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
4:44 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Turnpike Tolls In Western Massachusetts To Return Oct. 15

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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

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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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New England News
5:40 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Construction To Start On New Hotel

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A groundbreaking is scheduled Wednesday for a new hotel in downtown Springfield, while construction work is finishing on a second hotel expected to open later this year.

   Both hotels were planned more than 5 years ago, but work stalled because of the recession and other factors.   The fact that both projects are moving ahead is an indicator that business is turning around, in the view of  Mary Kay Wydra, president of the  Greater Springfield Visitors and Convention Bureau.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Church Leader Pledges To Help People Impacted By Gambling

Some members of the faith-based community in western Massachusetts are starting to talk about ways to help people whom they believe will be harmed when a casino opens. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is on track to award a casino license to one of three competitors in the region by April 2014. A casino could open in 2016.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bishop Douglas Fisher of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.

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New England News
8:31 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Shoppers Get A Two-Day Break From Sales Tax In Massachusetts

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Back-to-school shopping which retail analysts say is off to a slow start is expected to get a boost in Massachusetts this weekend because the state has authorized two days of sales-tax free shopping. 

   Jon Hurst, the president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts expects a total of $500 million in sales to occur this weekend. He said the sales-tax free shopping during the second weekend in August has become the traditional start of the back-to–school shopping season in the state.

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New England News
6:14 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

New Hotel Construction Seen As Sign Of Business Rebound

Years before a casino might open in downtown Springfield Massachusetts construction on new hotels is beginning.   The people who sell the city as a tourist destination say it is a positive development.

 A new 100 -room hotel is expected to open in downtown Springfield by the end of this year, and a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled next week for a new six- story hotel that will also have nearly 100 guest rooms when it opens in about a year.

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New England News
4:27 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Failed Judicial Nominee Sues Governor Patrick

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is being sued by a failed nominee to a district court judgeship in Berkshire County.

   Pittsfield attorney Michael McCarthy is joined in the civil suit by former Governor’s Councilor Mary Ellen Manning and current Councilor Michael Albano who said he got involved because  his constituents are  impacted by what happened.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Special Election Date Set As Field Of Candidates Takes Shape

A state Senate seat in western Massachusetts will become vacant at the end of today.  Republican Michael Knapik’s surprise decision to resign from the Senate after nearly 20 years opens an opportunity for Democrats to pick up a seat in the chamber where they already hold an overwhelming majority.

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New England News
7:19 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Date Set For Vote To Fill Vacant State Senate Seat

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State officials have scheduled the special election to fill a vacant western Massachusetts State Senate seat for November 5th. 

The special election will be held concurrently with municipal elections in several communities in a move that will save money and could boost turnout.  Primaries , if needed, would be held October 8th. Republican Michael Knapik of Westfield is resigning after almost two decades in the senate, and the race to succeed him is wide open, according to political consultant Tony Cignoli.

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New England News
4:16 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Casino Opponents Petition For Gaming Law Repeal Vote

Anti-casino groups across Massachusetts are petitioning for a voter referendum to repeal the state’s 2011 gambling law.  

   A formal petition was filed Wednesday with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office, the first step in a lengthy process to put a question on the 2014 state election ballot.  One of the backers of the initiative petition is  the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Bishop Douglas Fisher says he’s hopeful state voters will put a stop to casinos

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