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Gaming Panel Puts Off Key Decision On Suffolk Downs Casino

Credit Massgaming.com

With a deadline looming at the end of the month for final applications for resort casino licenses in Massachusetts, the state’s gaming industry regulators have delayed a key decision on the fate of one project.   The decision will determine how many competitors will vie for the lone casino license available in the greater Boston area.

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New England News
12:23 pm
Sun December 1, 2013

Financial Help Offered To Hadley Businesses Affected By Fire

Fire on Oct. 27 damaged or destroyed a dozen businesses in a strip mall on Route 9 in Hadley, MA

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced federal assistance is available to businesses impacted by a big fire in western Massachusetts

Loans from the Small Business Administration up to $2 million are available to the dozen businesses affected by the fire last month that swept through a strip mall on Route 9 in Hadley.  The help is available as a result of a disaster declaration made by Gov. Patrick

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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New England News
10:15 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Holiday Light Display Begins New Season

Credit Spirit of Springfield

The largest holiday light display in the Northeast is in its 19th season in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Bright Nights at Forest Park, the drive-through light display, may look a little brighter this year. About a quarter of the display has been switched to energy-saving LED lighting, according to Judy Matt, president of  Spirit of Springfield, the presenter of Bright Nights

Bright Nights which runs through January 5th includes holiday-themed displays, but also exhibits inspired by Dr. Seuss created- characters and Hasbro board games.

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New England News
7:18 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Big Balloons Parade In Springfield

Credit Spirit of Springfield

New York City is not the only place in the Northeast with a big parade this time of  year

The annual Tower Square Parade of Big Balloons steps off at 11a.m. today on Main Street in downtown Springfield.   The Cat In The Hat balloon is back this year  joined by a new  Yogi Bear balloon and a half-dozen more.   Judy Matt, president of Spirit of Springfield, which produces the parade, expects tens of thousands of spectators.

The parade also features four marching bands, and Santa Claus on a fire truck

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New England News
6:22 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

UMass Satellite Seen As Economic Engine For Springfield

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The planned opening of a University of Massachusetts satellite campus in downtown Springfield next year is expected to provide an economic boost to the region’s largest city.  The UMass center is a key component of a downtown revitalization strategy, and the course offerings will be tailored to local workforce development needs

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New England News
3:12 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Mohegan Sun, Rejected In Palmer, Partners In Suffolk Downs Casino Project

Mohegan Sun, which lost a bid to build a casino in western Massachusetts, is now pursuing a project in the Boston area.

Mohegan Sun has partnered with Suffolk Downs in an effort to build a casino at the thoroughbred race track.  The partnership was announced just a day after a recount of the Nov. 5th referendum in Palmer confirmed the end of a five-year effort by Mohegan Sun to develop a casino in the rural town.  Jennifer Baruffaldi, a pro casino advocate in Palmer questions Mohegan Sun’s commitment.

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