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
6:08 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Gov. Patrick Announces $200M For I-91 Project

A section of the elevated portion of I-91 in downtown Springfield
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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced funding today for a massive transportation project in western Massachusetts.

   Governor Deval Patrick announced $200 million will be spent to replace deteriorating concrete decks on the elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield while simultaneously studying the possibility of depressing a portion of the highway to street level or below.

   Patrick announced the project during a speech at a lunch hosted by the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield.

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New England News
4:03 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Voters To Decide Fate Of Another Casino Project

The casino competition in Massachusetts should become clearer this week, as a final local referendum takes place today.

Milford, a town of 25,000  people , 20 miles southwest of Boston will deliver a life or death verdict to a $1 billion resort casino development proposed by Connecticut-based Foxwoods.   Supporters and opponents have canvassed door-to-door.  Western New England University political science professor Tim Vercellotti said it doesn’t take much to tip the balance.

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New England News
4:28 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Poll Finds Public Support Still Strong For Casinos In Massachusetts

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A new poll finds an overwhelming majority of people in Massachusetts in favor of  casino gambling in the state, but most do not want to live near a casino.

Three out of five adults in Massachusetts support having casinos in the state, but just 42 percent say they would want one in their city or town, according to a poll by Western New England University.  Polling Institute  Director Tim Vercellotti said the latest findings are consistent with polls taken before the legislature legalized casino gambling in 2011.

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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
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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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