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
1:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

UMass Amherst Plans For World Series Wrap Up

With the Boston Red Sox poised to wrap up the World Series this week, UMass Amherst  is  hoping to prevent any riotous celebrations.

There will be free food and activities inside the residence halls and outside of the Southwest residence complex , an area where rowdy gatherings have occurred in the past.  Campus spokesman Ed Blaguszewski says the Student Government Association is organizing the activities.

There will be a strong police presence at the events.

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New England News
6:45 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Mayor Says He Is Not Concerned About MGM Passing Massachusetts Casino Investigation

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts' proposed casino development in downtown Springfield,MA. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has yet to determine if MGM is suitable to hold a gaming license in the state.
Credit MGM Springfield

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is still conducting background investigations into several casino companies competing for licenses in the state

The difficulty of passing the background check in Massachusetts was underscored when Caesars Entertainment-one of the giants in the casino industry-was forced to pull out of the Suffolk Downs Racetrack project in Boston after the gaming commission’s investigation raised several red flags.  MGM, which wants to build a casino in Springfield, is still being scrutinized by state regulators.  Mayor Domenic Sarno says he’s not concerned.

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New England News
6:28 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Report Says Massachusetts Needs To Increase Public College Graduation Rates

A new report from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education points to a need to increase graduation rates at the state’s public colleges and universities.  It also warns these schools will soon fail to produce enough graduates to fill high- demand jobs.

The six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen at the state universities in Massachusetts is 50 percent, and that falls short of the graduation rates achieved by the leading state university systems in the country. 

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New England News
12:26 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Municipal Moratoriums Confront Medical Marijuana License Applicants

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Voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly approved legalizing medical marijuana in 2012. But many local communities are putting temporary bans in place as the deadline for final applications for state licensed marijuana treatment centers approaches.

About a third of the state’s 351 cities and towns have put in place moratoriums on medical marijuana treatment centers, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. Springfield is the largest city in the state to adopt a moratorium. It was approved by the city council Monday night.

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New England News
7:40 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Eye Doctors Warn About Costume Contact Lenses

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With Halloween a few days away Massachusetts eye doctors are warning about the use of cosmetic contact lenses. 

Contact lenses are not one-size-fits-all.   Putting non-prescription colored lenses in the eyes can lead to a lack of oxygen according to Dr. Jeffrey Gallo, an ophthalmologist and president of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

$1 Million DOJ Grant To Fund Attack On Street Crime

The city of Springfield, Massachusetts has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to combat street crime in a high poverty neighborhood.

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno on Monday announced the focus of the grant will be on the city’s South End neighborhood, which has been the target of urban renewal efforts for decades and was the subject of a 2008 federal study on concentrated poverty in America.

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New England News
12:35 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Bank Grant Will Boost Mentoring Initiatives In Western Mass.

Mass Mentoring Partnership President & CEO Marty Martinez
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Over the last two years, the youth mentoring movement has grown in western Massachusetts. The organization Mass Mentoring Partnership has established a mentoring hub in the greater Springfield area. The initiative is getting a financial boost from  First Niagara Bank which will announce a $50,000 grant  at an event this evening in Holyoke.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Mass Mentoring Partnership President Marty Martinez.

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New England News
12:49 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

State's Top Economic Official Believes Manufacturing Will Grow In Massachusetts

Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki tours the Mechanical Engineering Technology center at Springfield Technical Community College. The state awarded a $1.2 million grant to rehab and expand the center to double the number of students enrolled for training to work in the precision manufacturing sector.
Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki says he is “bullish” on the future of precision manufacturing.  But the state faces a challenge to train a workforce for jobs in the manufacturing sector.  Bialecki, last week, visited a training center at Springfield Technical Community College where the state spent $1.2 million to expand and modernize the classrooms.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bialecki

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New England News
7:20 am
Sat October 26, 2013

High Court Justice Asked To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Gov. Patrick

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A justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is weighing if a lawsuit against Governor Patrick by a failed nominee to a district court judgeship in Berkshire County should move forward.

Pittsfield attorney Michael McCarthy is joined in the civil suit by former Governor’s Councilor Mary Ellen Manning and current Councilor Michael Albano  of  Longmeadow

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New England News
6:21 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Program To Train People For Manufacturing Jobs Doubles Capacity

A new machine to train students at the Springfield Technical Community College Mechanical Engineering Technology Center
Credit WAMC

Workforce development experts say Massachusetts needs more people trained for jobs in precision manufacturing.  The state is devoting money to the effort.

Springfield Technical Community College recently spent $2 million to upgrade and expand classrooms in its Mechanical Engineering Technology center.   The college received a $1.2 million dollar grant from the state. But it came with one string attached. The college had to double the number of students enrolled in the program that prepares people for careers in manufacturing.

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