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
12:40 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Study Finds Strong Potential For Downtown Housing Development

A study commissioned for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts finds strong potential for new market-rate housing in the downtown area where a casino is proposed.  But housing developers say high costs and available financing are challenges.

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New England News
1:17 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Minimum Wage Hike To Be Debated In Massachusetts Senate

A bill to raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts is going to come up for debate in the State Senate on Tuesday.

The bill would hike the state’s minimum wage, currently at $8.00 an hour to $11.00 an hour by January 2016 and tie future increases to the rate of inflation. Senate President Therese Murray said the bill is an attempt to restore the minimum wage to its purchasing power if had it kept pace with inflation. Democratic gubernatorial candidates including Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman support it

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New England News
12:47 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Advocate For Formerly Incarcerated Women Is Guest Lecturer

Tina Reynolds

The Five College Consortium in western Massachusetts is hosting guest lecturers in social justice advocacy this fall.  Tina Reynolds is co-founder of WORTH, a New York City-based nonprofit that works with currently and formerly incarcerated women. The organization strives to change public perceptions and policy. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Reynolds.

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New England News
8:35 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Casino Opponents Push For Ballot Question To Repeal Gaming Law

A group of casino opponents in Massachusetts will hold a final drive this weekend to collect signatures to put a question on next November’s ballot to repeal the state’s gambling law.

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New England News
6:25 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Waving Giant Is Center Of Attention At Auction

The 30-foot-tall fiberglass figure known as Plantation Man beckons to travelers exiting the Massachusetts Turnpike at Exit 6. The landmark was sold at auction on Nov. 15,2013
Credit WAMC

An unusual landmark in western Massachusetts was sold at auction today, but its ultimate fate remains unknown.

The 30-foot-tall fiberglass statue known as Plantation Man has waved to travelers from a motel parking lot opposite the Massachusetts Turnpike’s Interchange 6 for 15 years. It was sold on Friday.

The landmark was purchased for $11,500 by Charlie Arment Jr, the owner of a Springfield trucking company, who said he bid on behalf of others whom he would not identify.

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New England News
7:05 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Westfield State University Funding Expected To Be Released

The Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner says a funding freeze at Westfield State University should be lifted now that the embattled former president of the school is retired.

   High Education Commissioner Richard Freeland is recommending release of $2 million earmarked to build a new science center.  Freeland moved last month to freeze certain state funding in the midst of a leadership crisis at the school triggered by investigations into lavish spending by president Evan Dobelle.

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New England News
4:31 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Study Sees Strong Potential For New Downtown Housing

Downtown Springfield, MA

A study commissioned for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts finds strong potential for new market-rate housing in the downtown area where a casino development is proposed.

   The study says the market potential exists to build more than 1,500 units of market-rate housing over the next five years in downtown Springfield and the adjacent South End where MGM is proposing an $800 million casino. Study author Laurie Volk said the development of urban housing attractive to Millennials is not dependent on the casino, but would be enhanced by it.

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New England News
6:14 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Officials Praise Regional Housing Plan

At a meeting today in Chicopee ,top federal and state housing officials praised a newly released plan for expanding access to housing in a large area of western Massachusetts.

The report by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission is the first effort to create a regional housing plan that covers 43 diverse western Massachusetts communities including impoverished urban centers, well-off suburbs, and rural sparsely populated towns. 

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New England News
4:30 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Casino Vote Recount Scheduled In Palmer, Mass.

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed $1 billion casino that voters in Palmer, MA. turned down on November 5,2013
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

A recount of the vote that rejected a $1 billion casino development project in Palmer, Massachusetts has been set.

   A recount of the 5,221 votes cast in the casino referendum will take place on November 26th. Mohegan Sun, which petitioned for the recount after losing the referendum t by 93 votes, said in statement it is disappointed the recount was not scheduled sooner. Jennifer Baruffaldi, a pro-casino activist in Palmer is also unhappy with the scheduling of the recount.

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Politics
7:23 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Republican Explores Run For Congress In Massachusetts 2nd District

Dan Dubrule
Credit DanForMA.com

A retired Massachusetts corrections officer is exploring a run for Congress in the district represented by 8-term Democrat Jim McGovern of Worcester.

Dan Dubrule of Leominster announced the formation Tuesday of an exploratory campaign committee in the Massachusetts 2nd Congressional district.  He acknowledged the long odds of running as a Republican in a state that has not elected a Republican to a U.S. House Seat since 1994.

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