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
6:17 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

More Voter Referendums On Gaming Projects Set In Massachusetts

Hard Rock has begun the campaign to convince voters in West Springfield, Massachusetts to endorse the company’s plan for a resort casino. It will be the second western Massachusetts casino project to face a make or break referendum.

       Hard Rock officials will host a public grand opening Tuesday for the campaign headquarters for the September 10th casino referendum.  The event will mark the formal launch of the “West Side Yes” pro-casino campaign. 

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New England News
4:52 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Gun Violence Brings More State Troopers To Springfield

Massachusetts State Troopers assigned to assist police in Springfield recovered this gun which was allegedly tossed into some bushes by a fleeing suspect.
Credit Massachusetts State Police

More Massachusetts State Troopers will be deployed to Springfield in response to an uptick in gun violence this summer.

   After four separate shootings in Springfield in as many days, Mayor Domenic Sarno made a personal appeal Monday  to the head of the Massachusetts State Police.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

HUD Foreclosure Decision Expected In September For Tornado Damaged Homes

More than two years after a tornado tore through a low-income housing cooperative in Springfield, Massachusetts, the residents of the damaged complex face an uncertain future.  More than two dozen homes remain vacant and condemned and there is the threat of foreclosure by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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New England News
12:26 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

Watershed Protection Group Celebrates Return Of Rowing Programs On Connecticut River

Rowing programs are growing along the Connecticut River in Massachusetts. The opportunities for people to get out on the river coincide with successful efforts over the last decade to clean up the river.  The Connecticut River Watershed Council will celebrate rowing on a cleaner river at its annual meeting this Sunday. It is free and open to the public.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Connecticut River Watershed Council Executive Director Andrew Fisk.

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New England News
3:23 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

West Springfield Casino Referendum Date To Be Set

Credit Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development deal proposed by Hard Rock International

   Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland said he’ll ask the council to schedule the referendum for September 10th so that it occurs before the start of the Big E the following weekend.

   Hard Rock wants to build a resort casino on part of the Big E fairgrounds.

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New England News
12:37 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Springfield City Council Endorses Cultural District

Springfield Symphony Hall
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Pittsfield has one. So do Easthampton, Shelburne, and a half-dozen more communities across Massachusetts. Now the largest city in western Massachusetts wants to create a state-designated cultural district.

The Springfield City Council voted unanimously this week to authorize the proponents of a downtown cultural district to apply for an official designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The goals of the district are to attract artists and cultural economy entrepreneurs to generate business and jobs and promote tourism.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Massachusetts Jobless Rate Increases To 7 Percent

The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose to 7 percent in June, up from 6.6 percent in May, even as the state’s economy added 2,800 jobs.

Earlier in the year, the Massachusetts economy was adding jobs at a fast rate, encouraging more people to seek work.  But now the pace of job growth has slowed, so the unemployment rate is up.  Kevin Lynn, business manager at the Future Works Career Center in Springfield, said the last few months have been a mixed bag when it comes to both job postings and new hires.

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New England News
3:15 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Heat Wave Taxes Power Companies

Line crews for Western Massachusetts Electric Company on Thursday ( 7/18/13) prepare to replace an old transformer in an effort to prevent power outages in Springfield's Hungry Hill neighborhood. The extreme heat is taking a toll on infrastructure.
Credit WAMC

Power companies are imploring people to reduce electricity use as the heat wave in the Northeast drags on. 

While there have been no widespread blackouts or brownouts, Western Massachusetts Electric Company line crews have been working around the clock in brutal conditions to fix scattered outages.  WMECo field supervisor  Mike Aubin says the extreme heat can melt power lines and blow transformers

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New England News
5:38 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Fresh From Casino Referendum Win MGM Takes Next Steps

MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle ( left) and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno at the May 1,2013 signing of the host community agreement
Credit WAMC

Fresh off  Tuesday’s casino referendum victory in Springfield, Massachusetts  officials with MGM Resorts have reached out to municipal leaders in neighboring communities.

   MGM  President Bill Hornbuckle said the company is obliged to come to terms with at least half-a-dozen communities to mitigate the impacts the Springfield casino could have on such things as traffic.

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New England News
2:10 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Body Recovered From Connecticut River Identified

Authorities in Massachusetts have confirmed the body of a child recovered earlier this month from the  Connecticut River is that of a California girl who went missing during a family gathering.

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