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
5:43 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Massachusetts State Panel Designates Cultural District In Springfield

Springfield Symphony Hall is in the newly designated cultural district in the city center.
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The Massachusetts Cultural Council has approved the creation of a cultural district in Springfield.

The cultural district designation will help promote attractions such as the Springfield Museums and Symphony Hall and encourage the growth of art and music festivals and the so-called creative economy. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno  said there are huge benefits to having an official state-recognized cultural district in the heart of the city.

Sixteen cultural district designations have been issued in Massachusetts since the program started in 2011.

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New England News
4:08 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Large Crowd Salutes Veterans At Annual Springfield Parade

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno ( on left), Springfield,MA Veteran of The Year Roland Blanchard, and Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshall Thomas Belton ( on right) placed a wreath at the Veterans' Monument in Court Square
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Veterans and their families were honored Monday with parades and ceremonies throughout the region

A bright sunny day helped to bring out a larger than usual crowd to watch the annual Veterans Day parade in Springfield, Massachusetts.  An estimated 500 people stood on city hall plaza and in Court Square to hear speeches and see a wreath –laying. The parade committee’s veteran of the year, Roland Blanchard said it was encouraging to see so many people line the parade route.

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New England News
12:24 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

City Councilor Announces Colleagues Support To Be Next President

Michael A. Fenton, at the age of 26, would be the youngest person elected City Council President in Springfield, MA.

When a new city council is seated in Springfield, Massachusetts this January a majority of its 13 members will be black or Hispanic.  It is the first time in Springfield history voters elected minorities to a majority of the seats on both the city council and school committee.  City councilor Michael Fenton said he has commitments from his colleagues to be elected council president in January.  At 26 , he would be the youngest council president in the city’s history. He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill

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New England News
12:18 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Minorities Will Be In The Majority On The Next Springfield City Council

The election Tuesday resulted  in historic change to the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts.

When a new city council is seated in January a majority of its 13 members will be black or Hispanic.  It is the first time in Springfield history voters elected minorities to a majority of the seats on both the city council and school committee.  City councilor Michael Fenton said  he has commitments from his colleagues to be elected council president in January.  At 26 , he would be the youngest council president in the city’s history.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Expert Sees Disarray In Massachusetts Casino Landscape

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The effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts is “on the verge of being a mess,” according to a gaming policy expert.  Voters in Palmer and East Boston rejected casino projects on Election Day.  There is the possibility some casino developers won’t pass a strict background check.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Clyde Barrow, a professor of public policy at UMass Dartmouth, who specializes in the gaming industry.   He asked Barrow to assess the current state of casino development in Massachusetts

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New England News
6:18 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

PVTA Seeks State Funding To Build New Bus Repair Facility

PVTA buses in downtown Springfield, MA
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State legislators in Massachusetts are working to write a transportation bond bill. Funding is being sought for a couple of major transportation projects in Springfield.

   The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority hopes to get state money to build a new maintenance and operations facility to replace a 100 –year- old former trolley barn that the administrator of the authority says is obsolete and too small to repair modern buses.  Also an urgent need is seen to begin work to replace the aging elevated section of Interstate 91 in downtown Springfield.  

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New England News
3:34 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Plan Approved To Redevelop Tornado Damaged Neighborhood

Blue tarps still cover roofs in the Maple High-Six Corners neighborhood of Springfield, MA two years after the June 1,2011 tornado
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Federal officials have approved plans to spend $13 million in tornado recovery funds in Springfield, Massachusetts.

 The money awarded Springfield by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used in a low income neighborhood still struggling to recover from the June 1, 2011 storm.  Damaged buildings will be torn down, new single family houses built, streets and sidewalks replaced. The plans were announced last summer by city officials and Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal

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New England News
6:09 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Casino Company Begins Recount Process In Palmer

Advocates for both sides of the casino referendum in Palmer, MA greeted voters arriving at a polling place on Election Day.
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Mohegan Sun has initiated the process of petitioning for a recount of Tuesday’s referendum in Palmer where the company’s $1 billion western Massachusetts casino project was narrowly defeated.

   The company said in a statement it is seeking a recount of all the ballots cast in Tuesday’s referendum.  A total of 5,221 people voted, and the casino was turned down by a margin of 93 votes, according to the town clerk. Mohegan Sun lawyer Kevin Conroy said there were problems with a voting machine.

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New England News
4:56 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Massachusetts Economic Growth Picks Up

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The Massachusetts economy outpaced the national economy over the summer as there was surprisingly strong growth.

  

   The Massachusetts economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter of this year, according to a report by MassBenchmarks, the journal of the state’s economy published by UMass Donahue Institute.  The U.S. economy grew by  2.8 percent during the same three-month period.  MassBenchmarks executive editor Robert Nakosteen said a recovering housing market, consumer and business spending are driving economic growth

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New England News
12:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mohegan Sun Will Seek Recount After Narrow Defeat Of Palmer Casino Referendum

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino in Palmer, MA
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Mohegan Sun plans to ask for a recount of Tuesday’s referendum in Palmer where voters by a narrow margin rejected the company’s plans for a $1 billion resort casino.  If the results stand, it will leave MGM in Springfield as the only company left to apply for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.

The casino referendum was defeated by a vote of 2,657 to 2,564—a margin of 93 votes—according to final, but unofficial, results announced Tuesday night by the Palmer Town Clerk’s office. Turnout was an astounding 66 percent of the town’s registered voters.

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