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
5:37 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Venerable Downtown Springfield Eatery To Close

The Student Prince Cafe and Fort Dining Room on Fort Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. The restaurant specialized in German cuisine and was considered by some Springfield's answer to Locke-Ober, the legendary Boston restaurant that closed in 2012.

A landmark restaurant in western Massachusetts is closing.

The Student Prince and Fort Dining Room, a nearly 80 year-old family owned German restaurant in downtown Springfield, will close on June 30th.  The owners said the restaurant is no longer profitable and they want to retire. Mayor Domenic Sarno said he is optimistic about a new owner.

"I get the feeling there are bidders out there who are looking to keep the tradition going."

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New England News
12:25 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Fate Of Springfield Casino In Hands Of Massachusetts Voters

Credit MGM Springfield

When casinos were legalized in Massachusetts three years ago, the mayor of Springfield set off on a high-stakes bid to land a destination resort casino that could transform the city’s economically depressed downtown. Now, potentially within months of a groundbreaking for an $800 million casino, the project is in jeopardy. 

Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy says when he and Mayor Domenic Sarno first talked about the strategy for getting a casino built in the city, they told each other they would remain optimistic and prepared for whatever hurdles came along.

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New England News
6:06 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot

Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today that a question asking voters to repeal the state’s casino law can go on the November ballot.  It sets up what promises to be a hard-fought campaign to decide the fate of the fledgling gambling industry in Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:10 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Crackdown On Drugs, Guns Brings Federal, State Charges

Assistant U.S. Attorney for Mass. Paul Smyth announces the indictments of 22 Springfield men on drug and firearm charges.
Credit WAMC

Twenty-two people have been charged in federal and state indictments with drug and firearm offenses in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  Law enforcement officials say some dangerous people have been taken off the streets of a city that has seen a recent spike in deadly gun violence.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Springfield Mayor Renews Call For Moratorium On Refugee Resettlements

Credit City of Springfield

The Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts has renewed a call for an end to new refugee resettlements in Springfield.  Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal said the mayor has raised concerns that need to be addressed.

     Mayor Domenic Sarno first called for a moratorium on refugee resettlements in Springfield 10 months ago, but then backed off amid criticism from social service providers and advocates for immigrants. Sarno said his office recently learned that up to 70 refugees will be settled in Springfield in the coming year.

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New England News
4:28 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Twenty-two Springfield Men Face Drug, Firearm Offenses

Assistant U.S. Atty Paul Smyth announces the indictments of 22 Springfield men on drug trafficking and firearms charges at a news conference at the federal courthouse in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts has announced charges against 22 people alleged to be high-level drug dealers in the city of Springfield.

  

   The 22 people were indicted on a variety of federal and state charges that include distribution of heroin and crack cocaine and illegal gun possession.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Smyth said the 22 are  not accused of  working in concert with each other. The indictments resulted from separate investigations that culminated at roughly the same time.

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New England News
1:06 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Top Labor Official Hails Massachusetts Jobs Report

The unemployment rate in Massachusetts has dropped to a six-year low. The state recorded a 5.6 percent unemployment rate in May, a drop of four-tenths percent from April.  The report ,earlier this week from the state labor department ,said the number of people working in Massachusetts was the most in almost 25 years.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian.

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New England News
8:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Poll Finds Massachusetts Voters Still Support Casinos

An artist's rendering of the Springfield casino proposed by MGM Resorts. It was awarded the state's first casino license on June 13,2014, two-and-a-half years after Las Vegas-style gambling was legalized in Massachusetts.
Credit MGM Springfield

A new poll finds Massachusetts residents still support casino gambling, but have lost confidence in the casino industry regulators.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Tuition,Fees To Remain Unchanged At UMass For Second Straight Year

The cost of attending the University of Massachusetts for the 2014-15 academic year will not increase for the majority of undergraduates.  The state’s taxpayers will be putting more toward the cost of a UMass education.

   The University of Massachusetts board of trustees voted to freeze tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students for the second year in a row.  The back-to-back freeze is a first in recent UMass history.

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New England News
4:36 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ruling Puts Candidate On September Primary Ballot

The Massachusetts Ballot Law Commission put Eric Lesser's name on the September primary ballot for State Senate in the 1st Hampden and Hampshire District.

Massachusetts election officials have rejected a challenge to a candidate for State Senate in western Massachusetts that was made by a fellow-Democrat.

The Massachusetts Ballot Law Commission ruled Friday that Eric Lesser meets the state’s five-year residency requirement for seeking a seat in the state legislature, even though he worked in the Obama White House until 2011.  The commission said during his time in Washington, Lesser was still registered to vote in Massachusetts and kept possessions at his family’s home in Longmeadow. Lesser said he was gratified by the ruling.

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