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
4:27 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Veto Override Vote Scheduled On Residency Law

Springfield City Councilor Mike Fenton who sponsored the residency ordinance approved by the council and later vetoed by Mayor Domenic Sarno

The city council in Springfield , Massachusetts Monday will take up the mayor’s veto of a residency requirement for employees of  the city.

The ordinance approved by a 9 to 3 vote would ban city department heads and their deputies , hired after January 1, 2014 from living outside the city. The mayor would be able to waive the residency requirement for other new hires in a limited set of circumstances.  The bill was sponsored by City Councilor Mike Fenton who said he wrestled with the thorny issue for years.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Sat August 17, 2013

Candidate For Mass. Governor Challenges Ethics Ruling

Democratic State Senator Dan Wolf’s bid for governor of Massachusetts was jolted this month by a ruling from the State Ethics Commission.   The ruling said Wolf’s part ownership of Cape Air, the regional airline he founded, is a conflict of interest because the airline has contracts with Massport to use Logan Airport in Boston.  Wolf is contesting the ruling and has vowed to continue his campaign for governor.  He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New England News
9:17 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Trial Date Set For Chemist In Drug Lab Scandal

Credit WAMC News / Eric Krupke

The former state chemist accused of tampering with evidence in drug cases in Massachusetts has a trial date

   A judge in Boston Friday scheduled a January 6 trial date for Annie Dookhan, whose arrest sent ripples through the state’s criminal justice system.  The trial will cover charges she faces that were part of a 27 count indictment announced last year by Attorney General Martha Coakley

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New England News
3:39 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Coalition Of Groups, Springfield Mayor Agree To Meet About Refugee Resettlement

Credit City of Springfield

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s call for an end to refugee resettlement in the city has drawn a strong rebuttal from several social service agencies, faith- based groups, and anti-poverty activists.

A coalition including representatives of Catholic Charities, Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts, Jobs with Justice and several more groups that work with immigrants met in Springfield Friday and later held a news conference to call for a meeting with Mayor Sarno to discuss his claims that refugee resettlement had become a crisis in Springfield.

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New England News
5:21 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Lawsuit Claiming Persecution Of Gays By Pastor To Continue

A federal judge has rejected a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a Ugandan gay rights group against an evangelical minister in Massachusetts.

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New England News
4:43 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Massachusetts Unemployment Rate Rises To 7.2%

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts has climbed to the highest level in almost two years.

The Massachusetts economy added just 300 jobs in July, according to a report from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.  The unemployment rate rose to 7.2  percent from 7 percent in June.  Robert Nakosteen, an economist at the UMass Isenberg School, said the dismal job numbers are further evidence of an economic slowdown that he blames on federal budget cuts and higher taxes that took effect at the beginning of the year.

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New England News
9:05 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Casino Development Deal In Palmer Said To Be Close

Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Town officials in Palmer Massachusetts expect to finalize a casino development deal this week with Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun.

Even before details of the host community agreement are known, several pro casino groups in Palmer on Monday launched a coordinated effort with Mohegan Sun to win voter approval for the deal. The campaign slogan “ It’s Palmer’s Turn”  was  unveiled. The voter referendum is likely to be in late October.  John Toutant of Palmer believes  town voters will overwhelmingly support the casino project.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

High-Volume Sterilization Clinic Reduces Homeless Animal Population

"Princess", a 2-year old spayed female pitbull at Dakin Humane Society's adoption center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Four years ago this month an animal welfare agency arrived in Springfield Massachusetts and announced an ambitious goal—prevent dogs and cats from becoming homeless and euthanized.  The Dakin Humane Society says it can now guarantee a home for every healthy homeless animal in the Pioneer Valley.

There are fewer animals these days at the Dakin Humane Society’s adoption center on Union Street in Springfield and that’s a good thing according to Candy Lash, the society’s manager of marketing and communications.

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New England News
4:44 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Turnpike Tolls In Western Massachusetts To Return Oct. 15

Credit AP File Photo

The free ride on the far western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike will come to an end in mid-October  according to a plan announced Monday by state transportation officials.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Tax Relief Program For Senior Citizens May Expand To Springfield

Credit Donkey Hotey/Flickr

A decade-old Massachusetts program that allows a property tax break for senior citizens may be introduced in the state’s third largest city.  Springfield would join several smaller cities in the region that already offer the popular program.

The Senior Tax Work-Off Program allows homeowners over the age of 60 to perform tasks for a municipality in exchange for a one-time abatement of a portion of their property tax bill.  It is offered in more than 100 cities and towns in Massachusetts including Westfield, Chicopee and Holyoke.

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