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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The Vote
11:11 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Vote: Impact Of Voter Suppression On Election Outcomes Difficult To Detect

Sometimes people do not vote because they have been prevented or discouraged from doing so. In the conclusion of our series  The Vote, WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill looks at voter suppression.

The United States, where the right to vote is considered fundamental to our system of government, has a long history of voter suppression.  Laws, administrative procedures, and campaign dirty tricks have been used to try to influence the outcome of elections by means of voter suppression.

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New England News
11:03 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Mohegan Sun Casino Rejected In Palmer Vote, Company Wants Recount

Artist's rendering of proposed Casino Mohegan Sun wants to build in Palmer, MA
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Voters in Palmer, Massachusetts Tuesday  rejected a $1 billion casino project, but Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun will ask for a recount.

The casino referendum was defeated by 93 votes, according to the unofficial results reported by the town clerk.  Charlotte Burns led a grassroots campaign that argued the big casino with two hotels and a water-park would destroy the character of the rural town of 12,000 people.

Mohegan Sun CEO Mitchell Etess said he will petition for a  recount based on possible irregularities with one vote-counting machine.

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New England News
12:53 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Education Commissioner Discusses Decision To Order Takeover Of Four Schools

Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester

For the first time under a 2010 education reform law in Massachusetts the state is taking over four struggling schools.  The state will place into receivership two schools in Boston, one in New Bedford and the Morgan Community School—a K through 8th grade school—in Holyoke.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester about the action.

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New England News
6:48 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

A Library With No Printed Books May Be In Springfield's Near Future

The Liberty Street Library, which was closed earlier this year, may become an all-digital library
Credit WAMC

Officials in Springfield, Massachusetts are looking to create an entirely digital public library

   The director of the Springfield City Library is pursuing funding to use a recently closed branch library as a place where people could sit at computer terminals to access the internet and take out hand-held electronic reading devices on-loan loaded with downloaded books--but visitors would not find any paper copies of books. 

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New England News
4:18 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Parking Garage Endangered By Falling Concrete From Interstate Highway

The upper level of a parking garage in downtown Springfield, MA was closed Nov 1,2013 after chunks of concrete fell from Interstate 91. The deck of the elevated highway is the roof of the garage
Credit WAMC

Falling concrete from an interstate highway has led to the partial closing of a parking garage in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

 

The emergency closing of the upper level of the garage directly beneath the highway underscores an urgent need to replace the entire aging elevated section of  Interstate 91 in Springfield, according to Tim Brennan, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

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New England News
12:16 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MGM's China Connection Shadows Springfield Casino Project

Credit MGM Springfield

A decision on whether MGM Resorts International is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts is expected to be made by gaming industry regulators in the next two months.  Passing the mandatory background investigation in Massachusetts is proving to be no easy feat.

       When casino industry giant Caesars Entertainment, which has stakes in more than 50 casino operations in the United States and seven countries, was abruptly dropped  two weeks ago    as the operator of a proposed Boston casino, it rang alarm bells in Springfield.

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New England News
7:19 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Plans Announced For Red Sox Victory Parade In Boston

A parade to celebrate the Red Sox World Series championship will be held in Boston Saturday.

   The “ rolling rally”  as it has come to be known when Boston celebrates a sports championship will feature the players riding  duck boats. It will began at 10 a.m. at Fenway Park and wind down Boylston Street eventually ending up with the amphibious craft in the Charles River.  The plans were outlined by Boston Mayor Tom Menino at a brief city hall news conference.

   Team officials said Saturday was chosen for the parade so that parents could bring their children.

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New England News
4:34 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Some Get Rowdy After Red Sox Win

UMass Police disperse rowdy students following Red Sox World Series victory
Credit Larry Kelly-"Only In Amherst" blog

Some celebrations of the Red Sox World Series victory turned rowdy early Thursday morning. 15 people were arrested for various crimes on the campus of UMass Amherst.

   About 3,000 students gathered for a university-organized party on a concourse outside a residential area. The game was shown on a large screen. Shortly after the last out was recorded some students threw bottles and trash cans and clashed with police. Video recorded by the Daily Collegian showed police using pepper spray pellets and a smoke grenade to disperse the crowd.

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New England News
4:52 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

State To Take Over Four Struggling Schools, Including One In Holyoke

Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

The Massachusetts Education Commissioner has acted for the first time to put several failing schools into state receivership.

   One of the four schools being taken over by the state is the Morgan Community School- a K through 8th grade school in Holyoke. The others are in Boston and New Bedford.   Commissioner Mitchell Chester said the four were among 35 schools identified as underperforming in 2010 and given three years to turn around.

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New England News
3:53 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

U.S. Forest Service Studies Springfield Reforestation Effort

An aerial photo with graphics shows the locations and types of new trees that were planted in Riverfront Park as part of a program to reforest Springfield following the June 1,2011 tornado
Credit City of Springfield

In the two years since a tornado tore through Springfield, Massachusetts a volunteer effort has spearheaded the planting of thousands of new trees.  The work is being done as the U.S. Forest Service conducts a study on the environmental impacts from the loss of the urban tree canopy.

More than 4,400 new trees have been planted in Springfield in the last two years in an effort to restore, largely for later generations, the shade trees that lined streets and filled public parks prior to the June 1, 2011 tornado.

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